[78-L] OBC albums on 78

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Thu Aug 16 20:16:23 PDT 2012

And just to throw in a spoiler, one of the first original cast recordings of 
extensive highlights from a Broadway musical was a 33, and only a 33, years 
before the ones generally considered the "first" cast album(s). The Bandwagon, 
with Fred and Adele Astaire plus the composers Arthur Schwartz and Howard 
Dietz, on Victor Program Transcription L 24003, in 1931.

The first "complete" original cast album was "The Cradle Will Rock", recorded 
for Musicraft on 7 12-inch 78s in 1938. Unless it was Showboat or Blackbirds of 
1928 or something else. And this is only Broadway, not London or Paris..The 
Threepenny Opera was recorded with much of the original cast on 4 Ultraphon 78s 
in Berlin in 1930, und so weiter.


On 8/16/2012 11:04 PM, Bill McClung wrote:
> You asked how many did get issued on 78.  I'm sure we can all chime in.
> I've got St. Louis Woman on Capitol, Finian's Rainbow, Gentlemen Prefer
> Blondes, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on Columbia, Annie Get Your Gun,
> Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, One Touch of Venus, South Pacific, and Two On the
> Aisle on Decca, and Brigadoon on Victor.
> On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM, Cary Ginell<soundthink at live.com>  wrote:
>> Everyone has a copy of Columbia's 7-disc "South Pacific" 78 rpm set (some
>> have more than one kicking around). But when did the majors stop issuing
>> Broadway cast albums in the 78 rpm format? How many did get issued? Were
>> there ever any on RCA Victor? It's funny, other than "South Pacific," the
>> only other ones I have are on Decca.
>> Cary Ginell

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