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.”
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. Thanks for viewing.
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.
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.”
“Back In The U.S.A.” by Chuck Berry on Chess 1729 was issued in June 1959, and was a minor Top 40 hit for Berry. The “B” side was “Memphis, Tennessee.” I once was a proud owner of this 78.
James Brown and the Famous Flames’ “Got To Cry” b/w “It Was You” was issued on Federal 12364 in October 1959.
From July 1959 here’s “Our Anniversary” b/w “I’m Your Slave” by the Fiestas on Old Town 1069.
In July 1959 Cobra records released their issue no. 5032, “All Your Love” backed with “My Baby’s A Good’un” by Otis Rush. “All Your Love,” which features a spine-tingling guitar solo, is not the same “All Your Love” that was on the same Cobra label two years before.
“Sugaree” backed with “Rain Down Tears” by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters on King 5215 was issued in June 1959. As far as I can tell there were no King 78s released into 1960, although there was at least one Federal 78.
Released in October 1959 on Chess 1739, “Tell Me Baby” b/w “Recipe For Love” was by Muddy Waters.
From a September 11, 1954 issue of Billboard magazine, an article titled, “Folsom Sees Demise of 78’s, Urges Outlets Face 45 Move” – “The sale of all 78 r.p.m. records will eventually be so small that they will not support distributor or dealer inventories, and they will be discontinued. This was the prediction made this week by Frank M. Folsom, president of the Radio Corporation of America. Folsom predicted the demise of the 78 speed, commenting on the current shift from the old speed to 45 r.p.m. records for disk jockey programming.
Said Folsom, “Radio Broadcasters desirous of providing audiences with the best in popular music in the period ahead will find themselves at a loss to maintain high listening standards unless they join the change-over to 45 r.p.m. recordings.
“The present trend became markedly visible two years ago when the industry found it necessary to discontinue the manufacture of 78 r.p.m. classical albums. Last year it became necessary to discontinue virtually all 78 r.p.m. popular albums. This year the sale of 78 popular recordings is dropping at such a rate and 45’s are increasing so fast in public esteem that we now foresee the end of records of the old speed.
“It is recognized that the furnishing of records to stations is of tremendous mutual benefit to the stations and the recording companies. Looking forward to the time when 78 r.p.m. records are no longer available it is clearly evident that we will both lose if stations are unprepared to play the new microgroove records …”