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This month: A brown wax concert cylinder recording of the comic song, All the Silver in the Silvery Moon, sung by the great Billy Williams.
|Company||Columbia Phonograph Company|
|Cylinder #||pirated copy (5" diameter)|
|Title||All the Silver in the Silvery Moon|
|Performed by||Billy Williams|
|Announcement||"I wish I had all the silver in the silvery moon."|
With his trademark forced laugh, and characteristic spirit and enthusiasm, it was clear the Australian Billy Williams loved to sing: He had the ability to make an ordinary song memorable. Known as the "Man in the Velvet Suit", he died in 1915 at the age of 38.
This mint condition Columbia grand (5-inch diameter) cylinder is not an original recording but is apparently a pirated copy from a Columbia disk recording made in London in about 1911. How such a clear copy could have been transferred from disk to cylinder beats me. Yet, here it is: A mysterious Columbia grand cylinder recording of Billy Williams. If you listen carefully, you can hear when the duplicating apparatus engages at the beginning of the recording and disengages at the end!
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