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Eddy ArnoldTexarkana Baby

Label:RCA Victor – 48-0001
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Green
Genre:Folk, World, & Country


ATexarkana Baby
Written-ByCottonseed Clark, Fred Rose
BBouquet Of Roses

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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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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Texarkana Baby / Bouquet Of Roses (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM, Indianapolis pressing)RCA Victor20-2806US1948
Texarkana Baby / Bouquet Of Roses (Shellac, 78 RPM, 10", Hollywood pressing)RCA Victor20-2806US1948
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Texarkana Baby / Bouquet Of Roses (Shellac, 78 RPM, 10", Camden pressing)RCA Victor20-2806US1948
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Texarkana Baby (7", 45 RPM, Green)RCA Victor48-0001US1949
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Texarkana Baby (7", 45 RPM)RCA Victor48-0001US1949


wesmassey's profile picture
My understanding is that the first C&W 45 issued was Spade Cooley's Spanish Fandango 48-0027, issued in February 1949 as part of a 7 disc promo pack that included Crudup's "That's All Right" and five other records representing each style of music (each color coded). Discogs needs to update the notes on this one...
mnop101467's profile picture
48-0001 is probably NOT the first 45 pressed nor is it the first 45 released. RCA started other series with -0000. Examples are Crudup 50-0000 and Student Prince 52-0000. The first production 45 pressing was on yellow vinyl, Peewee the Piccolo (see Indiana State Museum)
djmushroom's profile picture
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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