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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1941-09-22
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: Ezekiel saw the wheel
Additional title: Bell Telephone hour (Radio program)
Anderson, Warner, 1911-1976 (Host)
Melton, James, 1904-1961 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Performer)
Voorhees, Donald (Conductor)
Voorhees, Donald (Arranger)
Gilbert, W. S.(William Schwenck), 1836-1911 (Librettist)
Boito, Arrigo, 1842-1918 (Composer)
Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900 (Composer)
Delibes, Léo, 1836-1891 (Composer)
Ponce, Manuel M. (Manuel María), 1882-1948 (Composer)
Ponchielli, Amilcare, 1834-1886 (Composer)
Sarasate, Pablo de, 1844-1908 (Composer)
Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948 (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: 1941-09-22
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; "Flowers that bloom in the spring" from operetta "Mikado" / music by Sullivan ; libretto by Gilbert (Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement ; "Valse lente" from ballet "Sylvia" / music by Delibes (orchestra) ; Announcement ; Little star (Estrellita) (originally for voice and piano) / music by Ponce (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; Ezekiel saw the wheel (chorus, orchestra) ; Announcements ; "Cielo e mar" from opera "Gioconda" / music Ponchielli ; libretto by Boito (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement with commentary on Sarasate ; Zapateado (originally for piano and violin) / music by Sarasate ; arr. by Voorhees (orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 3: Announcement ; Waltzes from "Merry widow" (arranged) / music by Lehar (White, Melton, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 913-914
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Songs -- Mexico
Spirituals (Songs)
Dance music
Orchestral music, Arranged
Radio programs, Musical
Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900. Mikado. Flowers that bloom in the spring
Delibes, Léo, 1836-1891. Sylvia. Valse lente
Ponce, Manuel M. (Manuel María), 1882-1948. Estrellita; arranged. English
Ponchielli, Amilcare, 1834-1886. Gioconda. Cielo e mar
Sarasate, Pablo de, 1844-1908. Danzas españolas, op. 23. Zapateado; arranged
Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948. Lustige Witwe. Selections; arranged. English
Radio programs
Radio commercials
Content: Title from original disc label; credits from audition.
Source note: Streaming files transferred from original audio discs.
Content: Matrix nos: BB28125 B1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB28127 C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB28126 B2 (Disc 2).
Citation/reference: "Telephone Hour, Prog 74, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 74, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 74, part 2 "-- On run-out of discs sides 1 and 2 and 3 respectively.
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor ; Francia White, soprano ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, conductor and arranger.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1941 September 22.
Language: Sung in English and Italian.
Citation/reference: Forms part of: The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings, *L(Special) 89-33.
Physical Description
Audio disc
Extent: 2 (1 two-sided and 1 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: 950399332
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20964004
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 30080e30-2ebc-0136-de09-275fdd10e9e1
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1941: Created
  • 1976: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1941.

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 8, 2023.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1941). The Telephone Hour Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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The Telephone Hour