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  • Recording Title

    Having fun with the orchestra

  • Other Title(s)

    • An evening with the minstrels (Series title)
    • Steven Porter and Len Spencer having fun with the orchestra (Alternate title)
    • No. 5 (Part name)
  • Vocal group


  • Performer

    Steve Porter , Len Spencer

  • Genre(s)

    Ethnic characterizations, Comedies, Humorous songs

  • Category


  • Description

    Minstrels, with band

  • Language


  • Label Name/Number

    Victor 1827

  • Matrix Number/Take Number

    [Pre-matrix B-]1827/M-2

  • Recording Date


  • Place of Recording

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [unconfirmed]

  • Size


  • Duration


  • Notes

    Also recorded as [PM-]1071 and C-301.

  • Rights & Access

    This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording is required in order to obtain a copy of the recording. Contact [email protected] for more information.


    Source of original recording: Giovannoni/Lynch Collection (private collection). Inclusion of the recording in the National Jukebox, courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.


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