First 33 RPM LP in 1948 A Sinatra Reissue

On this day in 1948, Columbia Records rolled out the first Long Playing (LP) microgroove record spinning at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute.  One of the first, if not the first LP commercially available was actually a reissue of the Sinatra record, The Voice of Frank Sinatra.

VoiceoffranksinatraAs you can see on the Sinatra album cover, the vinyl was said to be nonbreakable, as if this were some amazing feature.   Now if only the engineers could have figured out a way to make vinyl unwarpable and scratch free, there might not have been a subsequent market for reel-to-reel, 8 track and cassette tapes.  And today we might live in a digital and CD free world.

There’s a tune on the Sinatra LP called “I Don’t Know Why”.  I would have liked to have heard Sinatra’s version of the Nora Jones hit,  “Don’t Know Why” written by her band mate, guitarist Jessie Harris.

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