Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy And His Guitar* ‎– Texarkana Baby

RCA Victor ‎– 48-0001
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Green

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This 7 Inch, 45 RPM single (clear green commercial pressing) is notable for being the world's first ever 7 Inch, 45 RPM single released in the US on March 31st, 1949. Preceding this release was a preview 'Demonstration Record' titled 'Whirl Away' which could be said to the first ever 45 release pressed, as it was a preview demo introducing the new 7 Inch, 45 RPM format. A sample of the Eddy Arnold recording is featured on the 'Whirl Away' demo.

Second pressings of this recording have green labels on black vinyl. Both tracks reached number one on the US Country Chart. "Cottonseed Clark" was the host of several country & western, musical variety shows on radio in the 1940s. Including "Hollywood Barn Dance" and "All Star Western Theater. He also was together with Eddie Kirk at the "California Hayride". He appeared in the film "Smokey River Serenade" in 1947. He recorded an album in 1961 called "Homespun Philosophy" (Fox 3040/SFX 3040).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): 48-0001A 1S A1E1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): 48-0001B 4S A1J1


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February 3, 2010

It may come as a surprise that the very first 45 was pressed on coloured vinyl, but that was part of RCA Victor's unique colour code system, which was meant for "easy identification" of one's favourite style: green vinyl was used for Country & Western, orange for Rhythm & Blues, yellow for children's music etc.

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