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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast,1941-04-07
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: Killarney's lakes and fells
Additional title: By Killarney's lakes and fell
Additional title: Bell Telephone hour (Radio program)
Additional title: Were you there? (Spiritual)
Anderson, Warner, 1911-1976 (Host)
Melton, James, 1904-1961 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Commentator)
Voorhees, Donald (Conductor)
Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919 (Librettist)
Giacosa, Giuseppe, 1847-1906 (Librettist)
Millard, H. (Harrison), 1830-1895 (Lyricist)
Balfe, M. W. (Michael William), 1808-1870 (Composer)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 (Composer)
Delius, Frederick, 1862-1934 (Composer)
Faure, J. (Jean), 1830-1914 (Composer)
Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893 (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 Issued: 1941-04-07
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; Killarney's lakes and fells / music by M.W. Balfe (Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Melodie (originally for violin with piano) / music by Tchaikovsky (orchestra) ; Announcement with commentary on Puccini by White ; Addio, dolce svegliare / music by Puccini ; libretto by Illica and Giacosa (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; La calinda, from opera Koanga / music by Delius (orchestra) ; Announcement ; The palms (originally for voice and piano) / music by Faure ; English words by Millard (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Were you there (when they crucified my Lord) (chorus, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 3: Announcement ; O, Divine Redeemer / music by Gounod (White, Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 876-877
Jesus Christ
Songs -- Ireland
Orchestral music, Arranged
Palm Sunday music
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Spirituals (Songs)
African Americans
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Good Friday
Sacred songs (High voice) with orchestra
Radio programs, Musical
Balfe, M. W. (Michael William), 1808-1870. Killarney; arranged
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Souvenir d'un lieu cher. Mélodie; arranged
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Bohème. Addio, dolce svegliare
Delius, Frederick, 1862-1934. Koanga. Dansons la calinda
Faure, J. (Jean), 1830-1914. Rameaux; arranged. English
Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893. Repentir; arranged. English
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: BB26285 C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB26287 C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB26286 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 50, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 50, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 50, part 2 "-- On run-out of discs sides 1 and 2 and 3 respectively.
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor ; Francia White, soprano and commentator ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, conductor.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1941 April 7.
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: 945220840
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20923023
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 826dace0-5d37-0136-000f-7f714948d0df
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1941: Issued
  • 1976: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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The Telephone Hour