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Enjoy Three Minutes With the Minstrels from 1899 featuring S. H. Dudley and Arthur Collins.

Three Minutes With the Minstrels

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 4705
Category Minstrels
Title Three Minutes With the Minstrels
Performed by S. H. Dudley & Arthur Collins
Circa May 1899
Announcement "Three Minutes With the Minstrels, introducing the popular song 'Break the News to Mother'. Gentlemen, be seated."

Part of Edison's popular Minstrel series of recordings, here we experience a highly compressed minstrel show on a brown wax cylinder.   The featured song Break the News to Mother was a hit song from 1897 about casualties of war.

Despite the title's claim, the recording provides just 2½ minutes with the minstrels . . .

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