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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast,1941-02-17
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)
Voorhees, Donald (Arranger)
Bunn, Alfred, 1796?-1860 (Librettist)
Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919 (Librettist)
Giacosa, Giuseppe, 1847-1906 (Librettist)
Balfe, M. W. (Michael William), 1808-1870 (Composer)
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 (Composer)
Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899 (Composer)
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908 (Composer)
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 (Composer)
Dvořák, Antonín, 1841-1904 (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: 1941-02-17
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; Then you'll remember me, from opera The Bohemian girl / music by Balfe ; words by Bunn (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; 1st mvmt from Moonlight sonata / music by Beethoven ; arr. for orchestra by Voorhees ; Bell Telephone ad ; Announcement ; The night of the ball (arr. from waltz Vienna life) / music by Strauss (arr. and performed by White with orchestra) -- Link 2: Announcement ; Introduction to opera The little golden cockerel / music by Rimsky-Korsakov (orchestra) ; Announcement with commentary by Melton ; Recondita armonia / music by Puccini ; libretto by Illica and Giacosa (Melton, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad ; Announcement ; Largo, from New World Symphony (arr. for voices and orchestra) / music by Dvořák (White, Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 866
Orchestral music, Arranged
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Radio programs, Musical
Balfe, M. W. (Michael William), 1808-1870. Bohemian girl. Then you'll remember me
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Sonatas, piano, no. 14, op. 27, no. 2, C♯ minor. Adagio sostenuto; arranged
Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899. Wiener Blut (Waltz); arranged
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908. Zolotoĭ petushok. Vvedenie
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Tosca. Recondita armonia
Dvořák, Antonín, 1841-1904. Symphonies, no. 9, op. 95, E minor. Largo; arranged
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: BB25761 C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB25762 B2 (Disc 1, side 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 43, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 43, part 2"-- On run-out of disc.
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor and commentator ; Francia White, soprano and arranger ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, conductor and arranger.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1941 February 17.
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: 1 two-sided audio disc (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: 944455027
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20915948
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 57c13dd0-5d31-0136-f972-4b6846aecb48
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1941: 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. 1941.

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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 June 25, 2024.

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

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The Telephone Hour