Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Record #0728: Texarkana Baby / Bouquet of Roses – EDDY ARNOLD

RCA Victor 48-0001 (original, first pressing) USA, 31. March 1949
Words & Music by:  Side A – Cottonseed Clark, Fred Rose; Side B
Steve Nelson, Bob Hilliard
Musicians: Eddy Arnold (vocals), Jack Shook (guitar), Roy Wiggins (steel guitar), Rollin Sullivan (mandolin), Chas Grean (bass on side A), James V. Swinney (bass on side B), Jack Kelly (piano on side A), Owen Bradley (piano on side B), Buck Lambert (fiddle on side A), Adrian McDowell (fiddle on side B)
Recording sessions: Produced by Steve Sholes; Side A - at RCA Victor Studio 1, New York City, NY on 20. August 1947: Side B - at RCA Victor Studio, Chicago, IL on 18. May 1947
Highest chart positions: (for the 1948 shellac release) Side A – US #18, US Country #1; Side B – US #13, US Country #1

This was the first commercial release of 45 rpm 7-inch records. This is where the format really started.

The same songs had already been released on 78 rpm shellac record (RCA Victor 20-2806) on 5. April 1948. The flip was a bigger hit than the A-side.

Owen Bradley of “Bradley’s Barn” plays the piano on side B.

List price:  Very Good+ is $25, Near Mint is $50. The second pressing has green label on black vinyl, and it’s listed at half the price of the 1st pressing.


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