Erle B. Renwick, Sr.

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About These Recordings

The first two selections are from a phonograph record I discovered in the catalog, Vintage Record Auction #38, published by Nauck’s Vintage Records.  According to the catalog, this is a vanity pressing made by the OKey record company.  I purchased the recording via mail order auction for $25.00

Side A contains “One Sweetly Solemn Thought,” sung by Erle B. Renwick, piano accompaniment by George Henninger.  Side B contains “That Sweet Story of Old,” sung by Say Scott, piano accompaniment by George Henninger.  The labels clearly state, “Recorded in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Since the two sides of the record are identified as Scott Record 1-A and 1-B, it would appear that Say Scott funded the venture.

The record appears to have been made in the early 1920s, as evidenced by the tone quality and recording speed.  Played back at the conventional 78 rpm speed, the record’s pitch is over 50 cents sharp.  The correct speed to obtain concert pitch A=440 is 75.79 rpm.  Various recording speeds were used until the late 1920s, when 78 rpm became the standard.

The third selection is “One Sweetly Solemn Thought,” sung by Reinald Werrenrath (1883-1953).  I have included it for style comparison.


Mark Renwick
  December 16, 2005