Re: Bessie Smith recording studios Columbia, Recording of Heart Sounds
- The Nov 1, 1925 edition of the New York Times carries an article
entitled, "Invention Records All Heart Sounds." Here is the section
relevant ot the address of the Columbia Studios.
"An invention for the accurate recording of the sounds of the heart
was demonstrated yesterday by the Columbia Phonograph Company at its
studios, 1819 Broadway."
"--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Jonathan Stroud
> I think it was 55 Fifth Ave.
> --- Rob <robert.gallagher@...> wrote:
> > Just joined the group today. I am trying to find out
> > the addresses of
> > the Columbia studios where Bessie Smith recorded.
> > Chris
> > Albertson's "Bessie" biography and John Hammond's
> > autobiography have
> > references to "lower 5th Avenue," "Columbus Circle,"
> > and the Woolworth
> > Building, but none indicate a specific address for
> > the studio or
> > studios. There is a new book about the history of
> > Columbia coming out
> > next year; that might have something, but if anyone
> > in the group has
> > any information, I would greatly appreciate it.
> > Rob
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- Fano Leon Roppolo passed away yesterday morning. He was the oldest grandson of Leon Roppolo, and remembered (as a very small child) hearing Rapp play one of his last gigs at a local hotel in 1943.
He had been telling me some great family stories for the bio I am writing about Rapp; I just saw him the week before Thanksgiving, and he was doing quite well. His death was rather sudden, although he had been recently diagnosed with cancer.
Fano was the keeper of Rapp's legacy, but unfortunately, his home and its contents were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina and the flooding. One of Rapp's instruments was stolen from the flooded house, and I bet the thief had no idea who it had belonged to.
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