PHOEBE KNAPP &
What We Have HERE
IS THE ORIGINAL EDISON WAX
CYLINDER RECORDING OF
Recorded by "THE EDISON MIXED
QUARTETTE" and released in February 1909 by Thomas Edison's
NATIONAL PHONOGRAPH CO. of Orange, New Jersey, it is highly likely
that Phoebe heard before she passed away in July of 1908, what
may be the first recording ever made of her timeless tune she
wrote with lyrcist Fanny Crosby in the 1873
Through the combined efforts of Nashvillian's
John Eberle of AMERICANA MASTERING who has an Edison Cylinder
Phonograph and Rich Adler of
SOUNDWAVE RECORDING STUDIO, I am able to present to you a
digital MP3 file of this historic recording. To hear it just tap
old Tom's picture with your mouse
Below are photos taken at the session
Monday morning Sept. 23, 2002. I'm happy to say all went well.
As Phoebe &
J. F. Knapp's portraits rested on a music stand right near
the horn, John cranked his machine and the room was filled with
her song. As I listened to the nearly hundred year old recording,
I had a strong feeling that these two Knapps both approved.
John's 1905 Edison Triumph Phonograph
in it's traveling mode
Maestro Eberle Setting It Up
Calibrating the RPMs
A proper machine needs a proper microphone
Doctor Adler's Vintage RCA Ribbon Mic
CRANK IT UP!
The Original Heavy Metal!!!
Once again to hear the results
just tap Tom Edison On The Nose
with your mouse.
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