Silas Leachman

Silas Leachman Brief Biography

Silas Field Leachman (20 August 1859 – 28 April 1936) was an American pioneer recording artist, possibly the first person to make recordings in Chicago and known for making hundreds of thousands of phonograph cylinder recordings in the 1890s.

He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and worked on the railroad before marrying and moving to Chicago in the 1880s. Around 1891, he started recording cylinders for various companies, making his first recordings for the Chicago Talking Machine Company. He later recorded for Columbia and, after 1901, Victor. According to a report first published in the Chicago Tribune in 1895, he recorded in a wide range of styles, often under assumed names, and by that time claimed to have personally produced almost 250,000 cylinders. The report sets out in detail Leachman's work, at the very start of the recording industry:

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