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Thread #35089   Message #477710
Posted By: Chicken Charlie
06-Jun-01 - 02:12 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Whispering Hope
Just when you thought it was safe to ignore this thread ....

I looked in my Edison machine this A.M. and found weird information. The actual cylinder of Whis. H. says it is by Helen Clark and J. Young. On the label, however, it says Helen Clark and Harry Anthony. Just to immunize myself from the nit-whackers, the brand name of those cylinders is Blue Amberol. I said "Blue Seal" but that's a local laundry!!!!! As for a date, neither cylinder nor label has one, so the best I can do is say it was after 1919, as it refers to a patent taken out that year--but a patent on hardware, not a copyright.

I think the limit of three verses might have been imposed by the length of the cylinder; with one song per, they didn't have the option of doing super-long Lily, Rosemary type tracks. Either that or the fourth verse wasn't written yet.