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The following program is distributed by the national educational radio network. The old record box. This program consists primarily of selections played from cylinder record. Edison frequently called talking machine. These records were issued in a period extending from the late 1890s to 1929. Your host is red herring to. The program titles selected for this series are sometimes deceptive. Like this one drifting and dreaming. On occasion the title song is not heard on the program but was chosen largely because it indicated the
general nature of the type of music to be played. And such is the. Resident case however memories stirred by our first number may move some to her again ness. On the banks of the Wabash was written in 1899 by Paul Drescher and has been made the official state song of Indiana. The author's brother was then a newspaper man visiting Paul in new yard. The brothers were reminiscing during a walk in Central Park when Theodora suggested that Paul try his hand at writing a song about their boyhood home in Terre Haute Indiana. The casual answer why not resulted in this long time favorite. Our singer. Erin McDonald also made a few records for Edison under the pseudonym of Ralph Raymond.
If one were to leave the confluence in Pittsburgh that marks the beginning of the Ohio River and drive south Florida distance it would be possible to enjoy beautiful scenery along the banks of the Monongahela River often far a considerable distance upstream. Somewhere along here. Cary males probably found inspiration for a song with an appropriate title of floating down the old Monongahela Mr. males is credited with being the creator of the Cakewalk a performance in which your real k was awarded far they best strutting and the best footwork. Of course. A love theme dominates whatever interest the scenery may have created in The Grifters.
Now for a little comparison and contrast. The same song popular was often produced by different record companies with their own artists. The first stanza or the syllabary Colorado winds its way as sung by Harry Anthony on a Columbia indestructible record played on an Edison 2 speed standard phonograph. Equipped with a model K. reproducer. This enables one to play both two and four minute records. And interchangeable reproducer also plays the Edison blue Amber ols.
Now for comparison here is the second stanza of the song played from an Edison blue arrow record on an Addison Amber O Machine soloist is Irving Gillette. Be. Sure. To cure your error.
I think. No group of river songs would be complete without Beautiful Ohio with the words by Ballard McDonald and the music by Robert A king along about 900 tand over five million copies of sheet music were sold. Mr King was a salaried employee and Tin Pan Alley where he was required to write four songs a month. And though the publisher was not legally obligated for additional payment. They paid him riled pays approximately $60000. The song here is sung by the Metropolitan quartet.
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The old record box
Drifting and dreaming
Producing Organization
Flint Board of Education (Flint, Mich.)
Contributing Organization
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program features songs like "On the Banks of the Wabash;" "Floating Down the Old Monongahela;" "Where the Silvery Colorado Wends Its Way;" and "Beautiful Ohio."
Other Description
Cylinder recordings of music and spoken word from late 1890's to 1929; historic recordings of music and speech.
Media type
Host: Harrington, Fred C.
Producing Organization: Flint Board of Education (Flint, Mich.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-36-6 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:57
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