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The Laughing Song - George W. Johnson

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Uploaded on Nov 6, 2007

The more I hear this song, ...laughing for a phonograph record, "over and over again in the recording studio fifty or more times a day"... What kind of life was this?

I uploaded this in 2007, and have since listened to it every few months. It has given me many different types of emotional response over the years. Doing a search, you may find many different versions of this song, and comparing this recording with others you may hear the time taking a toll on him.

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Recorded in 1898 (this particular copy) and I get it: you all were alive back then, because you're all zany and each deserve your own late night talk show

George W. Johnson was a cool guy. Surely the first... American... black man on phonograph disc. Born into slavery in the 1850s.

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