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Delta Blues Museum

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


Delta Blues Museum
Clarksdale, MS

Welcome to page 4 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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Howlin' Wolf
Smokestack Lightnin'/You Can't Be Beat

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 1618 (1956)

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The Howlin' Wolf
Rockin' Daddy/No Place To Go

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 1566 (1954)

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The Howlin' Wolf
Come To Me Baby/Don't Mess With My Baby

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 1607 (1955)

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The Howlin' Wolf
Crying At Daybreak/Passing By Blues

RPM Records was a subsidiary of Modern Records based in Memphis from 1950 to 1957. Ike Turner was the main talent scout and BB King, Lightnin' Hopkins & Johnny "Guitar 'Watson were only some of its' artists.

RPM 340 (1951)

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The Howlin' Wolf
The Wolf Is At Your Door/ Howlin' Wolf Boogie

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 1497 (1951)

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The Howlin' Wolf
How Many More Years/Moanin' At Midnight

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 1479 (1951)

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Alberta Hunter
Chirpin' The Blues/Someone Else Will Take Your Place

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 12027 (1923) Red vinyl

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Ivory Joe Hunter
You Can't Stop This Rocking & Rolling/Since I Met You Baby:

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 1111 (1956)

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Ivory Joe Hunter
S.P. Blues/Why Fool Yourself

MGM was begun in 1946 in LA by MGM Studios to issue soundtracks, then it went Pop. It operated until 1972, when bought by Polydor and became defunct in 1982. One of its' most notable artists was Hank Williams.

MGM 10618 (1949)

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Ivory Joe Hunter
Shooty Booty/I'm So Glad I Found You

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 1183 (1958)

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Ivory Joe Hunter
Waiting In Vain/That's Just The Gal For Me

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 4291 (1949)

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Ivory Joe Hunter
Let Me Dream/ Gimme A Pound O' Ground Round

MGM was begun in 1946 in LA by MGM Studios to issue soundtracks, then it went Pop. It operated until 1972, when bought by Polydor and became defunct in 1982. One of its' most notable artists was Hank Williams.

MGM 10733 (1950-51)

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Ivory Joe Hunter
I Need You So/Leave Her Alone

MGM was begun in 1946 in LA by MGM Studios to issue soundtracks, then it went Pop. It operated until 1972, when bought by Polydor and became defunct in 1982. One of its' most notable artists was Hank Williams.

MGM 10663 (1950-51)

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Ivory Joe Hunter
I Almost Lost My Mind/If I Give You My Love

MGM was begun in 1946 in LA by MGM Studios to issue soundtracks, then it went Pop. It operated until 1972, when bought by Polydor and became defunct in 1982. One of its' most notable artists was Hank Williams.

MGM 10578 (1949)

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I.C. Glee Quartet
I'm Going Home on the Chicasaw Train/God Told The Poor Widow To Cook All She Had

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 8710 (1929) (Gospel)

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Bull Moose Jackson
I Can't Go On Without You, Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones

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 4230 (1947)

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Bull Moose Jackson
All My Love Belongs To You/I Want A Bowlegged Woman

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 4189 (1947)

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Bull Moose Jackson
All My Love Belongs To You/I Want A Bowlegged Woman

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 4189 (1947)

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Bull Moose Jackson
I Know Who Threw The Whiskey/Cleveland Ohio Blues

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 4244 (1945)

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Bull Moose Jackson
All My Love Belongs To You/I Want A Bowlegged Woman

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 4189 (1947)

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Jim Jackson
Jim Jackson's Kansas City Blues, Part 1/Part 2

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 1144 (1927)

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Lil' Son Jackson
Peace Breaking People/Rockin' and Rollin'

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 5113 (1950)

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Lil' Son Jackson
Journey Back Home/Rockin' & Rollin' #2

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 5204 (1952)

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Papa Charlie Jackson
If I Got What You Want/You Put It In, I'll Take It Out

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 8957 (1934)

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Elmo James
Dust My Broom/Catfish Blues

Elmore James was born on January 27, 1918 in Holmes County, MS. He began recording for Trumpet in 1951 and Dust My Broom is a blues anthem. He recorded for numerous other labels and died in Chicago in 1963.

Trumpet 146 (1951)

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Blind Lemon Jefferson
Rooster Blues/Dry Southern Blues

Blind Lemon Jefferson was born September 24, 1893 in Couchman, TX and was discovered playing on the streets of Deep Ellum, Dallas, in the mid 1920s. One of Paramount's most popular artists, he died in Chicago in 1929.

Paramount 12347 (1926)

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Blind Willie Johnson
Mother's Children Have A Hard Time/If I Had My Way I'd Tear The Building Down

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 14343D (1927)

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Lonnie Johnson
It Ain't What You Usta Be/I'm Nuts Over You (But You Just A Teaser)

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 48078 (1948)

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Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons
Boogie Woogie Man/Walkin' The Boogie

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 27505 (1947-48)

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Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons
Foot Pedal Boogie/Movin' The Boogie

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 27507 (1947-48)

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Albinia Jones
Evil Gal Blues/Don't You Want No Black

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 9012 (1945)

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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Lemonade/(You Dyed Your Hair) Chartreuse

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 27324 (1950)

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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Run Joe/All For The Love Of Lil

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 24448 (1946)

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