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Record of the Month

from The National Jukebox

Each month our panel of experts picks a different National Jukebox selection to highlight.

This month’s selection:

"Is There Anything Else You'd Like," sung by Burt Shepard, recorded July 7, 1901.

Burt Shepard, who began his career in 1874, specialized in comic monologues and songs, projected with a sardonic sense of humor.

This 1901 recording is a fine example of Shepard’s ability to raise an eyebrow on a recording. Shepard’s ironic tone stages the situation right away: He is weary of being borrowed from. Perhaps his intruders are oblivious to his sarcasm, but not his audience!         

Burt Shepard’s birth year is a mystery. However, he was known to have been with Haverly’s New Orleans Minstrels in, or about 1874. Guessing that he was at least 17 at the time suggests a circa 1857 birth year. He died in 1913, in London, where he was quite popular.

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