2015 being the first Christmastime we’ve had at Old Time Blues, I think it would be appropriate to start a new tradition, one record to share every Christmas eve, similar to the way that the folks over at Shorpy post that same office party photograph every Christmas. Made specially by Starr Piano Company for the Christmas season, I think this is the perfect record to start such a tradition.
Now, on December 25, 2016, a whole year later, Old Time Blues continues in our yuletide tradition of celebrating a very William Jennings Bryan Christmas!
Gennett 5225 was recorded June 30, 1923 and February 1922, respectively, presumably both in Richmond, Indiana at Gennett’s studios there.
On this special Christmas Greetings disc, former Secretary of State, three time Democratic Presidential candidate, and esteemed orator William Jennings Bryan delivers a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. I don’t know about you, but I cherish this rare opportunity to hear the voice of the “Great Commoner” on phonograph record.
On the back of this record, the Westminster Quartette sings a solemn a capella rendition of “Nearer, My God, To Thee”.
Updated with improved audio on December 25, 2016.