[78-L] Gene Autry Okeh set

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Tue Aug 6 19:26:12 PDT 2013

I thought you were going to send a link to an actual narration audio. Columbia 
also did some store demo discs, pushing the new Philco players (with discs that 
sounded like holy horrors but I'm sure nobody noticed at the time). Autry is on 
one of them.


On 8/6/2013 10:20 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> 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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