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Extended Plays 1950-1956 – Jor through Z

The Extended Play 45 RPM record (EP) evolved out of a long series of multi-track formats – the first being clear back in 1919 which were 78 rpm’s.  By the time 1949 rolled around, the 7-inch 45 rpm was in vogue and competing with 10 inch long plays for dominance.

The first 45 EP was produced by RCA Victor, taking aim on rival Columbia’s long play which was introduced by that label in 1948.  The EP didn’t flourish in the U.S. initially, with very few being released in the late 1940’s and for that matter, the first few years of the 1950’s.  They were much more popular in the U.K. at that time.

By the late 1950’s the EP had waned as the popularity of the 12-inch 33-1/3 long play came more into prominence – although for the rock era musicians – the LP wasn’t extremely popular due to usually only containing one and possibly two hits.  An exception to this was the King, who couldn’t seem to miss with anything he recorded.

Double EP’s with fold open jackets permitted record companies to include an entire album worth of tracks without pressing the 12-inch format.  The extended play’s faded dramatically going into the 1960’s but gained some ground when jukebox EP’s were pressed which permitted more songs for the buck and this lasted into the 1970’s

With the arrival of Punk music along with zillions of local independent labels, the EP once again made it’s presence known.

The very first 45 rpm extended play – Gosh I don’t know!  But the two earliest examples I could find are actually dated 1947 which I tend to doubt a bit – but there they are:

Eddie Piano Miller “Mister Piano Man” and The King Cole Trio

The Rock n Roll Masters on Extended Play

The extended play format was not extremely successful with the teen buying public as their focus was on “hit records” not needing a couple of extra tracks to make them happy and they/we boomers didn’t really have the extra cash on hand to splurge on an EP.   I never recall even seeing and extended plays among my friends collections of 45’s back in the 1950’s.  And so the most successful early rockers were generally the ones who were granted extended play status by their respective record companies (examples of the earliest of these shown below).

Extended Play Example Listings (and some very early Box Sets)

Following are an alphabetical listing of Extended Plays released between 1950 and 1956 by (for the most part) non-rock artists – Several rhythm and blues artists included here but they were not recording generally with an eye to satisfying the young rock and roll buying public as of this time.

Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five – 1953

Julia Lee – 1950

The Jump Town Orchestra – 1954

George Kainapau with Sam Koki and His Paradise Islanders – 1954

The Alex Kallao Trio – 1954

Kitty Kallen – 1954

Helen Kane – 1954

Kapell – 1954

Mickey Katz – 1953

Louis Kaufmann with Paul Ulasswky – 1953

Danny Kaye – 1953

The Mary Kaye Trio – 1956

Sammy Kaye – 1952

Pete Kelly’s Big 7 – 1953

Stan Kenton Orchestra – 1953

Barney Kessel Orchestra – 1955

Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band – 1955

King Pleasure – 1953

Pee Wee King Orchestra – 1952

Teddi King with the Al Cohn Orchestra – 1956

Wayne King – 1952

The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra – 1951

John Kirby Orchestra – 1951

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy – 1950

Eartha Kitt with Henri Rene Orchestra – 1954

Freddie Kohlman and His Mardi Gras Loungers – 1955

Lee Konitz with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet – 1953

Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra – 1953

Carl Kress – 1953

Fritz Kreisler – 1952

Gene Krupa – 1954

Frankie Laine – 1952

The Lancers – 1955

Wanda Landowska – 1953

Mario Lanza – 1952

Julius Larosa – 1953

Sir Harry Lauder – 1952

Charles Laughton – 1950

Paul Lavalle and the Band of America – 1954

Elliot Lawrence – 1950

The Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band – 1952

Lead Belly – 1953

Pinky Lee – 1955

Michel Legrand Orchestra – 1955

Dick Leibert – 1952

Oscar Levant – 1953

Meade Lux Lewis – 1953

The Ted Lewis Orchestra – Box Set – 1950

Liberace – 1953

George Liberace Orchestra – 1955

Ben Light – 1952

Paul Lingle – 1953

Art Linkletter – 1955

Joe Loco Trio – 1954

Julie London – 1955

Avon Long – 1953

The Louvin Brothers – 1956

Juliet Lowell – 1954

Ed Lowry Ochestra – 1952

The Norman Luboff Choir – 1955

The Tony Luis Trio – 1955

Christopher Lynch – 1954

Van Lynn Orchestra – 1955

Jeanette MacDonald – 1952

Giselle MacKenzie – 1956

Al MacLeod’s Country Dance Band – Box Set – 1950

Godrey Macolm – 1955

 

Ida May Mack – 1954

Johnny Maddox and Crazy Otto – 1955

Enric Madriguera – 1952

Rich Maltby – 1956

Gloria Mann and the Mello-Tones

Shelly Manne and His Men – 1953

Bob Manning – 1955

Mantovani Orchestra – 1953

Jose Marais and His Bushveld Band – Box Set – 1950

The Mariners – 1955

Marion Marlowe and Frank Parker – 1953

Ralph Marterie Orchestra – 1954

Dean Martin – 1955

The Freddy Martin Orchestra – Box Set – 1950

Grady Martin – 1955

Mary Martin – 1951

Ray Martin – 1954

Tony Martin – 1952

Raymond Massey – 1955

Matty Matlock and His All-Stars – 1954

The Billy May Band – 1953

Mary Mayo with Leroy Anderson Orchestra – 1956

John McCormack – 1953

The McGuire Sisters – 1955

The Ray McKinley Orchestra – Box Set – 1950

The Hal McKusick Octet – 1956

Clayton McMichen – Box Set – 1950

Big Jay McNeely – 1954

Marian McPartland – 1954

The Melachrino Strings – 1953

Rafael Mendez – 1954

Menuhin – 1955

Helen Merrill – 1954

The Metronome All-Star Bands – Box Set – 1952

The Mighty Zebra – 1956

Glenn Miller Orchestra – 1952

Marvin Miller – Box Set – 1954

Lucky Millinder Orchestra – 1954

The Mills Brothers – 1953

The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra – Box Set – 1951

Borrah Minevitch – Box Set – 1951

Carmen Miranda – 1953

The Missourians – 1954

Guy Mitchell – 1956

The Modern Jazz Quartet – 1954

The Modernaires – 1953

Toots Mondello – 1954

Thelonious Monk – 1953

Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys – 1952

Jack Montrose with Bob Gordan – 1955

James Moody – 1954

Moondog and His Friends – 1953

Noro Morales Orchestra – 1954

Beny More with Ernesto Duarte and Orchestra – 1955

Al Morgan – 1954

George Morgan – 1953

Jane Morgan – 1956

Jaye P. Morgan – 1955

The Russ Morgan Orchestra – 1950

Buddy Morrow – 1952

Ella Mae Morse – 1955

Jelly Roll Morton – 1952

The Tony Mottola Four – 1953

Stanislaw Mrocek and His Polka Kings – 1952

The Mulcays – 1954

Moon Mullican – 1953

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet – 1952

Patrice Munsel – 1952

Turk Murphy and His Jazz Band – 1954

The Andre Musette Orchestra – 1953

Boots Mussulli – 1954

NBC’s Chamber Music Society – 1956

Phineas Newborn – 1956

The Joe Newman Octet – 1955

The Lennie Niehaus Quintet – 1955

Gertrude Niesen – 1953

Hattie Noel – 1955

Bob Nolan – 1954

Chico O’Farrill – 1955

Ruth Olay – 1956

Luis Oliveira and His Bandolalua Boys – 1956

Berl Olswanger – 1953

Knuckle O’Toole – 1955

Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra – 1953

Patti Page – 1953

Paul Paine Orchestra – 1952

The Pancho Orchestra – 1953

Korla Pandit – Box Set – 1951

The Paris Conservatory Orchestra – 1953

Charlie Parker – 1950

Les Paul and Mary Ford – 1953

Gregory Peck – Box Set – 1950

Jan Peerce – 1954

The Dave Pell Octet – 1953

The Penguins – 1955

Hank Penny – 1954

Oscar Peterson – 1953

The Philadelphia Orchestra – 1953

Flip Phillips Orchestra – 1953

Edith Piaf – 1953

Piano Red – 1954

Webb Pierce – 1954

The Pinetoppers – 1953

Ezio Pinza – 1952

The Pittsburgh Symphony – 1952

Nilla Pizzi – 1955

Frank Pourcel – 1956

Bud Powell – 1954

Mel Powell’s All-Stars – 1954

Perez Prado – 1952

Preacher Rollo and the Five Saints – 1954

Menahem Pressler – 1954

Andre Previn – 1952

Ray Price – 1953

Louis Prima Orchestra – 1952

William Primrose – 1955

Tito Puente Trio – 1956

Rachmaninoff – 1953

The Radio Symphony Orchestra – 1952

The Rampart Street Paraders – 1955

Katyna Ranieri – 1955

The Ravens – 1953

Johnnie Ray – 1953

Red River Dave – 1952

Lucy Reed – 1955

Django Reinhardt – 1955

Line Renaud – 1953

Quentin Reynolds – Box Set – 1952

Todd Rhodes – 1953

Buddy Rich – 1954

Nelson Riddle – 1956

Wallingford Riegger – 1953

Tex Ritter – 1953

Max Roach Septet – 1953

Marty Robbins – 1956

Kenny Roberts – 1953

Carson Robison and His Pleasant Valley Boys – 1952

Jimmie Rodgers – 1953

Ginger Rogers – Box Set – 1950

Roy Rogers – 1953

Shorty Rogers and His Giants – 1955

Sonny Rollins – 1954

Tony Romano

Sigmund Romberg and His Orchestra – 1955

Aldemaro Romero – 1955

David Rose – 1952

The Frank Rosolino Quintet – 1955

Lillian Roth – 1955

The Royal Operetta Singers and Orchestra – 1952

Stan Rubin and His Tigertown Five – 1954

Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra – 1955

Jimmy Rushing – 1954

Michael Rye – Box Set – 1955

The Al Sack Orchestra – 1955

Emma Sack – Box Set – 1950

Alfredo Sadel – 1956

The Salt City Five – 1954

Sal Salvador – 1954

The Sandole Brothers – 1956

The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra – 1954

Domenico Savino Orchestra – 1956

Hal Schaefer – 1956

Kermit Schafer – 1954

Bob Scooby’s Frisco Band – 1953

The Tony Scott Septet – Box Set – 1955

Al Sears All Stars – 1954

Andre Segovia – 1953

Jerry Shard – 1954

Ralph Sharon – 1953

Artie Shaw – 1952

The Robert Shaw Chorale – 1952

Robert Shaw – 1953

Dorothy Shay – 1953

George Beverly Shea – 1952

The George Shearing Quintet – 1953

Jean Shepard and Ferlin Huskey – 1955

Bobby Sherwood – 1952

The Nathaniel Shillret Orchestra – 1950

Rudolph Shock with the Berlin Opera Orchestra – 1953

Dinah Shore – 1952

Zoot Sims – 1953

Ginny Simms – 1952

Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith and His Cracker-Jacks – 1953

Bessie Smith – Box Set – 1951

Ethel Smith – 1953

Jack Smith – 1953

Tab Smith – 1954

Hank Snow – 1952

Bill Snyder Orchestra – 1953

The Sons of the Pioneers – 1952

John Philip Sousa’s Band – 1953

Muggsy Spanier and His Jazz Band – 1954

The Phil Sptalny All Girl Orchestra and Choir – 1952

The St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choristers – 1953

Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae – 1053

Bob Stanley Orchestra – 1952

Kay Starr – 1953

Rise Stevens – 1950

 

Danny Stewart and His Islanders – 1953

Rex Stewart and His Dixieland Jazz Band – 1956

Leopold Stokowski – 1952

Robert Stolz Orchestra – Box Set – 1950

Cliffie Stone Orchestra – 1955

Gale Storm – 1956

Johann Strauss Jr – 1955

Yma Sumac – 1955

Ralph Sutton with Cliff Leeman – 1955

George Symonette – 1955

The Symphony Orchestra of Radio Berlin – 1953

The Art Tatum Trio – 1953

The Tavern Polka Band – 1952

Montana Taylor – Box Set – 1950

Sam The Man Taylor – 1955

Pick Temple – 1953

Shirley Temple – 1952

Alec Templeton with Russ Case and His Orchestra – 1954

Joe Thomas – 1954

Hank Thompson – 1955

Sonny Thompson – 1954

Claude Thornhill – Box Set – 1950

The Three Suns – 1952

Lawrence Tibbett – 1953

Cal Tjader – 1955

Peter Todd Orchestra – 1956

Sydney Torch Orchestra – 1953

Mel Torme – 1953

Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra – 1952

The Tower Islanders – 1954

Merle Travis – 1956

Nick Travis – 1954

Lennie Tristano – 1954

Ernest Tubb – 1953

Bessie Tucker – 1954

Sophie Tucker – 1951

Joe Turner – 1955

TV – Ford 50th Anniversary Television Show – 1953

The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club – 1954

Unknown Artist – 1956

Bebo Valdes and His Orchestra Tropicana – 1956

Miguelito Valdes – Box Set – 1950

June Valli – 1955

Sarah Vaughan – 1953

Velesquez – 1954

Joe Venuti with Russ Morgan – Box Set – 1950

Charlie Ventura – 1953

The Vienna Symphony Orchestra – 1953

Villegas – 1956

The Virginia Tech Highty-Tighties – 1955

The Waikiki Wonderers – 1953

Fats Waller – 1952

William Warfield with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra – 1952

Fred Waring and His Pennyslvanians – 1953

The Waring Chapel Choir – Box Set – 1951

Fran Warren – 1955

Lu Watters and His Yerba Buena Jass Band – 1954

Jack Webb – 1954

Joan Weber – 1955

Ben Webster – 1954

Kitty Wells – 1954

Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music – 1953

The Frank Wess Quintet – 1954

Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant – 1955

Paul Weston Orchestra – Box Set – 1950

Jay White – 1954

Josh White – 1954

Lew White – 1954

Paul Whiteman and the New Ambassador Hotel Orchestra – 1954

Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely – 1953

Slim Whitman – 1954

John Wilfahrt and His Band – Box Set – 1950

Hank Williams – 1953

Mary Lou Williams – 1954

Roger Williams – 1956

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys – 1955

Gerald Wilson  – 1954

Kai Winding – 1954

The Wings Over Jordan Choir – 1953

The Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra – 1952

Mac Wiseman – 1955

The Yale Dramat Association – 1955

Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks – 1952

Yogi Yorgesson – 1954

Peter Yorke and His Concert Orchestra – Box Set – 1950

The Cecil Young Progressive Quartet – 1954

Faron Young – 1956

Loretta Young – 1953

The Lester Young Quartet – 1951

Victor Young and His Singing Strings – 1953

Jacques Ysaye – 1956

Yvoire – 1956

Various Artists

Extended Plays and Some 10-Inch

Background Music – 1953

The Chanukah Party- 1955

Deep In My Heart – 1955

Easter With – 1956

Hearing Is Believing – 1954

A Hit a Day – 1955

I Like Jazz – 1955

Jam Session – 1954

Jazztime USA Vol 3 – 1954

Mambo For Cats – 1955

Meet the Girls – 1956

1926/1927 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

 

1928/1929 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1929 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1932 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1932/1933 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1934/1935 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1935 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1937 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1938 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1938/1939 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1940/1941 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1942 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1942/1943 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1943 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1944 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1944/1945 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

1945 Honor Roll of Hits – 1953

Perfect for Dancing – All Tempos – 1955

Perfect for Dancing – Jitterbug – 1955

Perfect for Dancing – Mambos – 1955

Perfect for Dancing – Rumbas – 1955

Perfect for Dancing – Sambas – 1955

Perfect for Dancing – Sampler – 1955

Perfect for Dancing – Tangos – 1955

Perfect for Dancing – Waltzes – 1955

Pop Shopper – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 1 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 2 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 3 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 4 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 5 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 6 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 7 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 8 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 9 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 10 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 11 – 1955

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume 12 – 1955

Rock n Roll – 1956

RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz Volume Album 2 Bet to Cla

Showcase In Sound – 1956

Songs in French for Children – 1955

Today’s Hits – 1955

Today’s Top Hits – 1953

Tops in Pops – 1956

Upright and Lowdown – 1955

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