Ancient Christmas recordings on FHR

smallbee2TuneTracker/Haiku is now broadcasting 24/7 Christmas music on our “flagship” station, “Fair Harbor Radio,” and this year we’ve added something really interesting and historical.

At about half past the hour, we’re featuring “Christmas Past,” a song each hour from our collection of century-old recordings transcribed from ancient Edison cylinders and 78 RPM records.

Edison apparently commissioned a group of musicians and singers he assigned to groups labeled, variously, the Edison Concert Band, the Edison Mixed Quartet, and others. Some of the recordings feature those groups. Other songs, dating from 1906 to 1922, are by a variety of other artists, including famous soloists of the time, as well as the music-box-like “Christmas Bells” melody featured in my previous post.

If you’d like to tune in to Fair Harbor Radio, you can visit the listen page

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