[78-L] Strange record
dlennick at sympatico.ca.invalid
Sat Feb 6 22:36:48 PST 2016
MAD had a page of record labels in one of their big (50 cent) issues c. 1958. I see them pasted onto real records occasionally.
> Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:30:21 +0000
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> From: burnhamd at rogers.com.invalid
> Subject: [78-L] Strange record
> I've come across a strange record - at least a record with a strange label. It looks like an RCA 45rpm single, but the label says "RCA Melvin"; instead of the Nipper picture, it has a picture of a little old man squatted like a dog in front of a Gramophone with a dog peering out of the horn, beside that it says "His Pet's Voice". Instead of the normal speed indication at the 9 o'clock position, it says "Speed Limit 45" and on the other side in the 3 o'clock position, "Music to Drag Race by". The title says, "The Little Dutch Mill on Blueberry Hill near the Hollywood Freeway Blues"; the artist says "Fats" Domino with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Around the bottom rim it says "RCA Melvin - "His Pet's Voice" - Man and Dog Trade Mark - Everything is Copyrighted, so don't fool around!" There is no matrix number or record number indicated on the label.
> Naturally, I was anxious to hear this thing, but when I played it, it's just a recording of Eddie Fisher singing "Cindy". I sort of expected this because the only matrix number in the run-out spiral is a normal RCA number. The other side of the record has a regular RCA Label and is a recording of Eddie Fisher singing "Around the World".
> Anyone know what this might be?
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