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The most popular male & female singing duet of the wax cylinder era, Ada Jones and Billy Murray,
demonstrate their appeal in Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine from 1908.

Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 9950
Category Duet
Title Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
Performed by Ada Jones & Billy Murray
Circa October 1908
Announcement "Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine, sung by Ada Jones and Billy Murray.  Edison record."

Ada Jones and Billy Murray each recorded dozens of two-minute solo performances for Edison – 70 by Jones, 89 by Murray – as well as dozens of titles for other record companies.   But in the relatively few, just 29, Edison two-minute wax recordings where they teamed up, there was often a certain spark and vitality present – a one-plus-one-equals-three effect: The sound of recording history being made.

Enjoy this fine wax cylinder recording of one of their best duets.

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9950   Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine Ada Jones & Billy Murray
    The charming seashore flirting duet from the musical play, "Three Twins."   Ada Jones and Billy Murray sing the lines of the verse by turns and both join in the chorus.   The duet is the equal of anything these premier duetists have done together.   It is sure to win as many encores from Edison Phonograph owners as the original piece did during the successful run of "Three Twins" in New York last season.   At that time it broke all records for curtain calls.   Orchestra accompaniment.   Music, Karl L. Hoschna; words, O. A. Hauerbach; publishers, M. Witmark & Sons, New York.
— August 1908 Edison Phonograph Monthly [announcing the October records]


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