Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Transcription Mystery Disc #246 (New Years Edition)

This is a 6.5-Inch, metal-core, Wilcox-Gay Recordio. It's the flip side of that Xmas disc I ripped last week. This side was recorded earlier and is labeled with the date 12-25-49. I ripped them out of sequence, purists will just have to get over it. The disc is also labeled "WHITE CHRIST" and the song isn't White Christmas.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

As Christmas songs go it's an oldie. The tune was written by John F. Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934. It's first broadcast was on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934, making it a solid 80 years old now. This recording isn't as clear as the A-side, it had small chip destroying the first couple rotations, and the levels aren't quite as good. Notably the engineer also fumbles the mic early in the tune making that tell-take wiggling cable sound.