These are known as Party Records, and everything that is possible to be
known about them has been exhaustively researched by David Diehl on The
Blue Pages that can be accessed via http://hensteeth.com . If you
can't find any of the records in the listings, just describe it to David
and he can probably identify it or beg you for further info and a
recording. This is one of the greatest feats in research ever, because
the info he has found out was not meant to be found out.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
Marie O'Connell wrote:
> I recently preserved two sound mirror paper analogue tapes that were
> accessioned into our collection a short while ago. The main audio of
> historical interest has been recorded over in parts and this is where I need
> your help.
> There is a series of about six 78rpm recordings that have been put on to
> these tapes. This is obvious due to the distinctive clicks and pops and
> surface noise combined with this old paper tape stock. One recording
> features Bill and Betty who are soon to be married.........it goes on from
> there! They have American accents and I would place the date at being
> around the early 1950's, but that is hard to pinpoint as there is no
> documentation at all. I would describe this as an example of early
> Another example is about changing the name of Arkansas. It features a male
> voice with an American accent. The language used is colourful and would
> probably still not be able to be played over the airwaves today.
> And yet another recording features a male and female, with American accents
> (they do sound like Bill and Betty!) and it is full of innuendos and very
> suggestive lines. Some of the language in the remainder of the examples
> includes words which would not be suitable for public broadcast.
> Would any of you have any ideas about these recordings, where and how they
> were made (eg. blackmarket, back alley studio), where they were sold, etc.
> It is not that difficult to figure out who would buy them! Is anyone
> familiar with 78 recordings such as these?