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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 so under records of Edison chronographs frequently called talking machine. These records were issued in a period extending from the late 1890s to 1929. Your host is a red herring to her room. Just a few words of explanation aren't harder. Before we begin to play. It is impossible to trace the development of this industry in so short a time. But occasional items of interest will be noted. There are two principal types of
records. Two minute and four minute varieties. In some cases the four minute selections will be cut short an order that a greater variety may be presented during the limited time available. Most of the items have been chosen from earlier recordings falling generally within the period from 900 to one thousand twenty. Although the last Islanders were made in one thousand twenty nine. Comment will be kept at a minimum an order that most of the time can be devoted to the music. This area of our cultural life stands in a peculiar position. It is entirely passe and quite unknown to the younger generations and still too recent to qualify for scholarly research. Now how about a patriotic beginning. The good old USA sung by Byron Gee Harlan the song was composed by Theodore F. Morse in one thousand six. He ran away from a military academy at
age 14 got a job as a junior clerk in a New York music store and had his first song published when he was 15 and at 24 controlled his own musical publishing business. You are probably more familiar with another hit of his Hail hail the going is all here. What I have for him.
Are you going. Now for some pathos for sale a baby is by Charles K. Harris who specialized in mother's soldiers and lovers. This sentimental amount was written in 103 and was extremely popular for some time previously. Mr. Harris while sitting in a barber chair in 1897 I got the bright idea of changing a song Hero firemen to a soldier. Well they struck the popular fancy during the Spanish-American War times and registered a hit as a break the news to mother hears for sale a baby.
Her was God. Now we jump ahead to 1928 to a play by Vincent Yeomans which was not much of a success only twenty nine performances but it had a song hit rainbow. The story was set in the 1849 gold rush and romance just bubbled out all over before the time of Rosemarie the great singing team of Ada Jones and Billy Murray are the vocalists of honey me her her her her her. Her.
I know how. Thanks.
You're all of the recordings played on this first program are the black wax Edison two minute records the series will be confined to the four inch cylinders with selections of differing time duration from a limited number of manufacturers. Many novelty items were produced to liven up the standard fare of vocal and instrumental selections in addition to their real talking numbers and unusual talents were utilized such as Joel Belmont displays in his rendition of the American flag March.
You are. And to wind up a heterogeneous group. What's wrong with a spirited band number. We can't credit the composer but we can at least give the title. It's I owe a lot.
I'm going. Thank you and this event red herring to end with a few old timers old more or less at random from the old record box produced by a radio station WABE. This is the national educational radio network
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The old record box
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 "The Good Old USA;" "For Sale: A Baby;" "Rainbow;" "The American Flag March;" and "Iola."
Series 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: 67-36-1 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:15:04
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