[78-L] the Road less traveled

Han Enderman jcenderman at solcon.nl
Mon Aug 5 05:19:50 PDT 2013

I have images of a single (and thus fairly rare) copy of 18514, which show the 
Decca mx nrs in the wax.
Morocco is L 3030 on label and DLA 3030 A in the wax 
(in the normal serifed font used for prewar Decca masters).
Reverse 18514-B Ain't Got A Dime To My Name is L 3031 on label, but in the wax is:
L 3031 A in sanserif font.
Why the prefix has been changed from DLA into L (on label, and on -B in wax too) ?
Is side B a dub ?

han enderman
>>> Neither is an original soundtrack version..those rarely occurred before the 
late 40s. 
Most likely the early one was done to get a version on wax before the 
impending AFM ban.


On 8/4/2013 2:46 AM, GAVIN WHITELAW wrote:
> I have that on Brunswick, not sure of the label but I have only seen the one copy that I am aware of. 
I would assume, if it was issued before the film, the film ost 78n would be more popular and hence more copies of THAT survive. 
Possibly it wasn't that popular as a solo number at the time which would explain its rarity 
OR people see the title and assume it is the BC/BH number without looking further at it and dismiss it as the usual recording!
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> Recently picked up a copy of Bing Crosby singing "The Road to Morocco" on Decca 18514 (June 10, 1942).  
This is not the more familiar one with Bob Hope on Decca 4000 (recorded 1944).
> This solo effort seems like it was recorded before the film was made, or at least before it was finished.  
The lyrics are almost totally different from the duet with Hope, which more accurately reflected the banter on the film.  
Indeed, look the internet over for the lyrics (hundreds of sites posting lyrics, it seems) and the only version I found was the duet (including all the ad-lib chatter).  
The words on the solo version seem rather dangerous to our ears today: "you can be the kidnapped girl and I can be the sheik" would certainly not pass the political-correctness cops today.  
Been a while since I saw the movie, but I don't remember him singing anything like this to Dorothy, as these words would seem to further the story.  
This is the first copy of the solo I've ever seen, vs lots of the duet.  Anybody else found one of these?  
I can't imagine any Crosby record of the early 1940s being scarce, but this would be seem to be a possible candidate.  
I've surely never seen it reissued (duet with Hope many times).  The band seems to enjoy this one more, too.  
Well worth finding.  This is why we collect 78s.
> Rodger

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