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8/10/20: "Who Broke the Lock" by Cousins and DeMoss (1898)

Who Broke the Lock by Cousins and DeMoss (1898)

CD 1, track 12

The ad hoc team of African American performers Sam Cousins and Ed DeMoss recorded two known discs for Berliner’s Gramophone in 1898, including “Who Broke the Lock.” It’s got a little bit of country, a little bit of rock ’n’ roll, a lot of attitude, and a big powerful punch. It’s two minutes of the most extraordinary musical history you’ll ever hear.




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