Jimmy Valentine was a character created by O. Henry in his short story "A Retrieved Reformation." Valentine was the alias used by a notorious safecracker. The character's fame grew in 1910 when Paul Armstrong wrote the popular play "Alias Vimmy Valentine," based on the O. Henry story.
The Peerless Quartet, who made this recording, was a group assembled for Columbia Records. In 1907, when they began recording for other companies, their name was changed from The Columbia Quartet (of The Columbia Male Quartet) to The Peerless Quartet. Members at the time of this recording were tenor Henry Burr, Albert Campbell, Arthur Collins, and John H. Mayer and were led by Burr.
This was one of my favorite songs in my salad days.