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Early Audio Recordings of Street Pianos
By Jeffrey R. Wood

Another early recording well worth looking for is Indestructible
(brand) 2-minute cylinder record #1159, "Street Piano Medley," by
P.Molinari.  Two complete selections are featured:

    1. That's a Friend of Mine
    2. Harrigan (Irish tune)

I am reminded also of a 1922 Voco Word Roll which I have, #5684, of the
song "Sunshine Alley," a fox trot.  The chorus starts out as follows:

    Sunshine Alley where the hand organs play,
    Sunshine Alley there I first saw the light of day,
    Tho' it's humble and poor .....

Perhaps some company made a 78 RPM record of this, featuring a real
mechanical musical instrument or an orchestral imitation of one.
Anyone know?

Jeffrey Wood

(Message sent Thu 2 Apr 2009, 15:42:47 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Audio, Early, Pianos, Recordings, Street

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