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Ernie Hare

A bass/baritone who recorded prolifically during the 1920s and 1930s, finding fame as a radio star on The Happiness Boys radio program.

Hare's recording career began in 1918. He was Al Jolson's understudy in the Broadway musical Sinbad during 1919-20.

He recorded with the Cleartone Four, the Crescent Trio, the Harmonizers Quartet, and the Premier Quartet.

He made a series recordings with Al Bernard in the late 1910s and the start of the 1920s. As a soloist, he worked under a variety of names (Wallace Daniels, Arthur Grant, Henry Jones, Robert Judson, Walter Lang, Walter Leslie, Roy Roberts, Bob Thomas, Bob Thompson, "Hobo" Jack Turner, and Frank Mann).

After he met Billy Jones in 1919, they teamed in 1920 when Brunswick executive Gus Haenschen had them sing an accompaniment on a Brunswick recording.

They went on to do numerous recordings together for Brunswick, Edison and most other major U.S. record companies of the era.

They began on radio October 18, 1921 on WJZ in Newark, New Jersey.

By 1928, they were the highest-paid singers in radio, earning $1,250 a week.

After Hare's death in 1939 of bronchopneumonia, Jones continued to perform, teaming in 1939-40 with Hare's 16-year-old daughter, Marilyn Hare (1923-1981).

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