Ada Jones

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Ada Jones
Ada Jones sending morse code in 1918.jpg
Jones sending morse code in 1918
Background information
Born (1873-06-01)June 1, 1873
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Origin Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died May 2, 1922(1922-05-02) (aged 48)
North Carolina
Genres vocal
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1889–1922
Labels North American Phonograph Co, Edison Records, others

Ada Jones (June 1, 1873 – May 2, 1922)[1] was a popular mezzo-soprano who recorded from 1905 to the early 1920s.


She was born in Lancashire, England but moved with her family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of six in 1879. She started performing on stage, including juvenile roles in the 1880s.[2]

In 1893 or 1894 she recorded some musical performances for the North American Phonograph Co., including "Sweet Marie" and "The Volunteer Organist". But the demise of this company interrupted her recording career and it was not until 1905 that she returned to recording, after a few years doing performances at such locations as Huber's 14th Street Museum in New York City.[2] She recorded several duets with Billy Murray and Len Spencer. She sang in a range of accents and dialects.

Ada Jones recorded "The Yama Yama Man" in 1909 for Victor Light Opera Company.[3] The lyrics for verse two and three were changed from the original, verse two being more bawdy. It was the most popular song of her career, spending five weeks at number one.[4]

While on tour, Ada Jones died of kidney failure at the age of 48 in North Carolina on May 2, 1922. She was survived by her husband Hugh Flaherty and one daughter.


  • "Sweet Marie" (c. 1893–94)
  • "The Volunteer Organist" (c. 1893–94)
  • "Please Come Play In My Yard" (1905)
  • "Don't Get Married Any More, Ma" (1906, 1907; multiple recordings)
  • "Experience (from 'The Little Cherub')" (1906)
  • "Peaches and Cream", comedy duet in Bowery tough dialect by Ada Jones with Len Spencer (John B. Lowitz wax cylinder 1906)[5]
  • "All She Gets from the Iceman Is Ice" (1907)
  • "If The Man In The Moon Were A Coon" (1907)
  • "I Just Can't Make My Eyes Behave" (1907)
  • "Now I Have to Call Him 'Father'" (1908)
  • "I've Got Rings On My Fingers" (1909)
  • "My Pony Boy" (1909)
  • "The Yama Yama Man" (1909)
  • "Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon" (1910)
  • "Oh, You Candy Kid" (1910)
  • "The Girl With The Brogue" (1910)
  • "Whistle It" (1912) (with Peerless Quartet)
  • "Row! Row! Row!" (1913)
  • "Beatrice Fairfax, Tell Me What To Do!" (1915)

Duets with Billy Murray:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Songwriters Hall of Fame
  2. ^ a b Sutton, Allan. "A Prehistory of Ada Jones: 1889–1905". Mainspring Press. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Ada Jones & Victor Light Opera Company - The Yama Yama Man 1909, Internet Archive
  4. ^ “The Yama Yama Man” Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Netlex News, July 5, 2006.
  5. ^ Frank Hoffmann, B Lee Cooper, Tim Gracyk -Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895-1925 - Page 188 1136592296 2012 -"She is called “Miss Ada Jones,” though in Manhattan on August 9, 1904, she had married Hughie Flaherty. ... On various records the two imitated Bowery toughs (on the popular “Peaches and Cream,” Spencer was a “newsy” named Jimmie, ..."

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