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Published on Oct 22, 2012
The dates for Adelina Patti are almost unbelievable. She was born in 1843, nearly 170 years ago! She was for many years famous for having sung for President and Mrs. Lincoln in 1862, when she was 19 years if age. The song was "The last rose of summer," which can be found on Youtube. Here she is singing "Home sweet home," a recording I believe to have been made in 1905, but I am not certain. This is the kind of mini-bio that will become more common over time, obviously. One can only wonder what ancient recordings will sound like we are talking about hundreds and hundreds of years. (Assuming there is anyone around to listen to them, obviously:-(
Here are some of the lyrics:
Mid pleasures and palaces, though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there, which seek through the world, is never met with elsewhere. (Refrain)
An exile from home, splendor dazzles in vain; oh, give me my lowly cottage again! The birds singing gaily, that came at my call, give me them with the peace of mind, dearer than all. (Refrain)