The Great Ontario 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Sale

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on June 10, 2016 by the78rpmrecordspins

On May 28th and May 29th, 2016, the first record sale of 2016 occurred at our premises in Brampton, Ontario. This was a test sale for our newly added LP category, which tops 5,000 in number. It was  a great success, as record collectors from the Greater Toronto Area, and from Montreal and Michigan converged.  Here are some photographs from that event.

 

Brampton man’s passion for jazz music fuels his hobby for collecting records

Posted in Interviews and Articles, My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's on August 8, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Brampton music afficianado Ken McPherson with his collection of thousands of 78 rpm records, many from his favourite jazz eras - the 1920s and 1930s.

Brampton music afficianado Ken McPherson with his collection of thousands of 78 rpm records, many from his favourite jazz eras – the 1920s and 1930s.

Brampton man’s passion for jazz music fuels his hobby for collecting records.

Hidden Record Gems Of Central Ontario-Currie’s Music And Antiques

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , on June 14, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Hidden away in the town of Gravenhurst, Ontario is one of the most unique record stores I have ever come across, Currie’s Music And Antiques. Located in the heart of the town on Muskoka Rd. North, the store was originally an old movie theatre that was converted into a place to find records of all speeds, guitars, a recording studio, and many antiques. We took the trip north to this one-of -a-kind store on Saturday, June 13, 2015, and were amazed. There are well over 2,000 78’s in the record room, 45’s galore, and for vinyl lovers, a good selection of all types of music. A history of this store has been copied from their website, with the permission of the owners.

 

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Described by many travelling musicians as “my favourite store, ever,” Currie’s Music & Antiques is choc-o-block with some of the most interesting old guitars and stringed instruments you will find anywhere, as well as drum kits, vintage amps, cowboy boots and western shirts and stacks of hand-picked vinyl.

The son of long-time antique dealers: Ted and Suzanne Currie, Andrew fell in love with the business of buying, repairing and selling vintage guitars as a teenager. A business that began with tiny booths set up at antique markets and trade shows turned into over six rooms of vintage and pre-loved musical instruments, and a name that is known by players far and wide.

A careful expert when it comes to repairing and rebuilding classic instruments, Andrew has brought many an old Gibson, Harmony, S.S. Stewart or Kay guitar back from to life after years of neglect, and made it sing.

With a discerning ear, Andrew began working as a live-sound engineer in High School and to this date has controlled the sound board for over 3000 performances at venues such as Peter’s Players, The Gravenhurst Opera House, The Kee to Bala and many concert halls around central Ontario for acts as well known as Johnny Winter, Big Sugar, The Yardbirds, The Tragically Hip, 54-40 and Taj Mahal.  Andrew acted as Technical Director for four of Muskoka’s best-loved concert venues for several years.

All of this aside, Andrew is first and foremost a musician – and boy can he play. Let him pluck the strings of your favourite guitar in the shop, or hear him rip it up as a bass player of drummer on a local stage and you will see for yourself where the passion begins.

The extensive vinyl selection in Currie’s Music is cared for by Rob Currie – another extremely talented musician, and recorded-sound aficionado. More about Rob can be found on the “studio” page.

 

The photographs below show that a trip to this store can be very exciting for record collector’s.

 

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A Few Pictures From The Great Ontario 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Sale

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on May 17, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

On May 16th we held our first sale of over 25,000 78’s and 30,000 45’s. Here are some pictures of the 78’s and those people who attended. Record dealer’s Don Keele and Martin Koppel of Kop’s Collectables were amongst those who picked up some records!

 

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A Report On The Forty Fourth Canadian Collector’s Congress

Posted in Interviews and Articles with tags , on May 5, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here is a report on the 44th Canadian Collector’s Congress held in Toronto on Saturday, April  25, 2015, courtesy of Jack Litchfield.

 

A Fifty Dollar Deal To Introduce Rex Records-1915

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , on April 9, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

The furniture and clothing department store, Michael Brothers, inserted the following advertisement in The Daily Standard Union newspaper of Brooklyn, N.Y. on October 15, 1915 introducing the new Rex record, which could be played on the Rex Talking Machine. There is another advertisement on this blog for the Rex phonograph.

 

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The Supertone Phonograph-1919

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags on April 8, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

An interesting advertisement for The Supertone Phonograph appeared in the Schenectady Gazette on October 16, 1919, posted by the local Carl  department store. Here is that advertisement, below.

 

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Earl Hines And His Orchestra-Sweet Ella May, 1929

Posted in 78's on Screen, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, Recording Artists of the 1930's and 1940's, The Sound of Jazz and Hot Dance 78's with tags , , on March 29, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Back in the early 1970’s I fondly remember taking my father to the now defunct Chicken Deli in Toronto one evening to see the great Earl “Fatha” Hines play piano. Since then, I have long admired his styling, as he was known for his great technique and talent for improvisation, horn-like phrasing, and a rhythm which influenced popular jazz throughout the swing era and into bebop. One of my favorite Hines recordings is “Sweet Ella May” recorded on Victor in 1929, and we hear Hines providing the vocals and solos on the piano.

 

Mart Britt And His Orchestra-Goose Creek, 1928

Posted in 78's on Screen, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Sound of Jazz and Hot Dance 78's with tags , , , on March 28, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here is a great little territory band that recorded sides with Victor. The personnel include Tony Almerico or Irwin Kunz-c/? Blue Steele-tb/Sidney Arodin-cl/Terry Shand-p/Mart Britt-bj/? sb/? d. Memphis, September 14, 1928. Vic 21760.

The Forty-Forth Canadian Collectors’ Congress-April 24-April 26, 2015

Posted in General Announcements, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , on March 28, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

The forty-forth Canadian Collector’s Congress will be held in Toronto, Ontario, April 24th to April 26th, 2015, with the main presentations being held on Saturday, April 25th at the Toronto Plaza Hotel. There will be an opportunity for you to present your research or discography findings in the morning session, followed by three major presentations in the afternoon. In addition to this, there will also be a room provided for record sales, and open houses held on both Friday and Sunday. A continental breakfast, lunch and diner are included on Saturday. On Saturday evening, you may play and discuss a record where the director/leader of the band is a pianist. For your convenience I have uploaded the following attachments for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ontario’s Largest 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Sale-Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Posted in General Announcements, The Collector's Hunt for 78's, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , on March 11, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Some of you may recall that I buy and sell 78 rpm records as a hobby. In 2014, I held 3 sales,  and this year, I hope to increase that to 5. So, with that in mind, and the weather starting to get back to the warmer temperatures that we all love, I am announcing that on Saturday, May 16th, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., my partner and I will be selling over 20,000 78’s, and about an equal amount of 45’s.  The sale will be conducted at my residence in Brampton, Ontario. If you wish further details, regarding the exact address, or directions, please message me at: kennethmcpherson@hotmail.com, and I will be happy to respond. In the meantime, let’s look back to last year’s event photograph’s, as posted below.

 

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Victrola and 78 Journal-Issue 2, Fall 1994

Posted in 78 RPM Record Development, Interviews and Articles, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags on March 11, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here is the second installment of the Victrola and 78 Journal, edited by Tim Gracyk, in the Fall of 1994. The first issue can also be found on this blog.

 

An Updated Look At My Record Collection

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , on March 3, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

It has been well over a year since I last published a record of my own 78 RPM collection, which is primarily made up of Jazz, hot dance bands, and, not so hot dance bands. The updated list has been uploaded, and you may examine it below.

 

The Unknown Nordskog 3040-Burtnett and Miller Famous Orchestra

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, 78 RPM Record Development, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , on February 28, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

I recently acquired a west coast recording on the rare Nordskog label, performed by the Burtnett and Miller Orchestra. The Brian Rust dance band or Jazz discographies fail to mention that the two collaborated in 1923 and hired west coast musicians in Los Angeles, California. A newspaper article mentions the joining of Earl Burtnett and Ray Miller, as Burtnett and Miller Famous Orchestra. What is interesting about this particular record is that the labels have been placed on the wrong side of the record, as the 3040 B appears in the inner grove with the A side label. The record has only one side of Jazz interest, where the orchestra performs “Lady of the Evening”. There are some interesting solos. The recording has been uploaded for you to listen to.

 

 

 

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A Look At My Record Collection-Part Four

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , on February 28, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

The last look at my 78 RPM record collection was in November, 2014, I believe. Since then I have been busy adding new goodies to my collection. Here are a few of these gems below!

 

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Antique Phonograph News-January-February Issue, 2015

Posted in History of Phonographs and Records in Canada, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , , on February 20, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Once again, I am please to share with my readers the publication of the Canadian Antique Phonograph Society, in which one will find various articles pertaining to phonographs, etc. The current issue has an excellent article about the history of the Phonola, a Canadian manufactured gramophone, along with other items of interest.

 

Victrola and 78 Journal, Volume 1, Summer, 1994

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , on February 18, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

While searching for new material to publish, I came across a series old articles that were written for the Victrola and 78 Journal in 1994. The material pertains to both gramophone and 78 rpm records, so it falls within this blogs theme. I hope you will enjoy the first edition, and will continue with the series at a later date.

 

Why Is It So Hard To Dispose of 50,000 78 RPM Records?

Posted in 78's Listed on E Bay, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on January 13, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Last year I decided to become a record dealer with my spouse, I would sell and buy 78 rpm records, and she would handle the 45 rpm records. I estimate that in my basement and in my record shed there are a good 50,000 78’s looking for a new home. The winter time is the worst time for sales, unless you are prepared to list records one by one on E-Bay and ship them, and even then, that may not work. Record collectors in general, tend to go for Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll. They want the rarest and cleanest copy of any record, and will not buy the hill and dale stuff. That only caters, it seems, to gramophone enthusiasts, who care more about their machines than the records themselves.

My dilemma is I want them gone, as I have spent a great deal of money in making this business feasible. In 2014, you may remember I  held three sales, starting in July, so I was late in starting. This year, I hope to have at least 6 sales, starting in March or April,. In the meantime, if you are interested in lot jobs, check out my two postings on E-Bay.ca for 15 and 25 crates of 78 rpm records. 

 

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Christmas and Phonographs of the 1920’s

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , on December 14, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Happy Holidays to you during this festive season! Many stores during the Holiday season, suggested that a phonograph would be an ideal present for the home. Here are a few examples of the newspaper advertisements used to entice people to buy. 

 

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Progress Report On “The St. Louis Blues Avenue” Record Room Contruction

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection with tags on December 6, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

About a week ago, I began construction of my record room downstairs in the basement, after a new coat of paint was put on the walls, and carpet was laid down. All the shelves are up, and now begins the long process of putting all my records back on the shelves in sequential order by label and number. I am just taking a break now to give my back and muscles a rest, as I have been working since 4 a.m. It has taken this long for me to complete my Brunswick and Cameo library. I plan to tackle the Champion and Columbia records on Sunday.  Here are a few more photographs to show how the room looks at present.

 

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The Construction Of “The St. Louis Blues Avenue” Record Room

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags on November 28, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

It has always been my dream to have a room set aside for listening to, and playing 78 RPM records, and to share that room with fellow collector’s in fellowship. After a good coat of paint to the walls, and the laying down of new carpet, I have begun the process of building new shelves, and taking the existing one’s to fill them with records. Most of my collection has been cataloged on an excel spreadsheet, and the newest additions are in boxes, ready to be put on these shelves. There are seven statues of Jazz musicians which have been added to the room, to give it a flavor of New Orleans. Here are some photographs from the construction, below!

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Bunny Berigan With The Fred Rich Orchestra-1936

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , on November 26, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

A Look At My Record Collection-Part Three

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on November 25, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The last time I posted pictures from my own personal collection of 78 RPM records was in late March, 2014. Since then, with the acquisition of  collections, I have amassed some interesting labels, which I will share with you in the photo gallery below!

 

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Record Dealer Business Running Full Force

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags on August 19, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

First, I must apologize to you loyal followers for a long break between articles. With the purchase of several 78 RPM and 45 RPM record collections and two sales in July and August, life has been hectic to say the least. It is a wonderful feeling to meet new people and to listen to what they collect. I recently had a gentleman travel all the way from the state of Missouri to purchase all the 16 inch radio transcription discs from me on August 16th. Our final sale will take place on Saturday, September 13th, at which point most of the remaining records from Steve Barr’s collection will be on sale.

 

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From The July 5th 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Event!

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , on July 11, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here are some photographs from the sale on July 5th, which, by the way, was a huge success! The next event date is Saturday, August 16th. Details for this will be posted shortly, or if you have a Facebook account, you may go to the link below for more details.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1455473548034619/

 

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A Record Shack Is The Perfect Man Cave For The Summer Months Part Two

Posted in Records in Canada, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , , , on June 20, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Still loading a ton of 78’s into the shed for my big sale on July 5th in Brampton, Ontario. Most of it is ready to go, so here are some updated photographs I would like to share with you.

 

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A Record Shack Is The Perfect Man Cave For The Summer Months

Posted in General Announcements, Interviews and Articles, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on June 15, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On May 12th I previously published my invitation to you to attend my record sale on Saturday, July 5th, at my residence. Due to the large amount of 78’s, 45’s and radio station transcription discs, plus many other items, I decided to have a shed built in the backyard, to double as my man cave and storage unit for all records I will be selling. After a week of laying down patio stones, and construction of the shed, it was finished yesterday. Today, I started to load the shed with records and a turntable for previewing the records. Here are some photographs of the shed, and the records that I have put in it, so far.

 

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A Day At The Christie Antique Show With The Edison Phonograph Museum

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , on May 24, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The hunt for records took me out today to the Christie Antique Show, billed as the largest show in Ontario, held twice a year in the Spring and Fall at the Christie Conservation Area on Highway 5 west of Flamborough, Ontario.. Of course leaving early to get there by 8:30 a.m was hampered by our famous highway and road construction, which reduced traffic to a snail’s pace. However, we finally arrived by 9: 30 a.m, and promptly headed over to see Jean-Paul Agnard, proprietor of the Musee Edison du Phonographe, situated in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec. He had a very nice selection of gramophones for all to see and hear, and a stash of 78’s in the rear of his truck for me to go thru. Some nice 10000 series Starr records came out of that pile, along with a few other Victors, Columbias, and a late Perfect. Enjoy the photographs below detailing the phonographs on display, and of course, your editor hunting for records!

 

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The End Of A 42 Year Record Business And The Start of A New One

Posted in General Announcements, The Collector's Hunt for 78's, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , , , , on May 19, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Don Keele is a legendary record dealer, and after 42 years of business, he decided to sell his record  stock, sleeves, shelves, and transcriptions. So, as of today, your editor has purchased his inventory, and will be taking a leap into selling 78’s directly, and on auction. The photographs below were taken at his warehouse located in the west end of Toronto, Ontario. Your editor is the one with the Jazz T-shirt.

 

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The Little G’ant Talking Machine 1915

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , , , on May 14, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here is another example of the type of talking machine that was popular in 1915, as posted in the May 29 edition of The Billboard.

 

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The Wondophone Talking Machine Sells At Sight 1915

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , , , , , on May 14, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The November 6, 1915 edition of Billboard carried this advertisement,  placed by the Wonder Specialty Mfg. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for their Wondophone Talking Machine.

 

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Attention Canadian And American Record Collector’s-July 5th Is Ontario’s Largest 78 RPM And 45 RPM Garage Sale Event

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on May 12, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On Saturday, July 5th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will be hosting a sale of over 2000 78 RPM records, along with my partner, Norine, who will be selling over 5000 45 RPM records, for the fantastic price of: 4 for a $1.00. If you purchase 500 or more, you can speak to me about a better deal. For more information, you can follow the two links below, one on Kijiji, and the other on Facebook:

 

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-garage-sale-yard-sale/mississauga-peel-region/ontarios-largest-and-best-45-rpm-and-78-rpm-garage-sale-ever/590221781

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/475194202580898/

 

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The Aberfoyle Antique Market Show on May 10, 2014 Was A Record Collector’s Dream

Posted in The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on May 10, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The hunt for 78 rpm records was on early today, left Brampton, Ontario and headed west on Highway 401 to exit 299, or the Brock Rd. North. We arrived shortly at Aberfoyle shortly after 9:00 a.m. and the parking lot was already full. After parking some distance away, we found our way into the second largest antique show in Ontario. The largest is held at the Christie Conservation area in May and September. Guess where I am heading in two weeks? Needless to say, I was amazed to find 78 rpm records and brought home over 300. Here are some photographs of the day to share with you. The one rare item is the Electra label, produced by The Marsh laboratories in Chicago.

 

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Frank Westphal’s Orchestra 1930 “Sing You Sinner’s”

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, Recording Artists Who Appeared in Film with tags , , on May 10, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Frank Westphal was involved in various bands including the Benson Orchestra of Chicago. In 1921, he became established with his own dance orchestra at the newly opened Rainbo Gardens in Chicago. The open-air venue had a revolving stage to allow for continuous entertainment, table seating for 2,000 patrons, and space on the dance floor for an additional 1,500. Westphal’s band became popular for its “crisp, clever arrangements and superb musicianship.” Westphal’s musicians included, at various times, Charles Burns and Austyn Edwards (trumpets), Herb Winfield (trombone), Bill and Jack Richards (saxophones), John Jensen (tuba) and Earl Roberts (banjo). The band recorded in Chicago for Columbia Records regularly between 1922 and 1924, recording over 50 tracks of which 34 were issued. These included “Bugle Call Rag”, “Two Time Dan”, and “Oh! Sister, Ain’t That Hot!”, as well as novelty piano pieces played by Westphal in the style of Zez Confrey and Edward Claypoole such as “Pianola” and “Dusting The Keys”, which are “testimonies to his immense skill at the keyboard”.

Westphal did not record after 1924. He formed a new band, the All American Pioneers, and became the studio director of radio station WENR in Chicago, where he performed regularly and remained until the 1930’s.

The Early Columbia Double-Disc Records

Posted in 78 RPM Record Development with tags , , , on May 10, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The Columbia Graphophone Company took out this full-page in The New York Theatre in 1913 to announce that it would release new recordings at the beginning of each month, as did Victor.

 

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Columbia Records Goes All Out For Paul Whiteman “Potato” Head Records 1928

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on May 9, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The King of Jazz, Paul Whiteman entered into a new recording contract with Columbia Records in 1928, after a long tenure with Victor, and as a sales gimmick, they introduced the characteristic potato head image of the band leader. To publicize his new 10 inch and 12 inch records, full page ads, such as the one below would appear in the newspapers.

 

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The Blue Bird Phonograph 1920

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , , on May 9, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

This advertisement for the Blue Bird phonograph was placed in the Buffalo Courier on November 14, 1920. The Blue Bird Phonograph was manufactured that month and year in California.

 

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The Columbia Graphophone 1902

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , , , on May 8, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The September 11, 1902 edition of The Munro County Mail, New York, carried this advertisement for a Columbia Graphophone.

 

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A Record Room Can Only Be Good As You Want It To Be

Posted in 78 RPM Care, Have Your Say, My 78 RPM Collection with tags , , , on May 4, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Unless you have lots of money at your fingertips, your record room will seem to be very ordinary. I like to think of it as something else-my own personal venture into the past, like being in an after hours club full of Jazz musicians jamming together. My personal dream, which I hope to become a reality in the near future, is to have framed records hanging on the walls, along with a trombone, saxophone, cornet, trumpet, and clarinet. A few street signs that name famous Jazz landmarks in New York, Chicago, and New Orleans, would be a nice touch. There will be shelving from one end of the room to the next, to hold 30,000 78’s. A bookshelf to hold discographies, and reference books will be added, along with chairs and a table, for guests to relax, and enjoy the music. Eventually, I want to acquire a couple of gramophones to make the room look nostalgic. What does your record room look like? Send me your pictures, and details, and I will post them.

 

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A Report on The Canadian Collector’s Congress That Was Held April 26, 2014 In Toronto

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Phonograph and 78 RPM Record Clubs with tags , , , , on May 3, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Our good friend, and discographer, Jack Litchfield has just sent me a copy of the minutes of the Canadian Collector’s Congress, held on Saturday, April 26th, in Toronto, Ontario. I would like to share this with our readers, so that they will know what transpired at this meeting.

 

 

Jewel Records 1928

Posted in 78 RPM Record Development with tags , , , , on March 30, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

There were many budget record labels during the 1920’s, sold primarily in low cost department stores, or dime stores.The Plaza Music Company had its tried and tested Banner, Regal, Domino, Oriole, and Perfect labels as established names. It decided to launch another label in 1927 under the name “Jewel”, perhaps to compete with Cameo’s “Romeo” record line, which was introduced the year before. This rare ad for the Jewel label came from the department store of Victor and Company, Buffalo, New York. It often advertised the records at 21 cents each, or 5 for $1.00.

 

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Clarence Williams Washboard Band “P.D-Q. Blues” 1927

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The History of Jazz and Blues Recordings with tags , , , , on March 30, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

It is always nice to turn up a page in a newspaper where a promotion for a recording occurs by the company that will turn out the 78 rpm record. The artwork behind some of these ads is quite good, and I thought about sharing this one for Clarence Williams Washboard Band, for the Vocalion race series, picked from the April 23, 1927 edition of The Pittsburgh Courier.

 

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Have You Heard The New “Champion” Records? 1926

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 29, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Champion records in the 1920’s were derived from Gennett masters, and priced to sell as a budget label. The department store of Lit Brothers, situated in Philadelphia, PA., announced the latest Champion records that they were stocking, in the April 10, 1926 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

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A Look At My Record Collection Part Two

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, My 78 RPM Collection with tags , on March 28, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On March 19th, I uploaded some photographs from my personal 78 RPM record collection. Today, I invite you to take a second look at some of the records I have acquired over the past few years.

 

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The 78 RPM Sound Of Gilbert Watson And His Orchestra 1925 To 1926

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Sound of Jazz and Hot Dance 78's with tags , , , on March 27, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On  March 12, 2014 I published a blog dealing with Canada’s Gilbert Watson and his Orchestra, and that I would be receiving sound files from his son. Those sound files have now been uploaded, and contain eight tracks of music that was recorded between 1925 to 1926 by the Compo Company, Lachine, Quebec, and released on several of their labels. The other two tracks that were recorded are not present, unfortunately. The track list is as follows:

 

1. Apex 728 Lonesome Me

2. Leonora 23016 That’s All There Is

3. Leonora 23016 Bamboola

4. Apex 728 Don’t Wake Me Up

5. Domino 21563 I Just Want To Be Known As “Susie’s Feller”

6. Microphone 22544 How Could Red Riding Hood?

7. Domino 21563 St. Louis Blues

8. Microphone 22544 Don’t Be Angry With Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rare Okeh Ajax Race Record Advertisement 1924

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , on March 26, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

At first glance one would think this is just an advertisement for Okeh Race Records because of the banner at the top. But once you see names like Helen Gross and the Choo Choo Jazzers, ( with a 17000 catalogue number) appear, you know you’ve stumbled upon a rare find. The George M. Wood  record store of Pittsburgh claimed to be a pioneer in dealing with race records, and sponsored this advertisement, found in the September 6, 1924 Pittsburgh Courier.

 

old fulton ny post cards-pittsburgh courier sept 6, 1924 ajax records.

Red Nichols And His Five Pennies Appear In Sycracuse New York 1929

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 25, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

According to the July 3, 1929 edition of the Syracuse New York Journal, Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, were booked for an engagement at the Playland Dance Pavilion for Independence Day.

 

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Curtis Mosby’s Dixieland Blue Blowers At Solomon’s Dance Pavilion in L.A. 1925

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Curtis Mosby led a busy life as a promoter, drummer, bandleader and club owner, during the 1920’s in California. He had his own band in 1921 and also recorded with Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds between 1922 and 1923. He moved to Los Angles from Oakland, California. He is known to have recorded later for Columbia, between 1927 and 1929. The promotion for his appearance at Solomon’s Dance Pavilion was placed in the September 9, 1925 edition of Variety.

old fulton ny post cards-variety sept 9, 1925 mosby blue blowers.

Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra Appear At The Roseland Ballroom 1926

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Variety announced that the Goldkette Orchestra would be appearing at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on January 26, 1926. Two days later, on January 28th,  they would be in the Victor studios in New York City recording “Dinah” and “After I Say I’m Sorry”. The Goldkette Orchestra consisted of  Doc Ryker-Jimmy Dorsey-cl-as, Don Murray-cl-ts, Joe Venuti-vn, Chauncey Morehouse-d, Russ Morgan-a, Fuzzy Farrar-Ray Lodwig-t, Spiegle Wilcox-Bill Rank-tb, Lou Longo-p, Howdy Quicksell-bj, Steve Brown-sb, and Frank Bessinger-v. Bix Beiderbecke does not record with the Goldkette Orchestra until October 12, 1926.

old fulton ny post cards-jean goldkette variety jan 20,1926.

American Crown Record Label April Release 1931

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , on March 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The American Crown label started in 1930 as a result of  Plaza’s exclusion from the newly formed American Record Corporation. This budget label sold in the stores for a mere 25 cents, and often studio groups recorded on this label, including Lou Gold and Adrian Schubert’s Orchestra. Some of the more sought after names that Jazz collector’s tend to look for on this label included Gil Rodin’s Orchestra, Fletcher Henderson’s Connie’s Inn Orchestra, and, Gene Kardos as Joel Shaw. The March 30, 1931 issue of the Amsterdam Daily Democrat and Recorder, Amsterdam, New York carried a rare insert for the release of Crown Records for April.

old fulton ny post cards-amsterdam democrat and record march 20, 1931 crown record ad. 

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