February 1st, 1949 RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single! The invention that would lead to the original mixtape, the jukebox, and budding romances all over the world!
For better or for worse, this put a focus on selling one hot single at a time, instead of the entire record – something that still bothers many artists to this day in 2017.
*Columbia had already introduced the LP (long playing) record with the 33 1/3rpm speed in 1948.*
Martin Mayer wrote in a history of the LP published by High Fidelity Magazine in 1958. “The 33-1/3 speed had been established before work began, and it already had become clear that a very narrow groove, something like the .003 inch groove finally adopted, would be necessary to record 22 minutes of music to a side.”
Eventual Columbia president Goddard Lieberson introduced the label’s masterful LP evolution at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1948, and the commercially available long-playing record went supernova. Eventually, Columbia copyrighted the term LP outright, denying other labels recourse to use a ubiquitous industry buzzword to market their individual releases.
For 5 @ 5 today the theme is #FirstCrackle – take me back to the first record you fell in love with ON VINYL – doesn’t matter if it’s a classic or you got into vinyl a little later on something modern.
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