Titanic Historic Recordings

A selection of early recordings of songs and tunes played on the Titanic or about the sinking.

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THE LOST CHORD
29th April 1912
Enrico Caruso the famous tenor was born in Naples in 1873 and made his debut there in 1895. His last performance was at the Metropolitan Opera House on Christmas Eve 1920 and he died the following year. On Monday, 29 April 1912 Caruso recorded ...
 
THE WRECK OF THE TITANIC SOUND RECORDING
1927
The Titanic was a common subject for folk and blues singers in the 1920s and '30s. Artistes such as Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Ernest V. Stoneham and Vernon Dalhart all recorded Titanic numbers. Most had a common theme and deri...
GOD MOVES ON THE WATER
 
GOD MOVES ON THE WATER
11th December 1929
Blind Willie Johnson was born in Marlin, Texas c.1902. A Gospel singer and guitarist, he recorded just 30 pieces at a variety of locations between 1927 and 1930. He was accompanied on some songs by his wife Angeline. During the depression rever...
DOWN WITH THE OLD CANOE
 
DOWN WITH THE OLD CANOE
25th January 1938
Dorsey Murdock Dixon (14 October 1897 - 17 April 1968) - Guitar, Vocals Howard Dixon (19 June 1903 - 24 March 1961) - Steel Guitar Dorsey Dixon and his younger brother Howard were born in the South Carolina mill town of Darli...
LEADBELLY : THE TITANIC
 
LEADBELLY : THE TITANIC
15th October 1948
Blues singer/songwriter Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, was born in Mooringsport, Louisiana in 1885. Leadbelly remarked in th...
 
SONGE D'AUTOMNE
1912
Songe d'Autmone (Dream of Autumn) was composed by Archibald Joyce (25 May 1873 to 22 March 1963). Joyce, popularly known as the "English Waltz King", had considerable success in England with this piece which was included in the re...
 
NEARER MY GOD TO THEE (ARCHIVE RECORDING)
1902
An early cylinder recording of Nearer My God to Thee...
 
ORPHEUS : MUSIC PLAYED ON THE TITANIC
1912
Orpheus is listed in the White Star Line repertoire in 1912 and is very likely to have been played on the Titanic...
 
DER ROSENKAVALIER
1912
One of the pieces that musicians on ships like the Titanic would be expected to know by heart....
 
ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND
1911
This 1911 record made by the Victor Military Band is very well recorded and gives an idea of the fast pace the song used to be played at. This is one song that many survivors recall being played on the night of the sinking. In fact it is not r...
STAND TO YOUR POST / BE BRITISH
 
STAND TO YOUR POST / BE BRITISH
June 1912
Recorded in London May or June 1912 ...