“Popeye The Sailor Man” by Billy Murray

Apparently, someone on ebay is selling brand new cylinder records – I assume for those who still have working Edison Amberola phonograph machines. But the big news is that this particular cylinder features a 1931 recording of Billy Murray with Al Dollar & His Ten Cent Band performing a song called Popeye the Sailor Man. This is not the cartoon theme song, but its a fun little ditty performed by Murray, an occasional voice in classic Max Fleischer cartoons (often as Bimbo). So to heck with CDs and mp3 downloads, enjoy this recording as it was never meant to be heard – on cylinder:


  • Eric Graf

    OK, that’s weird. They stopped making Blue Amberols in 1929. This is, literally, a NEW cylinder, dubbed from a 1931 disc record.

    If it was a real Blue Amberol, they certainly would’ve performed another verse and filled up the record.

  • James

    Cylinders were still used in the 1930s-1940s as well, but generally as recording devices for Dictaphones and as such were made from wax. That Amberola recording looks almost brand new.

  • ShouldBeWorkin”

    Lotsa Billy Murray stuff at Archive.org

    Here’s the one featured in the post:
    http://archive.org/details/AlDollarHisTenCentBandwithBillyMurray

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I hope the buyer got his $75 well spent out of this one. Thanks Jerry!

  • Bill

    That’s very overpriced for a new cylinder recording. Better to do what I do and go to the regular meetings of the Antique Phonograph Society. You can pick up vintage cylinders there starting at about a dollar.

  • Iritscen

    Hipsters with their LPs… bah! They’ve got nothing on me and my Blue Amberol collection!