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A rendition by American Quartet (with Will Oakland) of "In the Gloaming", a song first composed in 1877 by Annie Fortescue Harrison (1850/1–1944) using lyrics taken from a poem by Meta Orred (1845/6-1893). …Continued
American singer Lucy Isabelle Marsh (1878 – 1956) made her career as a professional recording artist for the Victor Talking Machine Company. She was an anonymous mainstay of the regular recording program of the company from 1909 into the late 1920s, while at the same time, she quickly won popular …Continued
Enrico Caruso made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. This was one of Housed at: Internet Archive Underlying Work: PD 70 years | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: MP3 …Continued