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The plantation era sounds of Polk Miller and His Old South Quartette singing, Old Time Religion.

Old Time Religion

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 10333
Category Quartette
Title Old Time Religion
Performed by Polk Miller and His Old South Quartette
Circa March 1910
Announcement None

As the days of plantation life faded further into history, the nostalgic sounds of the "Old South" – such as those provided by Polk Miller and His Old South Quartette – became early cultural cross-over "hits" among the record-buying public.

To learn more about and hear another selection by Polk Miller and His Old South Quartette, see the April 2000 Cylinder of the Month.

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10333   The Old Time Religion Polk Miller and Quartette
    This hymn is of negro origin, but owing to the fact that its words and melody stir the popular heart, the Southern whites have introduced it into their church services.   Unaccompanied.
— January 1910 Edison Phonograph Monthly [announcing the March records]


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