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From 1907, enjoy Ring Out the Bells for Christmas – a cheery band and vocal duet number.

Ring Out the Bells for Christmas

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 9703
Category Band
Title Ring Out the Bells for Christmas
Performed by Edison Concert Band
Circa December 1907
Announcement "Ring Out the Bells for Christmas, played by the Edison Concert Band."

With nearly one-half of this recording featuring a Christmas carol duet sung by tenor Reed Miller and baritone Reinald Werrenrath, the record easily could have been (and in some circumstances would have been) categorized as a duet but instead the 'brass' marketed it as a band selection.

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9703   Ring Out the Bells for Christmas Edison Concert Band
    A truly seasonable and very originally conceived and executed Record, which will have a large sale.   Sweet Christmas chimes are introduced into the selection and then the finely blended tenor and baritone voices of Messrs. Miller and Werrenrath are heard singing a Christmas carol.   Special arrangement, not published.
— October 1907 Edison Phonograph Monthly [announcing the December records]

Interested in hearing other 'Christmasy' wax cylinder recordings?

Key Title Category Performed by Circa
12/2012 Auld Lang Syne Quartette Edison Male Quartette 1898
12/2002 Hallelujah Chorus Band Battery Band of New York 1894
12/1997 Joy to the World Band Edison Concert Band 1906
12/1998 O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis) Quartette Columbia Quartette 1904
12/2000 The Sleigh Ride Party Descriptive selection The Greater New York Quartette 1898


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