Ada Jones 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. 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.
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.
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. While on tour, Ada Jones died of kidney failure at the age of 48 in North Carolina on May 2, 1922.