John Barnes Wells, a tenor vocalist, was featured on many 78-rpm recordings released in the early decades of the 20th century. He also performed in musical theater productions of this era such as a 1903 version of The Wizard of Oz and an Uncle Tom's Cabin constructed on the Broadway stage less than two years prior to Wells' death.
This artist is also credited with composing some of the ditties he recorded alone and in tandem with singing partner Mildred Potter or the Columbia Stellar Quartet vocal ensemble. Entitled "I Dunno," one of these songs comes up in reference to the flighty, cozy, and intriguing topic of parlor songs about birds. The tune itself may be a grammatically feeble answer to a previous question-song by Wells, "Why?"