Columbia,like everybody,made test pressings from the 1900s on.
--- On Thu, 10/1/09, David Weiner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: David Weiner <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Living Presence promo copies
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Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 11:12 AM
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Breneman
I've got a promotional copy of Bessie Smith's "Give Me
a Pigs Foot" on a white-labelled Okeh pressing. It
surprised me that a song this old was released this
way. Would Columbia (who owned Okeh) have sent out a
record like that in the late 40s or early 50s?
Could it have been some sort of commemorative? I wish
I could place my hands on it this morning, as I'd
add more detail from the label.
It was likely sent out to promote the Columbia LP release of Bessie's
recordings. I have early 50s white vinyl 78 promos by Louis Armstrong,
Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway of vintage recordings done for that purpose.