[78-L] the Road less traveled

David Weiner djwein at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 5 08:43:09 PDT 2013

This is not a rare record - I have seen it many times through the years,
in the American pressing. Wasn't it also issued as part of a ROAD TO

Dave Weiner

On 8/5/13 8:19 AM, "Han Enderman" <jcenderman at solcon.nl> wrote:

>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!
>> Gavin R Whitelaw
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>>   From: Rodger Holtin<rjh334578 at yahoo.com>
>> To: 78-List<78-l at 78online.com>
>> Sent: Sunday, 4 August 2013, 5:13
>> Subject: [78-L] the Road less traveled
>> 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
>> 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
>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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