Heres another site that lets you walk in (well, dance in) your ancestors shoesthis one, by listening to the songs they loved.
The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment created the National Jukebox website with 10,000-plus rare historic sound recordings produced in the United States from 1901 and 1925.
At the press conference unveiling the site, musician and actor Harry Connick Jr. performed Im Just Wild About Harry (wish I couldve been at that press conference!). You can listen to composer Eubie Blakes version in the National Jukebox.
Search the recordings or browse by genre, artist, target audience (where you can click to the music of Germans, Swedes, Poles, Italians, Jews and other ethnic groups). Listen to recordings on a streaming-only basis. You also can access label images, record-catalog illustrations and artist bios, and create your own playlists.
“This collection includes popular music, dance music, opera, early jazz, famous speeches, poetry and humor. It is what our grandparents and great-grandparents listened to, danced to, sang along with,” says Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
The site represents the largest collection of such historical recordings made publicly available online for study and appreciation. In its agreement with Sony, the Library of Congress gets usage rights to Sony Musics entire pre-1925 catalog.
I enjoyed George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” What tunes are you listening to in the National Jukebox?