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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3030 Guy Massey (2) - A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother / The Prisoner's Song album art Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother / The Prisoner's Song Silvertone 3030 US 1924 Sell This Version
19427 Guy Massey (2) - Wreck Of The Old 97 / The Prisoner's Song album art Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song Vernon Dalhart - Wreck Of The Old 97 / The Prisoner's Song Victor 19427 US 1924 Sell This Version
257-D Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / Ain't-Ya Comin' Out To-Night? album art 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 257-D US 1924 Sell This Version
5588 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / The Wreck Of The Southern Old '97 album art Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song / The Wreck Of The Southern Old '97(Shellac, 10") Gennett 5588 US 1924 Sell This Version
14991 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / The Lightning Express album art George Reneau The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) George Reneau - The Prisoner's Song / The Lightning Express Vocalion (2) 14991 US 1925 Sell This Version
19714 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / After The Ball album art International Novelty Orchestra The Prisoner's Song = La Cancion Del Prisionero International Novelty Orchestra - The Prisoner's Song / After The Ball Victor 19714 US 1925 Sell This Version
9795 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / Doin' The Best I Can album art Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song / Doin' The Best I Can Regal (3) 9795 US 1925 Sell This Version
4070 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / Sweet And Low album art Vernon Dalhart / Stellar Quartet The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart / Stellar Quartet - The Prisoner's Song / Sweet And Low Grey Gull 4070 US 1925 Sell This Version
2900 Guy Massey (2) - Prisoner's Song / The Letter Edged In Black album art Vernon Dalhart Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - Prisoner's Song / The Letter Edged In Black Brunswick 2900 US 1925 Sell This Version
2900 Guy Massey (2) - Prisoner's Song / The Runaway Train album art Vernon Dalhart Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Vernon Dalhart - Prisoner's Song / The Runaway Train(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2900 Australia 1925 Sell This Version
1165 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / I Want Your Love album art 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
40328 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / Chain Gang Song album art Tobe Little The Prisoner's Song Tobe Little - The Prisoner's Song / Chain Gang Song(Shellac, 10") Okeh 40328 US 1925 Sell This Version
2680 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / Sometime album art Lou Davis & His Orchestra / Palace Society Orchestra The Prisoner's Song Lou Davis & His Orchestra / Palace Society Orchestra - The Prisoner's Song / Sometime(Shellac, 10") Silvertone 2680 US 1925 Sell This Version
51597 Guy Massey (2) - The Chain Gang Song / New River Train album art Vernon Dalhart The Chain Gang Song Vernon Dalhart - The Chain Gang Song / New River Train(Edison Disc) Edison Records 51597 US 1925 Sell This Version
9829 Guy Massey (2) - Wreck Of The '97 / Chain Gang Song album art 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 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / Way Out West In Kansas album art 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
703 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother album art Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song / A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother(Shellac, 10") Cameo (3) 703 US 1925 Sell This Version
3093 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / What Did I Do To You album art Regent Club Orchestra The Prisoner's Song = La Cancion Del Prisionero (as Massey) Regent Club Orchestra - The Prisoner's Song / What Did I Do To You Brunswick 3093 US 1926 Sell This Version
563-D Guy Massey (2) - Somebody's Eyes / The Prisoner's Song album art Ross Gorman And His Orchestra* The Prisoner's Song (as Massey) Ross Gorman And His Orchestra* - Somebody's Eyes / The Prisoner's Song(Shellac, 10") Columbia 563-D US 1926 Sell This Version
16044-F Guy Massey (2) - Mano Gimtinė / Kalinio Daina album art Jonas Būtėnas Kalinio Daina Jonas Būtėnas - Mano Gimtinė / Kalinio Daina(Shellac, 10") Columbia 16044-F US 1926 Sell This Version
1607 Guy Massey (2) - My Dream Of The Big Parade / Floyd Collins' Fate album art Joe Sargent (2) / James Cummings (4) Floyd Collins' Fate (as Massey) Joe Sargent (2) / James Cummings (4) - My Dream Of The Big Parade / Floyd Collins' Fate(Shellac, 10", Bro) Madison (3) 1607 US 1926 Sell This Version
51666 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen album art 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 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / By The Waters Of Perkiomen album art 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 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / Little Love Notes album art 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
X-9944 Guy Massey (2) - The Prisoner's Song / Cherie, I Love You album art Dick Henderson (2) / Don Parker & His Band The Prisoner's Song Dick Henderson (2) / Don Parker & His Band - The Prisoner's Song / Cherie, I Love You(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (3) X-9944 UK 1926 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).