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(BBC)   Relatives of sailor born in 1836 hear him singing sea shanties thanks to American who paid him $5 to sing into his can in the 1920s   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 98
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2008-10-22 02:31:30 PM  
sing into his can

"Geez, you got a big ass. Geez, you got a big ass."
 
2008-10-22 02:34:18 PM  
quietbubble.typepad.com

Wants to sing into his can.
 
2008-10-22 02:38:03 PM  
was he a nigra?

/except for his accom- his accompa- his...the fella that plays the guitar
 
2008-10-22 02:53:00 PM  
Iiiiii am a maaaan of constant sorrooooooowwww....
 
2008-10-22 03:17:36 PM  
 
2008-10-22 03:28:15 PM  
If I act now, will I get a bonus CD, "Hornpipe Fever"?
 
2008-10-22 03:38:49 PM  
Cagey B: If I act now, will I get a bonus CD, "Hornpipe Fever"?

It comes in a box set with that and Organ Orgy
www.athenasgrove.com
 
2008-10-22 03:50:35 PM  
They probably thought they were in for a bit of Jerry Springer.
 
2008-10-22 03:58:37 PM  
I was a little dissapointed it wasn't Proto-Louie Louie but that was neat-o.
 
2008-10-22 05:07:21 PM  
Given my chosen profession, well pretty cool.
 
2008-10-22 05:41:23 PM  
That was pretty damn neat.
 
2008-10-22 05:43:02 PM  
Ohh hell, here's the direct link to Salty Dick's Sailor Songs^

Not meaning to plug it, but they have all the songs on that page with lengthy 3/4 sized tracks.
You can sing along while posting to the thread.
 
2008-10-22 06:01:52 PM  
I read the first half of the headline and was expecting a spooky ghost story and then read the second half and was like all dang.
 
2008-10-22 06:07:13 PM  
After hearing her great-great-grandfather sing, Cynthia Ellmore said: "It's like history laying a hand on your shoulder."

"Point out on this doll where history touched you."
 
2008-10-22 06:07:58 PM  
I came to make an "O' Brother" reference, but I see it's been covered.
 
2008-10-22 06:08:22 PM  
Damn cool.
 
2008-10-22 06:09:15 PM  
phlegmmo: "Point out on this doll where history touched you."

I nearly breathed my salad.
 
2008-10-22 06:10:58 PM  
Was he strong to the finish?
 
2008-10-22 06:11:33 PM  
reminded me of this oldie.
Link (new window)
 
2008-10-22 06:12:08 PM  
I love stuff like this. I think its as pretty damn cool.
 
2008-10-22 06:14:42 PM  
Does anyone know if these recordings will be made available to the public?
 
2008-10-22 06:15:08 PM  
theorellior:
phlegmmo: "Point out on this doll where history touched you."

I nearly breathed my salad.


Were you tossing it at the time?

/I keed
 
2008-10-22 06:15:18 PM  
rcain: ♫He knew the world was round-o♫
♫His balls did touch the ground-o♫
♫That syphilitic, hypocritic, son-of-a-biatch Columbo♫ ^


That cadence has been updated to be PC. He is now a circumnavigation son of a biatch.
 
2008-10-22 06:16:23 PM  
1900.
 
2008-10-22 06:17:31 PM  
Bloody Mackems.
 
2008-10-22 06:18:03 PM  
MASTER4666: reminded me of this oldie.
Link (new window)


hahah I'm pretty sure last time I saw that video was when I you had to download them from Kazaa
 
2008-10-22 06:19:27 PM  
wiw.org

/this link be hot, says I
 
2008-10-22 06:20:24 PM  
That's the coolest thing I've read about all day!
 
2008-10-22 06:21:07 PM  
Singing into his can?
APPROVES (new window)
 
2008-10-22 06:21:36 PM  
We're whalers on the moon
We carry a harpoon
But there ain't no whales
So we tell tall tales
And sing our whaling tune
 
2008-10-22 06:22:24 PM  
I don't want no FOP, I'm a Dapper Dan man.
 
2008-10-22 06:22:32 PM  
brrrrrrriiiinggggg!
Hello? Do you have seaman in a can?
 
2008-10-22 06:23:04 PM  
Wow! That was my great-great grandfather in the background eating dry cereal! Posting song to limewire in 3...2...1
 
2008-10-22 06:24:44 PM  
It would have been spiffier if he'd sang that old English traditional shanty Friggin' in the Riggin' instead.

Friggin in the riggin,
friggin in the riggin,
friggin in the riggin,
there was fark all else to do
 
2008-10-22 06:25:01 PM  
I like the video of the guy dropping one of those better.

"this is the only one in the world... oh shiat"
 
2008-10-22 06:29:54 PM  
BBC North East and Cumbria ?
The North East is so crap they have to steal stuff from the NorthWest ?
 
2008-10-22 06:30:40 PM  
justanotherfarkinfarker: I like the video of the guy dropping one of those better.

I don't think he dropped it. He was an old guy and had the shakes. He accidentally squeezed it too hard and it shattered.

/That last line may be taken out of context and quoted.
 
2008-10-22 06:32:34 PM  
bp0.blogger.com

/beat me to it
//great movie
 
2008-10-22 06:33:22 PM  
Something I have always wondered about:

You hear these stories about people finding wax cylinders in the strangest places - like attics. Now, I have only seen some real cylinders a couple of times in my life (and only listened to one once in a history class in high school - the teacher was an antique appraiser and dealer), because while not exceedingly rare, they do tend to be fragile...

So - how do such "records" withstand not melting, or at least become severely distorted? Were they just lucky to be stored "properly" (standing on end in their boxes I think is the proper method)? Or, are they distorted, but modern recovery and audio restoration techniques allow them to be played back like new?
 
2008-10-22 06:34:00 PM  
damn! beaten to the (donkey) punch...
was going to say, if this is like a hand
on the shoulder to that woman, then it
must be a historical UFIA to the men in the room.
 
2008-10-22 06:34:16 PM  
Did subby mean to be tellin tales outta school with that headline?

/Delmar FTW
 
2008-10-22 06:34:24 PM  
My great-great-grandmother used to play the organ to accompany silent movies, and she occasionally sang before small audiences. Mom only remembers her as a very old lady who passed away in the 50s, but Grandma says she was one of the best organists she ever heard and that her voice was beautiful. They say I have hands just like hers, and that when my sister sings, it sounds a little like her, but as far as we know, the only recordings are old wax cylinders nobody's heard in ages.

I would love to finally hear my great-great-grandmother sing and play. Are the guys from TFA available?
 
2008-10-22 06:36:08 PM  
..dumber than a bag of hammers.

One of my all-time favorite movies!
 
2008-10-22 06:36:22 PM  
phlegmmo: After hearing her great-great-grandfather sing, Cynthia Ellmore said: "It's like history laying a hand on your shoulder."

"Point out on this doll where history touched you."


Reading this while suffering from a cough not recommended.
 
2008-10-22 06:41:48 PM  
cr0sh: Something I have always wondered about:

You hear these stories about people finding wax cylinders in the strangest places - like attics. Now, I have only seen some real cylinders a couple of times in my life (and only listened to one once in a history class in high school - the teacher was an antique appraiser and dealer), because while not exceedingly rare, they do tend to be fragile...

So - how do such "records" withstand not melting, or at least become severely distorted? Were they just lucky to be stored "properly" (standing on end in their boxes I think is the proper method)? Or, are they distorted, but modern recovery and audio restoration techniques allow them to be played back like new?


Tinfoil.com is a good resource for this kind of stuff. They have spent some time collecting and restoring many old recordings. Last time I checked they were still playing them back with a stylus and a modern pickup, but there's no reason why they can't be optically scanned. People have done this with paper-and-soot recordings back from the 1850s.
 
2008-10-22 06:44:06 PM  
<b><a>SpiderQueenDemon</a>:</b> <i>I would love to finally hear my great-great-grandmother sing and play. Are the guys from TFA available?</i>

They aren't the only ones who do that. I've got some cylinders but no player (they go for more than I'm willing to pay at auction). You might try the broadcasting dept at a local college (one of the engineers at my alma matter had a wire recorder, where the sounds were recorded on a thin wire instead of audio tape). Perhaps a museum? Or, you might want to try these guys:

http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/donate.php


/Good luck
//love the old audio, and genealogy
 
2008-10-22 06:45:07 PM  
www.surfermag.com

Can you show me the way to go home?
I'm tired and I wanna go to bed.
 
Biv
2008-10-22 06:50:24 PM  
ctenidae: Can you show me the way to go home?
I'm tired and I wanna go to bed.


Sometimes the sea shanty go away, sometimes it don' go away.
 
2008-10-22 06:53:47 PM  
That's nothing compared to the reconstruction earlier this year of a cylinder experiment in 1860:

"Clair de lune" (10 sec)

English explanation and the 1877 Edison cylinder for comparison
 
2008-10-22 06:55:00 PM  
i15.photobucket.com

Oh..well...you-you're going to sing in to my can..well...okaaayy, but, but I'll set-set the building on fire.

/Great movie
//Both of them
 
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