I hope that part-talkies count in this section. The Jolson song, "Sonny Boy," is said to be the first pop record to sell a million copies, eventually selling about three million. Legend says the song was written as a joke by DeSylva, Brown & Henderson to get back at Al who was pestering them about writing a "kid song" for his new film. Looks like everybody laughed all the way to the bank. First a magazine cover:
I like these SINGING FOOL slides more for the colorized images of Al and Josephine Dunn - I already know the lyrics to song:
From THE SINGING FOOL (1928)
That's Edward Martindel on the right, who was quite memorable in Constance Talmadge's THE DUCHESS FROM BUFFALO (1926)
Everything related to researching, scoring and performing music with silent film.
I should have mentioned that the slides are numbered. After the title slide, the next two slides are missing and I presume they cover the introduction, "Climb up on my knee, sonny boy...." What I found odd is that the chorus of the song is repeated in its entirety with a second duplicate sets of slides.