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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1940-11-11
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
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)
Harbach, Otto, 1873-1963 (Lyricist)
Weatherly, F. E. (Frederic Edward), 1848-1929 (Lyricist)
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892 (Lyricist)
Hammerstein, Oscar, 1895-1960 (Lyricist)
Dix, J. Airlie, 1862-1911 (Composer)
Braga, Gaetano, 1829-1907 (Composer)
Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972 (Composer)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847 (Composer)
Wood, Haydn, 1882-1959 (Composer)
Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953 (Composer)
Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945 (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: 1940-11-11
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; The trumpeter / music by Dix ; words by Barron (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Angel's serenade / music by Braga ; arr. for chorus and orchestra ; Giannina mia from operetta Firefly / music by Friml ; words by Harbach (White, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; Scherzo from Midsummer night's dream / music by Mendelssohn (orchestra) ; Roses of Picardy / music by Wood ; lyrics by Weatherly (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement -- Link 3: Now sleeps the crimson petal (originally for voice and piano) / music by Quilter ; lyrics by Tennyson (chorus, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad ; Why do I love you from the musical Show boat / music by Kern ; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2 (Melton, White, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 839-840
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Incidental music
Orchestral music
Radio programs, Musical
Dix, J. Airlie, 1862-1911. Trumpeter
Braga, Gaetano, 1829-1907. Serenata; arranged. English
Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972. Firefly. Giannina mia
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Sommernachtstraum. Scherzo
Wood, Haydn, 1882-1959. Roses of Picardy
Quilter, Roger, 1877-1953. Songs, op. 3. Now sleeps the crimson petal; arranged
Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945. Show boat. Why do I love you?
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: BB24661-C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB24663-C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB24662-B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 29, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 29, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 29, 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.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1940 November 11.
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 (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: 939554431
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20894238
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2df43ca0-c365-0133-ed4e-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1940: Created
  • 1976: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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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. 1940.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 25, 2024.

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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