In honour of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.
Actual record taken on the front line, France, near Lille – 9th October 1918.
• Recording: Gas shell bombardment
• Royal Garrison Artillery
• Record: HMV 09308
• Company: The Gramophone Company
• Location: Lille, near France
• Date of recording: 9th October 1918
• Recorded by: William Gaisberg
• Type of disc: 12-inch single sided HMV
• Produced in Hayes, Middlesex, England
Note: Label dated November 1918, possible date of release?
Thank you again to our friends from the EMI Archive Trust for sending this great picture of Sir John Mills playing the role of Captain Scott in ‘Scott of the Antartic’ 1948.
Sir John Mills as Captain Scott in the film ‘Scott of the Antartic’ 1948
When Captain Robert Falcon Scott embarked upon the Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica and the South Pole in 1910 he took with him two HMV ‘Monarch Gramophones’, loaned by The Gramophone Company, and several hundred 78rpm shellac discs specifically chosen to boost the team’s morale. Read more about it here! http://www.emiarchivetrust.org/captain-scotts-gramophone/ Usage Rights All usage to be cleared by EMI Group Archive Trust Image of Sir John Mills as Captain Scott in the film ‘Scott of the Antartic’ 1948 from The Voice Magazine
Harry Lauder (1870–1950), the great international Scottish entertainer, was born into a poor family in Portobello, near Edinburgh, and worked in Scottish coal mines during his youth. His fellow-mineworkers enjoyed his singing and encouraged him to perform in the local halls, which led to a full-time career as a singer.
He made his London music hall debut in 1900 under the Scots persona which became his hallmark, complete with a pastiche of highland dress, broad accent and a canny eye on his money.
From 1902, Lauder recorded extensively for The Gramophone Company, initially on G&T, and by the outbreak of war in 1914 much of his repertoire was on both HMV and Zonophone. The death of his only son on the Sommein 1916 prompted him to make a record appealing for £1 million to help disabled Scottish servicemen and he gave numerous fund-raising concerts at home and abroad. After the introduction of electrical recording in 1925, Lauder remade much of his earlier repertoire for HMV, Zonophone and Victor.
Harry Lauder – Don’t Let Us Sing About War Anymore. If you’re a SOTH subscriber following by email please go to the actual blog to get the full posting.