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The Lost Chord played on Edison’s phonograph

The Lost Chord, one of the oldest known recordings, played on Thomas Edison's phonograph.

14 August, 1888

One of the oldest known music recordings ever made, English composer Arthur Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, was played from Thomas Edison’s phonograph at a press conference in London, England on 14th August 1888.

The oldest known recording of human voice is of someone singing “Au clair de la lune”, a French folk song, on de Martinville’s phonautograph.

Edison had announced the phonograph on 21st November 1877.

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