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“Star Light, Star Bright” by J.W. Meyers

Although John W. Meyers was one of the most famous singers of his time in the late 19th century, you wouldn’t know it from this recording. 

That’s because “Star Light, Star Bright” was from a musical comedy, The Wizard of the Nile, composer Victor Herbert’s most famous opera. Meyers, known for his booming baritone, was chosen for this recording precisely because his was one of the few voices that could be heard through the crude and early recording technologies. He went on not only to record on many other records, but to start his own record companies, which failed spectacularly.  

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