The Playlist • Indestructible Cylinder Favorites (1908 – 1911)



BAND: In Darkest Africa (from Sousa’s “Three Quotations”)

New York: Released June 1908
Indestructible 785


JOHN J. KIMMEL (accordion): Indian Intermezzo

New York: Released June 1909
Indestructible 1090


FRED VAN EPS (banjo): Trombone Johnsen

New York: Released February 1908
Indestructible 722
“Johnsen” is the correct spelling, per the sheet music and copyright registration.


VESS L. OSSMAN (banjo): Hoop-E-Kack

New York: Released July 1909
Indestructible 1113


ELIDA MORRIS: Stop! Stop! Stop! (Come Over and Love Me Some More)

New York: Released April 1911
Indestructible 1457


ARTHUR COLLINS: Come After Breakfast (Bring ’Long Your Lunch, and Leave ’Fore Suppertime)

New York: Released June 1910
Indestructible 1345



Cylinder Fans — We still have a few copies left of Indestructible and U-S Everlasting Cylinders: An Illustrated History and Cylinderography (an ARSC Award winner). Quantities are limited , and we won’t be reprinting — order soon if interested!


The Playlist • More Billy Murray Favorites (1910–1915)


AMERICAN QUARTET (BILLY MURRAY, lead tenor): That Fellow with the Cello Rag

Camden, NJ: April 4, 1911
Victor 5844 (mx. B 9946 – 5)
Released: June 1911
With studio orchestra (conductor unlisted in files)



Camden, NJ: May 16, 1910
Victor 16504 (mx. B 8959 – 2)
Released: August 1910 — Deleted: May 1913
With studio orchestra (conductor unlisted in files)



Camden, NJ: June 17, 1912
Victor 17166 (mx. B 12112 – 2)
Released: November 1912 — Deleted: November 1914
With studio orchestra (conductor unlisted in files)


BILLY MURRAY: The Magic Melody

Camden, NJ: May 7, 1915
Victor 17790 (mx. B 16004 -2)
Released: July 1915 — Deleted: January 1920
With studio orchestra (Ted Levy, conductor)


Discographical data from the original Victor files, courtesy of John Bolig. The Billy Murray photos below (c. 1919–1920) from the G. G. Bain Collection at the Library of Congress.


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U-S Everlasting Cylinder Artists (1911)

From various 1911 issues of The Talking Machine World:

MSP-TMW-1911_u-s-e_AClockwise, from top: Frank C. Stanley, Henry Burr, Arthur Collins, Charles D’Almaine, Ada Jones, Byron G. Harlan, Fred Van Eps, Vess L. Ossman. Stanley died just a few months before this ad appeared, but most of his records remained in the catalog until U-S Phonograph’s end.
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This ad contains the only photo we’ve seen of the elusive Joe Brown, who also recorded for several of the smaller disc companies (including International Record, as early as 1906).

For details on all U-S Everlasting recordings, be sure to check out Indestructible and U-S Everlasting Cylinders: An Illustrated History and Cylinderography (Kurt Nauck & Allan Sutton), available from Mainspring Press and many major libraries.cover_indestructible-x200.

Pioneer Recording Artists • Irving Kaufman on Irving Kaufman (1967)

A revealing letter from vaudeville and recording-studio veteran Irving Kaufman to the late Quentin Riggs in 1967, which we recently found among Quentin’s papers. Kaufman, who was in his late 70s at the time, reveals that his birth name was Isadore (he went on to become one of the most prolific users of pseudonyms in the early recording industry) and expresses his unhappiness with retired life in Arizona. He and wife Belle later moved to California, which seems to have suited them better. Quentin’s typed transcription is above, followed by the first page of the original letter, in Kaufman’s hand.