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Chess Sun VeeJay Rock and Roll Records

Record Label: Early Chess record in a 78 format

Chess Sun VeeJay Rock and Roll Records

These are mentioned because while not appropriate for a WW2 setting these records are sometimes seen with other 78 records.

Sun, Chess, and Vee-Jay record companies all produced rock and roll music. Early rock and roll artists first appeared on a 78 record, post-World War 2. Shortly thereafter (late 1940s/early 1950s), record companies made the switch from 78 in Shellac to the 45 format in vinyl. Though, Britain continued to produce 78s until the early 1960s.

The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters did their first recording on a 78 as did Elvis Presley. Presley first recorded on the Sun label.

Record Label: Early Chess record in a 78 format
Record Label: Early Chess record in a 78 format

 

Record Label: Early Sun Record in a 78 format. Would make the switch to a 45 format in early 50s.
Record Label: Early Sun Record in a 78 format. Would make the switch to a 45 format in early 50s.

An example of Elvis Presley on a Sun 78 Record:

Record Label: Vee-Jay records in a 78 format.
Record Label: Vee-Jay records in a 78 format.

 

Record Label: Example of a 45. Note the larger opening.
Record Label: Example of a 45. Note the larger opening.

Sources:
http://www.goldminemag.com/article/rock-n-roll-78s-are-a-hot-but-sometimes-overlooked-commodity


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