The first 45-rpm record

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For your amazement and amusement, here is the first 45-rpm single – the first two, actually – pressed by RCA Victor (#47-0146 and #47-0147) on December 7, 1948, and released on March 31, 1949. Pee-Wee The Piccolo, a children's record narrated by Paul Wing and featuring the Russ Case Orchestra, was originally released as a two-disc, 10-inch, 78-rpm album in 1946. Pee-Wee The Piccolo was written by Paul Tripp and George Kleinsinger, who also created Tubby The Tuba. For many years RCA pressed children's 45-rpm records on yellow vinyl, popular music on black vinyl, country on green vinyl, classical on red vinyl, instrumental music on blue vinyl and R&B and gospel on orange vinyl.

 

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I can hear you all asking, "What was the second 45-rpm record to be issued?" (I have a vivid imagination.) It was Eddy Arnold's Texarkana Baby (RCA Victor #48-0001), recorded on August 20, 1947 and released on April 5, 1948. (The 78-rpm release was RCA Victor #20-2806.) This was written by "Cottonseed" Clark Fulks (lyrics) and Fred Rose (music). Cottonseed Clark, as he preferred to be billed, hosted Hollywood Barn Dance on CBS Radio, 1943-48, and was a writer for The Andrews Sisters Show on the NBC Blue network, 1944-45. Texarkana Baby topped Billboard's country chart for three weeks and reached #18 on the Best Selling Popular Retail Records chart.

 

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For many years RCA pressed children's 45-rpm records on yellow vinyl, popular music on black vinyl, country on green vinyl, classical on red vinyl, instrumental music on blue vinyl and R&B and gospel on orange vinyl.
This is how I think. I like that idea.

My first 45 (that I can remember vividly) was either H&O "Kiss On My List" or "You Make My Dreams". I owned both.
First vinyl album I bought on my own was Aerosmith Night In The Ruts.
First CD was Red Hot Chili Peppers "Taste The Pain (Unbridled Funk 4 Your Soul)"
No clue on cassettes.
And yes I think I already posted this somewhere else a while ago but this looked like a good thread to drop it in.
 
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When I was a child, my parents bought me a record player and several kiddie records including Big Rock Candy Mountain, Old MacDonald, On Top Of Ol;d Smoky and The Children's Marching Song. They – the records, not my parents – were all on yellow vinyl or red vinyl. I don't know what happened to those records. I wish I still had them.
 
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