American Recording Pioneers / Photo Feature
INSIDE THE EARLY RECORDING STUDIOS
John Young — whose numerous recordings of hymns with partner Frederick J. Wheeler reportedly led comedian Billy Murray to dub them the "Come-to-Jesus Twins" — recording a cylinder for Edison in the early 1900s. Note the cloth-draped ceiling, to dampen echoes, and the horned Stroh violins (middle row).(ENHS)
Tenor Jacques Urlus recording a disc in Edison's Fifth Avenue studio (New York), 1916. (ENHS)
Thomas Chalmers in Edison's Fifth Avenue studio, date unknown. (ENHS)
Edison staffers George Werner and Fred C. Burt in a Columbia Street recording room in West Orange, New Jersey (January 22, 1917). By this time, the West Orange studio was used primarily for experimental and dubbing work, while regular commercial recording sessions were assigned to the New York studio. (ENHS)
Columbia Orchestra in Columbia's New York studio. Date is unknown,
Specht & his Orchestra in Columbia's New York studio, date unknown.
International Novelty Orchestra, a Victor house group under the direction of
Murray, probably at one of the Victor studios,
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