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From 1910, a classic recording – Ada Jones introduces By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 10362
Category Sentimental song
Title By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Performed by Ada Jones
Circa May 1910
Announcement None

Dual "firsts": The era's first-lady for popular songs, Ada Jones, renders probably the first commercial recording of this now classic song.

Click here to learn more about this song's colorful composer Gus Edwards (courtesy of the late Murray Pfeffer's The Tunesmiths Database [archived]).

Click here to read a fascinating exposé concerning the song's lyricist Edward Madden and his Madden Music Company (courtesy of Phil Milstein's American Song-Poem Music Archives).

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