Edison Diamond Discs
1912-1929

This page covers the 50000 series from 51000 to 51999 with issue dates ranging from 1922 to 1927. Earlier issues can be found on another page. The 50000 series was the popular music and performance tier. It had the lowest price starting at $1.00 in 1912, increasing slightly over the years, and was the best-selling of the tiers.

Diamond Discs of this era enjoyed their best surface quality as well as performance talent. Ones in good condition today can be the best-sounding of any acoustically-recorded discs up until electrical recording was introduced to the public-at-large by other companies in 1925. Thomas Edison, who had taken a central role in A&R the previous decade, had pretty much stepped aside by 1924 and a great deal of hot and popular music was making it onto the records. However, he resisted electrical recording until 1927, once again relying on his bad hearing and judging issues by other labels and experiments in his own laboratory as too distorted.

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The Yankee Doodle Blues Nobody Lied
Broadway Dance Orchestra Broadway Dance Orchestra
Edison 51004-R Edison 51004-L
Matrix# 8493-B-2-8 Matrix# 8494-C-3-5
June 15, 1922 June 15, 1922
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Needle dig 3:08-3:26.

Georgette Haunting Blues
Atlantic Dance Orchestra Broadway Dance Orchestra
Edison 51013-R Edison 51013-L
Matrix# 8499-A-3-3- Matrix# 8516-B-5-4
June 22, 1922 June 30, 1922
New York, New York New York, New York

Say It While Dancing Rose of Bombay
Broadway Dance Orchestra Rudy Wiedoeft's Californians
Edison 51020-R Edison 51020-L
Matrix# 8528-A-3-2 (Take 1)
Matrix# 8528-B-3-6 (Take 2)
Matrix# 8495-A-3-3 (Take 1)
Matrix# 8495-C-2-3 (Take 3)
July 11, 1922 June 16, 1922
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Take 2 is the better one. Tracking problems at start of Take 1. Note: Take 3 is better but with a few small scratches, 1 is cleaner but a little weaker.

You Gave Me Your Heart When The Leaves Come Tumbling Down
Broadway Dance Orchestra Broadway Dance Orchestra
Edison 51036-R Edison 51036-L
Matrix# 8603-C-6-1 Matrix# 8604-4-B-3-3
September 20, 1922 September 20, 1922
New York, New York New York, New York

Barney Google Old King Tut
Billy Jones and Ernest Hare Billy Jones and Ernest Hare
Edison 51155-R Edison 51155-L
Matrix# 8923-A-3-7[2-2] Matrix# 8929-C-3-6[2-1]
April 13, 1923 April 17, 1923
New York, New York New York, New York

Regimental Pride March March "Lithgow"
United States Marine Band United States Marine Band
Edison 51170-R Edison 51170-L
Matrix# 8616-B-4-3 Matrix# 8619-A-4-3
October 5, 1922 October 6, 1922
New York, New York New York, New York

Tell Me, Gypsy Who's Sorry Now?
Broadway Dance Orchestra Broadway Dance Orchestra
Edison 51173-R Edison 51173-L
Matrix# 8964-B-1-7 Matrix# 8965-C-1-5
May 9, 1923 May 9, 1923
New York, New York New York, New York

Carolina In The Morning Aggravatin' Papa
Broadway Dance Orchestra Broadway Dance Orchestra
Edison 51176-R Edison 51176-L
Matrix# 8981-A-1-8 Matrix# 8982-B-3-3
May 16, 1923 May 16, 1923
New York, New York New York, New York

Last Night On The Back Porch (I Loved Her Best Of All) Polly-Olly-Oo
Green Brothers Novelty Band Green Brothers Novelty Band
Edison 51212-R Edison 51212-L
Matrix# 9091-A-4-2 Matrix# 9092-A-1-12
July 24, 1923 July 24, 1923
New York, New York New York, New York

I Love Me ‘Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do
Broadway Dance Orchestra Chas. A. Matson’s Creole Serenaders
Edison 51222-R Edison 51222-L
Matrix# 9098-C-1-7 Matrix# 9104-A-5-4
July 27, 1923 July 30, 1923
New York, New York New York, New York

Cannibola No, No, Nora
Broadway Dance Orchestra Broadway Dance Orchestra
Edison 51233-R Edison 51233-L
Matrix# 9132-C-3-6 Matrix# 9131-B-1-8
August 31, 1923 August 31, 1923
New York, New York New York, New York

I'm Sitting Pretty In A Pretty Little City Home
Atlantic Dance Orchestra Don Parker's Dance Orchestra
Edison 51238-R Edison 51238-L
Matrix# 9181-B-6-3 Matrix# 9154-C-4-5
September 27, 1923 September 11, 1923
New York, New York New York, New York

Sweet Butter You've Simply Got Me Cuckoo
Kaplan's Melodists Kaplan's Melodists
Edison 51260-R Edison 51260-L
Matrix# 9212-B-3-4 Matrix# 9211-C-3-4
October 18, 1923 October 18, 1923
New York, New York New York, New York

Just Like a Baby Don't Mind the Rain
The Top Notchers The Top Notchers
Edison 51318-R Edison 51318-L
Matrix# 9381-A-3-2 Matrix# 9382-B-3-1
February 19, 1924 February 19, 1924
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Poor pressing. Note: Skip at 0:06.

New Orleans Wiggle Glad
Green Brothers Novelty Band Green Brothers Novelty Band
Edison 51321-R Edison 51321-L
Matrix# 9417-B-1-6 Matrix# 9418-B-3-2
March 12, 1924 March 12, 1924
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn towards end.

Say It Again Life And Love Seem Sweeter After The Storm
Harry Raderman's Dance Orchestra Harry Raderman's Dance Orchestra
Edison 51331-R Edison 51331-L
Matrix# 9447-A-1-3 Matrix# 9448-B-1-3
April 2, 1924 April 2, 1924
New York, New York New York, New York

Lonely Little Melody My Dream Girl
Atlantic Dance Orchestra Atlantic Dance Orchestra
Edison 51379-R Edison 51379-L
Matrix# 9619-C-1-6 Matrix# 9620-C-3-2
July 16, 1924 July 16, 1924
New York, New York New York, New York

Words I'd Give Ev'ry Rose On Broadway For That Little Rose Back Home
Congo Four Congo Four
Edison 51393-R Edison 51393-L
Matrix# 9673-C-1-5 Matrix# 9674-B-1-5
August 26, 1924 August 26, 1924
New York, New York New York, New York

Memory Lane Valse Charme
Harry Osborne Ray Perkins
Edison 51403-R Edison 51403-L
Matrix# 10023-G-2-3[2-I] Matrix# 10051-B-1-7
May 1-19, 1924 July-September 1924
West Orange, New Jersey West Orange, New Jersey

The Foot Guard Waltzes Love and Kisses
Ray Perkins Ray Perkins
Edison 51424-R Edison 51424-L
Matrix# 10049-A-1-2 Matrix# 10050-C-1-1
July-September 1924 July-September 1924
West Orange, New Jersey West Orange, New Jersey

Ukulele Lady Don't Bring Lulu
Arthur Hall and John Ryan Billy Jones and Ernest Hare
Edison 51555-R Edison 51555-L
Matrix# 10338-A-3-2 Matrix# 10341-A-1-5
April 28, 1925 April 29, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York

In The Baggage Coach Ahead Many, Many Years Ago
Vernon Dalhart & Co. Vernon Dalhart & Co.
Edison 51557-R Edison 51557-L
Matrix# 10315-B-1-5 Matrix# 10343-A-1-2
April 13, 1925 April 30, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York

Wondering The Melody That Made You Mine
Jack Stillman's Orchestra Polla's Clover Gardens Orchestra
Edison 51569-R Edison 51569-L
Matrix# 10403-B-1-4 Matrix# 10405-A-1-4
May 26, 1925 May 27, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Scratches at start and end, not audible. Note: Large scratch halfway in, not audible (filtered well).

Ah-Ha! Seminola
Henri Gendron and His Strand Roof Orchestra Henri Gendron and His Strand Roof Orchestra
Edison 51570-R Edison 51570-L
Matrix# 10385-F-1-8 Matrix# 10386-G-1-8
May 29, 1925 May 29, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York

Deep Elm I'm Gonna Charleston Back To Charleston
Fry's Million Dollar Pier Orchestra Fry's Million Dollar Pier Orchestra
Edison 51574-R Edison 51574-L
Matrix# 10514-C-1-4 Matrix# 10513-C-1-4
July 23, 1925 July 23, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York

Collegiate Steppin' In Society
Golden Gate Orchestra Billy Wynne's Greenwich Village Inn Orchestra
Edison 51580-R Edison 51580-L
Matrix# 10451-A-1-2 Matrix# 10440-A-1-7
June 23, 1925 June 18, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York

Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley! Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Golden Gate Orchestra
(pseudonym for)
The California Ramblers
Golden Gate Orchestra
(pseudonym for)
The California Ramblers
Edison 51661-R Edison 51661-L
Matrix# 10692-A-1-2 Matrix# 10693-A-1-2
November 24, 1925 November 24, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Because of skips, alternative remastering done.

"Shake" What A Man!
Golden Gate Orchestra
(pseudonym for)
The California Ramblers
Golden Gate Orchestra
(pseudonym for)
The California Ramblers
Edison 51737-R Edison 51737-L
Matrix# 10930-A-1-2 Matrix# 10929-B-1-1
April 16, 1926 April 16, 1926
New York, New York New York, New York

Ben Bolt When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Kaplan's Melodists Kaplan's Melodists
Edison 51787-R Edison 51787-L
Matrix# 11072-C-1-5 Matrix# 10869-C-1-7
June 25, 1926 March 5, 1926
New York, New York New York, New York

Looking At The World (Thru Rose Colored Glasses) Ain't We Carryin' On
Golden Gate Orchestra
(pseudonym for)
The California Ramblers
B. A. Rolfe and his Palais D'Or Orchestra
Edison 51814-R Edison 51814-L
Matrix# 11159-C-1-2 Matrix# 11167-C-1-6
August 10, 1926 August 12, 1926
New York, New York New York, New York

I Never Knew What the Moonlight Could Do Ev'rything's Peaches (For Peaches and Me)
Oreste and His Queensland Orchestra Oreste and His Queensland Orchestra
Edison 51857-R Edison 51857-L
Matrix# 11213-C-1-1 Matrix# 11214-H-1-5
October 13, 1926 October 13, 1926
New York, New York New York, New York

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