Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Transcription Mystery Disc #196
This acetate is labeled "White Christmas 1946." It's an 8-inch, metal-core Capital Pro-Disc. That white bit on the bottom half is a piece of another acetate stuck to it. I tried to remove it with an X-acto knife —no dice. Obviously this portion of the disc is not recoverable. But excluding that blemish, the recording is in surprisingly fine shape. The other side is labeled "NO GOOD" and that's a pretty accurate assessment. It has grooves but no audio data.
This side reveals a nice fluid solo piano performance of "White Christmas." There are no vocals btu the refrain is familiar enough. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time...which is pretty repulsive. Irving Berlin wrote it around 1940 and it's first performance was by Bing on The Kraft Music Hall program on NBC. Bing recorded it in 1942 and you know the rest. This version most have been recorded in 1942 or later. Most Capitol discs of thsi make that I've seen date to the mid 1940s so that's at least congruous.