Vintage recordings of Tom Jones
Ruth Vincent "Which is my own true self?"
After Tom Jones opened in 1907, Ruth Vincent (the first Sophia Western) recorded her sparkling waltz song from the third act of the opera for Columbia. Her performance was accompanied with an unidentified pianist. Vincent was, in my opinion, a rather homely girl but her voice is simply angelic. I've heard many performances of this song, but hers is my favourite. As a point of interest, three of her other recordings (not from Tom Jones or any Gilbert & Sullivan she may have known) were reissued on The Savoy Connection. I have provided a link to Marc Shepherd's page on that recording.
Columbia-Rena 132; mat. LP 64. Recorded 1907.
Edward German recorded the following music from Tom Jones:
Photos appear courtesy of Christopher Browne