Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Transcription Mystery Disc #213

This is a 6.5 Inch, paper-core Wilcox-Gay Recordio. It spins at 78 rpm and has an outer edge start. One side is labeled "Frankie + Johnny." That side is an recording of a woman singing that very song accapella. It appears completely pedestrian The song dates to at least 1905 [More here] Btu the other side is more unusual.

A Birthday at School


Admittedly the audio isnt' great. I used a noise gate and come filtering to help but it's rough going. It's a recording of a whole class of children greeting a child on their birthday. The sing, and they say their names into the microphone.When the kids get too close to the mic it's actually easier to understand them.. but you can make out the woman's questions...  Interestingly.. that sounds like her singing "Frankie and Johnny." School teacher by day, singing songs of lust, betrayal and murder by night...