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Category Archives: Harry Macdonough

An exciting new development this week with The Talking Machine’s first ever guest interview (unless you count my dad, which I don’t). We talk to Joseph Rubin from the Ted Lewis Museum (www.tedlewismuseum.org) and hear some rare Ted Lewis recordings from his radio days. And of course we listen to another record from the collection; this week’s selection is Victor 18473 featuring “Smiles” and a medley of “Rose Room” and “My Oriental Rose” Performed By Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra. Also: The music festival I didn’t go to.

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Back to Victor and the island of Hawaii and ambiguous naming this week with Victor 18032 featuring “Fair Hawaii” performed by Edna Brown (aka Elsie Baker) and James Reed (aka Reed Miller) and “She Sang ‘Aloha’ to Me” performed by Raymond Dixon (aka Lambert Murphy) and Orpheus Quartet (with Harry Macdonough (aka John Scantlebury Macdonald), Reinald Werrenrath, and William F. Hooley). Also: the semantics of tag.

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