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Twice she was instrumental in helping save Columbia Records from bankruptcy. This recording was found in a storage facility not far from the original recording studio in Camden, NJ.

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Freeman is the keynote speaker at many Black History presentations and cross-cultural competency training events around the world.But in the context of soundie content of the time, one of the most popular '' of soundies content was fake hillbilly music by the likes of the Korn Kobblers and scores of others.So rather than thinking 'lets have some lazy rural darkies with watermelons' I'm sure the point was to have black entertainers horn in on the generally popular honky-hillbillie imagery in many a soundie.Could this have been the first rap song ever recorded?are those produced from a shellac and filler mix (the fillers were put in to both increase the resistance to wear and to keep the price down - shellac was and is expensive! Because of the quantity of filler used, stock shellac surfaces tend to be noisy and prone to grittiness, e.g. Most records pressed in the US, Europe and Britain used a low quality filler core but then had a high quality playing surface bonded to it.