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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1941-07-21
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: Bell Telephone hour (Radio program)
Additional title: Comin' thro' the rye
Anderson, Warner, 1911-1976 (Host)
Melton, James, 1904-1961 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Performer)
Voorhees, Donald (Conductor)
Stokes, Leonard, singer (Performer)
Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919 (Librettist)
Giacosa, Giuseppe, 1847-1906 (Librettist)
Gilbert, W.S. (William Schwenck), 1836-1911 (Librettist)
Sheldon, Edward, 1886-1946 (Adapter)
Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881 (Composer)
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 (Composer)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)
Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900 (Composer)
Barnby, Joseph, 1838-1896 (Composer)
Nitke, Maurice (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: 1941-07-21
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; Hopak / music by Mussorgsky (orchestra) ; Announcement ; Duet from 4th act of "La boheme" / music by Puccini ; libretto by Illica and Giacosa (Melton, Stokes, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Comin' thro' the rye: Scottish air (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; Andante cantabile / music by Tchaikovsky (orchestra) ; Announcement ; "When I was a lad" from comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" / music by Sullivan ; libretto by Gilbert (Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Now the day is over / music by Barnby (chorus, orchestra) ; Bell telephone -- Link 3: Announcement ; "Madrigal of May" from play "The jest" / music by (White, Melton, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 898-899
Dance music
Folk songs -- Scotland
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Orchestral music, Arranged
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Hymns, English
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Radio programs, Musical
Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881. Sorochinskai︠a︡ i︠a︡rmarka. Gopak
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Bohème. O Mimì, tu più non torni
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 1, op. 11, D major. Andante cantabile; arranged
Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900. H.M.S. Pinafore. When I was a lad
Barnby, Joseph, 1838-1896. Now the day is over; arranged
Nitke, Maurice. Madrigal of May
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: BB27461 B1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB27463 C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB2742 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 65, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 65, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 65, part 2 "-- On run-out of discs sides 1 and 2 and 3 respectively.
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor ; Leonard Stokes, baritone ; Francia White, soprano ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, conductor.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1941 July 21.
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: 949476558
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20956427
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c246d970-2c7c-0136-fce0-0f55b7e0c95a
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

MLA Format

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 September 27, 2023.

APA Format

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