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Delta Blues Museum

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


Delta Blues Museum
Clarksdale, MS

Welcome to page 3 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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Blind Boy Fuller
I Don't Care How Long/I'm A Stranger Here

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 05273 (1939)

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Blind Boy Fuller
Pistol Slapper Blues/Mean and No Good Woman

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 04106 (1938)

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Blind Boy Fuller
If You See My Pigmeat/Why Don't My Baby Write To Me

Decca Records, today a member of UMG, started in England in 1929 founding an American branch in 1934. It was a major producer of blues records with artists ranging from Peetie Wheatstraw to Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Decca 7877 (1937)

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Poison Gardner
Tornado/Gotta Find My Baby v. Alton Redd

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 5027 (1947)

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Rev. J.M. Gates & Congregation
Deacon Board Meeting Part 1/Part 2

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 8730 (1928) (Gospel)

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Rev. J.M. Gates
Death's Black Train Is Coming/Need Of Prayer

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 14145 (1926) (Gospel)

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Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
Bedside Of A Neighbor/Found A Wonderful Savior

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-7278 (1937)(Gospel)

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Big John Greer & The Rhythm Rockers
Long Tall Gal/Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee

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 22-023 (1949)

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Griffin Bros. Orchestra
Blues With A Beat/Griff's Boogie

Dot Records was begun in 1950 in Gallatin, TN by radio station owner Randy Wood, specializing in Tennessee artists. In 1957, it was purchased by Paramount Pictures and moved to Hollywood, bought by ABC in 1974 and ended in 1978.

Dot 1020 (1950)

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Little Tommy Griffin
Little Tommy Blues/Dream Book 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 B6756(1936)

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Tommy Griffin
Mistreatment Blues/Yo Yo Mama 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 1507 (1930)

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Erline 'Rock 'N' Roll' Harris
Box Car Boogie Baby/Rock an Roll Blues

De-luxe Records was founded in 1944 by the Braun brothers in Linden, NJ. In 1947, Syd Nathan of King Records bought a majority interest and moved De Luxe to Cincinnati where it made records until the early 1970's.

DeLuxe 3220 (1949)

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Wynonie Harris
Baby, Shame On You/Sittin' On It All The Time

King Records was begun in 1943 in Cincinnati by Syd Nathan as a 'Hillbilly' label but became an R&B label and played a major part in the crossover of R&B to white radio stations. It became defunct in 1975.

King 4330 (1949)

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Roy Hawkins
Why Do Things Happen To Me/ Royal Hawk

Modern Records was begun in LA in 1945 by the Bihari Brothers and soon became a major blues/R&B label with artists like Etta James, Little Richard, Ike & Tina Turner. It went bankrupt in the 1960s and ceased operations.

Modern 20-734 (1950)

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Smokey Hogg
Low Down Woman Blues/Gonna Leave Town

Specialty Records was a major LA independent blues/R&B/Gospel label begun in 1945 by Scott Rupe. It had a good reputation for treating its' artists well. It was sold to Fantasy in 1991, it is now with Concord Music Group.

Specialty 356 (1949)

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The Hokum Boys
Went To His Head/Let Me Pat That Thing

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 12858 (1929)

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Billie Holiday
Long Gone Blues/Am I Blue?

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 37586 (1939/1941)

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Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong
You Can't Lose a Broken /Heart/My Sweet Hunk O' Trash

Decca Records, today a member of UMG, started in England in 1929 founding an American branch in 1934. It was a major producer of blues records with artists ranging from Peetie Wheatstraw to Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Decca 24785 (1949)

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John Lee Hooker
Hobo Blues/ Crawlin' Kingsnake

John Lee Hooker was born in Vance, MS probably on August 22, 1917. He moved to Detroit in the 1940s. His first 78: Boogie Chillen' hit #1 on the R&B charts. A blues icon, he recorded and performed until his death in 2001.

Vee-Jay 331 (1959)

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John Lee Hooker
Tennessee Blues/ Boogie Chillun

John Lee Hooker was born in Vance, MS probably on August 22, 1917. He moved to Detroit in the 1940s. His first 78: Boogie Chillen' hit #1 on the R&B charts. A blues icon, he recorded and performed until his death in 2001.

Vee-Jay 319 (1959)

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John Lee Hooker
You Receive Me/Taxi Driver

John Lee Hooker was born in Vance, MS probably on August 22, 1917. He moved to Detroit in the 1940s. His first 78: Boogie Chillen’ hit #1 on the R&B charts. A blues icon, he recorded and performed until his death in 2001.

Modern 958 (1954)

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John Lee Hooker
Time Is Marching/Mambo Chillun

John Lee Hooker was born in Vance, MS probably on August 22, 1917. He moved to Detroit in the 1940s. His first 78: Boogie Chillen’ hit #1 on the R&B charts. A blues icon, he recorded and performed until his death in 2001.

Vee-Jay 764 (1955)

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John Lee Hooker
Trouble Blues/Every Night

John Lee Hooker was born in Vance, MS probably on August 22, 1917. He moved to Detroit in the 1940s. His first 78: Boogie Chillen’ hit #1 on the R&B charts. A blues icon, he recorded and performed until his death in 2001.

Vee-Jay 188 (1956)

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John Lee Hooker
How Can You Do It/ I'm In The Mood

John Lee Hooker was born in Vance, MS probably on August 22, 1917. He moved to Detroit in the 1940s. His first 78: Boogie Chillen’ hit #1 on the R&B charts. A blues icon, he recorded and performed until his death in 2001.

Modern 835 (1951)

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John Lee Hooker
Baby Lee/Dimples

John Lee Hooker was born in Vance, MS probably on August 22, 1917. He moved to Detroit in the 1940s. His first 78: Boogie Chillen’ hit #1 on the R&B charts. A blues icon, he recorded and performed until his death in 2001.

Vee-Jay 205 (1956)

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John Lee Hooker & his Guitar
My Baby's Got Somethin'/Decoration Day Blues

Sensation Records was begun in Detroit in 1947 by Bernie Besman, who first recorded John Lee Hooker. It was named after the Sensation Lounge and operated until 1952, when a bad business deal was made with Syd Nathan.

Sensation 33 (1950)

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John Lee Hooker
Anybody Seen My Baby/Turn Over A New Leaf

John Lee Hooker was born in Vance, MS probably on August 22, 1917. He moved to Detroit in the 1940s. His first 78: Boogie Chillen’ hit #1 on the R&B charts. A blues icon, he recorded and performed until his death in 2001.

Modern 847 (1951)

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John Lee Hooker (as Johnny Williams)
Wandering Blues/ House Rent Boogie

Recorded under one of Mr. Hooker’s many pseudonyms as Johnny Williams. Gotham was a New York R&B/Gospel label from 1946 until it was moved to Philadelphia in 1956 and became defunct.

Gotham 506 (1950)

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Rosetta Howard & Big Three Trio
When I Been Drinking/Ebony Rhapsody

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 37573 (1947)

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Rosetta Howard & Big Three Trio
When I Been Drinking/Ebony Rhapsody

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 37573 (1947)

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Rosetta Howard & Big Three Trio
When I Been Drinking/Ebony Rhapsody

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 37573 (1947)

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Rosetta Howard & Big Three Trio
When I Been Drinking/Ebony Rhapsody

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 37573 (1947)

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Howling Wolf
Howlin' Blues/Better Go Now

Howlin' Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) was born in West Point, MS on June 10, 1910. Brought up in Delta, he was a primeval force in the blues, moving to Chicago in 1951, his Chess recordings are blues classics.

Chess 1726 (1958)

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