R0173. ENRICO CARUSO: La Boheme - Vecchia zimarra (Coat Song) / FRANCES ALDA; Speaking, w.Wally Butterworth: Why Caruso recorded the Coat Song (Butterworth had been a pupil of Pasquale Amato). 10" AC/EL vinyl RCA Victor D9-QB-7758/2234, RR-1916/'49, Sd.1 dubbed by RCA from only known copy. Choice copy has faintest pap.rubs.
“Butterworth made arrangements to have RCA Victor press transcribed copies of the original [La Boheme] record, and he privately sold them for $3.00 apiece….The Victor Talking Machine Company [had] asked Caruso to record the bass aria ‘for their files’ and he agreed, with the stipulation that it wouldn’t be released.”
- John R. Bolig, CARUSO RECORDS, A HISTORY AND DISCOGRAPHY, pp.24-25