Jim's Old Records

Doris’s audio letters from her admirers

May 19th, 2015 by jim

I found these personal records at a junk store. They appear to both be to the same woman named Doris. One is an audio letter from 3 young men to 3 young women (including Doris) expressing gratitude for a lovely past weekend with a bit of humor. This record has 2 sides. The 3rd is a single sided record that seems to have been recorded at a “Voice-o-Graph” booth in Atlantic City, in which Bob proposes to Doris. This one was recorded in 1946, so I’ll guess that the other was slightly earlier.


Louis Armstrong goes Polynesian

May 13th, 2015 by jim

Here’s a couple tropical Louis Armstrong sides from 1936

Louis Armstrong with The Polynesians On A Cocoanut Island b/w To You Sweetheart Aloha Decca 914 a/B (DLA 582/DLA 581) 8/18/36

Decca 914 A (DLA 582) Decca 914 B (DLA 581)

Dorothy Lamour with Dick McIntire’s Harmony Hawaiians

May 3rd, 2015 by jim

It’s Actress Dorothy Lamour Singing with Dick McIntire’s Harmony Hawaiians in a Decca album of 78s recorded on 10/20 and 10/26 of 1943!

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Pérez Prado and Tito Puente

May 3rd, 2015 by jim

A few latin records I picked up at the WFMU record fair this weekend. A bit of Mambo and Cha Cha Cha from Pérez Prado and Tito Puente spinning at 78:

Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra on Blue Wax

April 23rd, 2015 by jim

Here’s a “Royal Blue” 78 record (a novelty Columbia introduced for a while from 1932 to 1935) of Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra. Recorded on 1/25/32

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea b/w Kickin’ the Gong Around Columbia 2600-d (152086/152087)



Sol Ho’opi’i Sacred Music on Eldee Records

April 9th, 2015 by jim

Later in Life Sol Ho’opi’i focused primarily on sacred Music. I found a box from his record label (on ebay) from this time with many of these records. There was a label on the box listing the available records from them and I have managed to find all of the ones listed. One of my records is autographed march of 1950, so I believe these records must have been made in 1949 or maybe a little earlier. So here is, I believe, his complete recorded songs from Eldee. Enjoy.

Here is the box the records came in:


And here is an image I found online (Courtesty of the Collection of Les Cook) of some ephemera from this period:


and a photoshop recreation of the flyer on the box based on Les’s poster and the torn fragment on mine: eldee_records_invoice_reconstructed2

More Hawaiian: Sol Ho’opi’i, Silver Strings Quartet, Linn Milford and His Hawaiian Players

April 7th, 2015 by jim

New arrivals from London! A few Hawaiian 78s. A couple Sol Hoopii tracks (reissues of American records) with a b-side by Linn Milford and His Hawaiian Players, the Hawaiian Silver Strings Quartet on British Columbia (which came in the neat sleeve seen below)
Sol Hoopii and His Novelty Quartet Don’t Stop Loving Me Regal Zonophone MR 3509 LA 41 10/4/1933
Sol Hoopii and His Novelty Quartet Iniki Malie (Song of the Breeze) Regal Zonophone MR 350 LA 352 2/16/1936
Sol Hoopii’s Novelty Trio Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me) Regal Mr79 W142796  10/18/26
Linn Milford and His Hawaiian Players Silv’ry Moon Regal Mr 79 (war 37) 3/7/1930
Hawaiian Silver Strings Quartet Kawaihau Waltz /Honolulu March Columbia 5431 146685/146686 5/25/28


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Some weird custom records

February 23rd, 2015 by jim

I don’t know much about these records I found at the junk store other than the fact that they are recorded on audiodisc blanks… which means these are one of a kind and not mass produced. All of them are single sided with blank backs (other than what appears to be some test cutting on the back of one record) They seem to be demos from unknown artists.. Probably recorded on these discs as they were performed… possibly these are copies of other records.  Anyway, have a look at the labels and listen to the tunes. Maybe someone on the internet will know something about them.


Break My Heart Gently

Fickle Baby

Phyllis Moore

” Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve seen” This partial song was cut onto the back on the above “Phyllis Moore” record:


That's Me Without You

There'll Never Be Another You

Sol Hoopii 78s

February 6th, 2015 by jim

Here’s a couple 78s by Sol Hoopii and His Novelty Quartette I just got. A couple of these songs were not available previously on the internet in any format.. Regal Zonophone was a british company that released Brunswick recordings in the UK. Those are identical to the Brunswick records of the same title.

 Pidgin English Hula b/w My Isle on Hilo Bay (1935) Regal Zonophone MR 3539

Pidgin English Hula

My Isle on Hilo Bay

Oh, Lady Be Good! b/w Aloha Beloved (1934) Brunswick 01780

Oh, Lady Be Good!

Aloha Beloved

Pua o’ Kealoha b/w Hawaiian Hula Song (1930) Regal Zonophone MR 217

Pua O’ Kealoha

Hawaiian Hula Song

PidginisleonhiloalohaOh, Lady, Be Good!Regal Zonophone MR 217 W 149803Regal Zonophone MR 217 W 149848

Here’s what Lady Be Good! Sounds like on my acoustic phonograph:

Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys

January 28th, 2015 by jim

Here’s a Few 78s by Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys from the 1940s:

Streamlined Cannonball b/w Mule Skinner Blues (1940) Columbia 20038

There’s a Big Rock in the Road b/w Po’Folks (All The Time) (1947) Columbia 37345

This World Can’t Stand Long b/w It’s So Hard To Smile (1947) Columbia 20454

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