Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Transcription Mystery Disc #214

This is a red Wilcox Gay Recordio. It's 8-inches in diameter, spins at 78 rpm and has a metal core. There is some damage to the outermost grooves but the audio cleans up in about 30 seconds. The disc is unlabeled and comes from that mystery stack I connect to WIP-AM in the mid 1940s.

The opening song starts with the lyrics "When I was union, handsome and only 17."  The rest of the song continues as you might expect. This could either be a long lost Union organizer song or a long lost Civil war Union army song. The basic gist is that union guys get all the babes. (I've heard the same thing.)

When I was Union

It's followed by a recording of a crooned version of "Let The Rest Of The World Go By."  The singer appears to be Gene Autry, and the narrator is "Gary".   The song isn't a part of a program, it's a part of an advertisement for Doublemint Gum.  The program is probably Gene Autry's Melody Ranch which was sponsored by Wrigley's.