Listen to Stars and Stripes this Memorial Day Weekend

By , May 27, 2022 2:37 pm

Over the years, whether it was a program about the war or just reminding people to remember and honor our many brave, patriotic fallen heroes, Stars and Stripes has always been playing in the background. Here at the Recorded Sound Archives we wanted to share a Piano Roll of the famous Stars and Stripes Forever March.

Did you also know that the Stars and Stripes Forever March by John Philip Sousa was RCA Victor’s billionth record played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Serge Koussevitzky?

You can learn more about this achievement by reading the original article post back in 1946.

Here at the Recorded Sound Archives we have digitized this recording which can now be listened to on our website just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

We hope you have a safe Memorial Weekend and take a moment to remember and honor our many brave, patriotic fallen heroes while listening to this piece.

Yankee Doodle – A Bit of Music History

By , April 19, 2022 3:20 pm

Yankee Doodle” was a well-known song in the New England colonies before the battles of Lexington and Concord, but only after the skirmishes there was it appropriated by the American militia.

Tradition holds that the colonials began to sing the tune as they forced the British back to Boston on April 19, 1775.

By 1777, “Yankee Doodle” had become an unofficial American anthem. After the Revolutionary War, “Yankee Doodle” surfaced in stage plays, classical music, and opera.

You can listen to a few versions of this song here at the Recorded Sound Archives website:

If you’d like to learn more about the history of Yankee Doodle visit the Library of Congress website.

Celebrate Passover with Music from Children’s Village of Jerusalem

By , April 15, 2022 8:39 pm

Looking for music to enjoy with family and friends this Passover? Here at the Recorded Sound Archives at FAU Libraries, we would like to highlight the voices of Ariel Silber, Avi Hadas, Yaron Bar, Ralph Levitan a few artists out of several available in the Passover Collection off the album, Passover Sing-A-Long.

This album was produced by The Children’s Village of Jerusalem which was founded in 1994 by Rabbi Weingarten. The music on these albums,created by CVOJ, feature delightful holiday sing-a-long songs for children.

To listen to this album, click here.


Discover over 40 other recordings for you to enjoy with family and friends in the Passover Collection.


Just Before the Battle, Mother – A Bit of Music History

By , April 12, 2022 5:06 am

Today, April 12, 1861 was the beginning of the American Civil War. Here at the Recorded Sound Archives as a bit of music history we wanted to share a piano roll of a song from that time period “Just before the Battle, Mother” which was a popular song during the American Civil War, particularly among troops in the Union Army. It was originally written and published by George F. Root in 1863.

Enjoy the video below of Ben Roth, Sound Archivist for the Recorded Sound Archives as he plays a piano roll featuring this song.

You can listen to a recorded version of this song by J.W. Myers from 1904 on the Recorded Sound Archives website. Click here to listen:

Black History Month Music Resources

By , February 10, 2022 3:44 pm
Discover Music Resources this Black history month - record labels featuring and highlighting several black musicians

In celebration of Black History Month, our Sound Archivist Ben Roth wanted to share “Heebie Jeebies” one of Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five’s first recordings on a piano roll using his player piano. Please enjoy this video we put together.

You can listen to the original recording played by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five by visiting:

Beyond Louis Armstrong, you can listen to more original recordings on our website by several musicians who paved the way of those of today. From Ma Rainey to Billie Holiday, you can listen to over 20+ musicians within our collection.

Beyond the RSA website, we also wanted to share that FAU Libraries has several guides sharing even more resources in relation to Black History month and music that are worth checking out.

Below you will find a list of different books and streaming videos that are worth checking out and let us know who your favorite musician is in the comments below.

Books and Streaming Videos Worth Checking Out this Black History Month

Discover Staff Favorites from 2021

By , January 14, 2022 8:41 pm
rsa-staff-favorites-from-2021-recorded-sound-archives-fau-librariesDid you know that FAU Libraries has a sound archive which you can access and listen to recordings for research from the comforts of your own home?

Last year, the Recorded Sound Archives digitized 473 albums along with 3,912 songs for those to access reaching over 128 countries, and receiving 168,085 hits from all over the world.


As a New Year’s gift and a welcome to the FAU community we wanted to share a few staff favorites from 2021.


Discover Staff Favorites from 2021

  1. Bolero by Larry Adler
  2. There’s a Lull in My Life by Ella Fitzgerald
  3. Baby, You’ve Got What It Takes by Belford Hendricks’s Orchestra; Dinah Washington
  4. Berceuse by Ruby Helder
  5. The Wedding Samba by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians; Kenny Gardner
  6. Out O’ Breath by Gloria De Haven; Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians; The Lombardo Trio
  7. Kiss of Fire by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians; Kenny Gardner
  8. Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight by The Lombardo trio; Kenny Gardner; Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
  9. Ricochet (Rick-O-Shay) by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians; The Lombardo Trio; Kenny Gardner
  10. Tales of the Olympian Gods by Ronald Colman



And let us know in the comments, some of your favorite vintage artists, albums and songs.

Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45 second snippet.

If you are a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings, click here.

FAU Students, Faculty and Staff can listen to recordings unrestricted by logging into the Research Station using their FAU NET ID.

Discover the Voice of Cindy Paley this Chanukah

By , November 26, 2021 2:34 pm


This Chanukah we wanted to highlight the voice of Cindy Paley.

For over 20 years, Cindy Paley, musical educator and performer, has brought the joys of Jewish music to teachers, students and families throughout North America. She has combined education and entertainment to teach Jewish values, holidays and traditions. With eight recordings to her credit, Cindy has provided musical tools for teachers, families and children that enrich lives and insure that the best of our heritage will continue.

Cindy has served as the Music Educator at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California since 1977. After receiving her teaching credential at UCLA, she chose to devote her career to songleading and music as a Jewish educator. In addition to her recordings and family concerts, Cindy often serves as a cantorial soloist, and is currently involved in creative prayer services for women.

Please enjoy this album and share it with family and friends from the Recorded Sound Archives.

You can listen to this album along with 50 other albums to choose from this Chanukah by visiting:

Discover the Voice of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer this High Holy Days

By , September 3, 2021 2:31 pm

This High Holy days we wanted to highlight the voice of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer.

Cantor Moshe Schwimmer - High Holy Days recordingMoshe Schwimmer was born with the gift of a beautiful singing voice. As a child his singing delighted all who heard him. But, being a serious and studious young man, he desired to develop his talents through study and hard work. And so, at the age of 18, he set out to study music and liturgy at the Brunn Music Conservatory in Czechoslovakia (now Austria).

Inside the conservatory he was welcomed into the cantor’s choir. His knowledge of liturgical music grew and his rich baritone voice became polished and more defined. Outside the conservatory Hitler was on a rampage. Sadly, the synagogue in Brunn was torched and burned by the Nazis. Moshe was determined to increase his skills. He fled to Budapest where he continued to study, created the OMIKE performance group, and gave concerts, until the Hungarians sent him to a forced labor camp and then to a concentration camp.

After his liberation in 1944, he appeared throughout Eastern Europe, but it was not until his travels took him to Germany that his talents were truly recognized.  He was invited to sing for the state-run radio station in Munich.  Soon he had his own hour-long weekly radio program which was broadcast all over Europe.

This wonderful recording was created by the JSA from the private recordings of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer and can only be heard on this website. Moshe Schwimmer was a cantor whose beautiful voice and soulful singing touched audiences for decades. Yet, his voice might have been lost forever were it not for one man’s strong desire to cherish his brother’s memory and protect his legacy.

Zalman Schwimmer (a.k.a. Sydney), personally hand-carried his brother’s private tape recordings (along with some memorabilia and biographical information) to the Wimberly Library on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. He told us about his brother, “He never made any commercial recordings.  That wasn’t for him. He didn’t want to be famous. He didn’t try to please others.  He was just always striving for perfection.”


Listen to the voice of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer

Discover the voice of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer this High Holy Days by visiting the Recorded Sound Archives website and listening to his album High Holy Days in a Conservative Synagogue (

Looking for more music to celebrate the High Holy Days this year? Look no further, the Recorded Sound Archives has a collection of over 40 recordings for you to choose from and share and enjoy with your family.

Happy 14th Anniversary BioShock! – Lets Talk Vintage Music!

By , August 27, 2021 7:06 pm

Did you know that the whole BioShock video game franchise features vintage music from the early 1930s-50s? Music can be heard playing on a phonograph throughout Rapture. In total, 30 licensed songs can be heard throughout the game. Here at the Recorded Sound Archives you can discover and listen to 8 of these vintage songs.

This year in celebration of BioShock’s 14th anniversary we created this collection highlighting original recordings that can be heard throughout the Bio Shock video game.

Discover the inspiration behind the video game series BioShock and listen to the ORIGINAL recordings here at the Recorded Sound Archives in the collection below.

Happy 14th Anniversary BioShock!

Happy 14th Anniversary BioShock! - Vintage Music Collection

In this collection you can listen to 8 original recordings or versions of those songs that can be heard throughout the video game itself.

[Click here to visit collection]


Celebrate Martin Bookspan’s 95th Birthday by listening to this 2013 Lecture

By , July 30, 2021 9:48 am

lecture-martin-bookspan-2013Martin Bookspan had life-long friendships with two great classical music geniuses, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.

As the voice of the PBS television series Live from Lincoln Center from 1976 to 2006, Martin Bookspan riveted audiences with his eloquently distinctive voice and extensive knowledge of classical music. The N.Y. Times (May 24, 2006) described Bookspan as  “One half erudite informer, the other half grandfatherly guide, [who kept audiences] tuned in during intermissions with easy-to-digest program notes and anecdotes.”
A generous supporter of the Judaica Sound Archives now the Recorded Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Libraries, Bookspan spoke before a sold-out audience at FAU Libraries’ 2013 Kultur Festival in March.
Today Martin Bookspan would have been turning 95, he passed away earlier this year in April at his home in Aventura, FL. In celebration of his life, we wanted to share these video clips taken during a lecture he gave in 2013 at FAU Libraries.

 My Friends: Leonard Bernstein & Aaron Copland Lecture

Presented by Martin Bookspan at FAU’s Wimberly Library on March 5, 2013
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You can also listen to Martin Bookspan narrating Copland: A Lincoln Portrait on the Recorded Sound Archives website by clicking here.
Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45-second snippet.
If you are a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings, please visit the Recorded Sound Archives website to apply for Research Station Access by click here.

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