Recently I discovered entries for Homer Rodeheaver releases in the 3800 Silvertone series that I wasn’t aware of, which led me to take a new look at several of the Silvertone 3800s that I have. Silvertone was a 25 cent label operated by the Sears Roebuck Co. of Chicago and sold through their mail order […]
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Son of Homer Wanted! by Uncle Dave Lewis Homer Rodeheaver (1880-1955) was the single most important figure in sacred music recording in the acoustic era. He wouldn’t have claimed that though; instead, he would have deferred to Henry Burr, whom among his multi-multitudinous recording activity from 1902-1930 made a concerted and detectable effort towards making […]
HOMER: WANTED! by Uncle Dave Lewis For the past 15 years, I have been working hard to catalog and assess Homer Rodeheaver’s recordings and recording activity, heavily concentrated in — but not exclusively limited to — the field of early sacred recordings. Of course, along with this research, I had assemebled a small, but meaningful, […]
There are those who would wonder why anyone would bother with documenting the work and career of Billy Golden (1858-1926). Golden is seen in some quarters as representing everything that’s repellent and socially unacceptable in the early phonograph industry; a racial pariah whose work amounts to no more than serial abuse of African-Americans. However, I […]
Gateway and Big 4 Hits were labels run out of Cincinnati by Carl Burkhardt of Queen City Records — later Rite — from 1952 to 1958. Low-cost alternatives to major label hit singles, these labels were apparently the first of their kind, preceding Enoch Light’s Waldorf Music Hall label by a year or two. Among […]
I visited Earl Fuller’s grave today. I have been living in Lebanon, Ohio for two and a half years and Fuller’s grave is located about 10 miles from where I sit. Yesterday I did a major update to his Wikipedia page, and I may be moving shortly, so it seemed like the right time to […]