Jack O’ Diamonds

Ruth “Miss Rhythm” Brown’s “Jack O’ Diamonds” was on the pop chart in June 1959.  Released on Atlantic 2026, the flip side was “I Can’t Hear A Word You Say.”

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Well, that’s it.  That’s all of the mid-1959 to mid-1960 78s I have for now.  If more late 78s are unearthed in the future, or if anyone has any more to contribute, I will try to add them in the future.  I never could find a picture of Bo Diddley’s “Crawdad” on 78, so if anyone has an image of that, or anything else good, please send it in.  Thanks for viewing.

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Everything Gonna Be Alright

From July 1959 here is Little Walter’s “Everything Gonna Be Alright” backed with “Back Track” on Checker 930.  Again here is Checker trying to use up their different styles of labels at the end of 78 production.

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78s in Billboard Magazine

In 1958 Billboard published a circle graph showing the “Share of Dollar Sales” of the music industry for the week ending March 8, 1958.  78s were 3.3%, EPs were 3.7%, 45s were 38.2%, 33 1/3 LPs were 53.9%, and 0.9% “other.”

An article in Billboard from 1959 stated, “The 78 market dropped sharply from 4,500,000 in 1957 to under 500,000 last year.”