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As usual, spinning a wide range of records. The REM LP is a beautiful NM/NM gem found at recent yard sale for $0.50. The older gentleman holding the Esquire Jazz reissue LP is my father-in-law Bill Barrett. Bill turns 93 tomorrow and he's visiting us here in Wyoming for a couple weeks. He loves that music from the 1940's, and I've got a lot of it so we're spending time in the studio listening to quite a bit.
I have five dozen sixteen inch radio transcription discs in my collection, dating from the mid-late 50's. Many of them are live recordings of Country Western artists of that era. Recordings that were never released commercially and there are some real gems from artists such as Jim Reeves, Ferlin Husky & Simon Crum!, Goldie Hill, Ray Price, The Carlisles, Faron Young, Webb Pierce, Mimi Roman, Marty Robbins and more.
The Kiddie records are a lot of fun and sound suprprising good with playback on my SP-15, Stanton 500, and Magneplanar speakers. A far cry from the little kiddie record player and scratched-up hand-me-down records I started with about 55 years ago.
Also listened to a stack of about sixty 45's the other night with Bill in my studio. Mostly stuff from the 60's: Pop, Soul, R&B, and British Invasion. Loving the music!
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That takes me back. Great disc. Thanks.
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Good to see him diggin' your vinyl! I'm guessing that at 93, he'd have been most influenced by popular music in the radio around 1940 -- Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Artie Shaw- the big band swingin' stuff.
I've been spinning music from my own wasted youth - Cream "Goodbye" (1969) last night- stunning bass playing in that album! Everything about it is beautiful. It's just unf*ingbelievble that was almost 50 years ago...
Funny, his short-term memory is totally shot, but he can readily recall seeing Jimmy Dorsey and Lionel Hampton on two separate occasions at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. This was in 1941, before Bill enlisted and served in the Navy during WW II.
He really loves the WW II era music and we have a lot of fun spinning records and hanging out in my studio.
Cactus, thanks for the added story along with your record postings.
When I was growing up my day would often relax in the evening after a hard day at the office with what he called a "record session". He loved jazz and big band music from the '30s and '40s which didn't appeal to me at the time, I was excited by the emergence of rock and roll.
But I guess his routine was implanted on me since I began the habit of record sessions myself which continues to this day. As I got older I also gained appreciation for some of his favorite music, particularly Louie Armstrong and his All Stars, and Jack Teagarden.
Thanks for sharing and be grateful you can still share the music with your father-in-law.
PS - regarding that "Cheyenne" record, I don't recall ever seeing a large hole 7" in 78. All my 45s are 45 RPM. ;^)
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...and the pics! I picked up one transcription disc that I'll probably never be able to drop a needle on. It looks like there is at least an hour of music on each side. Have you ever converted any of those discs to a more accessible format? They must be fun to listen to?
Keep em' comin' cactus', pics and music!
The sixteen inch transcription discs are a lot of fun to listen to. Some truly great music. Over the past weekend, I transferred a batch of these giant records to WAV files. Since the condition of these discs ranges from "G" to "VG", I then cleaned up clicks & pops with Click Repair software.
The running time on these is about 14:50 per side. They're all live recordings and it's great to hear the artists speak to the audience as they introduce songs. Ferlin Husky and his alter-ego "Simon Crum" are featured on one disc, what fun!
I'd love to put some of this on my youtube channel as most (perhaps all) were never released commercially. I'll have to track down copyright owners for permission first though.
I find it interesting that the running time per side of a 16-inch record is less than 15-minutes. I would have though that 16-inch records would have significantly longer running time than 12-inch records. I guess the groove spacing must be kind of wide.
You and your Dad are having waay too much fun!
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