Selcol

Selcol (U.K.) / c. 1953

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Design: A very delicately-drawn collage of images based on childrens' nursery rhymes (l to r: Little Miss Muffet, Hey Didddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty, Little Jack Horner, Tom, Tom the Piper's Son, Little Bo Peep and Sing a Song of Sixpence). The 'clavioline' featured here was an electronic keyboard connected to a separate amplifier and speaker unit, and was the forerunner of the electronic synthesizer (popularized on such 1960s hits as Del Shannon's 'Runaway').

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes that Selcol records played for about 2 1/2 minutes per side, and that the catalogue numbers appear to be a coded release date, thus 'S.12.50.3b' means Selcol, December 1950, B side.




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