Did you know Ed?
I would love to read and share (with your permission) your stories.
News Clippings I've Scanned
I found dozens of web pages referring to Ed, most of which included
only the one-sentence blurb that appears in
the Wikipedia article about Lara's Theme:
Lara's Theme - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Although never credited, Edgar Stanistreet, a street musician [!] of Philadelphia,
claimed that he was asked to play the song over the phone to an MGM executive, and was
later taken into the studio to record."
Other Articles Available Online
Two photos of Ed from 1938 (scroll down about one-third of the page)
"These two pictures may have been taken at a trade show, as they appear to be a demonstration
of the advantages of electronic amplification for the stringed instrument player. The same
amplifier and speakers as are seen in the views of the shop are here, and the musician can
be seen pointing to an Amperite model KTH instrument pickup in the second photo. The two
speaker cabinets could be latched together face-to-face for protection and convenience in
The instrument is a lovely and very desirable Gibson mandolin. The musician is
Edgar Stanistreet, who played violin with the Philadelphia Symphony.
A cropped version of the
picture below appeared in the
November, 1938 issue of Radio Today magazine." See
http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Radio-Today/30s/Radio-Today-1938-11.pdf (page 46)
A Spirited Musician Brings More Than Just Tunes
"Sixty-odd years ago, when Edgar Stanistreet worked as
a nightclub musician in Europe, he designated himself the guardian of
his boozing associates' woodwinds and strings...."
by Becky Batcha, Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: April 03, 1991
Star-News, May 24, 1994
has a photo but no article:
The caption reads: "Comforting music. Ed Stanistreet, plays his mandolin
for a baby recently in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Christopher's
Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Mr. Stanistreet, who spent
most of his life touring the world as a professional violinst,
has used his musical talent on various instruments to bring joy
to patients for more than 30 years."
An article about Ed appears with a poorer copy of the same photo in the
Observer-Reporter, May 23, 1994
Here's a magazine I plan to track down:
Alibris: New Age Contact Volume 7 (Jan. 1974): Sound and Music
"Vintage New Age quarterly.
Contents: The Divine Instrument The Voice by Saraswati O'Neill;
String Bridge by Allaudin Mathieu; Music of the Planes;
Comments on Music by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan; Mantra by Swami Jyotir Mayananda;
The House of Tansen by Murshid Samuel L. Lewis;
Kirtan by Wahid Miller; Comet Kahoutek;
Tuning In: An Interview with Edgar Stanistreet;
Cosmic Music by Rev. Helane Baldwin. Illustrated."
Here's a video clip I would love to track down.
I'm going to need it if I ever produce a documentary about Ed.
Concert Violinist Entertains Hospitalized Children
NBC News, May 10, 1976
NBC Universal Archives
Edgar Stanistreet aged 77 and a former violinist
with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra has been entertaining critically
ill children at St. Christopher's Hospital every Thursday morning for the past twelve years.
Mr. Staninstreet plays children's songs on a mandolin and sings to
children both in-groups and individually.
CS - Mr. Stanistreet enters the hospital where he plays, sings, and entertains
children in a group.
He then goes into several rooms, where he plays individually for some of the children.
OUTS - Mr. Stanistreet is shown playing the mandolin and singing for the children,
and leading them in sing-along.
Mr. Stainstreet then tells Jack O'Rourke of NBC News about his background.
He learned to play the mandolin at eight years old working odd jobs to pay for lessons.
At sixteen he joined an Italian folk group and went to Europe with them.
He took violin lessons in Paris and played for children in a Viennese hospital.
Shortly after returning to America he was hired by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra,
then conducted by Leopold Stokowski.
Clip Name: 5112785158_s01
Media ID: 0603407
Ardome ID: 1100100610117432922
CARTRIDGE: 008 PAGE: 0572
Film: 16mm, color, rev. with mag stripe
Footage: 550 ft: CS - 50 ft & mix, effx, narr trk; OUTS - 500 ft
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