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Delta Blues Museum

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


Delta Blues Museum
Clarksdale, MS

Welcome to page 5 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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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
What's The Use of Getting Sober/The Chicks I Pick Are Slender and Tender and Tall

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 8645 (1942)

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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Let The Good Times Roll/Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens

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 23741 (1946)

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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Ain't That Just Like A Woman/If It's Love You Want Baby, That's 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 23669 (1946)

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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
G.I Jive/Is You Or Ain't You(My Baby)

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 8659 (1944)

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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Saturday Night Fish Fry, Part 1/Part 2

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 24725 (1949)

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Louis Jordan
School Days/I Know What I've Got (Don't Know What I'm Getting)

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 24815 (1949)

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Louis Jordan
I'm Gonna Leave You On The Outskirts Of Town/It's A Low Down Dirty Shame

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 8638 (1942)

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Louis Jordan / Johnny Kirby Orchestra
You Can't Get That No More/The End of My Worry
Coquette/Royal Garden Blues

V-discs was a joint effort between the US Government and various records companies to issue records to help boost the morale of the Armed Forces. It lasted from to 1941 to 1949 and featured every genre of music.

V-Disc 237B (1943)

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Louis Jordan
Is You or Ain't You My Baby/Five Guys Named Moe

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 23630 (1946)

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Louis Jordan & Bing Crosby
My Baby Said Yes/Your Socks Don't Match

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 23417 (1945)

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B.B. King
The Woman I Love/Love You Baby

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 408 (1953)

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B.B. King
Blind Love/Why Did You Leave Me

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 395 (1952-53)

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B.B. King
Dark Is The Night, Part 1/Part 2

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 459 (1956)

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B.B. King
Dark Is The Night, Part 1/Part 2

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 459 (1956)

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B.B. King
Crying Won't Help You/Can't We Talk It Over

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 451 (1952-53)

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B.B. King
You Upset Me Baby/Whole Lotta Love

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 416 (1953)

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B.B. "Blues Boy" King
I'm In Love/Shut Your Mouth

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 430 (1955)

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B.B. King & His Orchestra
Woke Up This Morning/Don't Have To Cry

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 380 (1952-53)

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B.B. King & His Orchestra
Please Love Me/Highway Bound

BB King was born on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, MS , after he moved to Memphis, he began a storied music career that lasted until his death in 2015. A master of guitar and vocals, his music is beloved worldwide.

RPM 386 (1952-53)

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Marie Knight & 'Jersey Joe' Walcott
Say A Little Prayer/Have Faith

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 14594 (1950) (Gospel)

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Leadbelly
Eagle Rock Rag/Rock Island

Capitol Records was the first West Coast record label. Founded in 1942 in LA by singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer, It is still in business today as a subsidiary of UMG and still operating from the round building at Hollywood & Vine.

Capitol 10021 (1945)

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Smiley Lewis
Bad Luck Blues/School Days Are Back Again

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 5478 (1957)

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Smiley Lewis
Bumpity Bump/I Hear You Knocking

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 5356 (1955)

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Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers
Pink Champagne/Sentimental Lover

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 355 (1950)

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Charley Lincoln
Jealous Hearted Blues/My Wife Drove Me From The Door

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 14305-D (1927)

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Little Richard
Slippin' and Slidin'/Long Tall Sally

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 SP572 (1955)

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Little Richard
I'll Never Let You Go/BabyFace

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 645 (1956)

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Little Walter
Roller Coaster/I Got To Go

Checker records was founded in 1952 in Chicago as a subsidiary of Chess Records. Some of its' artists were Bo Diddley, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Sold to GRT in 1969, it became defunct in1971.

Checker 817 (1955)

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Little Walter
Blues With A Feeling/Quarter To Twelve

Checker records was founded in 1952 in Chicago as a subsidiary of Chess Records. Some of its' artists were Bo Diddley, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Sold to GRT in 1969, it became defunct in1971.

Checker 780 (1953)

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Little Walter
It Ain't Right/"Who"

Checker records was founded in 1952 in Chicago as a subsidiary of Chess Records. Some of its' artists were Bo Diddley, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Sold to GRT in 1969, it became defunct in1971.

Checker 833 (1955)

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Little Walter
Oh, Baby/"Rocker"

Checker records was founded in 1952 in Chicago as a subsidiary of Chess Records. Some of its' artists were Bo Diddley, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Sold to GRT in 1969, it became defunct in1971.

Checker 793 (1954)

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Willie Love
Nelson Street Blues/V-8 Ford

Trumpet Records was a Jackson, Mississippi independent label founded in 1951 by Lillian McMurry to record blues artists from the Delta and Gospel. Although it became defunct in 1956, its' influence on the blues was huge.

Trumpet 175 (1951)

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Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent/Baby, Baby

Gee Records was an independent New York label. It was a subsidiary of Tico & Rama Records. It began in 1953 until it became part of Roulette Records in 1961 and ceased production in 1962.

Gee GG1026 (1957) (R&B)

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