[78-L] Ann Stephens

Dave Burnham burnhamd at rogers.com.invalid
Thu Oct 8 19:57:04 PDT 2015

Excellent research, Mark, useful information. Thanks for sharing. Like you, I felt that her voice was one of the best child voices of that era. According to information furnished by David Lennick, Ann Stephens lived into adulthood, moved to North America, made some movies and committed suicide. Exactly where and when unknown. 


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> On Oct 8, 2015, at 9:56 PM, Mark Bardenwerper <citrogsa at charter.net.invalid> wrote:
>> On 10/8/2015 5:09 PM, DAVID BURNHAM wrote:
>> When I acquired an Ann Stephens CD a while ago, I thought it was an anthology of her recordings since I had never seen a Stephens 78 that wasn't on this CD.  But browsing through a cabinet of 78s which is from the CBC collection, I encountered a set called, "King Wenceslas - A Xmas play", a set of 2 HMV 12 inch 78s with Ann Stephens as an actress and singer and a cast of players.  It appears never to have been played since the surface is clean and whisper quiet and there are no marks on the label indicating searching for the spindle.  It's a delightful performance with actors, narrator, Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Charles Williams.  I don't know if it's particularly rare but it's new to me.
>> db
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> Anything done by this girl was first rate. Her singing was beyond 
> comparison, not just cutesy, but truly a good singer, abilities well 
> beyond her age. It would be nice to be able to hear this. I saw some for 
> sale at
> http://www.alpha-records.co.uk/
> in poor condition, suggesting they were rare to start with and were 
> quite used up.
> Nice find!
> Later...
> I found it!
> http://corfublues.blogspot.com/2014/12/king-wenceslas-1947-radio-play.html
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