Guy Massey (2)

Guy Massey (2)

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Guy Massey was Vernon Dalhart's cousin. He is the disputed composer, or co-composer, or appropriator (depending on the source) of "The Prisoner's Song", a huge hit of the 1920's. Vernon Dalhart borrowed this name to record several sides that were released on the Pathé Actuelle & Perfect (3) labels in 1924-25. Those releases should be attributed to the Guy Massey (3) alias of Vernon Dalhart.
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Guy Massey (2) Discography

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Vernon Dalhart Ain't-Ya Comin' Out To-Night? and 1 more… Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song / Ain't-Ya Comin' Out To-Night? Columbia US 1924 Sell This Version
Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song Vernon Dalhart - Wreck Of The Old 97 / The Prisoner's Song Victor US 1924 Sell This Version
Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother / The Prisoner's Song Silvertone US 1924 Sell This Version
19427 Vernon Dalhart* / Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart* / Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song / The Wreck Of The Southern Old '97(Shellac, 10") Gennett 19427 US 1924 Sell This Version
Vernon Dalhart Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - Prisoner's Song / The Letter Edged In Black Brunswick US 1925 Sell This Version
Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song / Doin' The Best I Can Regal (3) US 1925 Sell This Version
George Reneau The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) George Reneau - The Prisoner's Song / The Lightning Express Vocalion (2) US 1925 Sell This Version
1165 Charles Beauchamp The Prisoner's Song Charles Beauchamp - The Prisoner's Song / I Want Your Love(Shellac, 10") Sunset Record 1165 US 1925 Sell This Version
19714 International Novelty Orchestra The Prisoner's Song (Lc Cancion Del Prisionero) International Novelty Orchestra - The Prisoner's Song / After The Ball(Shellac, 10") Victor 19714 US 1925 Sell This Version
S2000 Vernon Dalhart Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - Prisoner's Song / The Letter Edged In Black(Shellac, 10", Mono) Supertone (5) S2000 US 1925 Sell This Version
9829 Vernon Dalhart Chain Gang Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - Wreck Of The '97 / Chain Gang Song(Shellac, 10") Regal (3) 9829 US 1925 Sell This Version
51459 Vernon Dalhart & Co.* The Prisoner's Song (as Guy S. Massey) Vernon Dalhart & Co.* - The Prisoner's Song / Way Out West In Kansas(Edison Disc) Edison Records 51459 US 1925 Sell This Version
16044-F Jonas Būtėnas Kalinio Daina Jonas Būtėnas - Mano Gimtinė / Kalinio Daina(Shellac, 10") Columbia 16044-F US 1926 Sell This Version
51666 Kaplan's Melodists, Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song (as Guy S. Massey) Kaplan's Melodists, Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song / I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen(Edison Disc) Edison Records 51666 US 1926 Sell This Version
B 5046 Savoy Orpheans* The Prisoner's Song Savoy Orpheans* - The Prisoner's Song / By The Waters Of Perkiomen(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B 5046 UK 1926 Sell This Version
9943 Eddie Peabody & His Band / Hollywood Dance Orchestra The Prisoner's Song Eddie Peabody & His Band / Hollywood Dance Orchestra - The Prisoner's Song / Little Love Notes(Shellac, 10") Regal (3) 9943 US 1926 Sell This Version
3609 Eddie Peabody & His Band / Hollywood Dance Orchestra The Prisoner's Song Eddie Peabody & His Band / Hollywood Dance Orchestra - The Prisoner's Song / What A Kiss Can Do(Shellac, 10", Red) Domino (2) 3609 US 1926 Sell This Version
X.S 43067 Skagfield* Fángasöngurinn Skagfield* - Dalakofinn / Fángasöngurinn(Shellac, 10") Polyphon Record, Polyphon Musik X.S 43067 Iceland 1930 Sell This Version
Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra - I Can't Get Started / The Prisoner's Song (Single) His Master's Voice UK 1937 Sell This Version
Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy And His Guitar* The Prisoner's Song Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy And His Guitar* - All Time Hits From The Hills (Comp, Album) RCA Victor US 1949 Sell This Version
Frankie Carle The Prisoner's Song Frankie Carle - Crazy Bones Rag RCA Victor US 1951 Sell This Version
Frankie Carle The Prisoner's Song Frankie Carle - Honky Tonk Piano (Album) RCA Victor US 1951 Sell This Version
P 327, 20-4295, 20-4296, 20-4297 Frankie Carle The Prisoner's Song Frankie Carle - Honky Tonk Piano(3xShellac, 10") RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA Victor P 327, 20-4295, 20-4296, 20-4297 US 1951 Sell This Version
LPM 1223 Eddy Arnold The Prisoner's Song Eddy Arnold - All-Time Favorites(LP, Mono) RCA Victor LPM 1223 US 1955 Sell This Version
3-16 The Dave Brubeck Octet The Prisoner's Song The Dave Brubeck Octet - Old Sounds From San Francisco(10", Red) Fantasy 3-16 US 1955 Sell This Version

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John1950

John1950

October 23, 2011
I found out that Vernon Dalhart IS NOT an alias for Guy Massey. In fact the latter was Vernon Dalhart's nephew and was the writer of "The Prisoner's Song" (1924), the biggest million-seller earlier to 1955 (at least when "White Christmas" and "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" are ignored). Fact: Guy Massey served some time in prison. Guy's brother Robert always claimed that it was he who had written the song. At some point Guy must have admitted that since he bequeathed all the future royalties of the song to the heirs of his brother Robert.
source: http://www.originals.be/nl/originals.php?id=4983 (in Dutch).