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A rare wax cylinder recording by Bessie Wynn – a comic tease song from 1910, I'd Love to, But I Won't.

I'd Love to, But I Won't

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 10441
Category Serio-comic song
Title I'd Love to, But I Won't
Performed by Bessie Wynn
Circa November 1910
Announcement None
Bessie Wynn (image courtesy of Lester Levy Collection of Sheet Music)

Actress, singer, and comedienne Bessie Wynn was famous for her roles in the original cast of Victor Herbert's The Wizard of Oz and Babes in Toyland (where Wynn introduced the classic song Toyland).   She introduced several of Irving Berlin's songs, and wrote lyrics as well: including the words to this song.

Although she recorded just three cylinders for Edison, Bessie Wynn probably holds the world's record for the highest-pitched squeaks and squeals ever recorded on a wax cylinder (hear the chirp at 0:23, for example)!

To hear I'd Love to, But I Won't   —

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10441   I'd Love to, But I Won't Bessie Wynn
    A vivacious little serio-comic.   The popular comedienne's imitation of the little miss who coyly admits that she would like to kiss her boy sweetheart but "dassent" is as clever as that of the same "grown-up" miss who would like to indulge in the gayeties of the social whirl but dare not.   The air is sprightly and pretty.   Orchestra accompaniment.   Words, Bessie Wynn; music, Ted Barron; publishers, M. Witmark & Sons, New York City.
— September 1910 Edison Phonograph Monthly [announcing the November records]

— This cylinder is from the collection of Tyrone Settlemier —


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