As part of their Omnibus series, The BBC made a documentary about the history of recording in the late 1980’s which was called Memoirs of a Musical Dog. It aired on Friday May 27, 1988. It’s very good and thanks to the power of youtube, you can see it here:
Part One Early years of Edison and Berliner and Johnson including the origin of Nipper and His Masters Voice:
Part Two Fred Gaisberg recording Caruso recalled by his later assistant David Bicknell and Len Petts demonstrating a recording horn:
Part Three Electrical recording, Abbey Road, Menuhin remembering Elgar:
Part Four Gramophone accessories, Gracie Fields at the Hayes record factory, 1930’s picture discs, making 78 discs, recording messages home from the war:
Part Five The LP record, the 45 single, jukeboxes, The Beatles:
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Didn’t realize that an hour passed listening to the entire history. Quite a collection indeed!