EPM June 1905

The November 1907 and January 1905 editions of the Edison Phonograph Monthly had brought me closer to finding the original recording of Carmen Carmela, but I still had no actual recording date nor release date, so I continued t search the online archive.

In Edison Phonograph Monthly Vol.III No.4, of June, 1905, on page 10, an announcement was printed, regarding the release of "the remaining 160 of the 303 Mexican" recordings:

EPM June 1905

And, although no actual date of recording is given, the text mentions that the recordings, "were made by our experts in Mexico more than a year ago." This places the date of May or June of 1904, given in a separate list, in a favourable light.

The text was followed by the list of those 160 recordings, which stretched onto the following page, where a number of recordings by Señor R. Herrera Robinson is listed. The list is somewhat confusing, as the individual recordings are not shown in any apparent order, but look carefully, and you'll see an entry for number 18526, Carmen Carmela.

EPM June 1905 part 2

I now had a virtually certain recording date (May or June 1904), the label (Edison) the number (18526), the performer (Señor R. Herrera Robinson), and the release date (June 1905).

Just to round up the story of the Mexican recordings, note that the text here refers to, "303 Mexican Records," 160 ("the remaining 160," please note) released here, with 71 having been released in January. So, what happened to the other 72? Well, I wondered that, too, so I searched further, and found that they had been released already in April 1905:

EPM April 1905

January 71 + April 72 + June 160, giving a total of 303. All present and correct!

Sadly, I have no recording of Señor R. Herrera Robinson's rendition of Carmen Carmela. If you can provide one, please contact me.

© David Neale 2020