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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1941-09-01
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: I wished I had wings like Noah's dove
Additional title: Lei o Hawaii
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)
Bunn, Alfred, 1796?-1860 (Librettist)
Herbert, Joseph (Librettist)
Bradley, Edward, 1907- (Librettist)
Piave, Francesco Maria, 1810-1876 (Librettist)
Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 (Composer)
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901 (Composer)
King, Charles E., 1874-1950 (Composer)
Sarasate, Pablo de, 1844-1908 (Composer)
Balfe, M. W. (Michael William), 1808-1870 (Composer)
Straus, Oscar, 1870-1954 (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: 1941-09-01
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; I wished I had wings like Nora's (Noah's) dove (Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement with commentary on Robert and Clara Schumann ; Why (originally for piano) / music by Schumann (orchestra) ; "Addio del passato" from opera "Traviata" / music by Verdi ; libretto by Piave (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; Song of the islands (or Na lei o Hawaii) / music by King (chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Romanza andaluza (originally for piano and violin) / music by Sarasate (orchestra) ; Announcement -- Link 3: "Heart bow'd down" from opera "Bohemian girl" / music by Balfe ; libretto by Bunn (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; "Love's roundelay" from operetta "A waltz dream" / music by Strauss ; English book and lyrics by Joseph Herbert and Edward Bradley ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 908-909
Spirituals (Songs)
Orchestral music, Arranged
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Radio programs, Musical
Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856. Fantasiestücke, piano, op. 12. Nr. 3, Warum?; arranged
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Traviata. Addio del passato
King, Charles E., 1874-1950. Song of the islands; arranged
Sarasate, Pablo de, 1844-1908. Danzas españolas, op. 22. Romanza andaluza; arranged
Balfe, M. W. (Michael William), 1808-1870. Bohemian girl. Heart bow'd down
Straus, Oscar, 1870-1954. Walzertraum. Da draussen im duftenden Garten. 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: BB27875 C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB27877 C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB27876 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 71, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 71, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 71, 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 September 1.
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: 949797790
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20958832
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0ad80890-2eb5-0136-407b-6dedeb1b8f9f
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

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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 November 30, 2023.

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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