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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1941-08-18
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)
Meilhac, Henri, 1831-1897 (Librettist)
Gille, Philippe, 1831-1901 (Lead)
Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881 (Composer)
Clay, Frederic, 1838-1889 (Composer)
MacDowell, Edward, 1860-1908 (Composer)
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908 (Composer)
Delibes, Léo, 1836-1891 (Composer)
Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912 (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: 1941-08-18
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; Polonaise from opera "Boris Godunov" / music by Mussorgsky (chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement ; I'll sing thee songs of Araby / music by Clay (Melton, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; To a wild rose (originally for piano) / music by MacDowell (White, orchestra) ; Announcement ; The rose enslaved the nightingale / music by Rimsky-Korsakov (Melton, orchestra) ; Aria waltz from ballet "Naila" / music by Delibes (orchestra) ; Bell telephone -- Link 3: Announcement ; Last duet from Act 5 of opera "Manon" (Ah! Des Grieux! O Manon!) / music by Massenet ; libretto by Meilhac and Gille (White, Melton, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 904-905
Dance music
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Cantatas, Secular
Radio programs, Musical
Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881. Boris Godunov. Polʹskiĭ s khorom. Italian
Clay, Frederic, 1838-1889. Lalla Rookh. I'll sing thee songs of Araby; arranged
MacDowell, Edward, 1860-1908. Woodland sketches. To a wild rose; arranged
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908. Romansy, op. 2. Vostochnyĭ romans; arranged. English
Delibes, Léo, 1836-1891. Naila
Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912. Manon, Acte 5. Selections
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: BB27766 C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB27768 C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB27767 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 69, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 69, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 69, 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 1941 August 18.
Language: Sung in Italian, 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
RLIN/OCLC: 949797481
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20958823
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 26fbf8f0-2eb3-0136-9dea-75685d14bf49
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1941: Created
  • 1976: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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 June 4, 2020.

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