January 2003
Cylinder of the Month


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From 1903, a 'Hebrew Vaudeville' number: Parody on "Rip Van Winkle Was a Lucky Man", performed by Julian Rose.


Hebrew Vaudeville - parody on Rip Van Winkle was a Lucky Man
 
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 8383
Category Hebrew monologue
Title Hebrew Vaudeville - parody on "Rip Van Winkle was a Lucky Man"
Performed by Julian Rose
Circa April 1903
Announcement "Hebrew Vaudeville introducing parody on 'Rip Van Winkle was a Lucky Man' by Julian Rose.  Edison record."
 

This, the first of eight two-minute wax recordings of Julian Rose's "Hebrew Vaudeville Specialty" series released by Edison, may also be the earliest recording made by Rose.   He later recorded dozens of titles for other major record companies.

Edison carried many, generally light-hearted, 'ethnic' specialty series offerings in his catalogs (see also the April 2002 Cylinder of the Month).   The Edison Phonograph Monthly reported Rose's "comic Hebrew dialect specialty is known all over the country" and is "a 'scream' from beginning to end."

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No need to adjust your computer: Although Rose's delivery speed is initially frenzied, he soon settles into a mildly panicked pace.   My guess is he was warned just before the recording by a technician that he would need to really hustle if he wanted to squeeze all his material onto the two-minute cylinder!

                                       


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