Oct 25, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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Researchers have recovered and digitized what experts say is the oldest playable recording of a voice and history’s first-ever recorded musical performance.

The recording was done on a sheet of tinfoil on a phonograph invented by Thomas Edison and made in St. Louis in 1878.

It opens with a short cornet solo and is followed by a man reciting nursery rhymes and includes the first recorded blooper.

Near the end of the 78-second recording, a man laughs after messing up one of the words to “Old Mother Hubbard.”

The tinfoil and the newly digitized recording is being presented today at a museum in Schenectady, New York, where Edison founded the General Electric Company.

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