Much Too Late

December 1959, Fire 1009, “Much Too Late” b/w “Lock Me In Your Heart” by Tarheel Slim and Little Ann.  Slim and Ann also had one of the last 78 releases in the USA in June 1960.

Note the label variations here – one with two horizontal lines and one without.

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The Madison Shuffle

Buster Brown was the artist on one of the most famous late 78s:  “Fannie Mae.”  In April 1960 his “The Madison Shuffle” b/w “John Henry (The Steel Driving Man)” was issued as Fire 1020.  Billboard’s  “Reviews Of This Week’s Singles” from April 25, 1960 describes this record as, “Brown could click again via either one of these powerful sides.  ‘John Henry,’ the old folk song gets a shoutin’ approach over a rhythmic and danceable ork setting.    ‘The Madison Shuffle’ is an instrumental side that features harmonica over a snappy ork assist.  Both are dual-market sides.”

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There Is Something On Your Mind

“There Is Something On Your Mind, Part 1” backed with “There Is Something On Your Mind, Part 2” by Bobby Marchan was probably the final commercially issued 78 record in the USA I now believe that Duke 326 and Excello 2181 were even later.  Fire 1022 was released in June 1960.  “There Is Something On Your Mind” was originally written and recorded in 1959 by Big Jay McNeely.  Bobby Marchan’s cover version a year later added a strange monologue that pushed his rendition to both sides of the record.  It made #1 on the R&B charts and even cracked the pop Top 40.