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In 1907, New York's financial districts needed to be taught the Golden Rule, as an October run on the Knickerbocker Trust Co. precipitated one of the biggest depressions in U.S. history. When the panic transpired, President Teddy Roosevelt was on a two-week nature expedition down the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, in homes across America, people were listening to Billy Murray, Ada Jones, Byron Harlan, and the newly-arrived sensation from the highlands of Scotland, Harry Lauder.

A Penchant for Sentimental Ballads
What adult today doesn't remember singing "School Days" in his or her youth? This classic song of nostalgia for the rigors of "readin' and writin' and 'rithmetic" was composed by Will Cobb and Gus Edwards and first heard in 1907. Byron G. Harlan, who performs it here, had perhaps his biggest successes this year. With "Nobody's Little Girl" and Paul Dresser's heartbreaking swan-song masterpiece, "My Gal Sal," Harlan had phonograph listeners shedding many a tear.

Cowboy and Indian Songs
Two peculiar genres were very much in vogue during 1907: so-called "cowboy" songs and "Indian" songs. Neither kind was especially authentic to its supposed origins, but that made little difference. In the former category, Billy Murray builds on the 1906 success of "Cheyenne" with his version of "San Antonio," performed here on an Edison black wax cylinder with a chorus. And in the latter genre, "Indian" songs, is "Red Wing," as sung by the team of Frank Stanley and Henry Burr. "Red Wing" was so well known that T. S. Eliot referenced it in his signature poem, "The Waste Land."

Now Appearing!
For many of the performers included here, their recordings during 1907 marked a first. "The Bird on Nellie's Hat" was the first release by new vaudeville star Helen Trix. For Harry Lauder, "I Love a Lassie" was his first recording released stateside (although it was made in 1905). Meanwhile, "The Bully" (an 1896 smash) was from May Irwin's first and only set of sessions for Victor. For the U.S. Marine Band, "Maple Leaf Rag" was from the first sessions for the outfit after a long absence from recording. And finally, the sketch, "Three Rubes Visiting New York" is taken from the first batches of releases for the new Indestructible cylinder company.

Songs You Can't Forget
"Auld Lang Syne," "My Irish Rosie," and "Merry Widow Waltz" are tunes that have stood the test of time. Here they are in versions nearly one hundred years old. These are recordings made by the most significant of early phonograph personalities: Frank C. Stanley, a singer of solo songs, duets with Henry Burr, and quartets with the Columbia Quartet; Ada Jones, already the most popular of all female singers, and newly introduced as a partner with Billy Murray; and the Victor Orchestra, ably conducted by Walter B. Rogers.

Nowhere else can you find all these great original songs, by the original artists, on one CD, beautifully remastered and accompanied by a lush, full-color 24-page booklet featuring extensive notes, an essay on the time period, and original source graphics and sheet music.

CD Details

  • Catalogue number: ARCH 9008
  • UPC: 777215104624
  • Original release date: May 27, 2003
  • Running length: 66:45 / 25 tracks
  • Booklet: 24-page full-color
  • Tracks recorded: 1905-1907
  • Contains racially derogatory language
  • In Archeophone's Phonographic Yearbook series.

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1. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)—Byron G. Harlan (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
2. I Just Can't Make My Eyes Behave—Ada Jones (1907) Listen  Listen Listen Listen
3. San Antonio—Billy Murray & Chorus (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
4. Red Wing (An Indian Fable)—Frank C. Stanley and Henry Burr (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
5. Camp Meeting Time—Collins and Harlan (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
6. Maple Leaf Rag—U.S. Marine Band (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
7. Pagliacci-Vesti la giubba—Enrico Caruso (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
8. Because You're You—Elise Stevenson & Harry Macdonough (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
9. Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk—Ada Jones and Billy Murray (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
10. I Love a Lassie—Harry Lauder (1905) Listen Listen Listen Listen
11. The Bird On Nellie's Hat—Helen Trix (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
12. My Gal Sal—Byron G. Harlan (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
13. Merry Widow Waltz—Victor Dance Orchestra (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
14. No Wedding Bells for Me—Bob Roberts (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
15. Harrigan—Billy Murray (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
16. Honey Boy—Columbia Quartette (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
17. Three Rubes Seeing New York—Peerless Trio (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
18. Bake Dat Chicken Pie—Collins and Harlan (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
19. My Irish Rosie—Ada Jones (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
20. Nobody's Little Girl—Byron G. Harlan (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
21. Because I'm Married Now—Billy Murray (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
22. He's a Cousin of Mine—Bert Williams (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
23. The Bully—May Irwin (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
24. If I'm Going to Die I'm Going to Have Some Fun—Arthur Collins (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
25. Auld Lang Syne—Frank C. Stanley (1907) Listen Listen Listen Listen
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