Popular American Recording Pioneers, 1895-1925

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Encounter the trailblazers whose recordings expanded the boundaries of technology and brought “popular” music into America's living rooms!

Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895--1925 (winner of the 2001 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research) covers the lives and careers of over one hundred musical artists who were especially important to the recording industry in its early years. Here are the men and women who brought into American homes the hits of the day--Tin Pan Alley numbers, Broadway show tunes, ragtime, parlor ballads, early jazz, and dance music of all kinds.

Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895--1925 compiles rare information that was scattered in hundreds of record catalogs, hobbyist magazines, newspaper clippings, phonograph trade journals, and other sources. Look no further! This volume is the ultimate resource on the subject!

You will increase your knowledge in these areas:

  • the recording industry's formative years
  • artists’personalities and musical styles
  • popular music history
  • history of recording technology

    Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895--1925 provides a unique “who's who” approach to popular music history. It is the definitive work on the music that was popular during America's coming of age. No music historian should be without this volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560249931
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Haworth Popular Culture Series
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • How This Project Began
  • What Is Covered in Entries
  • Sources of Information
  • The Beginning of the Recording Industry
  • What Were the Artists Really Like?
  • Record Sales--Not Known Today
  • State of Technology Determining Who Recorded
  • Conditions Under Which Records Were Made
  • Stage Celebrities Versus Professional Recording Artists
  • Advantages to Employing Professional Record Artists
  • The Artists
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    The book gives biographies of the musicians on the old 78s and wax cylinders!

    This is the only book ever published to cover recording pioneers, or singers/musicians who, before 1925, made records (78s/cylinders) of 'popular' music! The book's long opening essay summarizes the history of the early recording industry (rare sources were used--trade journals like TALKING MACHINE WORLD, memos from the Edison, Victor, Zon-O-Phone, U-S Everlasting, and Columbia record companies, etc.). Next are DETAILED encyclopedic articles organized alphabetically: 100 artists with separate entries in the book include the American Quartet, Billy Murray, Ada Jones, Cal Stewart (Uncle Josh), Nat Wills, Steve Porter, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (other 'jass' bands of 1917 covered, too), Paul Whiteman, George J. Gaskin, Carl Fenton, Sam Ash, Aileen Stanley, Henry Burr, the Peerless Quartet, Arthur Collins, Byron G. Harlan, the duo Collins and Harlan (separate entry--new info!), S. H. Dudley, Al Bernard, Edward M. Favor, Rudy Wiedoeft, Sousa, Walter B. Rogers, Vess L. Ossman, Sam Lanin, Bert Williams, Frisco Jazz Band, Olive Kline, J. W. Myers, Ben Selvin, the Green Brothers, Marion Harris, Haydn Quartet, Arthur Fields, Irving Kaufman, Will F. Denny, Frank C. Stanley, Nat Shilkret, James Reese Europe (Jim Europe), Victor Military Band, Victor Light Opera Company, Werrenrath, Shannon Four (Revelers), Richard Jose...many more! Rare info here from many descendants of the artists, from old letters sent to Jim Walsh (some never published by Walsh), from rare primary sources like birth & death certificates, from archives! This is the ONLY book that covers artists who, from the 1890s to the mid-1920s, made records of music that was 'popular' in nature, as opposed to records of operatic arias, symphonic works, or concert pieces. Today we call this period the industry's acoustic era. A pre-electric method for recording was used, with musicians performing into a horn, not a microphone. This encyclopedia covers American artists who recorded Tin Pan Alley numbers, Broadway show tunes, ragtime, 'coon' songs, novelty numbers, quartet arrangements, parlor ballads, early jazz (sometimes called 'jass'), blues, dance music, hymns, and early country. This book makes a distinction between stage personalities who happened to make some recordings--when they found time in their busy schedules--and artists who made their living largely by recording regularly, perhaps finding a little time on the side for theatrical performances, vaudeville, or concert recitals. Few stars of the stage made records regularly. Exceptions are Bert Williams, Nora Bayes, and Al Jolson, but even their output is minuscule compared with that of Henry Burr, Harry Macdonough, Lewis James, Vernon Dalhart, Irving Kaufman, and others who, for a long time, earned a living by recording. Over 100 of these kinds of artists covered in detail, with info available nowhere else!

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