Dawn of Sound Netcast Episode 1

Billy Murray fixes up his automobile, Esther Walker belts it out slow and easy, Salt & Pepper has them crazy blues and who is Zina Brozia?

Join Adrian Shuman and I as we take a trip back to the days of Cylinders & 78s in our very first netcast! To listen click on the play button. To download the netcast right click on the download button and select “save link as” or “save target as”.

Dawn of Sound Episode 1

Show notes
Recorded March 18th, 2007
With Peter Nagy & Adrian Shuman
Studio Producer Ameene Shishakly
Audio Transfer & Restoration: Peter Nagy

He’d have to get under, get out and get under to fix up his automobile.
Billy Murray
Victor 17491 Released 1913

Slow and Easy
Esther Walker
Victor 18680
May 14, 1929

O Promise Me
Harry Macdonough
Victor 1212
Released 1902

I’m Tying the Leaves so they Won’t Fall down
Bryon G. Harlan
Victor 16122
Released 1907

Crazy Blues
Salt & Pepper
Cameo 583
Recorded July 14th, 1924

Jewel Song – Faust
Zina Brozia
Columbia A1242
Released 1912

By the light of the Silvery Moon (Take 2)
Ada Jones & Male Quartette
Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder Record 1512

Life Will Be a Bed of Roses
Hollywood Dance Orchestra
Banner 1837
Recorded August 16, 1926


Comments (2)

  1. Infrogmation

    “Slow and Easy” is a slight variation on the Buddy Bolden standard from about 20 years earlier “Don’t Go Away Nobody”. (The tune appears under many titles in the New Orleans tradition, eg, “Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout Sammy” by the Sam Morgan Jazz Band.) Check out the great recording of “Slow and Easy” by the Louisiana 5 on Columbia — one of their more popular records… and keep an eye and ear out for the alternative takes!

    I’m a fan of the unjustly obscure “Salt & Pepper”. They were Frank Salt and Jack Pepper. Unlike the other “Salt & Pepper” Cameos which I’m familiar with, which are duets, this seems to be by Jack Pepper alone for some reason.

    Salt & Pepper made regular radio broadcasts in the mid/late 1920s and appeared on Vaudeville and Broadway reviews. They split up in 1929; with Salt disappearing into obscurity for all I can find, but Pepper making success as a soloist before teaming up and marrying a young dancer named Ginger Rogers. They were billed as “Ginger and Pepper”. Jack Culpepper seemed like a young star on the way up in 1929, but as the public’s tastes in music changed with the Great Depression it didn’t work out that way. He did appear in a number of films later, usually in character roles.

    From the volume I’ve assumed the mid ’20s Salt & Pepper Cameos were acoustically recorded. Cameo using electric in 1924?? Interesting if so!

    Thanks for sharing some great records.

  2. sandra742

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