Along with the Peerless and America, the Haydn Quartet was one of the three great vocal groups in the pioneer age of popular recordings.
Formed on the Edison record label (sometimes referred to as the Edison Male Quartet) in the late 1890s, the original lineup included tenors John Bieling and Harry Macdonough, baritone S.H. Dudley and bass William F. Hooley. When Dudley left the group he was replaced by baritone Reginald Werrenrath, the final lineup until the group disbanded in 1914.
Among the more 60 top ten hit recordings were the #1 songs Because (1900), In the Good Old Summer Time (1903), Bedelia (1904), Toyland (with Corrine Morgan, 1904), Blue Bell (1904), Sweet Adeline (Youre the Flower of My Heart) (1904), Dearie (with Corrine Morgan, 1905), Howd You Like to Spoon With Me? (with Corrine Morgan, 1906), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (with Billy Murray, 1908), Sunbonnet Sue (1908), Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet (1909) and By the Light of the Silvry Moon (with Billy Murray, 1910).