Those Barking Dogs

The singing dogs

This album was released in 1957.  It was an early example of sound engineering by a sound engineer named Carl Weismann.  Weismann specialised in recording of bird song and was always frustrated when a dog’s barking could be heard in the background.

Pearl, Pussy, King, Dolly and Caesar (all pictured on the album cover) were recorded barking by Weismann and then the tapes were cut and pasted to reveal tunes like “O Susanna” and “Jingle Bells.”

During the Christmas season, it is likely you will hear the dogs’ version of Jingle Bells on radio stations.

This medley, found on YouTube, is a good example of what the full recordings sounded like:

 

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