Pre Civil War recordings?

I had no idea until this morning that the earliest known recording was recorded as early as 1860.

The recording of “Au Clair de la Lune”, recorded in 1860, is thought to be the oldest known recorded human voice.

A phonograph of Thomas Edison singing a children’s song in 1877 was previously thought to be the oldest record.

You can hear the creepy, ghostly sounding track here.

– Stephen Lee Canner


The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar

A nice little piece from This American Life about a pre-WWI, southern mystery:

The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar

– Stephen Lee Canner