As of Tuesday, September 8, The New York Public Library has expanded grab-and-go service to 50 branch locations as part of our gradual reopening. We hope to reopen even more locations soon. Find details about locations, services, and requirements, and learn more about accessing our remote resources.

View this item elsewhere:

The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1941-10-06
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: John Peel
Additional title: Do you ken John Peel
Additional title: Little David, play on your harp
Additional title: Bell Telephone hour (Radio program)
Anderson, Warner, 1911-1976 (Host)
Melton, James, 1904-1961 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Performer)
Voorhees, Donald (Conductor)
Graves, John Woodcock, 1795-1886 (Lyricist)
Weatherly, F. E. (Frederic Edward), 1848-1929 (Lyricist)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)
Albéniz, Isaac, 1860-1909 (Composer)
Tosti, F. Paolo (Francesco Paolo), 1846-1916 (Composer)
Smetana, Bedřich, 1824-1884 (Composer)
Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899 (Composer)
Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra (Performer)
Bell Telephone Hour Chorus (Performer)
National Broadcasting Company (Producer)

The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1941-10-06
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; John Peel (old hunting song also known as "Do you ken John Peel") / words by Graves (Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement with commentary on Nutcracker ; Selections from suite of ballet "Nutcracker" / music by Tchaikovsky (orchestra) ; Announcement ; Tango in D (originally for piano) / music by Albeniz (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; Little David, play on your harp (chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Parted (originally for voice and piano) / music by Tosti ; lyrics by Weatherly (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Selections from tone poem "Moldau" / music by Smetana (orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 3: Announcement ; "Pledge me gaily, lady mine" from opera "Fledermaus" / music by Strauss (Melton, White, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 917-918
Peel, John, 1776-1854
Folk songs, English
Ballads, English
Hunting songs
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Dance music
Spirituals (Songs)
Symphonic poems
Radio programs, Musical
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Shchelkunchik. Suite. Selections
Albéniz, Isaac, 1860-1909. España, op. 165. Tango; arranged. English
Tosti, F. Paolo (Francesco Paolo), 1846-1916. Parted; arranged
Smetana, Bedřich, 1824-1884. Má vlast. Vltava. Selections
Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899. Fledermaus. Trinke, Liebchen, trinke schnell. English
Radio programs
Radio commercials
Content: Title and date from original disc label; credits from audition.
Source note: Streaming files transferred from original audio discs.
Content: Matrix nos: BB28290 C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB28292 C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB28291 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 76, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 76, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 76, part 2 "-- On run-out of discs sides 1 and 2 and 3 respectively.
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor ; Francia White, soprano ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, conductor.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1941 October 6.
Citation/reference: Forms part of: The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings, *L(Special) 89-33.
Physical Description
Audio disc
Extent: 2 (1 two-sided and 1 one-sided) audio discs (approximately 30 min.) : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, vertical cut, mono ; 16 in.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 950415618
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20964261
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f53daec0-2ebd-0136-a361-04fbd5489e2e
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1941: Created
  • 1976: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1941.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 26, 2020.

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1941). The Telephone Hour Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

<ref name=NYPL>{{cite web | url= | title= (sound recording) The Telephone Hour, (1941)|author=Digital Collections, The New York Public Library |accessdate=September 26, 2020 |publisher=The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations}}</ref>

The Telephone Hour