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Monday, March 11, 2019

A Little Monday Music - George J. Gaskin

Blast From The Past
  • I have decided to try and start each new week off on a positive high note. But being a glass half empty kind of guy I suspect things will turn into crap soon enough.

George J. Gaskin (1863–1920) was an early American recording artist. He was born in Belfast, Ireland, but migrated to the United States in his youth, and became one of the most popular singers the United States in the 1890s.
Gaskin's earliest known recordings were done for the Edison North American Phonograph Company on June 2, 1891. He may have been only the second vocalist to make commercial records for Edison (the first may have been African American whistler and singer George W. Johnson, recorded just one day earlier, on June 1).
He was nicknamed the "Silver-voiced Irish tenor", and specialized in sentimental Irish ballads and the popular songs of tin pan alley. He recorded prolifically in the 1890s, for the United States Phonograph CompanyColumbia Phonograph Company, and Berliner Gramophone. Except for a single side for the American Pathé company in 1916, Gaskin's recording career ended in 1904 as the industry boomed and his talent for recording cylinders became less valuable. 

He died in New York on December 14, 1920.

More . . . .

After The Ball - (1893)

Drill Ye Terriers Drill (1891) - Irish Songs

Photo of George J. Gaskin from
The Phonoscope magazine, Nov. 1896

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