To Doug

HMV Harry Hayes 78 rpm 1945

Another tiny piece of personal ephemera which brings home what records meant to people. It is the first Christmas after the end of the Second World War, and Doug is being treated to a 78 rpm copy of Cherry Brandy (a suitably Christmassy title), though for the life of me I cannot be certain of the name of his generous  (records weren’t cheap at this time) friend – it looks like Ferd (short for Ferdinand?).
Clearly Ferd has been heeding the wartime message to save paper, I’m impressed by the way a gummed parcel sticker has been cut into four to provide a make-shift gift tag.
It’s the sort of label defacement which knocks down the value of a record to many collectors, but I’m certainly not going to try and soak it off.
This recording was used as incidental music in the moody 1945 British film The Seventh Veil and amazingly reissued by “the Beau Brummel of the alto sax” Harry Hayes on his own CD label fifty years later (I assume EMI didn’t have it as a priority reissue). Let’s hope he doesn’t fall foul of the recent copyright law changes…

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About simon robinson

Having worked as a designer mostly in the music industry, and mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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One Response to To Doug

  1. Simon this is wonderful – us young un’s forget how popular swing music was at the time. I know when you talk to people in their 80s they get a far away look on their faces and a slight glazing over of the eyes (my Mother.)

    The applied label reminded me of a conversation I had with someone recently when they quietly told me they had been in Venice as a soldier in World War 2 and the army landing craft were chugging up the canals. An incredibly evocative reminiscence and a fragment of history that you don’t hear about from the historians.

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