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For November 1999 . . .

This month:   From 1895, Banta's Orchestra will play, And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back.


And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back
Company Chicago Talking Machine Company
Cylinder # 410
Category Orchestra
Title And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back
Performed by Banta's Orchestra
Circa 1895
Announcement "Banta's Orchestra will play, And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back."

Frank P. Banta was a talented pianist, music arranger and recording artist of the 1890's. Although he was heard in many of the records coming from the Orange and Newark, New Jersey area recording studios, he was more of a "background" figure because in most of these recordings he was providing the piano accompaniment.

Around 1893 "Banta's Orchestra" appeared in several record company catalogs. His orchestra used a similar format to that of Edward Issler's orchestra, but apparently did not attain a large following and by 1897 had far fewer listings than before.

As was typical in recording sessions of this period, multiple phonographs were used simultaneously in order to make several copies of the performance at a time. From the sound of this recording, it seems the phonograph used to cut this particular record was a tad too close to the cornetist and far from Banta on the piano.

Banta was probably in his early 20's when this recording was made. He continued recording piano accompaniment over the years and was heavily utilized in Edison's National Phonograph Company recordings up until his death, in 1903, at the age of only 33.

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— This cylinder of the month is from the collection of  Kurt Nauck —

                                       


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