[78-L] Jean Ritchie - first commercial recordings - help please
sternth at attglobal.net.invalid
Mon Feb 26 09:21:11 PST 2018
I've added to the thread on mudcat.org information about a series of
recordings, which would
appear to be Jean Ritchie's first COMMERCIAL recordings, made for MERCURY
records in their
children's series MERCURY MINIATURE PLAYHOUSE, circa 1948-1949.
These are SEVEN INCH 78rpm records, in 3 sets. I've listed them below.
There is a review of the Mercury Miniature Playhouse releases in the June
4, 1949 issue of
BILLBOARD. The reviewer failed to appreciate these treasures - " words are
not so clear, and productions are dull. The titles-folk songs mostly-are
not common, but are also over the heads of most miniature disk fanciers."
There are a number of questions - hope someone on this list may be able to
1. When and where were these discs recorded ??
2. The RUPPLI Mercury Record Labels Discography (Greenwood Press) does not
these records, but does give a credit to Jean in a 1948 session which
includes Anne Vincent, vocal
and Suzanne Bloch, lute. It is not clear from the Ruppli listing if Jean
Ritchie is present on the 4 sides,
or one side, or if this is a mis-attribution. Does anyone have this set of
records - can you confirm
Jean's presence and provide full details ??? It is possible that set MMP 40
included 2 discs by
Anne Vincent, and 2 discs by Jean Ritchie but got confused in Ruppli.
3. These records may ALSO have been issued as TEN INCH 78rpm discs.
Anyone have information
to confirm this - details, catalog numbers, set numbers, set title ??
Thank you for any information you can provide!
Best wishes, Thomas.
Session listed by RUPPLI:
1948 Mercury Miniature Playhouse 7" 78rpm
Jean Ritchie and her Dulcimer - "SLEEP BABY SLEEP"
Anne Vincent (vo), Suzanne Bloch (lute).
1821-A Sleep Baby Sleep /Brahms's Lullaby MERCURY 108-7
1821-B The sandman comes / Winkum, Winkum MERCURY 108-7
1822-A The child and the star
1822-B Rockabye baby / All Through the Night MERCURY 109-7
MERCURY album MMP-40-7, and MMP-66
another source lists MMP-66 as a 10" album, Mercury Novelty Orchestra,
Three sets of recordings added to the discography:
MERCURY Miniature Playhouse 7" 78rpm unbreakable circa 1948-49
JEAN RITCHIE And Her Dulcimer
* with DING DONG DELL SINGERS [DING DONG BELL SINGERS]
MERCURY Miniature Playhouse SET MMP 41-7 ROUNDS and ROUNDELAYS
1901A Row Row Row Your Boat Mercury 112-7 *
1901B SKIN AND BONES (The Surprise Song) Mercury 112-7
1902A OH HOW LOVELY IS THE EVENING Mercury 113-7 *
1902B THIS OLD MAN Mercury 113-7
1903A ARE YOU SLEEPING? [Frere Jacques] Mercury 114-7 *
1903B THERE WAS A TAILOR HAD A MOUSE Mercury 114-7
1904A SWEETLY SINGS THE DONKEY Mercury 115-7 *
1904B HOP AROUND, SKIP AROUND Mercury 115-7
MERCURY Miniature Playhouse SET MMP 40-7
1906A GO TELL AUNT RODIE(sic) [Rhodie] Mercury 110-7
1906B GO TO SLEEP MY LITTLE BABY Mercury 110-7
1907A HUSH LITTLE BABY, DON'T SAY A WORD Mercury 111-7
1907B LITTLE SHOES Mercury
MERCURY Miniature Playhouse MMP 42-7 Children's Christmas Carols
1908 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Mercury 116-7 *
1908 Little Biddy Baby Mercury 116-7
1909 Come All Ye Faithful Mercury 117-7 *
1909 There Was a Little Pig Went Out to Dig Mercury 117-7
1910 Oh Little Town of Bethlehem Mercury 118-7 *
1910 Away in the Manger Mercury 118-7
1911 Silent Night Mercury
1911 Wassail Song Mercury 119-7
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