Music (early 1900s)
"Whether Miss Jones' impersonation be that of a darkly wench, a little German maiden, a 'fresh' saleslady, a cowboy girl, a country damsel, Mrs. Flanagan or an Irish colleen, a Bowery tough girl, a newsboy or a grandmother, it is invariably a perfect one of its kind." Thus is described Ada Jones in the Victor catalogs, at the height of Ada’s popularity from 1905 to 1912. She was known for her impersonations and ability to mimic different accents and voices. These rare recordings, many from early Edison wax cylinders, display the versatility of this little songbird and comedienne, from ballads, to "coon" songs, to ragtime, to Irish comic melodies. Mainly songs, this collection also includes a few of her vaudeville skits with Len Spencer. Ada Jones' career started with her recording in 1893, making her among the first recorded female artists.
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See also the early recordings of Cal Stewart ("Uncle Josh") and Wax Cylinder Recordings.
(Please note that many of the rare recordings in this collection may be of inferior sound quality.)