Collection Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

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  • Just a baby's prayer at twilight

    From Edison records catalog: After you have listened to this Re-Creation a few times you will probably decide it is one of the most perfectly rendered songs you ever heard. Notice, particularly, the orchestra accompaniment in the refrain. This lyric gives a new idea to the many "war-lyrics" that have been written. "Just a Baby's Prayer at Twilight, for a Daddy Over There." Few ...

    • Contributor: Jerome, M. K. - Homestead Trio - Lewis, Sam M. - Young, Joe - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1918
  • In the little red school house

    Copyright: Edward B. Marks Music Corp., 1922. Coupling date: 4/6/1922. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. In catalog: tenor and baritone. With (reverse side): Broken-hearted blues / Al Bernard.

    • Contributor: Wilson, Al. - Brennan, James A. - Jones, Billy - Hare, Ernest - Edison - Wilson, Al (Vocalist) - Wilson, Al
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922
  • Carolina rolling stone

    Coupling date: 2/20/1922. Cutout date: 11/21/1927. On label: tenor with orchestra. With (reverse side): Boo-hoo-hoo / Aileen Stanley.

    • Contributor: Squires, Harry D. - Dalhart, Vernon - Parish, Mitchell - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922
  • I've been floating down the old green river

    Copyright: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, 1915/Mills Music Inc., 1943.t. Coupling date: 1/31/1916. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor with orchestra. The song was introduced by Florence Moore in "Maid in America" (1915). With (reverse side): Cohen at the telephone / George Thompson.

    • Contributor: Cooper, Joe - Murray, Billy - Kalmar, Bert - Edison - Cooper, Joseph
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916
  • 'Till the boys come home

    Coupling date: 12/23/1915. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: baritone and male chorus with orchestra. With (reverse side): My bugler boy / Helen Clark.

    • Contributor: Novello, Ivor - Wheeler, Frederick - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916
  • Lorraine (My beautiful Alsace-Lorraine)

    From Edison records catalog: Did you know that for nearly forty years, since Germany took Alsace-Lorraine from France, a monument to it has stood in Paris, draped in black, and every year adorned with flowers? It is the land France has never ceased to mourn and is probably the only territory she hopes to gain by the war. Fred Fisher has been very clever ...

    • Contributor: Fisher, Fred - Dalhart, Vernon - Bryan, Alfred
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1918
  • The bells of St. Mary's

    Copyright: Chappell & Co., Inc., 1917. Coupling date: 12/16/1920. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor. With (reverse side): Pickaninny rose / Margaret Freer.

    • Contributor: Adams, A. Emmett - James, Lewis - Furber, Douglas - Edison - Adams, A. E. (A. Emmett) - Adams, A. E.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • At the ball that's all

    Copyright: Remick Music Corp., 1913/Jerry Vogel Music Co., Inc. Coupling date: 6/22/1915. Cutout date: 11/21/1927. Chorus finale from Hill's musical 'My Friend from Kentucky' (1913), interpolated into the author's 'Darktown Follies' (1914) and into the 'Ziegfeld Follies of 1913.' With (reverse side): At the Yiddish wedding jubilee / Maurice Burkhart.

    • Contributor: Hill, J. Leubrie (John Leubrie) - Mayo, Harry - Tally, Harry - Edison - Hill, J. Leubrie
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1915
  • Indiana

    Copyright: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc., 1917. Coupling date: 5/11/1917. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: female voices with orchestra. With (reverse side): Can't yo' heah me callin', Caroline? / Vernon Dalhart.

    • Contributor: Hanley, James F. (James Frederick) - Homestead Trio - Macdonald, Ballard - Edison - Hanley, James F.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1917
  • Are you from Dixie? ('cause I'm from Dixie, too)

    Coupling date: 6/8/1916. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor and chorus with orchestra. With (reverse side): Don't bite the hand that's feeding you / Walter Van Brunt.

    • Contributor: Cobb, George L. - Murray, Billy - Yellen, Jack - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916
  • Farmyard medley

    Copyright: Groene Music Pub. Co., August 12, 1901. Coupling date: 6/19/1918. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: descriptive sketch, unaccompanied. With (reverse side): Study in mimicry, vaudeville / John Orren, Lilian Drew.

    • Contributor: Premier Quartet - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1918
  • The aba daba honeymoon

    Copyright: Leo Feist Inc., 1914; renewed by Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan, July 10, 1942. Coupling date: 10/26/1914. Cutout date: 11/21/1927. On label: baritone and tenor, orchestra accompaniment. With (reverse side): My croony melody / Billy Murray and chorus.

    • Contributor: Fields, Arthur - Donovan, Walter - Collins, Arthur - Harlan, Byron G. - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1914
  • Don't bite the hand that's feeding you

    Coupling date: 6/8/1916. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor with orchestra. With (reverse side): Are you from Dixie? ('cause I'm from Dixie too) / Billy Murray and chorus.

    • Contributor: Morgan, Jimmie - Van Brunt, Walter - Hoier, Thomas - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916
  • Give a man a horse he can ride

    Coupling date: 2/1/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: bass-baritone with orchestra. With (reverse side): Thy troubadour / Arthur Middleton.

    • Contributor: O'Hara, Geoffrey - Middleton, Arthur - Thomason, James - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus

    Coupling date: 8/4/1915. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor and chorus. With (reverse side): Aunt Dinah's golden wedding / Empire Vaudeville Company.

    • Contributor: Murray, Billy
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1915
  • Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean

    Copyright: Ed. Gallagher and Al. Shean, Jan. 17, 1922; renewal R49702, 1949. Coupling date: 4/24/1922. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. A comedy patter song, introduced by the vaudeville team of Gallagher and Shean in the musical "Ziegfeld Follies of 1922." With (reverse side): Who tied the can on the old dog's tail? / Edward Meeker.

    • Contributor: Shean, Al - Gallagher, Ed. - Meeker, Edward - Porter, Steve - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922
  • Save a little dram for me

    Coupling date: 5/1/1922. Cutout date: 11/21/1927. With (reverse side): Dinnie Donohue / William Cahill.

    • Contributor: Skidmore, Will E. - Walker, Marshall - Rogers, Duke - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922
  • My mother's rosary

    Copyright: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, 1915/Mills Music Inc. Coupling date: 3/27/1916. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor with orchestra. With (reverse side): There's a long long trail / George Ballard and chorus.

    • Contributor: Meyer, George W. - Van Brunt, Walter - Lewis, Sam L. - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916
  • Beautiful Ohio

    Copyright: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc., 1918. Coupling date: 4/3/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: mixed voices with orchestra. Robert A. King wrote the music under the pseudonym of "Mary Earl" because of a "for hire" contract he had with his publisher. With (reverse side): Alabama lullaby / Gladys Rice, Marion Evelyn Cox.

    • Contributor: King, Robert A. - Macdonald, Ballard - Metropolitan Quartet - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • That tumble-down shack in Athlone

    Copyright: Waterson, Berin & Snyder, 1918. Coupling date: 10/1/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: counter-tenor and chorus with orchestra. With (reverse side): Did you mean all you told me last night? / Manuel Romain.

    • Contributor: Carlo, Monte - Sanders, Alma M. - Oakland, Will - Pascoe, Richard W. - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1920
  • I'm forever blowing bubbles

    Copyright: Remick Music Corp., 1919. Coupling date: 4/10/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: contralto and tenor with orchestra. "Jean Kenbrovin" is a combined pseudonym for James Kendis, James Brockman, and Nat Vincent. With (reverse side): In the old sweet way / Helen Clark, George Ballard.

    • Contributor: Kenbrovin, Jaan - Kellette, John William - Clark, Helen - Ballard, George Wilton - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • Love, here is my heart

    Copyright: Leo Feist Inc., 1915, 1943, 1952. Coupling date: 2/1/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor with orchestra. Also known as "Chere, a toi mon coeur" or "Mon coeur est pour toi," with French words by Louis Delamarre. With (reverse side): Auld lang syne / Old Home Singers.

    • Contributor: Silésu, Lao - Miller, Reed - Ross, Adrian - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • Madelon (I'll be true to the whole regiment)

    Copyright: Remick Music Corp., 1918. Coupling date: 1/15/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: baritone and male voices with orchestra. French words by Louis Bousquet. With (reverse side): Till we meet again / Gladys Rice, Vernon Dalhart.

    • Contributor: Robert, Camille - Fields, Arthur - Bryan, Alfred - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • Crazy blues

    Copyright: MCA, Inc., 1920. Coupling date: 2/15/1921. Cutout date: 11/21/1927. With (reverse side): Pocahontas / Premier Quartet.

    • Contributor: Bradford, Perry - Sissle, Noble - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • There's a long, long trail

    Coupling date: 3/27/1916. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor and chorus with orchestra. Written in 1913 by two seniors at Yale. With (reverse side): My mother's rosary / Walter Van Brunt.

    • Contributor: Elliott, Zo - Ballard, George Wilton - King, Stoddard - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916