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
  • Medley of Southern airs

    Coupling date: 6/5/1920. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: Banjo solo unaccompanied. From Edison records catalog: Fred J. Bacon, banjo; includes My old Kentucky home, Dixie, and Old folks at home. With (reverse side): Homeward march / John Kimmel.

    • Contributor: Bacon, Fred J. - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1920
  • 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
  • Myona-Hawaiian waltz

    Coupling date: 6/30/1920. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): Kaiwi waltz (Old Hawaiian melody) / Toots Paka's Hawaiians.

    • Contributor: Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • The raggedy man

    Coupling date: 8/1/1914. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: recitation; listed as (a) The Raggedy Man, (b) The Bumblebee, (c) An Impetuous Resolve. With (reverse side): Out to old Aunt Mary's / Harry Humphrey.

    • Contributor: Riley, James Whitcomb - Humphrey, Harry E.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1914
  • 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
  • True to the flag march

    Coupling date: 4/1/1922. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): Serenade / Creatore and His Band.

    • Contributor: Blon, Franz Von - United States Marine Band - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922
  • Elegie

    Coupling date: 12/13/1917. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: tenor solo in French. With (reverse side): 'O solo mio / Guido Ciccolini.

    • Contributor: Massenet, Jules - Ciccolini, Guido - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1918
  • Polski taniec

    Coupling date: 8/21/1922. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: (Polish). With (reverse side): Polka Warszawska "wiszniaczka" / Aleksander Iwanowski.

    • Contributor: Iwanowski, Aleksander - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922
  • 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
  • Lasca

    Coupling date: 6/6/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: recitation with incidental music. With (reverse side): Gunga Din / Harry Humphrey.

    • Contributor: Desprez, Frank - Humphrey, Harry E.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1920
  • Polka Warszawska "wiszniaczka" Warsaw polka /

    Coupling date: 8/21/1922. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): Polski taniec / Aleksander Iwanowski.

    • Contributor: Iwanowski, Aleksander - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922
  • Carnival of Venice--variations

    Coupling date: 2/8/1922. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: cornet solo. With (reverse side): As once in happier days, op. 64 no. 1 / Vladimir Dubinsky.

    • Contributor: Kryl, Bohumir - Burckhardt, John F. - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1922
  • The twenty-third Psalm

    Coupling date: 4/16/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: scripture lesson with hymn, organ and orchestra accompaniment; liner notes available. With (reverse side): St. John 14: 1-3, 25-27 ; The precious name / Rev. William H. Morgan D.D. and the Cavalry Choir.

    • Contributor: Morgan, William H.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • Let us not forget--a message to the American people

    Coupling date: 1/7/1919. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): National airs of the Allies / New York Military Band.

    • Contributor: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva) - Edison, Thomas A.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1919
  • 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
  • 12th Street rag

    Copyright: 1914; Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Coupling date: 2/1/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. With (reverse side): American pep march / Imperial Marimba Band.

    • Contributor: Bowman, Euday L. (Euday Louis) - Imperial Marimba Band - Edison - Bowman, Euday L.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921
  • 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
  • Quand' ero paggio

    Coupling date: 9/7/1921. Cutout date: 10/31/1929. On label: bass with orchestra, in Italian; titles listed as (a) and (b). With (reverse side): Quartet - Bella figlia dell amore / Odette Le Fontenay, Elizabeth Spencer, Max Bloch, Arthur Middleton.

    • Contributor: Verdi, Giuseppe - Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Middleton, Arthur - Edison
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1921