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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Patrick Feaster
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:42 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Recordings by Sol Smith Russell?
Yes -- an exhibition by Gaston and Marsh in Detroit on September 20, 1888, featured "a recitation by Sol Smith Russell on the Graphophone, which we secured some weeks ago," but it was reported as a failure -- they thought heat had spoiled the cylinder, which would have been the persnickety Bell-Tainter ozocerite kind (letter to Edison, Sept. 21, 1888, TAEM 124:211). For what it's worth, Russell had also displayed what seems to have been a "fake" phonograph in San Francisco in May 1878, likely in conjunction with a ventriloquist named Curtis (San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 1878, quoted in John A. Emerson, "The Arrival of Edison's Tinfoil Phonograph in San Francisco," Inter-American Music Review 11 (Spring-Summer 1991)). I'm not aware of any documentation of him appearing on a Berliner disc, though.
On Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 8:50 AM O'Dell, Cary <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Has anyone ever come across any record of any recordings ever done by
> vaudevillian Sol Smith Russell, possibly for Berliner?
> Cary O'Dell
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