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From 1903, a now somewhat uncommon form of entertainment – the whistling specialty: The Bobolink performed by Joe Belmont.

The Bobolink

Company Columbia Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 32100
Category Whistling
Title The Bobolink
Performed by Joe Belmont
Circa May 1903
Announcement "The Bobolink, by Mr. Joe Belmont.   Columbia record."

Once quite popular on the turn-of-the-previous-century stage, whistling solos also recorded very well on wax cylinders – and therefore were regular features in early record company catalogs.

Joe Belmont, whose real name was Joseph Walter Fulton, was one of just a handful of whistling artists (along with John York Atlee, Billy Golden, and Nina Angela) who recorded the bulk of whistling selections on two-minute wax cylinders.

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Interested in hearing other whistling selections on wax cylinders?

Key Title Category Performed by Circa
08/2011 The Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore Whistling John Yorke AtLee 1898
11/2003 The Mocking Bird Whistling solo Billy Golden 1897
01/2002 Our Whistling Servant Girl Song with whistling chorus John Yorke AtLee 1900


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