Options Thomas Edison's Attic: Playlist from September 4, 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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Josie Miles

Artist Track Album Year
Tennessee Happy Boys (Nathan Glantz Orchestra), Bud Kennedy - vocal  Just a little drink - fox trot   Options Diamond Disc 10490-C-1-4  1925 
Steve Porter  Flanagan at the vocal teacher's   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9656 (17 .)  1907 
Josie Miles - vocal, Kansas City Five  Mad mama's blues   Options Diamond Disc 9862-C-1-5  1925 
Ada Jones and Len Spencer  Chimmie and Maggie in Nickel Land   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9671 (11 .)  1907 
Edison Symphony Orchestra  Passion   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9309 (13)  1906 
Lyric Male Quartet  Broadway Rose   Options Diamond Disc 7617-C-1-1  1921 
George Hamilton Green - xylophone, Frank Banta - piano  Caprice, op. 14   Options Diamond Disc 11578-A-1-2  1927 
Cal Stewart  Uncle Josh comments on the Spanish question   Options Brown wax cylinder 3897 - National Phonograph Co.  1898 - 1899 
Albert Benzler - piano  The chapel in the woods   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9653 (3 ..)  1907 
Mid-Pacific Hawaiians, William Kalama - bandleader  Hanohano Hawaii   Options Diamond Disc 19168-A-1-1  1929 
New York Military Band  Waldmere march   Options Amberol cylinder 4M-953 (..3)  1912 
John J. Kimmel - melodeon, Andrew Fiedler - guitar  Fitzmaurice's polka   Options Diamond Disc 18969-B-1-1  1929 
Billy Murray  Sympathy   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9164 (4)  1905 
Original Memphis Five  The Great White Way blues   Options Diamond Disc 9077-C-3-2  1923 
Oreste and his Queensland Orchestra, Arthur Fields - vocal  Thinking of you (I've grown lonesome) - fox trot   Options Diamond Disc 11322-C-1-1  1927 

Record slip for "Uncle Josh comments on the Spanish question"

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Listener comments!

  11:33am Patrick Humbert, Brussels, Belgium:

as usual, great program. I'm always on the web to listen those rarities ! Edison records are very uncommon in Europe. I'm ready to share my collection to your broadcast. I myself making broacast on the Roaring Twenties, each wednesday in Brussels, Belgium

Patrick Humbert
  4:00pm Jim Warner:

There were some nice surprises on this program. On "Chimmie", I agree that the open sounded like a record in the background. If you listen to # 8063 (Trip to the Circus), you hear the same sound. As you noted, it sounded like the studio orchestra then took over. I wonder if they just didn't play softly, facing away from the horn, then louder with the brass as they entered the theater. On "Passion", I wonder if that wasn't a Stroh violin we were hearing. The Uncle Josh was really an interesting historical artifact also, and one that you wouldn't nomally hear. Thanks for playing it!
  2:25pm Norman Bruderhofer:

What a great and jazzy program! I love those tunes by Josie Miles, she has an incredible charming voice and fits perfectly in that style. Just too bad she did only so few recordings for Edison. Thanks for sharing that musical heritage!
  10:24pm Ronald Schultz:

I'm really,really surprised that the cylinders & disks STILL sound this good I would that they would be totally all worn out!! I would just love to be able to own a cylinder or disk player!!
  8:57pm ian l miller ,Scotland:

A great recording from the brilliant G.H.Green,also the orig. Memphis five, I hope your program continues !
  6:09am Rolf den Otter:

What a coinsidence!! I have not heard this program yet, but was browsing the playlists. And I saw "Chapel in the woods". Last Thursday I made a movie of my Edison-Bell Phonograph playing this cylinder:


Becuse I wanted to know more about the composer "Lange", I prompted the question who this composer was in the "88son78" yahoo group... There is a lengthy discussion aabout this cylinder there...

Thanks for providing a good sounding copy!

Greetings from the Netherlands,
(my classical lp->mp3 hobby page, updated every friday)
(my classical music youtube channel)
  4:27pm Luis Contijoch:

Hello Jerry:

Tennesse Happy Boys is a Harry Reser group, not related with Nathan Glantz.

All the best

  12:29am Jerry:

Hi Luis- The name listed in the Edison recording studio cashbooks for July 7, 1925, matrix 10490 is "Glantz Orchestra". See also "Tennessee Happy Boys" listings here for BA 5162 & 5165: http://www.mainspringpress.com/fields_BA.html
  4:48pm Luis Contijoch:

It's curious, Jerry. In my Harry Reser discography all the Edison items are under "Tennessee Happy Boys" as a Harry Reser group.

By the way: the players are: Earl T.Oliver, Jack Stillman, tp; Sammy Lewis, tb; Nathan Glantz, as; Ken Moyer, cl, as; unknown, saxes; unknown, piano; Harry Reser, bnj; brass-bass and drums unknown.

All the best

  8:40pm Eric S:

Wow! what a find! This radio show is a treasure!
My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Stanley at the Menlo Park Museum last week.
That visit and your show are a childhood wish come true!
Thank You!
  11:56am Chris Zwarg:

Luis: This shows again what I have found many times, namely that too many discographies are the product of "armchair research" with lots of wishful thinking instead of proper attention to original data sources. I'm positive Edison wouldn't have paid Glantz for this recording if Reser had played it!
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