The Great Crepitation Contest of 1946
[mp3 at bottom] lingers on in the memories of record collectors
, radio historians
, and a generation of post-war vulgarians from Dr. Demento to Howard Stern
. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's vivid recording of the contest (conceived at a company stag party) inspired legions of LP cover artists: an early public airing was encased in a sleeve
designed by one of the earliest proponents
of the illustrated album cover. Later editions were adorned with shockingly detailed renditions of the Great Contest, created by a variety
of anonymous geniuses
. (Speaking of art, it was also a rumored favorite
of Salvador Dali). Though it has inspired various lurid myths
, we've learned a little bit about the deepest roots
of the contest right here on Metafilter
. [more inside]
- In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
Cigareetes, Whusky and Wild, Wild Women
. Cris Vangel's "78's and Other Music"
YouTube Channel is full of old time vinyl goodies including a 1932 love song
sung by a man, possibly to another man. Cat Scratchin'
for Caturday. Bonus link: The Muppet version of Cigarettes and Whiskey
with Peter Sellers singing.
Ted Staunton's archive of labels from 78 rpm records.
Perhaps most easily explored through the massive "Decades
" pages of thumbnails.
For your weekend aural edification, courtesy of Internet Archive
, a sampling of Old-Time and country blues gems: Buell Kazee's The Dying Soldier
(1928), B.F. Shelton's Pretty Polly
(1927), Geeshie Wiley's Last Kind Words
(1930), Dock Boggs' Danville Girl
, Kelly Harrel's Rovin' Gambler
(1925), Clarence Ashley's My Sweet Farm Girl
(1931), Charlie Poole's Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues
(1925) and the Memphis Jug Band's A Black Woman is Like a Black Snake
Hill Billie Blues
by Uncle Dave Macon and his Fruit Jar Drinkers is under 1924
at Honking Duck
. You could search that by title as well. Or you can look up by Artist
as in Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters
. Need I mention all are in RealAudio ? Hate Realplayer ? Well, as noted before, fight the power and use Real Alternative aka Media Player Classic instead. It's not exactly my favorite style of interface but they certainly do afford a large selection.
is the self-proclaimed king of record collectors (pre-war 78s, of course). He'll even make you a tape
. According to Bussard, jazz died in 1933. Were the '20s America's golden age? Great art
, and even coins
A huge set of "old-time" music recordings from 1924-1946, made available in RealAudio format by honkingduck.com. Not high sound quality, but an invaluable collection for anyone with any interest in early recorded bluegrass, folk, country, blues, etc.