A three-minute minstrel show from 1898, the Alabama Troubadours with the Ancient City Quartette singing Because.
This recording is a fine example of the interesting selection #4701
part of Edison's 4700 minstrel "first part" series of
Another interesting quality to the 4700 series is the Ancient City
Several years ago, when I first heard the song presented in this cylinder,
I thought it was a hilarious parody because, as you will hear,
the lead is pining about the great love of his life then the touching
chorus mentions his only regret 'is that we've never
Sheet music to Because (1898) as sung in this recording:
Presented courtesy of the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music.
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It seems this pantographed copy of the recording was started just a little late, missing a bit of the opening announcement.
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