Options Thomas Edison's Attic: Playlist from April 17, 2007 Options

The audio curator at Edison National Historic Site rummages through the archives of the legendary Edison Laboratory of West Orange, New Jersey. Tune in for Edison cylinder and disc record rarities, many not heard since "the old man" himself stashed them away, featuring: Tin Pan Alley pop songs, ragtime, vaudeville comedy sketches, flapper dance bands, old-time country tunes, historic classical music, laboratory experiments and other artifacts - all dating from 1888 through 1929.

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Steve Porter

Artist Track Album Year
Albert Benzler  Believe me if all those endearing young charms   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9437  1906 
MacDowell Sisters (Edith and Grace)  In the garden   Options Diamond Disc 11146-C  1926 
Ford's Hawaiians, Henry Kailimai - leader  Pau ka hana meles   Options Diamond Disc 5098-B  1916 
Fletcher Henderson and his orchestra  My papa doesn't two-time no time - fox-trot   Options Diamond Disc 9482-A  1924 
Ada Jones  Gwendolyn   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9436  1907 
Edison Symphony Orchestra  My little canoe   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 8851  1904 
National Male Quartet, Harry Donaghy - leader  Street corner quartet   Options Diamond Disc 9687-A  1924 
[unnamed band]  Jolly coppersmith   Options Brown wax cylinder - United States Phonograph Co.  c. late 1890s 
Will Oakland and chorus  I'll take you home again, Kathleen   Options Amberol cylinder 4M-1102  1912 
Joseph Samuel's Music Masters  Mello cello waltz   Options Diamond Disc 7743-B  1921 
Posey Rorer and his North Carolina Ramblers  We'll understand it better bye and bye   Options Diamond Disc 18752-A  1928 
William Dorn - xylophone  Silver threads among the gold & Cordelia polka   Options Amberol cylinder 4M-1112  1912 
Steve Porter, Byron G. Harlan and Edward Meeker  Two rubes and the tramp musician   Options Amberol cylinder 4M-1110  1912 
Golden Gate Orchestra  Dream train - fox trot   Options Diamond Disc 19110-B  1929 

Record slip for "Jolly coppersmith"

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Listener comments!

  11:06pm Rich Markow:

Hi Jerry - Nice show! Hawaiian record you played not slack key - that's a fingerpicking style. Also - not a slide whistle on that waltz, but a saw, played w/a bow. Y'know, you have a lot of very nice Hawaiian material at Edison. You oughtta have Mal Rockwell on via remote & do an entire Hawaiian program. Great work!
  1:19pm Jerry:

Thanks for the comments, Rich. Corrections are welcome!! Mello cello waltz: If that's a saw, it's surprisingly up-front and full sounding, for an acoustic recording. Listening thru headphones, it sounds almost breathy, which made me think slide whistle. Though, it does have that constant vibrato, which hints towards a saw. I bet you're right. My mistake on the "slack key".
  12:10am Ian Walters:

Just endorsing Rich's recommendation - yes please, more Hawaiian music.
  12:22am Robin:

Thank you for my grandfather's voice!! - he died before I was born. This broadcast inspired me to track down more Edison recordings for my son & my grandsons - NOT TO MENTION THE JOY IT BROUGHT TO MY 86 yr. old MOTHER AND AUNT.thanks!!! What a treasure you are providing.....
  12:25am Robin:

Sorry I left out the fact that Harry Donaghy was my Grandfather - I'm not internet savy.....
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