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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1940-11-25
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: Bell Telephone hour (Radio program)
Melton, James, 1904-1961 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Performer)
Voorhees, Donald (Conductor)
Voorhees, Donald (Arranger)
Kreisler, Fritz, 1875-1962 (Arranger)
Teschemacher, Edward, 1876-1940 (Lyricist)
Anderson, Warner, 1911-1976 (Host)
Malotte, Albert Hay, 1895-1964 (Composer)
Drigo, Riccardo, 1846-1930 (Composer)
Heuberger, Richard, 1850-1914 (Composer)
Chabrier, Emmanuel, 1841-1894 (Composer)
Hardelot, Guy d', 1858-1936 (Composer)
MacDowell, Edward, 1860-1908 (Composer)
Valerius, Adriaan, -1625 (Composer)
Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra (Performer)
Bell Telephone Hour Chorus (Performer)
National Broadcasting Company (Producer)

The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1940-11-25
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; Lord's prayer / music by Malotte (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Serenade / music by Drigo (orchestra) ; Announcement ; Midnight bells from operetta The opera ball / music by Heuberger ; rearranged by Fritz Kreisler (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad ; Announcement -- Link 2: España (shortened by 3 min.) / music by Chabrier (orchestra) ; Announcement ; Because / music by d'Hardelot ; lyrics by Teschemacher (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; To a wild rose (originally for piano) / music by MacDowell (chorus, orchestra) ; Bell telephone ad ; Announcement ; The prayer of Thanksgiving (We gather together) / original music by Valerius ; English lyrics by Theodore Baker (Melton, White, chorus, orchestra) ; Closing announcement
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 843-844
Sacred songs (High voice) with orchestra
Lord's prayer (Music)
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Orchestral music
Rhapsodies (Music)
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Thanksgiving Day -- Songs and music
Radio programs, Musical
Radio programs
Radio commercials
Content: Title and date from original disc label; credits from audition.
Source note: Streaming files transferred from original audio discs.
Content: Matrix nos: BB24796 C1 (Disc 1), BB24797 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 31, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 31, part 2"-- On run-out of discs 1 and 2.
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor ; Francia White, soprano ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, conductor.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1940 November 25.
Language: Sung in English.
Citation/reference: Forms part of: The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings, *L(Special) 89-33.
Physical Description
Audio disc
Extent: 2 one-sided audio discs (approximately 30 min.) : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, vertical cut, mono ; 16 in.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16130236
MSS Unit ID: 20502
RLIN/OCLC: 940505548
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20902529
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): def6e1b0-c365-0133-58b0-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1904: Creator Born
  • 1940: Created
  • 1961: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1940.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 11, 2023.

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1940). The Telephone Hour Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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The Telephone Hour