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have long been intrigued by Little Wonder. They look like children's
records, but the repertoire is largely the popular songs of the
day. In 1917 Little Wonder was joined by another diminutive disc
line, that was for children — the Harper Bubble Books.
Brooks and Merle Sprinzen reveal the often-turbulent story behind
these labels in a richly illustrated and carefully documented history.
identifies the anonymous performers (including Al Jolson, the California
Ramblers, and other star) and holds many surprising new discoveries
— even picture discs, a recording by presidential candidate
Warren G. Harding, and a group of operatic recordings issued only
BROOKS is the author of the multiple-award–winning
Lost Sounds: Black and the Birth of the Recording Industry
and other major works chronicling early recordings and television.
He is the winner of a 2007 Grammy and an ARSC
Lifetime Achievement Award.
SPRINZEN is a senior marketing and business strategist
and angel investor. She earned her PhD from Harvard University while
a National Science Foundation Fellow.