When you think of old 78 records, you usually think of black vinyl discs that are about 8″ in diameter (the more common LP albums being about 12″). But we will all have to rethink that thought now! Because I’ve found a 78 record that is not only NOT black, but also the size of an old 45 (being 6″).
But first, the sleeve:
Little Golden Records
Golden Records was a record label based in New York City. It was founded by the Grammy-Award winning children’s music producer, Arthur Shimkin, in 1948. The label is mainly remembered for its children’s music releases during the 1950s, on a subsidiary label, Little Golden Records, which released singles rather than albums. As originally issued from 1948 to 1962, Little Golden Records were six inches (15 cm) in diameter and made of bright yellow plastic. Each side played for a maximum of about one minute and forty-five seconds at 78 rpm. They were sold in colorfully illustrated sleeves that included a printed retail price: 25 cents on early sleeves, 29 cents on later ones and through to the end of the series.
On the back of the sleeve, you can read about Little Golden Records other offerings:
This particular title was issued in 1961. It contains the song “Here’s Ludwig Von Drake” as sung by, NOT the intelliduck himself, but by The Sandpiper Singers. This version isn’t the self-serving, self-praising, self-self version that Ludwig sings entitled “I’m Professor Ludwig Von Drake”. But make no mistake! It still extols the many virtues of the man, er… duck.
Part 1 and Part 2
Professor Ludwig Von Drake is one of Walt Disney’s cartoon and comic book characters. He was first introduced on September 24, 1961, as the presenter (and singer of “The Spectrum Song”) in the cartoon An Adventure in Color, part of the first episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color on NBC. He was said to be an uncle of Donald Duck. He is described as a scientist, lecturer, psychologist, and world traveler. But brain surgery he only does well! The character displayed his “expert” knowledge on a variety of subjects in eighteen episodes of the classic anthology series, as well as on a number of Disneyland Records. Paul Frees was the original voice of Ludwig Von Drake.
Being as this record was also released in 1961, it was obviously intended to both introduce and promote the show and the character.
The main difference between this version of the familiar song and Ludwig’s own version is that no one gets blown up by a 21-gun cannon salute! So we don’t get to hear those immortal words: “Well, that’s me all over!”