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The great Edward M. Favor sings McGinty at the Living Pictures.

McGinty at the Living Pictures

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 1066
Category Comic song
Title McGinty at the Living Pictures
Performed by Edward M. Favor
Circa 1906
Announcement "McGinty at the Living Pictures, sung by Edward M. Favor.  Edison record."

Edison originally released McGinty at the Living Pictures (on brown wax cylinders) in 1898 performed by Dan W. Quinn (see the July 2000 Cylinder of the Month).   Being a very popular selection, it was later redone on molded (black wax) cylinders – this time performed by pioneering recording artist Edward M. Favor.

Favor used a distinctive and clever style of delivery, which made his recordings very popular.   In fact, good-condition wax cylinders by Favor are often difficult to find because they have typically been worn down from being played so many times.

This great cylinder-of-the-month comic song showcases Favor telling the hilariously pathetic story of Dan McGinty as he experiences for the first time a living pictures show.   Before motion pictures were developed, audiences were entertained by tableaus of actors usually in still scenes and accompanied by orchestral music.

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Interested in hearing other wax cylinder recordings by and learning more about Edward M. Favor?

Key Title Category Performed by Circa
08/2014 I'm Looking For the Man That Wrote "The Merry Widow Waltz Comic song Edward M. Favor 1908
04/2009 Jingles, Jokes and Rhymes Comic song Edward M. Favor 1906
05/2010 Mother's Twilight Song Song Edward M. Favor 1894
04/2006 Near It - Very Near It Comic song Edward M. Favor 1894-1895


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