Thomas Alva Edison Recordings
Archer Audio ArchivesThomas Edison


FIRST AUDIO RECORDING:
Edison recites Mary Had A Little Lamb into his 1877 cylinder recorder.



FIRST PHONOGRAPH RECORDING:
The "talking machine" became the "phonograph" when Edison started recording music. In this 1903 excerpt, Edward Meeker performs When The Band Plays 'Yankee Doodle'.



EDISON PROMO:
In what is perhaps the first audio commercial, Len Spencer announces the arrival of the mass-produced, self-contained, fully-mechanical Edison Phonograph in 1906.



JOHN ORREN #1:
Len Spencer introduced Vaudeville mimick John Orren doing a train whistle on this 1918 record.



JOHN ORREN #2:
Orren imitates an orchestra tuning.



JOHN ORREN #3:
An impression of a talking sawmill.



JOHN ORREN #4:
Performing a song with three tones at once.



JOHN ORREN #5:
Hens with a rooster chorus.



EDNA WHITE:
The first recorded female trumpet player, performing When Johnny Comes Marching Home in 1921.



EDNA WHITE:
Experimental trumpet solo recording.



SALLY STEMBLER & EDWARD MEEKER:
1923's Henry's Music Lesson was an imitation of 1922's OKeh Laughing Record, which had been recorded anonymously in Germany.

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Special thanks to Jackie Franck.