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Softly and tenderly

COVERED BY ELVIS

Softly And Tenderly


recording date elvis: Tuesday, 4 December 1956; Informal
first release:


originally by: Miss Florence Hinkle & Harry MacDonough

recording year: 1906
originally written by: thompson
catalognumber: 9367
label: edison cylinder




The earliest known recording was on an Edison 2-min cylinder, number 9367, sung by Florence Hinkle and Harry Macdonough. The words of the number, sung during the "Million Dollar Quartet" jam session in 1956, are based on the biblical text 1 Corinthians 7:24, "Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God."
Florence Hinkle was born on 22 June, 1885, in Columbia, Pennsylvania. She became an operatic soprano and toured with the Metropolitan Opera Company. Florence died on 19 April, 1933.
Harry Macdonough was born John Scantlebury Macdonald on 30 March, 1871, in Hamilton, Ontarion (Canada). He made his first recordings for the Michigan Electric Company in Detroit. These were not intended for sale, but rather for use in the coin-operated playing machines that made up their "phonograph parlours." He started making commercial recordings at the West Orange Edison laboratories in October 1898, as part of The Haydn Quartet. By the time he retired in 1920, he had recorded hundreds of songs, both as a member of ensembles and as a solo artist. As well as being an extremely popular recording personality, Macdonough became heavily involved in the administrative side of the recording business, as an executive with the Victor Talking Machine Company. Harry Macdonough died on 26 September, 1931.



Softly And Tenderly
performed by:
Florence Hinkle & Harry MacDonough

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Softly And Tenderly
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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