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1910s Entertainers


female vocalists
Ruth Etting
Ada Jones
Helen Clark
Alma Gluck
Louise Homer
Anna Case
Amelita Galli-Curci
Geraldine Farrar
Nora Bayes
"Ma" Rainey
Blossom Seeley

male vocalists
John McCormack
Bobby North
Billy Murray
Walter Van Brunt
Arthur Collins
Enrico Caruso
Titta Ruffo

Sweeney's Cow-Boy Band
Original Dixieland Jass Band
Kid Ory Band
King Oliver & His Dixie Syncopators
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Frisco Jass Band
Selvin's Novelty Orchestra
Victor Military Band
John Phillips Sousa's Band
vocal groups
Collins & Harlan
Peerless Quartet
Kellogg-Haines Singing Party
Sterling Trio
Premier Quartet

soloists & composers
Irving Berlin
Scott Joplin
W.C. Handy
Jelly Roll Morton
Ignace Paderewski
Fritz Kreisler

cool facts
Jazz is primarily an improvisational music style. Because jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton wrote down his songs, he is considered the first jazz composer.

W.C. Handy was known as the "Father Of The Blues." He was introduced to rural blues music in 1903 and wrote several popular blues songs during the 1910s.

During his career, Enrico Caruso had a repertoire of 40 operas.


music & variety stars
Fanny Brice
Maurice Chevalier
Eddie Cantor
Al Jolson
Will Rogers
Ed Wynn
W.C. Fields
George M. Cohan
Sophie Tucker
Texas Guinan
Marilyn Miller
Harry Lauder
Leon Errol
Bert Williams
DeWolf Hopper
Harry Fox

music & variety teams
Vernon & Irene Castle
Eddie Foy & The Seven Little Foys
The Dolly Sisters
Terry & DuPont
Weber & Fields
Montgomery & Stone

minstrel troupes
Rabbit Foot Minstrels
Tom Powell's Peerless Minstrels
the theater
William Gillette
Billie Burke
Helen Hayes
Sarah Bernhardt
Marie Dressler
Ethel Barrymore

unusual acts
Roly Poly Dancing Dolly
Harry Houdini
Millie Jewel
Buffalo Bill Cody

cool facts
Sarah Bernhardt's stage career began in the 1860s. She was still going strong in the 1910s, despite being 70 years old.

Buffalo Bill Cody's original Wild West Show went out of business in 1913. His financial situation forced him to take jobs with several small-time shows until his death in 1917.

During the 1910s, Harry Houdini's popular vaudeville magic act toured as part of the Orpheum Circuit.

Fanny Brice joined the cast of the Ziegfeld Follies in 1910. Her reputation was so great that she didn't need to audition for him....he sent for her.

Around the same time, Al Jolson was invited to audition for Ziegfeld, but turned him down. Jolson "didn't audition for anybody."

Bert Williams joined the Ziegfeld Follies cast in 1910. He was the first black performer to star with whites in a major Broadway show.


Mary Miles Minter

ladies of the big screen
Gloria Swanson
Mary Pickford
Lillian Gish
Mary Miles Minter
Marion Davies
Dorothy Gish
Florence Lawrence
Mae Marsh
Clara Kimball Young
Pearl White
Theda Bara
Anna Nilsson

recorded comedy
Golden & Hughes
Cal Stewart

big screen comedy
Charlie Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Ben Turpin
Mabel Normand
Max Linder
Harold Lloyd
Slim Summerville
John Bunny
men of the big screen
Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
Francis Ford
Lon Chaney......(1) (2)
Wallace Beery
Francis X. Bushman
Conrad Veidt
John Barrymore
Dustin Farnum
Walker Whiteside
Tom Moore
William S. Hart
Tom Mix

cool facts
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle began his movie career as a Keystone Kop. He introduced his good friend Buster Keaton to the movie industry during this decade, and the two comics made several films together.

Lon Chaney made his first film in 1912. His role as the "cripple" in the 1919 film The Miracle Man made him a star. His ability to contort his body into all sorts of painful positions and to devise highly effective makeup techniques earned him the nickname "The Man Of A Thousand Faces."

Tom Mix was a former ranch hand who entered the movie industry after winning a national rodeo championship in 1909.

Charlie Chaplin was a British music hall comic who came to America in 1913 while touring with Fred Karno's Troupe. He settled in Los Angeles and joined the Keystone Film Company in 1914, where he created his "little tramp" character.

Florence Lawrence was known to movie audiences as the "Biograph Girl." In 1910, she became the first movie star to be identified by name in the film credits.

Francis X. Bushman was the first "matinee idol" of the silent film era. He was the most popular leading man between 1914 and 1917. When Bushman was working in Chicago, he was banned from shopping at Marshall Fields because so many adoring ladies followed him around.

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