and Record References in Recorded Music
by Robert Johnson
Album: "Robert Johnson - The
Recording 1 of 5 sessions, November
23, 1936, San Antonio, Texas
she got a phonograph and it won't say a lonesome word..."
"Beatrice, I love
my phonograph, but you have broke my windin' chain"
by Steven Clotzman
Album: "My American Song"
© 2007 Steven Clotzman
Lyrics: "Let's dust
off the old man's Phonograph We'll listen to a Berlin song..."
Original Release Date: April 20,
Can you help me get it back,
Can you can you Phonograph,
when the needle hits the black
Will you help me through....
Come on little record,
Show me somethin' new
Album: The Magpies - Eastern Standard
Original Release Date: May 7, 2008
Copyright: 2008 Whiskeyhounds Records
Lyrics: "My love
lives in a Phonograph, she's got a voice that'll make any man go mad..."
Into the Groove
Release Date: November 17, 1987
"And you can dance
on I'm waiting
Get into the groove
you've got to prove
love to me, yeah
up on your feet, yeah
to the beat
what will it be"
- MUSIC VIDEO
Song: Phonograph by
Album: Not released - Recorded
at KCRW Session 12-02-2004
Lyrics: "i fell
with a brilliant boy
i gave him my heart
while he captured
he carried across the
how did he tangibly
turn a needle crank
until we meet again...
all i have to keep
me sane is my phonograph"
I am the Edison
Edison Advertising Record, recorded
by Len Spencer in 1906
"I am the Edison Phonograph!
Created by the
Great Wizard of the New World to delight
those who would have melody or be amused..."
The Phonograph 1905
Just Dance by Lady
Album: The Fame
Original Release Date: October
ode to disco includes declarations of the love for the record and
its spinning on the turntable:
Lyrics: "Just dance,
spin that record baby... I love this record baby, but I can't
see straight anymore...... Just dance,
spin that record babe, da da doo-doo-mmm"
Au Claire de la Lune
by The Highwaymen
Album: The Highwaymen
Released November 30, 1991
Although this song doesn't specifically
reference the phonograph, it is included here to celebrate the first
audio recording of any voice or any song,
when the first line of Au clair de la lune was recorded by
Édouard-Léon Scott on his Phonautograph on April 9, 1860.
or "What Killed the Dog"
Victor 78 RPM - 17222-A
Victor 5612 recorded on October
(Courtesy of Tim Gracyk)
Phonographia connection is James
Thurber using this record in connection with a "broken record"
in his book "My Life and Hard Times."
Father was usually in bed by nine-thirty
and up again by ten-thirty to protest bitterly against a Victrola
record we three boys were in the habit of playing over and over, namely,
“No News, or What Killed the Dog,” a recitation by Nat Wills. The
record had been played so many times that its grooves were deeply
cut and the needle often kept revolving in the same groove, repeating
over and over the same words. Thus: “ate some burnt hoss flesh, ate
some burnt hoss flesh, ate some burnt hoss flesh.” It was this reiteration
that generally got father out of bed.
My Life and Hard Times, James
"The Broken Record
- Novelty Fox Trot"
Columbia 78 RPM - FE 1288
Recorded January 7, 1936
(Courtesy of Eighth Floor of Jan's
78 RPM Record Warehouse)
you’re gorgeous, you’re gorgeous,
your gorgeous, your gorgeous, your gorgeous,
your gorgeous tonight
That’s the song I heard on the
phonograph The needle caught on the broken half And kept playing And
My Sweetheart, I kiss you, I kiss
you, I kiss you, I kiss you, I kiss you, I kiss you tonight…
The broken record played on and
then, The broken record started again,
My Sweetheart, I love you, I love
you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you I do…
Get Out Those Old
Records sung by Carmen Lombardo
Album: Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians
Original Release Date: Nov 7, 1950
This song is a true tribute to
the memories of playing phonograph records, written by one of the
"Get out those old
Those old phonograph
The ones we used to play
so long ago
What if they sound scratchy
The tunes they really
Remember when you used
to love them
so I had to play them
over and over..."
Phonograph Song" (Our Melody)
by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, 1956
to Guy Lombarbo and His Royal Canadians play "The Phonograph
Tune Phonograph Phonograph
Play that Tune
Play that Tune
Play Our Melody"
...We were dancing to this happy
When we fell in love...
They All Laughed
Artist: Ginger Rogers
Album: Fred Astaire and Ginger
Rogers at RKO
Original Release Date: 1937 with
the release of the movie "Shall we Dance?"
Lyrics: "They all laughed
when Edison recorded sound"
They All Laughed
Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Album: Ella Fitgerald sings the
George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
Original Release Date: May 19,
Label: Verve Records
Lyrics: "They all
laughed when Edison recorded sound"
to how "the worm had turned"
(The) Rock and Roll
Star by Kay Starr
Released as Single December 1955
Format: 45 RPM, 78 RPM
Label: RCA Victor
in the night what a wonderful scene
Mom was dancing with
Dad to my record machine"
- "Watching You Watch Him"
In his music video Hutchinson's
Phonographia connections are the record player images and the lyrics
related to his love that plays like a "broken record."
by Istituto Barlumen
Album: The Phonograph was based
on Edison advertising record " I am the Edison Phonograph", by Len
Original Release Date: January
Label: Barlumen Records
Lyrics: "And the Phonograph
spoke from beside the fireplace..."
Artist: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Album: The Lion The Beast The Beat
The hook line is "I
will be your record, you will be my turntable"
Just Can't Get
Artist: The Saturdays
Original Physical Release Date:
March 2, 2009
Video "Just Can't Get Enough"
Phonography by Britney
Album: Circus - Deluxe Edition
included bonus track "Phonography"
Release Date: December 2, 2008
Leave it to Britney to redefine the
Isaac Pitman Shorthand system of Phonography
(first introduced in 1837) to phone-(porn)-ography (i.e., phone
sex) in 2008.
Phonograph Blues by
Album: Livin' with the Blues
Recording based on Robert Johnson's
got a phonograph and it won't say a lonesome word..."
Uncle Josh Buys a
By Cal Stewart, Victor Talking
Machine Co., 18793-A, 1919
In 1919 Cal Stewart as Uncle Josh
Weathersby was confused about how a talking machine worked when his
Victor record "Uncle Josh Buys a Victrola" recounted his
first experience with his new talking machine.
Courtesy of Tim Gracyk
Victor matrix B-23118 August 11,