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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1941-01-27
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Additional title: Bell Telephone hour (Radio program)
Additional title: Swing low, sweet chariot
Anderson, Warner, 1911-1976 (Host)
Melton, James, 1904-1961 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Performer)
Voorhees, Donald (Conductor)
Voorhees, Donald (Arranger)
Cormon, Eugène, 1810-1903 (Librettist)
Carré, Michel, 1819-1872 (Librettist)
Oliphant, Thomas, 1799-1873 (Lyricist)
Grieg, Edvard, 1843-1907 (Composer)
Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899 (Composer)
Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897 (Composer)
Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875 (Composer)
Cottrau, Teodoro, 1827-1879 (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: 1941-01-27
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; Joshua fit the battle of Jericho (Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Erotic / music by Grieg ; arr. for orchestra by Voorhees ; Announcement ; Roses from the south (waltz arr. for voice) / music by Strauss (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; Hungarian dance no. 5 / music by Brahms ; arr. for orchestra ; Announcement ; Commentary by Melton ; I hear a dream, from opera The pearl fishers / music by Bizet ; libretto by Cormon and Carré (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement -- Link 3: Swing low, sweet chariot (chorus, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad ; Announcement ; Santa Lucia / music transcribed by Cottrau ; English lyrics by Oliphant (Melton, White, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 861-862
Spirituals (Songs)
African Americans -- Music
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Orchestral music, Arranged
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Dance music
Songs, Italian
Radio programs, Musical
Grieg, Edvard, 1843-1907. Lyriske stykker, op. 43. Erotikk; arranged
Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899. Rosen aus dem Süden; arranged
Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897. Ungarische Tänze. Nr. 5; arranged
Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875. Pêcheurs de perles. Je crois entendre encore
Cottrau, Teodoro, 1827-1879. Santa Lucia; 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: BB25502 ? (Disc 1, side 1), BB25502 B1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB25503 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 40, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 40, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 40, part 2 "-- On run-out of discs sides 1 and 2 and 3 respectively.
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor and commentator ; Francia White, soprano ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, arranger and conductor.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1941 January 27.
Language: Sung in English and French.
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: 941830272
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20906737
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): db53e7b0-c371-0133-5280-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1941: Created
  • 1976: Creator Died
  • 2024: Found by you!
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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 February 21, 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