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Author Topic: 78 Release Dates--How fast could it happen?  (Read 430 times)

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Offline DavidR

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78 Release Dates--How fast could it happen?
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:25:33 AM »
I am familiar with various sources for learning when a particular song was recorded, and I'm wondering what information has been compiled about when songs were actually released. A related issue that I'm especially interested in is the speed with which a record could be released. If I recorded a song, let's say, on October 26, 1928, what's the earliest date by which a 78 of that song might be in the hands of a consumer?

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Re: 78 Release Dates--How fast could it happen?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2018, 02:29:24 PM »
It wasn't long - I'd have to check my discographies for the exact recording date, but for instance, Fiddlin' John Carson recorded "Death of Floyd Collins," which came out sometime in April 1925 - Collins died Feb. 3 of that year.
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Re: 78 Release Dates--How fast could it happen?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2018, 12:14:20 PM »
It wasn't long - I'd have to check my discographies for the exact recording date, but for instance, Fiddlin' John Carson recorded "Death of Floyd Collins," which came out sometime in April 1925 - Collins died Feb. 3 of that year.
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I'm finding April 1925 as the recording date as well. So recorded and released the same month? That's pretty quick. What's the source for the release date? Advertising?

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Re: 78 Release Dates--How fast could it happen?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2018, 12:21:38 PM »
In this case just listed in a couple places on the net but usually the release dates do come from dealer flyers or advertising if there aren?t official company ledgers still available.

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Re: 78 Release Dates--How fast could it happen?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2018, 10:03:14 AM »
David,
In the Victor Black Label Discography by John R. Bolig, some of the records include recording dates and release dates. The very first entry has a recording date of March 18 1935 and a release date of March 27 1935, so it only took 9 days to get the record pressed. A free copy of the pdf of the book can be found at https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/VictorBlackLabelDiscography_v5.pdf

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Re: 78 Release Dates--How fast could it happen?
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2018, 09:51:44 AM »
David,
In the Victor Black Label Discography by John R. Bolig, some of the records include recording dates and release dates. The very first entry has a recording date of March 18 1935 and a release date of March 27 1935, so it only took 9 days to get the record pressed. A free copy of the pdf of the book can be found at https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/VictorBlackLabelDiscography_v5.pdf

Lew

Wow, that's impressive. Thanks, Lew!

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