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"LOST" RECORDINGS

Despite the best efforts of the Library of Congress and other sound repositories around the world, innumerable items from the world’s recorded sound history are believed to be lost.  For example, it is estimated that only 2% of the 3000-plus cylinder recordings produced by the North American Phonograph Company (NAPCo) between 1889 and 1894 have been accounted for.

Some other recordings, commercially released or not, believed to be among the missing include recordings made by Judy Garland, Irving Berlin and even Mark Twain.

There is always, however, the possibility that one or more of these may turn up in attics, basements or elsewhere.  The Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress is currently searching for the following titles.  Have you seen—or heard—any of these?  (They may exist as test pressings or commerical releases, and on cylinder, disc or other media.)

If you have, please contact: codell@loc.gov.

RADIO/BROADWAY           
Abbott and Costello:  “Who’s on First?” (debut radio performance as heard on “The Kate Smith Show,” March 24, 1938)
“Amos ‘n’ Andy” (first broadcast) (1928)
Joseph C. Miron:  “My Low 'C'” (1901) (original cast recording, from “The Chaperons”)
“Last Christmas Tree, The” (CBS radio editoral by William Lindsay White, 12/24/40)
Lou Gerhig:  “Luckiest Man Alive” (full speech/broadcast) (July 4, 1939)

COMMERCIAL RECORDINGS
4 Black Troubadours:  “Bumble Bee” (Homophon) (1906)
4 Black Troubadours:  “Brother Michael” (Homophon) (1906)
4 Black Troubadours:  “I Think of Thee” (Homophon) (1906)
4 Black Troubadours: "My Starlight Sue" (Homophon) (1906)
4 Black Troubadours: "Neger als Tyroler" (film sync disc) (1910)
Ada Jones: "Sweet Marie" (North America, Columbia or Berliner) (1891)
Belle Davis and her Pickaninnies: "My Rainbow Coon" (G&T/Zonophone) (1902)
Bert Williams:  “Cake Walk” (G&T) (1903)
Bert Williams: "Ghost of a Coon" (Victor) (1900)
Bert Williams:  “Mammy's Pickaninny Boy” (1897)
Bert Williams:  “My Little Zulu Babe” (solo version) (1901)
Bing Crosby: "A Cotage for Sale"
Bing Crosby:  “Delicious” (1931)
Bing Crosby:  “Got To Wear You Off My Weary Mind” (1944)
Black Patti Troubadours cylinders (1897)
Bohee Minstels:  “Banjo Duet” (Edison) (1890)
Buddy Bolden cylinder(s) (c. 1900)
Capt. Ellis and His Jazz Band: "Ev'rybody Shimmies Now" (HMV) (1919)
Capt. Ellis and His Jazz Band:  “On the Level You’re a Little Devil” (HMV) (1919)
Carlisle and Wellmon: "Go' way, Mendelssonhn Moon" (Regal) (1913?)
Carlisle and Wellmon:  “Kiss Me Right” (Regal) (1913)
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Bed Bugs And Snakes” (1934)                            
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Black Cow Blues” (1934)
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Delta Murder, The” (1934)                                        
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Dog Train Blues” (1934)
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Mind Readers Blues” (1934)    
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Move Your Trunk” (1934)                                          
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Oh Lord I’m In Your Hands” (1934)                   
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Stoop Down” (1934)
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Till The Day Is Done” (1934)                                       
Charley Patton and Bertha Lee:  “Whiskey Distillery” (1934)                                         
Charley Patton:  “Charles Bradley’s Ten-Sixty Blues” (1934)    
Dan and Harvey’s Jazz Band:  “I Love Them All” (Columbia) (1918)
Dan and Harvey’s Jazz Band:  “The Jazz Band” (Columbia) (1918)
Darktown Entertainers: "The Garden of Flowers" (Favorite) (1906)
Darktown Entertainers: "Good Night" (Favorite) (1906)
Darktown Entertainers: "I'll Keep a Warm Spot in My Heart for You" (Favorite) (1906)
Darktown Entertainers: "I Want to See the Dear Old Home Again" (Favorite) (1906)
Darktown Entertainers: "Liza" (Favorite) (1906)
Darktown Entertainers: "Malinda Medley" (Favorite) (1906)
Darktown Entertainers: "Medley of Popular Songs" (Favorite) (1906)
Darktown Entertainers: "The Sun Do Move"/"Cakewalk" (Favorite) (1906)
Darktown Troup: "The Whistling Coon" (British Gaumount) (1906)
Edward M. Favor:  “Isabella” (1897)
Edward M. Favor: "The King's Song" (US Phonograph Co. of New Jersey) (1893)
Edward M. Favor:  “Newsboys Chorus” (1897)
Edward M. Favor:  “My Little Star” (1897)
Edward M. Favor:  “Yew-ra-liar-ty” (1897)
Ethel Waters: "Spread Yo' Stuff" (Black Swan) (1922)
Ethel Waters: "Struggle" (Black Swan) (1922)
Fisk Jubilee Quartet:  “Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray"/"Shout All Over God's Heaven and Little David” (1916)  
Fisk Juliee Quartet:  “A Perfect Day/Goin' Up” (1916)
Ford Dabney cylinders (c. 1910)
Frances Williams:  “I Knew Him When” (1934)
Frank Daniels:  “My Angeline” (1896)
Frank Sinatra:  “Farewell Amanda” (for the soundtrack of “Adam's Rib”) (1949)
Fred Astaire:  “Say It With Firecrackers” (c. 1941)
George Bohee:  “Bohemian Galop” (Edison Bell Supply) (1898)
George Bohee: "The Darky's Awakening" (Edison Bell Supply) (1898)
George Bohee: "The Darky's Dream" (Edison Bell Supply) (1898)
George Bohee: "The Darky's Wedding" (Edison Bell Supply) (1898)
George Bohee: "The Darkies Patrol" (Edison Bell) (1898)
George Bohee:  “Hunter’s March” (Edison Bell Supply)(1898)
George Bohee:  “March in C” (Edison Bell Supply) (1898)
George Bohee: "Medley of Airs" (Edison Bell Supply) (1989)
George Bohee:  “Niagara March” (Edison Bell Supply) (1898)
George Bohee: "Resistless March" (Edison Belly Supply) (1898)
George Bohee: "The Yellow Kid's Patrol" (Edison Bell Supply) (1898)
George J. Gaskin: "The Cobbler" (Edison) (1891)
George J. Gaskin: "The Picture Turned Toward the Wall" (Columbia or North America) (1891)
George J. Gaskin: "Sweet Marie" (1891)
George Ruthland Clapham Champion Band:  “Notin’ But” (Vox) (1924)
George Ruthland Clapham Champion Band:  “Runnin’ Wild” (Vox) (1924)
George W. Johnson:  “Laughing Darkey, The” (1892)
George W. Johnson:  “Uncle Ned's Dream” (1892)
Georgia Piccaninnies: "Plantagentanze" (film sync disc) (1909)
Gershwin Trio:  “Kismet and Chica” (1920)
Gilmore Band for Edison:  "The Conqueror March" (1891)
Gilmore Band for Edison:  “Emmet’s Lulaby” (Cornet by Mr. Thos. Clark) (1891)
Gilmore Band for Edison:  Others from 1891
Gilmore Band for Edison:  Overture--“William Tell” (1891)
Gilmore Band for Edison:  “Salute to Orange” (1891)
Gilmore Band for Edison:  Selection from “La Cicagle” (1891)
Gilmore Band for Edison:  “Song & Dance (Cornet Solo) Twilight Masquerade” (1891)
Gilmore Band for Edison:  Selection from “The Merry Monarch” (1891)
G.P. Huntley:  “Algy's Simply Awf'lly Good at Algebra” (1902)
H.M. (Henry Make) Johnson:  “Just Kiss Yourself Good-bye” (Odeon) (1904)
H.M. (Henry Make) Johnson:  “My Carolina Caroline” (Odeon/Nicole) (1904)
H.M. (Henry Make) Johnson: "My Lady Hottentot" (Odeon) (1904)
H.M. (Henry Make) Johnson:  “My Pretty Ace of Spades” (Odeon/Nicole) (1904)
H.M. (Henry Make) Johnson: "My Sweet Suzanne" (Odeon) (1904)
Irving Berlin:  “Always” (c. 1925)
Jack Johnson:  “My Own Story of the Big Fight at Reno, Nevada, July 4, 1910” (part 2)
Jack Norworth and Nora Bayes:  “Shine On, Harvest Moon” (1910)
James T. Powers: "Champagne Cocktails" (Berliner) (1897)
Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra:  “Play it Red” (1927)
Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra:  “Stampede” (1927)
John McCloskey:  “Alma” (1911)
John McCloskey:  “Love Me” (1911)
John Payne and Lawrence Brown: "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" (HMV) (1923)
Josephine Marcashani: "Lachcouplet" (film sync disc) (1908
Josephine Morcashani: "My Girl From Tennessee" (film sync disc) (1908)
Josephine Morcashani: "My Old Kentucky Home" (film sync disc) (1908)
Judy Garland:  “Hold That Bulldog” (1936)
Judy Garland:  “Who Know” (1937)
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band:  “If You Want My Heart (You Got to ‘Low it, Babe)” (1923)
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band:  “Sweet Something Dear, The”  (1923)
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band:  “When You Leave Me Alone to Pine” (1923)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton: "Goodnight, Lucinda" (Odeon) (1904)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton: "Katie" (Grammavox) (1911)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton:  “Massa’s in the Cold, Cold Ground" (Favorite) (1906)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton:  “Mammy’s Only Child” (Favorite/Grammavox) (1906)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton: "My Old Kentucky Home" (Favorite/Grammavox) (1906)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton: "Old Folks at Home" (Favorite) (1906)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton: "Stay in Your Own Backyard" (Odeon) (1905)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton: "Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)" (Grammavox) (1911)
Laura Bowman and Pete Hampton: "Tell Me, Dusky Maiden" (Odeon/Edison) (1904)
Lavinia Wilson: "Calm as Night" (Globos-Record) (1906)
Lavinia Wilson: "Good Night Lucinda" (Globos-Record) (1906)
Lavinia Wilson: "Mandy Lou" (Globos-Record) (1906)
Lavinia Wilson: "When the Moon Shines" (Globos-Record) (1906)
Lavinia Wilson: "Why Adam Sinned" (Globos-Record) (1906)
Lorenzo Tio, Sr. cylinders (1898)
Louis Armstrong reference cylinders for the books “50 Hot Choruses for Cornet” and “50 Hot Breaks for Trumpet” (c. 1927)
Louis Armstrong: "I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee" (1929)
Louis Vasnier cylinders (c. 1890)
Maggie Mitchwell:  various Berliner cylinders
Marshall P. Wilder:  various Berliner cylinders
Maurice Farkoa:  “Trilby Song” (1896)
May C. Hyers cylinders (1898)
Miss Bella Fields: "Weil ich dich liebe" (film sync disc) (1908)
Miss Bella Fields: "Swanee River" (film sync disc) (1908)
Mme. Janauschek:  various Berliner cylinders
Norris  Smith:  “A Little Boy in Blue” (Edison Bell) (1907)
Norris Smith:  “Goodbye, Little Girl, Goodbye” (Neophone) (1905)
Norris Smith: "In the Shade of the Palm" (Beka Grand) (1907)
Norris Smith: "I've Got a Feeling for You (Way Down in My Heart)" (Neophone) (1905)
Norris Smith: "When the Moon Shines" (Beka Grand) (1907)
Norris Smith:  “When the Swallows Build Their Nests” (Edison Bell) (1907)
Olga Roller: "In Erin's Isle" (Columbia) (1917)
Pete Hampton: "Alexander" (Neophone/Beka Grand) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "Ain't I No Use, Mr. Jackson?" (Edison Bell/Neophone/Odeon) (1905/1906)
Pete Hampton: "Ain't Ye Gwine to Say 'How-Do'?" (Odeon) (1906)
Pete Hampton:  “Any Rags” (Favorite/Beka Grand/Nicole) (1904/1905/1906)
Pete Hampton:  “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home” (Electric/Odeon) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Chicken" (Favorite) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "Come On Down and Open That Door, Won't You?" (Clarion) (1907)
Pete Hampton: "The Coon with the Banjo Call" (Nicole) (1904)
Pete Hampton: Coonville's Cullud Band (Edison Bell) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "A Darkey Camp Meeting" (Edison Bell) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Dat's de Way to Spell Chicken" (Odeon/Favorite/Beka Grand/Pathe) (1904/1906)
Pete Hampton: "Dat Mouth Organ Coon" (Lambert/Nicole) (1904/1905)
Pete Hampton: "Dat Phrenologist Coon" (GT&T) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Dat's De Way You Live and Die" (Clarion) (1907)
Pete Hampton: "Every Little Bit Helps" (Odeon/Gaumont/Beka Grand) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "Follow In Your Father's Footsteps" (Edison Bell) (1905)
Pete Hampton: "Hannah Won't You Open That Door" (Warkwick/Beka Ground) (1906/1908)
Pete Hampton: "Home Ain't Nothing Like This" (Odeon/Favorite/Lambert/Edison) (1904/1906)
Pete Hampton: "Idoline" (Nicole) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "If I Only Had a Job" (Lambert/Edison) (1903/1904)
Pete Hampton: "I'll Keep A Warm Spot in My Heart For You" (Odeon) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "I'm a Jonah Man" (Odeon/Edison/G&T) (1904/1905)
Pete Hampton: "I'm Broke Now, But I Won't Be Always" (Odeon) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "I'm Going, I'm Going, I'm Gone" (Edison Bell) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "I'm Going to Live, Anyhow, Until I Die" (Favorite/Odeon/Beka Grand/Nicole) (1904/1906)
Pete Hampton: "The Glory Song" (Edison Bell) (1905)
Pete Hampton: "If I Only Had a Job" (Odeon/Nicole) (1904)
Pete Hampton:  “I Want to See the Dear Old Home Again” (Electric) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "The Laughing Coon" (Sterling) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "Listen to the Big Brass Band" (Neophone/Beka Grand) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "Liza" (Odeon) (1905)
Pete Hampton: "Lookin' into My Baby's Eyes and Say 'Goo Goo'" (Sterling) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "Mandy" (Nicole/Edison) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Mammy's Only Chile" (Nicole Champion) (1905)
Pete Hampton: "Mariar" (Odeon) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "Massa's in the Cold, Cold Ground" (Electric/Odeon) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Minstrel Record Nr. 9" (Lambert/Edison Bell) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "My Friend From Home" (Odeon/Lambert/Nicole) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "My Old Kentucky Home" (Odeon/Lambert/Edison) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Oh! Dem Golden Slippers" (Nicole) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Old Black Joe" (Lambert/Edison Bell) (1904/1905)
Pete Hampton: "One Ain't Nothing Like This" (Favorite) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "On Emancipation Day" (Odeon/Nicole) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "The Phrenologist Coon" (Odeon/Neophone/Edison) (1904/1906)
Pete Hampton: "Please Go Away and Let Me Sleep" (Odeon/Lambert/Nicole) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Poor Mourner" (Odeon) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "Rastus Johnson, USA" (Neophone) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "Shrimp's and Winkles" (Odeon) (1905)
Pete Hampton:  “Teasin’” (Electric/Edison) (1905)
Pete Hampton: "Under the Bamboo Tree" (Electric) (1904)
Pete Hampton: "What Are You Going to Do When the Rent Comes Around?" (Odeon/Beka Ground) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "When Sousa Comes to Coon-Town" (Edison Bell/Zonophone) (1904/1905)
Pete Hampton: "Who's There (Knockin' at My Door)" (Pathe) (1906)
Pete Hampton: "You're All Right, Jasper" (Odeon/Edison/Zonophone) (1904)
Pete Hampton and Norris Smith: "Coon, Coon, Coon" (Edison Bell) (1904)
Pete Hampton and Olly Oakley: "I'm Going to Live, Anyhow, Until I Die" (Edison Bell) (1904)
Pete Hampton and Franks: "Liza" (Nicole) (1905)
Pete Hampton and Franks: "Massa's in De Cold, Cold Ground" (Nicole) (1905)
Pete Hampton and Franks: "Shrimps and Wrinkles" (Nicole) (1905)
Pete Hampton and Franks: "Stay In Your Own Backyard" (Nicole) (1905)
Pete Hampton and Franks: "Teasing" (Nicole) (1905)
Roland Hayes:  “A Spirit Flower” (c.1918)
Roland Hayes:  “I Hear You Calling Me” (1918)
Roland Hayes:  “Steal Away to Jesus” (1918)
Seth S. Weeks: "Allegro" (Pioneer/Columbia/Edison) (1901/1903)
Seth S. Weeks: "At a Georgia Camp Meeting" (Pioneer/Columbia) (1901/1903)
Seth S. Weeks: "Brahms Hungarian Dance" (Pathe) (1904)
Seth S. Weeks: "The Charlatan March" (Berliner) (1900)
Seth S. Weeks:  “Concert Polka” (Pioneer/Columbia/Edison) (1901/1903/1904)
Seth S. Weeks: "Donauwellen" (Pioneer) (1903)
Seth S. Weeks:  “Handicap March and Twostep” (Pioneer/Edison Bell/Pathe) (1901/1903/1904)
Seth S. Weeks: "Jeunesse Doree" (Nicole) (1904)
Seth S. Weeks: "Laburnum Gavotte" (Pioneer/Columbia) (1903)
Seth S. Weeks: "Lumbrin' Luke" (Columbia) (1904)
Seth S. Weeks: "Mazurka de Concert" (Pioneer/Edison) (1901/1903)
Seth S. Weeks: "Overture" (Pioneer/Columbia/Edison) (1903)
Seth S. Weeks:  “Soldiers in the Park” (Pioneer) (1903)
Seth S. Weeks: "Popular Airs Medley" (Pioneer) (1903)
Seth S. Weeks: "Soldiers in the Park" (Pathe) (1904)
Seth S. Weeks:  “The Washington Post March” (Pioneer/Pathe) (1903/1904)
Seth S. Weeks:  “Whistling Rufus” (Pioneer) (1903)
Sol Smith Russell:  various Berliner cylinders
Standard Quartette cylinders (c. 1890)
Unique Quartette cylinders (c. 1890)
Virginia Earl:  “A Simple Little String” (c.1899)
W.H. Crane:  various Berliner cylinders
W.H. MacDonald: "Brown October Ale" (Berliner) (1891)
Wilbur Sweatman:  “Maple Leaf Rag” (first recording) (c. 1903)
Will Garland Negeroperette: "Die Douglas-Trupe" (film sync disc) (Deutsche Vitascope) (1909)
Will Garland Negeroperette: "Flower Song" (Alfred Duskes/Deutsche Bioscope) (1908)
Will Garland und Douglas Trupe: "Cake Walks und Intermexxos" (film sync disc) (Deutsche Bioscope) (1909)
William H. Thompson:  “In the Moonlight with the Girl You Love” (1902)
Williams and Walker:  “Fortune Telling Man, The” (1901)
Williams and Walker:  “Ghost of the Coon, The” (1901)
Wilson and Wilson: "By the Watermelon Vine" (Globos-Record) (1806)
Wilson and Wilson:  “Under a Panama” (Globos-Record) (1807)
Wilson and Wilson:  “In Dixie” (Globos-Record) (1808)

OTHER
Mark Twain cylinder(s) for Bettini (c.1893)
Wire recordings from the Enola Gay (August 6, 1945)

The list does not purport to be exhaustive. For additional titles the Library is seeking please contact: codell@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress is interested in learning of other recordings that were produced but may no longer exist in any format.  If you know of any such recordings, please e-mail:  codell@loc.gov.

Once received, your communication will be reviewed in-house and you will be contacted.

 

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