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Delta Blues Museum

Blues, Gospel and R&B 78's Record Collection


Delta Blues Museum
Clarksdale, MS

Welcome to page 2 of the Museum's 78's Record Collection.

Since our founding in 1979, the Delta Blues Museum has generously been given donations of thousands of 78s in every conceivable genre. Now, with a Preservation Grant from the Grammy Foundation, the Museum has been able to catalog and archive the 78s that belong in our Collection and begin to find homes for the thousands of other 78s we have been gifted with during the past 38 years.

As you continue to browse the Collection, we hope you will take time and listen because, as Willie Dixon said: "The Blues is the truth". You will indeed discover the truth in the purest form while listening to a 78 by John Lee Hooker, Bessie Smith, Howlin' Wolf, Mamie Smith, Muddy Waters, Clara Smith, Texas Alexander, Victoria Spivey, Eddie Boyd, The Hokum Boys, Leona Williams, and the many other artists in the collection.

Many thanks to the Grammy Foundation for their generous support in making this invaluable recorded resource available to the public once again.

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Rev. J.C. Burnett
The Gospel Train Is Leaving/Lord Help Me

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 14180(1926) (Gospel)

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Rev. E.D. Campbell
Daniel Prayed 3 Times A Day/Take Me To The Water

Victor Records was a pioneer record label begun in 1901 in Camden , NJ. It issued the Caruso Records that began the 78 era. Sold to RCA in 1929, it was known as RCA Victor and survives today as RCA Records.

Victor 20546 (1927) (Gospel)

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Leroy Carr
Mean Old Train Blues/Low Down Dirty Blues

Vocalion Records was founded by the Aeolian Piano in 1916 and became one of the major early blues labels, issuing 78s by, among others Robert Johnson. After a series of takeovers, it was ended by Columbia in 1940.

Vocalion 1214 (1928)

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Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
Getting' All Wet/Just Worryin' Blues

Vocalion Records was founded by the Aeolian Piano in 1916 and became one of the major early blues labels, issuing 78s by, among others Robert Johnson. After a series of takeovers, it was ended by Columbia in 1940.

Vocalion 1423 (1929)

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Chatmon Brothers (Lonnie & Sam)
Just Before Day/If You Don't Want Me Please Don't Dog Me 'Round

Bluebird Records was a budget subsidiary label of RCA Victor. It began in 1932 and, until the end of World War II, issued so many blues records, many produced by Lester Melrose, that it became known as the home of Chicago Blues.

Bluebird B6717-B (1937)

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Doctor Clayton
Pearl Harbor Blues/My Own Blues

Bluebird Records was a budget subsidiary label of RCA Victor. It began in 1932 and, until the end of World War II, issued so many blues records, many produced by Lester Melrose, that it became known as the home of Chicago Blues.

Bluebird B-9003 (1942)

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The Clovers
I Confess/All Righty Oh Sweety

Atlantic Records was begun in 1947 in New York by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, it is one of the legendary labels for R&B. In 1967, it became a subsidiary of Warner Brothers-7 Arts and is still in production

Atlantic 1046 (1954) (R&B)

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The Clovers
Don't You Know I Love You/Skylark

Atlantic Records was begun in 1947 in New York by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, it is one of the legendary labels for R&B. In 1967, it became a subsidiary of Warner Brothers-7 Arts and is still in production

Atlantic 570 (1951) (R&B)

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The Coasters
Sorry, But I'm Gonna Have To Pass/The Shadow Knows

Atco Records was founded in New York in 1955 as a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, it is still going. It was intended for acts, especially Rock & Roll that did not fit into the format of Atlantic.

Atco 6126 (1958) (R&B)

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The Coasters
That Is Rock & Roll/Along Came Jones

Atco Records was founded in New York in 1955 as a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, it is still going. It was intended for acts, especially Rock & Roll that did not fit into the format of Atlantic.

Atco 6141 (1959)

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Sam Cooke
Only Sixteen/Let's Go Steady Again

Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, MS on January 22, 1931. He began as a Gospel singer with the Soul Stirrers but became a major pop star in the mid-50's. He died tragically & mysteriously in LA on December 11, 1964.

Keen 4-2022 (1959) (R&B)

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Martha Copeland
Black Snake Blues/Papa If You Can't Do Better

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia C-14161-D (1926)

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Cotton Belt Quartet
I'm Gonna Shout All Over God's Heaven/We'll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes

Vocalion Records was founded by the Aeolian Piano in 1916 and became a major blues labels, issuing 78s by, among others Robert Johnson. After a series of takeovers, it was ended by Columbia in 1940.

Vocalion A-1001 (1926) (Gospel)

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Count Basie with Jimmy Rushing
Jimmy's Blues/Taps Miller (Fox trot w/o JR)

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 36831 (1945)

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Count Basie with Jimmy Rushing
Lazy Lady Blues/High Tide

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 36990 (1946)

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Count Basie
Sugar Blues/Bugle Blues

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 36709 (1942)

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Count Basie
Royal Garden Blues/How Long Blues

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 36710 (1942)

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Count Basie
St. Louis Blues/Café Society Blues

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 36711 (1942)

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Count Basie
Farewell Blues/Way Back Blues

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 36712 (1942)

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Count Basie with James (Jimmy) Rushing
Going To Chicago Blues/9:20 Special

Okeh (pronounced okay) began in 1916 in New York. It issued the first blues 78: Crazy Blues by Mamie Smith in 1920 and continued to be a powerhouse in blues 78s until 1932. It has been a subsidiary of Columbia since 1926.

Okeh 6244 (1941)

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Ida Cox
Graveyard Bound Blues/Mississippi River Blues

Paramount was formed in 1916-17 as a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Chair Company and ceased production in 1932. Recording mostly in Grafton, Wisconsin, Paramount's artists include Charley Patton, Blind Lemon and Son House.

Paramount 12251 (1925)

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Arthur Crudup
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane/Lonesome World To Me

RCA Victor began with the purchase of the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1929 and had the distinctive logo of His Master's Voice". After takeovers first by GE, then by Sony, it survives today as RCA Records.

RCA Victor 22-2205 (1949)

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Walter Davis
Corinne/New Orleans

Bluebird Records was a budget subsidiary label of RCA Victor. It began in 1932 and, until the end of World War II, issued so many blues records, many produced by Lester Melrose, that it became known as the home of Chicago Blues.

Bluebird B8227 (1939)

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Calvin P. Dixon
Clean Out Your Wells, Your Water's Muddy/The Handwriting On The Wall

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 14076-D (1925) (Sermons)

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Floyd Dixon
Telephone Blues/Real Lovin' Mama

Records began in Los Angeles in 1945. Originally Philo Records, the label had an outstanding series of blues and R&B releases until 1961, it was purchased by Imperial Records and ceased production

Aladdin 3075 (1950)

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Mary Dixon
You Can't Sleep In My Bed/Daddy You Got Everything

Columbia Records was formed in 1888 in Washington D.C. and is still, after a series of mergers and takeovers, the latest by Sony, a leading label. It was a prolific producer of blues 78s in the 1920s and '30s.

Columbia 14415-D (1929)

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The Dominoes
Deep Sea Blues/Have Mercy Baby

Federal Records was founded in 1950 as subsidiary of King Records. It was run by famed record man Ralph Bass and had an amazing artist roster including James Brown, the Dominoes, Freddie King & Johnny 'Guitar' Watson.

Federal 12068 (1952) (R&B)

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Fats Domino
When I see You/What Will I Tell My Heart

Imperial Records began in LA in 1947 and continued until 1963 when it was sold to Liberty, phased out in the early '70s, EMI revived it in 2006. Under A&R man Dave Bartholomew, it specialized in New Orleans' R&B.

Imperial 5454 (1957) (R&B)

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Duke Ellington
Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me/Chlo-e

Victor Records was a pioneer record label begun in 1901 in Camden , NJ. It issued the Caruso Records that began the 78 era. Sold to RCA in 1929, it was known as RCA Victor and survives today as RCA Records.

Victor 20-1547 (1940)

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Fisk University Quartet
Done What You Tole Me To Do/I Know The Lord Laid His Hands On Me

Victor Records was a pioneer record label begun in 1901 in Camden , NJ. It issued the Caruso Records that began the 78 era. Sold to RCA in 1929, it was known as RCA Victor and survives today as RCA Records.

Victor 16895 (1911) (Gospel)

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"Dusty" Fletcher with Jimmy Jones & His Band
Open The Door, Richard-Pt. 1/Pt. 2

National Records was an independent New York label begun in 1945 with Herb Abramson, later a founder of Atlantic Records, as the A&R man. It was bought by Mercury Records in 1951 and became defunct.

National 4012 (1947)

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Earl Forest
Last Night's Dream/Fifty Three

Duke Records was begun in Memphis in 1952 by David Mattis and Bill Fitzgerald and taken over and moved to Houston that same year by legendary record man Don Robey. Sold to ABC Dunhill in 1973, it soon became defunct.

Duke 113 (1953)

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Rev. C.L. Franklin
Sermon: The Lord's Prayer Part 2/ Part 5

Rev. Franklin was a renowned preacher from Sunflower, Mississippi. He moved to Detroit in 1946, where independent label J.V.B. recorded many of his sermons. He was Aretha Franklin's father.

J.V.B. Recording Co. 72 (1957)

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