Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Ericksen Sisters

Mom recently went digging through a box of audio cassette tapes that my grandmother, Ella left in her possession when she passed away. In this box was the object that motivated Mom's search, a copy, on tape of a record that Grandma and her sisters, Pearl and Ruby recorded back in 1935 in Salem, Oregon. Grandma would have been 16 or 17 years old in '35, depending on the month the recording was made. The original recording was most likely engraved on a shellac disk, as vinyl disks were not widely available at the time. Due to the material used and the age of the record, the recording has quite a bit of noise on it (lots of pops and hisses). I've digitized the recording and I'm currently working on cleaning up the noise. The Ericksen sisters recorded three songs. The second song: Twilight on the Trail, is the only title I'm confident about. I thought someone might be able to help me put a name to the first and third tracks, and that you all might be curious to hear what I have so far, so I've uploaded all three songs to the web. Take a moment to listen by clicking the links below, and please help me out if you know any of the missing titles!
  1. June and Roses (???)
  2. Twilight on the Trail
  3. Tonight (???)

2 comments:

Sasha said...

Wow! That is so great to hear. What a wonderful project. I really think I can hear my grandma. Thank you for working on this!

MARK said...

2KOOL- MOM WOULD BE SO PROUD OF WHAT YOUR DOING!!!!! I ACUALLY GOT TEARY EYED HEARING IT. THANKS