"The Rosary," composed by Ethelbert Nevin and played by violinist Fritz Kreisler, Victor red label, circa 1910.
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Photograph of Victor record with label bearing the title of "The Rosary", by Nevin.

Credit: Charles Hardy

"The Rosary" sold less than 100,000 copies after its publication in 1898. After Ethelbert Nevin's death in 1900, it went on to become one of the most popular songs of the early 1900s and boast one of largest sheet music sales of all time. It also became a favorite with popular singers, including Irish tenor John McCormack, and with musicians like virtuoso Fritz Kreisler, both of whom recorded it for the Victor label.

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