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DavidR:
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?

Thanks,
DavidR

banjochris:
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.
Chris

DavidR:

--- Quote from: banjochris 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.
Chris

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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?

Thanks,
DavidR

banjochris:
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.

TenBrook:
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

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