[78-L] 1st Family

Don Chichester dnjchi78 at live.com
Sat Mar 6 16:16:43 PST 2010

In the early '50s I was working part-time at a record store.  The manager told me that a new Stan Freberg 78 was about to be issued, and the Capitol rep told the store owners to buy a lot of them, pre-issue date. The record?  St. George and the Dragonet.  It sold out immediately!

> Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2010 19:04:02 -0500
> From: mbiel at mbiel.com
> To: 78-l at klickitat.78online.com
> Subject: Re: [78-L] 1st Family
> David Lennick wrote:
> >
> >>> As a matter of fact, people stopped listening to the album after the
> >>> assassination, Volume 2 was withdrawn, and sales of comedy albums were
> >>> dismal for the next fifteen years.
> I disagree. Cosby, Newhart and Smothers Bros were big sellers. I see 
> no real lasting continuing sales of Steve Martin. They went up and down 
> the charts like pop records. Of course Cosby and Newhart started their 
> careers while JFK was still alive, but they never stopped selling.
> >
> > Don't have sales figures, but I hardly ever run across even Richard Pryor's 
> > more popular albums in the Goodwill. Or for that matter Bob Newhart or Bill 
> > Cosby. Rusty Warren, yes.
> >
> > dl
> > 
> As for Cosby and Newhart, I think we have the Caruso effect. These are 
> the albums they save when they throw the others out. I worked for a 
> rack jobber record distrubutor in 66 and 67 and can tell you that the 
> sales of Cosby were HUGE, and Newhart and Smothers Bros were good. We 
> sold very few Jon Winters, Tom Lehrer, Mort Saul, Shelly Berman, Dave 
> Gardner, Myron Cohen. Homer & Jethro and others that were on the major 
> labels. But 5 albums of Cosby and perhaps 2 or so each of Newhart and 
> Snothers Brios were always in our top 120 album sales lists. (We 
> didn't rack Warren, Foxx, or Pryor.) We had a lot on Nichols & May in a 
> huge Mercury overstock sale.
> Mike Biel mbiel at mbiel.com
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