A 78 from 1978!
This month we have a great promo 78 of Leon Redbone issued in 1978 by the folks at Warner Brothers.
Won't you please help us! If you have any label pictures or discography info, please send them along. Credit will be given.
Rumours still abound about Beatles 78s in South Africa, including some people saying "I know I've seen one." Can you supply any info. As an aside, I am also trying to determine if the Hamburg Sessions with Tony Sheridan made it to 78 on Polydor in India. Finally, does anyone know if Decca released any Rolling Stones 78s in India? Please email the site editor, T. Pavick, on email@example.com with any details.
By the mid 1960s the 78rpm record had become a scratchy memory
in the world of recorded music. The tenacity of this format in some
markets however resulted in some of the most unusual and unexpected
Great Britain's EMI records continued to issue 78s in
India until at least 1968, legend has it due to the preponderance of
wind-up phonographs there. Among those are a number of releases by the Beatles
on Parlophone. The earliest of these featured a red Parlophone label.
Parlophone switched to a black label in 1965. It is quite possible that some
of the earlier red label releases may have been reissued on the black label. (Editor's Note: See the discography page for a comment from Graeme on this issue.)
These releases carried both the standard (UK) 'R' numbering series as
well as DPE prefix releases with different couplings than that of
the standard Parlophone UK issues.
Each record has an individual value in the range of least US$500 to US$1300.
Similar to the situation with vinyl 45s in the USA today, EMI also released 78s in Argentina and the Philippines for radio stations and juke boxes, many with unique combinations of songs.
Rumour has it that similar releases occurred in South Africa through
EMI-Brigadiers, possibly of "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand". Surely such a discovery would be a treat!
These releases are not the first 78s featuring the Beatles. As the Quarry Men,
they recorded a 78 rpm acetate of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day"
backed with an original Paul McCartney / George Harrison composition
"In Spite of All Danger" in 1958. This recording took place at
(Percy) Phillips Sound Recording Service at 38 Kensington in Liverpool.
The original cost of this 78 was 17s 6d (88 p in decimal currency or about US$1.30),
its current value is incalculable as Paul McCartney owns the only copy,
and he isn't selling.
McCartney did have several reproductions of this acetate prepared in both 10
inch 78rpm format and 7 inch 45 rpm format a few years ago at EMI. He went so
far as to accurately reproduce not only the label, but also the acetate's physical
material, a feat that had EMI hunting high and low. These copies are now safely
NOTE:A large amount of the information on this site came from record collector G.McLagan who occasionaly has Beatles 78s for sale. If you wish to contact him, his e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This site's editor, T. Pavick, offers a big thanks to Graeme for the assistance! You can email the editor on email@example.com.