Oct 25, 2012
By Bob Komsic
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.