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Milton Cross

Milton John Cross (April 16, 1897 – January 3, 1975) was an American radio announcer famous for his work on the NBC and ABC radio networks.

He was best known as the voice of the Metropolitan Opera, hosting its Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts for 43 years, from the time of their inception on December 25, 1931 until his death in 1975.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 16th, 1897 (New York City), Died January 3rd, 1975

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, narrator, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-38276 12-in. 6/11/1927 Reception to Charles A. Lindbergh, Washington, D.C. Milton J. Cross Special event radio broadcast Performer  
Victor BVE-56985 10-in. 11/2/1929 Victor Radio Tone demonstration Milton Cross ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra, with announcements Performer  
Victor CVE-58645 12-in. 2/5/1930 Special record for Mobiloil, part 2 Milton J. Cross ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra and talk Performer  
Victor CVE-58646 12-in. 2/5/1930 Special record for Mobiloil, part 1 Milton J. Cross ; Lewis James ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo and talk Performer  
Victor BS-027100 10-in. 9/13/1938 Little Red Riding Hood Milton J. Cross Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk Performer  
Victor BS-027101 10-in. 9/13/1938 Little Red Riding Hood Milton J. Cross Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk Performer  
Victor BS-027102 10-in. 9/13/1938 Cinderella Milton J. Cross Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk Performer  
Victor BS-027103 10-in. 9/13/1938 Cinderella Milton J. Cross Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk Performer  
Victor BS-027104 10-in. 9/13/1938 Sleeping Beauty Milton J. Cross Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk Performer  
Victor BS-027105 10-in. 9/13/1938 Sleeping Beauty Milton J. Cross Vocal chorus, orchestra, and talk Performer  
Victor BS-027106 10-in. 9/13/1938 The gingerbread boy Milton J. Cross Vocal chorus, 2 pianos, and talk Performer  
Victor BS-027121 10-in. 9/15/1938 The gingerbread boy Milton Cross Dramatic scene, with narration and instrumental ensemble Performer  
Victor BS-027122 10-in. 9/15/1938 The gingerbread boy Milton Cross Recitation, with instrumental ensemble Performer  
Victor BS-042940 10-in. 10/11/1939 The night before Christmas Milton Cross ; Victor Salon Orchestra Recitation, with orchestra Performer  
Victor BVE-Test-192 10-in. 10/28/1929 Musical career of John McCormack Milton J. Cross Recitation Performer  
Columbia W146097 10-in. 4/16/1928 All day long Francis Craig Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo Composer  
Columbia W146248 10-in. 5/11/1928 All day long WMCA Broadcasters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Composer  
OKeh W400624 10-in. 4/18/1928 All day long Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Composer  
Brunswick E27667 10-in. 6/8/1928 All day long Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) Composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cross, Milton," accessed September 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116619.

Cross, Milton. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116619.

"Cross, Milton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 September 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116619

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