In the 1920s and early 30s — before the Christmas music of Bing Crosby, Perry Como, or Vince Guaraldi — it was a holiday tradition for world-famous mezzo-soprano Ernestine Schumann-Heink to sing Silent Night on the radio. Click the photo for the recording.
She recorded Stille Nacht for Victor Records in 1908 at their Camden, New Jersey, studio when she was a star on the world opera stage.
Click here to hear a recording of her in a duet with with Enrico Caruso from Il Trovatore. Later, after she came to live in San Diego, the annual radio appearance helped to keep her in the spotlight.
She was a “Gold Star Mother – and a Star of the World,” according to the plaque placed in her memory at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion shortly after her death in 1936 at the age of 75.