Archive for 78 rpm records

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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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Leona Williams And Her Dixie Band

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Since my last article about singer Leona Williams and her Dixie Band, I searched high and low for more advertisements that Columbia records would have run between 1922 and 1923. I was fortunate to find two more, in The Atlanta Independent, which was the local colored newspaper at that time. As I previously may have mentioned, her band was none other than members of The Original Memphis Five.

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The Best Kept Record And Phonograph Secret Of Central Ontario

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

One of the best kept secrets on where to junk for 78 rpm records, and phonographs in Central Ontario is the Barrie Antiques Centre, located in the heart of downtown Barrie, Ontario. Barrie, is located north of Toronto, Ontario, as is about an hour away by car. I paid a visit to it on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, and was astonished to find such a wide display of records and phonographs. The manager graciously allowed me to take some photographs and share them with you.

Barrie Antiques Centre, 227 Innisfil Street, Barrie, Ontario Open 7 days a Week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Brunswick Phonographs And Race Records 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 12, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

It is not common to find an advertisement which combined both phonographs and race records together, let alone in a non colored newspaper. Such was the case in this Brunswick insert, placed in The Tulia Herald, Tulia, Texas on May 9, 1929.

 

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Let’s Try This Record On A Claxtonola Talking Machine 1922

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

From the pages of the April 28, 1922 edition of The Schulenburg Sticker, Schulenburg, Texas comes this rare advertisement  for the Claxtonola Talking Machine at the local City Drug Store. The City Drug Store also stocked the latest Okeh records.

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Berliner Launchs The Canadian 216000 HMV Record Series 1919

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Canadian Recording Artists of the 1920's, History of Phonographs and Records in Canada, Records in Canada with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On August 1, 1919 The Berliner Gram-o-phone Company Limited announced a newly conceived line of  records which would promote Canadian talent, such as pianist Willie Eckstein, violinist Luigi Romanelli, whose orchestra appeared at The King Edward Hotel in Toronto during the early 1920’s, The Melody Kings Dance Orchestra from Montreal, and, around 1929, Fred Culley and his Royal York Hotel Orchestra.

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Where Did Edison Come Up With A $3,000,000 Phonograph? 1919

Posted in Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The idea of using professional singers and dancers to promote the sales of phonograph had already been tested in the past. In 1914 Victor offered professional dance instructors to teach the latest dance steps while the Victrola played a record in the background at their distributor’s music store. Now Edison, in an effort to sell his latest two models of phonographs to a captive Montreal audience of 1,500, employed the talents of Scottish baritone Glen Ellison, who had already recorded his voice on an Edison disc, and would sing along side to see if the audience could tell the difference. There is no explanation for the $3,000,000 price anywhere in the advertisement, which was placed in The Montreal Gazette on April 1, 1919.

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The Berliner Gram-o-phone Company Limited Of Canada Expands 1912

Posted in History of Phonographs and Records in Canada, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, Records in Canada with tags , , , , , , , on March 9, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

In November 1912, the Berliner Gram-o-phone Company Limited, which manufactured and sold His Master’s Voice and Victor records, and its Victrola phonographs, decided to take out a full-page advertisement in the Montreal Standard to show the public where their manufacturing plant and retail locations were located, in the heart of Montreal itself. There were already two existing retail operations at 415 St. Catherine Street West, and the other was at 488 St. Catherine Street East. Berliner was now announcing its latest retail operation would be located at 355 St. Catherine Street West.

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James McIntyre And His Chateau Laurier Orchestra

Posted in Canadian Recording Artists of the 1920's, Records in Canada with tags , , , on March 8, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

James McIntyre, a Scottish born violinist, led his Chateau Laurier Orchestra, at the famous Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario during the 1920’s and 1930. All of the research material about this obscure Canadian orchestra points to the fact that he broadcast live from the hotel five nights a week. What they fail to mention is that he made one single record on the His Master’s Voice 216000 series, which was number 216489. When I consulted Jack Litchfield’s excellent discography entitled “The Canadian Victor 216000 Series-Estimating The Recording Dates”, it is presumed that the record was released around May, 1925. The songs on the record are “In the Garden of To-Morrow”, and, “China Girl”.

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“He’s Tight Like This” Hilda Alexander And Mamie McClure 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Brunswick’s Race Records gave us a good example of their ability to put a great blues tune on one side of a record, and a great jazz tune on the flip side on record number 7069. First there is the blues singing team of Hilda Alexander and Mamie McClure backed up by the Backa Town Boys, and, to a suprisingly lesser degree, we find Jabbo Smith and his Rhythm Aces “Michigander Blues” mentioned.

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Louis Armstrong Is The King Of Trumpet Players 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 8, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The Okeh Phonograph Corporation ran a series of new release advertisements in the Afro-American newspaper of Baltimore, Maryland during 1929 for their star performer, Louis Armstrong. One of these release ads, run on April 13, 1929, suggested most appropriately, that Louis was indeed the “King of Trumpet Players” .

The Afro American   Google News Archive Search

The Forty Third Canadian Collectors Congress April 25-April 27, 2014 Toronto, Ontario

Posted in General Announcements, Upcoming Phonograph and Record Shows with tags , , , , on March 5, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Fellow record collectors, it is with great pleasure that I announce that the Forty Third Canadian Collectors Congress will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada the last weekend of April, 2014. There are a total of seven attachments so that you may see the lectures that will take place, and register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Down Hearted Blues” Eva Taylor And Clarence Williams 1923

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

From the pages of The Atlanta Independent comes this photographic advertisement of both Eva Taylor and Clarence Williams together, as part of the General Phonograph Corporation’s promotion of their new release “Down Hearted Blues”. The Okeh release appeared first, on May 3, 1923 .

 

The Atlanta Independent   Google News Archive Search

Rare Black Swan Promotion 1922

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 3, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

This rare Black Swan race record promotion ran in the negro newspaper ”The Dallas Express”  on July 22, 1922.

 

The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 29  No. 40  Ed. 1 Saturday  July 22  1922  Sequence  8   The Portal to Texas History-black swan

Ted Lewis And His Band Appear At Edmund Gram Music House 1923

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

By 1923 Ted Lewis and his Band were already successful artists with Columbia Records. The Milwaukee music store of Edmund Gram, Wisconsin’s leading piano house, announced that Ted Lewis and his Band would make a personal appearance on February 16, 1923, to give a concert. Edmund Gram planned to celebrate the fact that they would be now handling Columbia phonographs and records. The ad was run the day before in The Milwaukee Sentinel.

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Jazz King Makes $800,000 In Five Years 1922

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , on March 1, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

I came across an article about band leader Isham Jones, and how he became a successful  jazz musician and recording artist. Anyone familiar with Isham Jones knows that he was associated with Brunswick Records. The blurb itself appeared in the Lawrence, Kansas newspaper on June 20, 1922, the Lawrence Journal-World.

 

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March Victor Records 1923

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , on March 1, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

At the beginning of each month, Victor Records would announce its latest releases in national newspapers throughout Canada, and the United States. Here are three examples of different banners used to announce the releases on March 1, 1923.

The Deseret News   Google News Archive Search-march victor 3 The Deseret News   Google News Archive Search-march victorThe Deseret News   Google News Archive Search-march victor 2

Here Are The Latest Hits On Regal And Banner 1923

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 28, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

William H. Bonnage of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania  advertised the latest hits that they carried on Regal and Banner Records, which sold for 49 cents, in the February 10, 1923 edition of The Beaver Falls Tribune.

 

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Leeds Talk-O-Phone Record Label

Posted in 78 RPM Record Development, Interviews and Articles with tags , , on February 27, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Leeds Talk-O-Phone was a record label, producing cylinders from 1894 to 1903 and single-sided lateral-cut disc gramophone records in the United States of America from about 1902 to 1909.

Leeds Records were produced by the Talk-O-Phone Company of Toledo, Ohio, owned by Wynant van Zant Pierce Bradley and Albert Irish. Talk-O-Phone produced disc phonographs(gramophones in British English) very similar to the earliest “Victor” machines of the Victor Talking Machine Company.

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Some Leeds Records were unauthorized dubs of recordings made in other countries, a practice that slipped through a legal loophole at the time when international copyrights on recorded sound was poorly regulated. Some printed speculation about this obscure early record label has alleged that all Leeds material was either leased or pirated from other companies, but this was not the case. Some Leeds records were recorded specifically for Leeds, as can be confirmed by the spoken announcements at the beginning of the records. There was, however, an artist dishonesty incident in the late 1890s with Russell Hunting. Leeds had Hunting record a specialty of his called “Cohen at the Telephone”. He was paid $5 per “round”, as pantographic duplication yielded about 100 acceptable duplacates of a cylinder. At the end of the fourth round (recording into 4 machines yielded 16 masters) he saw a man carting 24 recordings of his “Cohen at the Telephone” away at the end of the studio. Hunting accused Leeds of attempting to defraud him. Leeds Talk-O-Phone, according to Hunting, made good upon being threatened with exposure.

A few Vaudeville stars of some note recorded for Leeds, including Byron G. Harlan. The audio fidelity of original Leeds recordings is about comparable to Victor or Columbia Records discs of some 5 years earlier.

The most notable feature of early Leeds records are the labels at the center of the discs, some of the most elaborate and beautiful ever to grace phonograph records. The labels are coated in embossed gold foil in high relief, with a trio of angels flying in clouds beside “LEEDS TALK-O-PHONE RECORDS” in elaborate flowing lettering. The lower portion of the label shows the record number, song title, and artist, in much more plain type. The whole is surrounded by a floral border.

In the early 20th century, the quality of Leeds records improved. Leeds records were issued under the rare “Century” label, the “Sir Henri” label, the “Imperial” label, and many others. None of these labels credited Leeds as the manufacturer, likely as Leeds was usually in court for infringing some patent, trademark, etc. In 1905, Leeds was rumored to have begun plans for returning to producing cylinders, sending Edison investigators scattering about. Leeds made its last known cylinders in 1903, in brown wax. Columbia made molded brown waxes at this time and introduced black waxes in 1903. This stopped Leeds cylinder production. If Leeds really did resume cylinder production in 1905, the cylinders would have to have been molded black waxes or they would not have survived on the market if they were brown. Columbia stopped brown wax molding in 1904, thus eliminating any niche competition for Leeds brown waxes. No supposed Leeds cylinders from ca. 1905 survive, nor do any Leeds cylinder catalogs.

In April 1909 Victor triumphed in a lawsuit for patent infringement, and Leeds Records and Talk-O-Phone went out of business.

 

(Courtesy Wikipedia)

”I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” Leona Williams And Her Jazz Band 1922

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The recording of this record on the Columbia label took place in New York City on September 19, 1922. Many famous Jazz musicians backed up Williams on her recordings, including Jimmy Durante on Piano, Miff Mole on Trombone, and Phil Napoleon on trumpet, or The Original Memphis Five if you wish. The release of the record did not appear in the newspaper until November 17, 1922.

 

The Afro American   Google News Archive Search-leonora

Lucille Hegamin And Her Blue Flame Syncopaters 1921

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

Below is a rare photograph of Lucille Hegamin  and her Blue Flame Syncopaters from March 4, 1921, announcing her new recording on the rare Arto label. The Lexington Music Shop was in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

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Mamie Smith And Her Jazz Hounds 1922

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

Here is wonderful advertisement by the East Texas Phonograph Co., depicting Okeh Records artist Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds. This was inserted in the Dallas Express on July 1, 1922.

The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 29  No. 37  Ed. 1 Saturday  July 1  1922  Sequence  5   The Portal to Texas History

Hit-Of-The-Week Record Launch 1930

Posted in 78 RPM Record Development, Interviews and Articles with tags , , , , on February 22, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On June 12, 1930 Dirium Products Corporation of New York launched their new indestructible phonograph record that would be sold weekly at newsstands for the remarkable price of 15 cents. The launch in Pittsburgh that day was through a full-page advertisement, and an article about the Hit Of The Week record, as reported by The Pittsburgh Press.

 

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