“Money” b/w “Oh I Apologize” by Barrett Strong. I have seen several different release dates for Anna 1111. The Anna discography on Global Dog Production’s website says March 1960, as does the discography on Wikipedia. Yet the Wikipedia entry for the actual song says August 1959. Yet it entered the Top 40 charts in February 1960. So I’m just going to call it late 1959. However you look at it, “Money” was a great stepping stone for Berry Gordy on the way to building his Motown empire.
“Too Pooped To Pop” backed with “Let It Rock” by Chuck Berry is one of the last rock and roll songs issued on the 78 rpm speed. Most of the later 78s were blues. This is a January 1960 release, and you can see here how Chess records was trying to use up their different labels – one with the chess pieces and one with the vertical lines.
December 1959 release – Ron 329, Professor Longhair “Go To The Mardi Gras” b/w “Everyday, Everynight.” Great New Orleans music.
“That’s Just Alright” backed with “I’ll Learn To Love Again” by Little Junior Parker (Duke 326) may be even later than June 1960! I believe it is from August 1960! It’s more soul than blues, so Junior must have been moving in new directions. Duke’s next issue from September 1960 was Bobby “Blue” Bland’s R&B hit “Cry Cry Cry.” If that ever pops up in a flea market or eBay then someone will have the real Holy Grail of Late 78s.
When I first started this blog I believed that Bobby Marchan’s “There Is Something On Your Mind” was the last American 78. But I really believe that this was the final American 78 rpm record – or at least the newest one found at this time – of the long continuous production of 78 records from early in the 20th Century until August 1960. Duke Records advertised it in the August 29, 1960 issue of Billboard magazine. Billboard featured it in the review of new records section of the September 5, 1960 issue, where they described it: “Little Junior Parker sells this blues ditty with his usual feeling over a backing by a girl’s group and rhythm.”
Ray Charles took an old Hank Snow country song named “I’m Moving On” and reworked it into an R&B rocker with this October 1959 release on Atlantic 2043. The “B” side was the brooding, moody “I Believe To My Soul.” No wonder he was called “The Genius.”
April 1960 saw the issue of Checker 952, Lowell Fulson’s “Coming Home” b/w “Have You Changed Your Mind?” This was likely the final 78 on the Checker label. Most of the 1960 American 78s are blues.
Bell was a budget label that rerecorded the hits du jour with no-name artists. From June 1960 here is a cover of Neil Sedaka’s “Stairway to Heaven” by Gary Sherbert backed with “Cradle of Love” by Billy Roberts.