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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.

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.

 

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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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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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 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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A Look At My Own Record Collection

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , on March 19, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Five years ago I got back to collecting 78’s after a long gap dating back to the 1980’s. At that time I had amassed a collection of 500 78’s before I  disposed of them in a sale to another collector. I now have about 3000 78’s and am gearing up for this year’s “hunt for records”, as I call it. I’d like to share with you a few pics of the records, and hope you enjoy them.

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The Proper Way to Store Your 78 RPM Records

Posted in 78 RPM Care, My 78 RPM Collection with tags , on September 3, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

I take pride in my record collection of just over 3000 78’s, and as such made sure that they were properly kept in sleeves, and in an upright position, to prevent possible cracks. Here below, is a look at my record cabinets and how the records are stored. Picture Sunrise Record 003 Picture Sunrise Record 002

The Record Hunt in Maryhill, Ontario

Posted in Interviews and Articles, My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Every so often I look through the garage sale listings on one of the many online sites to see who is selling 78’s, and for my girlfriend, 45 RPM records. This time we found an ad for one that sold both, which was on Saturday, August 17th, on a farm, just west of Maryhill, Ontario.

For those of you who don’t know, the town of Maryhill is located northwest of Guelph, Ontario. The sale was to commence at 8:00 a.m. so we made sure we left Brampton, Ontario by 6:30 a.m. to give us enough time to get there before all the other collector’s arrived. Why travel there you ask? The records, in most cases, were being sold at 10 cents each, some at $1-$2.00.

We were the first to arrive on the scene, and ran to the garage where a large table had been set up, where four stacks of 78’s and 6 rows of 45’s were. Most of the 78’s were from the 1940’s and 1950’s, which disappointed me. There were only two 78’s I found, a Canadian Crown, 81424, and a  Via Tonal Columbia, 2344D. As usual, my girlfriend found more records than I did. Maybe I should have her hunt for 78’s the next time!

We then headed over to St. Jacobs to check out the three Antique shops. The first store had 78’s, but they were either pre 1920’s or 1940’s and 1950’s stuff. The second and third stores had nothing but late 1950’s 78’s

Although the trip failed to yield better results, the Sun and the hot weather made it an enjoyable outing all in all. We intend to make a couple more trips before the cold weather settles in, to look for records.

 

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Bill McKeag and his Orchestra-1936

Posted in Canadian Recording Artists of the 1930's and 1940's, My 78 RPM Collection, Recording Artists of the 1930's and 1940's, Records in Canada with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

 

 

As you may recall from an earlier blog, I announced the discovery of an acetate recorded in 1936 by a totally unknown Toronto orchestra-Bill McKeag and his Orchestra. Here now for the first time anywhere are the two tracks, Remember, and, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. I must apologize for the sound quality of the recordings, as I do not have any filters for noise reduction at present. I have reposted the photographs of the record also, below.

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The Second Trip to the Record Hoarder

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

On Saturday, July 6th, we left Brampton, Ontario bright and early, as our drive to north of Peterborough, Ontario, would take about one and a half hours, through some of the most beautiful countryside along Highway 35 and Highway 7. Another 30 boxes of 78 RPM records was acquired, and loaded into the back of my girlfriend’s Liberty Jeep. Lifting heavy boxes of loose singled 78’s and one’s in binders, is not an easy task for a man of my age. It took about a good hour to finish the job. 

A third trip will be in the fall or early next year, as he has many more records down in his cold storage unit in the house.

Over 2000 78’s were brought back, but only about 100 were one’s I wanted. The rest are now for sale. Not any real rare gems in the lot, but one’s I did not have, and needed. I guess the best find was the Starr Gennett with The Vagabonds on it.

Here is how the back of the Jeep looked with all the 78’s inside.

 

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Two More 78 RPM Record Finds at the Aberfoyle Antique Market

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, Records in Canada with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

This past Sunday, I was fortunate to be able to go to the oldest antique market in Ontario, located on Brock Rd. 46, or Highway 6 South, about half an hour west of Toronto by the 401. The day was muggy, so both myself the 78  rpm collector, and my girlfriend, the 45 rpm collector, feeling the heat.

At the back part of the market was a booth with a Sonora gramophone. I asked the vendor if he had any 78’s. “Look inside the cabinet of the gramophone, and look at the pile on the shelf behind you”, was the response. After sorting some boring Victor’s, I came across a Compo Starr Gennett. I looked closely at the label-it was Ladd’s Black Aces, second record from 1921. The A side has “Gypsy Blues”, the B side has “I’m Just Too Mean to Cry”, and is number 9177, recorded orginally on Gennett 4794, October, 1921. Rust states the personnel as not being confirmed.

The second record I found was another Compo label, Microphone, one of those cheap labels meant for dime stores. Number 22305 has on the A side, Leslie Norman and his Orchestra performing “Who Says They Don’t Care?”  This hot dance band is none other than Al Lynch and his Orchestra, who first recorded on Banner 7077 in New York, March 7, 1928. Rust has the band as unknown’s in my copy of his American Dance Band Discography, and it does not appear, in the first edition of his Jazz Records book.

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Recent 78 RPM Record Findings

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

In a previous post I may have mentioned that a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit a pack rat of records who had 47 boxes of records for me to inspect, unseen by anyone before. He was an hour and a half away from me by car, north of Peterborough, Ontario. I brought home 36 boxes of single records and binders and the back of the Jeep looked a it was moving day.

I had a huge task ahead of me when I got home, unloading the records, and sorting through the 2000 or more 78’s to see what I wanted to keep and sell off the rest. The second day of looking through the records was when I found a few gems, but the most important finding, in my opinion, was a copy of Jack Teagarden’s second recording with his own orchestra, from October 1, 1930. “You’re Simply Delish” is a cheery tune, backed by Eddie Gale on vocals, with Charlie Spivak and Tommy Thunen-trumpet, Jack Teagarden, trombone, Gil Rodin and Matty Matlock-clarinet and alto sax, to name a few of the musicians that were in the session. Rust lists takes 1,2,3 under matrix 10102.

To add more excitement, the recording was on a Canadian Compo Crown label, number 81497, under the name “Imperial Dance Orchestra”. The Crown has take 3 on it, which shows up on its American counterparts.  Even more good news was that this record had never been found before on Crown, only on Apex, another Canadian Compo label. 

Crown 81497  Imperial Dance Ochestra

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It Pays To Advertise That You Are Looking For 78’s

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, Records in Canada with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Recently a lady in Guelph, Ont.  approached me by e-mail stating she had some old 78’s and would I be interested. So, yesterday I visited her and found these goodies in her house. Please note that this is just a broader representation of what she had. I left the Decca and Bluebird, along with later 40’s records .guelph 78's guelph 78's2 guelph 78's3

Phonola 4167 The Phonola Co. of Canada-1921

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection, Records in Canada with tags on February 17, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Phonola 4167 The Phonola Co. of Canada-1921

Joseph Samuels Jazz Band-Dreaming Blues

Brunswick 4674-1929

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection with tags on February 16, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Brunswick 4674-1929

Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang-My Little Honey and Me

Grey Gull Madison 1718

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection with tags on February 16, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Grey Gull Madison 1718

Clarence Williams-Close Fit Blues

Grey Gull Supreme 1804-1929

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection with tags on February 16, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Grey Gull Supreme 1804-1929

The Memphis Jazzers-In Harlem’s Araby

Beeda 78

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection with tags on February 13, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

Beeda

Made by the Compo Company the Beeda was exported to Australia stores for sale around 1924.

My 78 RPM Record Collection Catalogued

Posted in My 78 RPM Collection with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by the78rpmrecordspins

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