[78-L] Gene Autry Okeh set

Michael Biel mbiel at mbiel.com
Tue Aug 6 19:20:47 PDT 2013

And Jack, while you are at it, can you get out your copy Conqueror set
5987 Ballads of the West Sung by Gene Autry which I seem to remember was
the confirmation of the four Conqueror records in the set.  I am missing
one of them and didn't print out our discussion at the time.  The three
discs I have are 8629, 8968, and 9388.

I haven't been able to dig up an OKeh catalog which lists the disc
numbers, but I do have the June 1941 Columbia/OKeh popular supplement
which shows K1 for the first time.  During those times they had a
recording artist "narrate" the supplements, and that month it was
Hiorace Heidt.  Here is how he describes K-1 (not knowing that there had
been two(?) Conqueror Autry albums in prior years: "This is Gene's first
album and it's a corker.  You'll enjoy, as I did, this collection of
Gene's most popular Western songs, including 'Old Buckaroo Goodbye' and
'The Last Roundup'." 

Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com  

-------- Original Message --------

From: "J. E. Knox" <rojoknox at metroeast.org>
Jack Raymond wrote:

> For what it's worth, my copy of Okeh Set K-1, which I acquired in 
> virtually new condition, has the same eight sides you mention.

That's good to know; thanks! Goes a long way toward answering the
original question, which I think you can answer since you own the set:
What are the catalog numbers of the records? The original Vocalion
numbers, or four 5xxx- (above 5622) or 6xxx-series numbers in sequence
as one would expect in an album set? Do the labels sport "K 1-<side
number>" left of the hole, again as would be expected? If the original
issue numbers were used, and no album number is present on labels, it
represents the only instance I've ever encountered of a "Decca-style"
reissue from CBS; very curious!

Thanks, Joe

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