Long Lost Highlights from the Missouri 78 RPM Archive: Listen Here
A few brilliant executives at Columbia and Victor records soon realized there was money to be made by recording music. People who couldn't get to Broadway shows could hear them in the comfort of their very own homes! Well, provided they had a phonograph. Now they could understand what all the fuss over George M. Cohan was about. Here's "I'm Mighty Glad I'm Living, That's All!" from 1911.
image via George M. Cohan, the original king of Broadway and, thanks to phonographs, parlors across America.
Or Paul Robeson's rendition of "It Ain't Necessarily So" from the original Broadway run of Porgy and Bess in 1938.