Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. No one knows for sure who the very first recording artist was. Here is a look at an early recording artist I have in my collection.
Jaudus Society OrchestraThe ensemble was headed by violinist Eugene A. Jaudas, for many years Edison's orchestra leader. Its hits included "Missouri Waltz" (Edison Blue Amberol 2950, 1916) and "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" (Edison 50469, 1918).
To listen to recordings by Jaudus Society Orchestra, or other early recording artists, visit the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.