Options Thomas Edison's Attic: Playlist from June 29, 2004 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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Options June 29, 2004: Tim Brooks, author of "Lost sounds: Blacks and the birth of the recording industry, 1890 - 1919"

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We hear from a variety of record labels tonight,
as author Tim Brooks shares early recordings by
Black artists and talks about his new book.

Artist Track Album Year
George W. Johnson  The laughing song   Options Columbia cylinder 7601  1902 
Jack Johnson  Runnin' down the title holder   Options Ajax 17024  1924 
The Unique Quartet  Mama's black baby boy   Options Edison cylinder 694  1893 
Bert Williams & George Walker  My little Zulu babe - from "Sons of Ham"   Options Victor 1086  1901 
Fisk University Jubilee Quartet  Little David play on yo' harp   Options Victor 16448  1909 
Lieut. Jim Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry Hell Fighters Band  Darktown strutters ball   Options Pathe 22081  1919 
Ciro's Coon Club Orchestra, Dan Kildare - director  On the shore at Le-Lei-Wei   Options Columbia 624  1916 
Dinwiddie Colored Quartet  Down on the old campground   Options Victor 1714  1902 


George W. Johnson


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