About this Collection
The recordings listed come from various commercial sound media, from cylinders to CDs and from the 1890s to 2010, including songs from American shows (and of foreign shows that played in America) as performed by members of original, revival, and studio casts. Included are shows produced for the American stage, screen, and television, as well as foreign musical films that played in America. It also includes records of composers performing their own show songs and selected other recordings of related interest.
Print editions of Show Music on Record have been published in 1982 (Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., New York); in 1992 (Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington & London); and in 1998 (Self-published, Washington). A previous online database was developed by the Library of Congress in 1999.
The current online database was developed by the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (Recorded Sound Reference Center) and the Network Development and MARC Standards Office in collaboration with the Public Affairs Office and the Office for Strategic Initiatives. Additional research and editing was contributed by Alan Gevinson.
This database lists recordings that were released through December 2010. Please note that the listings do not reflect Library of Congress holdings.