I’ve been noticing these wonderful jazz 78s for sale on eBay and can only conclude that many of the most rewarding records made their way into South America and were treasured there. Part of the delight is seeing the boldly colored, often elaborately designed record labels . . . then using my rudimentary Spanish to figure out (when the translated title isn’t there) what the original song is.
Here’s a gallery of hot music in below-the-Equator incarnations:
Issued on American Mercury circa 1954, when most American companies had given up pressing 78s.
“Notable” indeed: most probably from Musicraft, 1947.
Decca, 1947 — and something tells me that the Spanish translation is far from exact.
“Good-bye” is always so sad.
More from Musicraft: if memory serves, this side had a front line of Buck Clayton and Ben Webster, who lose nothing in translation.
Needing no translation at all!
1940 Decca, from the CHICAGO JAZZ album.
The Italians always had good taste — and I think this disc ended up in Uruguay, which means that someone loved it enough to take it home and make sure it ended up intact years later.
NEW RHYTHM STYLE SERIES indeed!
Mister Christopher Columbus: he used the rhythm as a compass!