Al Bernard & Ernest Hare

Notice: Please understand that his performance presents a dialect that may be offensive. Do not listen if you will be offended by a "coon duet."

Edison Diamond Disc: 50672-L Year: 1920

File Name: moonshne.mp3

File size: 977Kb

Playing Time: 4:10


About: Al Bernard & Ernest Hare

Turtle Talk:

To fully appreciate this performance it is useful to understand that it speaks of period in the history of the United States of America. [Turtle is not an historian or a student of history. In fact Turtle didn't warm up to history during the formative years. Apologies for inaccuracies.]

In 1919 the United States of American (USA) ratified the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution - prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages. The Volstead Act was enacted in October 1919 to enforce the 18th Amendment. Theoretically the USA went "dry" (no sale of alcoholic beverages) in January 1920. "The Moon Shines on the Moonshine Tonight" was recorded in 1920. It speaks of Henry Jones who is "de-pressed" because the booze machinery (alcohol distillery) is closed. Listen to the word and enjoy the alcohol related references.

The 18th Amendment only stopped the legal production of alcoholic beverages. Moonshiners and others continued to meet the demand. The 18th Amendment was repealed in by the 21st Amendment in 1933.

Tech Tidbits:

Edison Diamond Disc 50672-L was transferred using a 3.7 mil full conical radius stylus in a Stanton 500 cartridge at 80 rpm. Turtle used Cool Edit and DC-ART 32 software to reduce noise and to adjust for frequency equalization differences between modern preamplifiers and acoustical recordings.

Some noise remains. Tried hard but just couldn't reduce it further without "trashing the performance." Fearing that Al and Ernest might not grace the recording studio again, I, and I hope you, will enjoy this performance of "John Barleycorn's Swan Song."



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