In February, 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45 RPM record. To distinguish between styles, these were color-coded, each using a different color plastic. Rhythm & blues records were cherry red, pop records were black, classical came in red, with blue, yellow, and green for other styles of music. The first set of 45s was sent in a group of seven, each representing one style of music.
Of the seven records shipped that first day, what were the first pop and R&B 45 RPM records shipped by RCA?
Pop: “Because” by Dick Leibert
Rhythm & blues: “That’s All Right” by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
Also shipped were:
Country & western: “Spanish Fandango” by Spade Cooley
International: “A Klein Melamedl” by Saul Meisels
Popular classics: “The French Marching Song” by Al Goodman & His Orchestra
Unfortunately, the artists and titles of the other two 45s (classical and children’s) remains a mystery.