Monday, December 19, 2022

Thomas Chalmers - O Holy Night (Edison Records, 1914)

O Holy Night was originally a poem written by Frenchman Placide Cappeau in 1843. Composer Adolphe Adam set it to music in 1847 and John Sullivan Dwight of Boston, Massachusetts translated it to English in 1855.

About my disk...

Opera singer Thomas Chalmers, who was born in New York City almost thirty years later, recorded this version of "O Holy Night" (Edison Records 82055-R) on January 9, 1914 at the Edison Recording Studio in Manhattan, New York. It was pressed onto a 78rpm 10 inch-disk that is a quarter inch thick.

It is being played on my 1919 Edison Phonograph, which was purchased by someone at Drennen Piano Company in Orlando, Florida between 1919 and 1927.

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