|Thomas Alva Edison Recordings|
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'.
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.
The first recorded female trumpet player, performing When Johnny Comes Marching Home in 1921.
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.