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Extended Plays 1950-1956 – A thru John

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

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.

Ray Acuff – 1952

Julian Cannoball Adderley – 1955

Juan Aguil – 1955

Manny Albam – 1956

Licia Albanese and James Melton – 1952

The Alfredito Orchestra – 1953

Rex Allen – 1956

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Rosalie Allen – 1955

Rosalie Allen and Elton Britt – 1955

Steve Allen – 1955

Laurindo Almeida Quartet – 1955

The American Legion Band – 1950

The Ames Brothers – 1953

Gene Ammons – 1954

Leroy Anderson – 1955

Marian Anderson – 1952

The Andrews Sisters – Box Set 1950

The Andrews Sisters 1953

Ray Anthony – 1954

Ray Anthony’s Big Band – 1956

 

Alfred Apaka and His Hawaiian Village Serenaders- 1955

Luis Arcaraz – 1952

Toni Arden with Shep Fields Orchestra – 1955

Louis Armstrong- 1952

Desi Arnaz Orchestra – 1953

Eddy Arnold – 1952

Murray Arnold – 1954

The Association Orchestra – 1953

Ed Atcher – 1951

Chet Atkins – 1954

Winifred Atwell – 1955

Jan August – 1955

Georgie Auld with the Jud Conlon Rhythmaires – 1953

Claire Austin with Kid Ory – 1955

Gene Autry – 1951

Ed Ayers Orchestra – 1953

Bela Babai Orchestra – 1955

The Bach Choir – 1953

Mildred Bailey – 1952

Chet Baker Quartet – 1953

Peter Barclay Orchestra – 1955

Charlie Barnet – 1952

Charlie Barnet Orchestra – 1955

Count Basie Orchestra – 1953

Count Basie’s Blue Five – 1952

Kenny Bass and His Polka Poppers – 1953

The Bavarian Symphony Orchestra – 1953

Gilbert Becaud – 1954

Sidney Bechet – 1952

Harry Belafonte – 1952

The Louis Belison Orchestra – 1955

Graeme Bell and His Australian Jazz Band – 1955

The Al Belletto Quintet – 1955

Belmonte and His Afro-American Music – 1955

Tex Beneke Box Set – 1950

Betty Bennett – 1955

Boyd Bennett and His Rockets – 1956

Richard Dyer Bennett – 1952

Robert Russell Bennett – 1954

Polly Bergen – 1955

Bunn Berigan – 1953

The Berlin Opera and Orchestra – 1952

Big Dave and His Orchestra – 1955

Richard Biggs – Box Set 1950

Jussi Bjoerling – 1953

Stanley Black – Box Set 1951

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet – 1956

Mel Blanc – 1953

Mel Blanc with Billy May – 1952

Ray Bloc Orchestra – 1955

Ray Bohr – 1956

Blue Barron and His Orchestra – 1953

Bonnie Lou – 1955

Pat Boone – 1955

Earl Bostic – 1953

The Boston Pops Orchestra – 1952

Jimmy Boyd – 1953

Owen Bradley – Box Swt 1952

Will Bradley – 1952

Tiny Bradshaw – 1953

Ruby Braff – 1955

Teresa Brewer – 1953

Elton Britt – 1954

Bob Brookmeyer – 1955

Clifford Brown and Art Farmer – 1954

Clifford Brown & Max Roach – 1955

Les Brown Orchestra – 1953

Roy Brown – 1954

Brown’s Ferry Four – 1953

The Dave Brubeck Trio- 1953

Rusty Bryant and the Carolyn Club Band – 1955

Milt Buckner – 1956

The Buffalo Bills – Box Set 1951

Joe Bushkin – 1951

Lois Butler – Box Set 1950

Bobby Byrne and Kai Winding – 1954

Tony Cabot – 1956

The Canadian All Stars – 1953

The Capitol City Four – 1953

Frankie Carle – 1952

Billy Carlisle and His Little Carlisles – 1954

Joe Fingers Carr – 1953

Carretta – 1956

Barbara Carroll – Box Set 1956

The Barbara Carroll Trio – 1955

Bob Carroll with Alvy West and His Orchestra – 1955

The Carollers – 1953

Mindy Carson – 1954

Caruso – 1952

The Castillians – Box Set 1951

George Cates Orchestra – 1954

Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra – 1953

Otto Cesana Orchestra – 1953

Frank Chacksfield Orchestra – 1953

The Ray Charles Singers – 1953

The Charms – 1955

Don Cherry – 1956

1954 – June Christy – 1954

Chubby Jackson and His All Stars – 1954

The Cities Service Green and White Quartet – 1952

Terry Clark – 1955

Buck Clayton and the Marlowe Morris Trio – 1953

Robinson Cleaver – 1953

The Cloister Bells – Box Set 1951

Rosemary Clooney with Percy Faith Orchestra – 1954

The Clovers – 1954

The Harold Coates Orchestra – 1953

George M. Cohan Jr and the Harold Coates Orchestra – 1953

The Coker Family – Box Set 1956

Buddy Cole – 1956

Nat King Cole and His Trio – 1950

Dick Collins and The Runaway Herd – Box Set 1955

Tommy Collins – 1955

Ron Colman – Box Set 1950

The Columbia Salon Orchestra – 1953

The Commanders – 1954

Perry Como – 1952

The Concerts Colonne Orchestra – 1953

Eddie Condon’s All-Stars – 1953

Chris Connor – 1954

Tim Considine – 1955

The George Cook Orchestra – 1954

Alistair Cooke – 1955

Spade Cooley – Box Set 1950

Don Cornell – 1954

Don Cornell and Teresa Brewer – 1953

The Coronet Orchestra – 1955

The Cosmopolitan Orchestra – 1954

Jack Costanzo – 1956

Noel Coward – 1955

Cowboy Copas – 1953

Jesse Crawford – 1950

Crazy Otto – 1955

The Crewcuts – 1954

Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters – 1953

Bob Crosby and His Orchestra – 1953

Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats – 1954

Gary Crosby and Friend (Bing) – 1953

Milton Cross – 1953

Xavier Cugat – 1952

Pete Daily and His Chicagoans – 1953

Vic Damone – 1956

The Hall Daniels Septet – 1955

Bill Darnel – 1954

Eddie Lockjaw Davis – 1953

Miles Davis – 1954

Sammy Davis Jr. – 1955

Dennis Day – 1952

Doris Day – 1952

Buddy De Franco – 1955

Lenny Dee – 1955

The Delmore Brothers – 1953

The De Paur Chorus – 1956

Matt Dennis – 1955

Johnny Desmond – 1954

Emery Deutsch – 1955

The Diamonds – 1956

Jimmie Dodd – 1955

Bill Doggett and His Combo – 1955

Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra – Box Set 1950

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – 1952

Carmen Dragon and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony – 1955

Ken Drew – 1954

Jimmy Durante with Eddie Jackson – 1953

Billy Eckstine – 1954

Nelson Eddy with Chorus – 1953

Webley Edwards with Al Kealoha Perry – 1955

Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie – 1955

Duke Ellington Orchestra – 1953

The Don Elliott Quintet – Box Set 1954

The Bob Enevoldsen Quintet – 1954

Percy Faith Orchestra – 1952

Tal Farlow – 1954

The Robert Farnon Orchestra – 1955

Irving Fazzola and the Dixielanders – 1955

Maynard Ferguson – 1954

George Feyer – 1954

Jerry Fielding and His Great New Orchestra – 1953

Gracie Fields – 1953

Herbie Fields Orchestra – 1953

Irving Fields – 1952

The Firehouse Five – 1953

The First Piano Quartet – 1952

Eddie Fisher – 1953

Eddie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds – 1956

Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots – 1953

The Five Keys – 1955

John Flemer – 1956

Red Foley – 1953

Tennessee Ernie Ford – 1956

Miss Helen Forest – 1956

The Four Aces – 1953

The Four Freshmen – 1953

The 4 Knights – 1953

The Four Lovers – 1956

The Four Tunes – 1954

Jacqueline Francois – 1953

Sal Franzella and His Quintet – 1953

Stan Freberg – 1955

Stan Freeman – 1953

Rudolph Friml – 1953

Frankie Froba and His Boys – Box Set 1950

Jane Froman – 1953

Tony Fruscella – 1955

Geri Galian and the Carribean Rhythm Boys – 1954

Slim Gaillard – 1953

Dave Garroway – 1956

Jan Garber Orchestra – 1953

Carlos Gardel – 1953

Freddie Gardner – Box Set 1951

Judy Garland – 1953

Erroll Garner – 1950

The Gaylords – 1952

Stan Getz – 1954

Georgia Gibbs – 1953

The Terry Gibbs Quartet – 1954

Don Gibson – 1956

Joanne Gilbert and Gloria De Haven – 1956

Terry Gilkyson – Box Set 1951

Dizzy Gillespie – 1950

Jimmy Giuffre – 1955

Jackie Gleason Orchestra – 1953

The Glyndebourne Festival Opera Company – 1952

Arthur Godfrey – 1951

The Golden Voiced Canaries – Box Set 1952

The Goldman Band – 1953

Vicente Gomez – Box Set 1954

The Benny Goodman Quartet – 1950

Papa John Gordy – 1956

Morton Gould Orchestra – 1952

Gounod – 1953

John Graas – 1955

Gogi Grant – 1956

Norman Grantz – 1951

Jerry Gray Orchestra – 1953

George Greeley – 1953

Larry Green – Box Set 1950

Rod Gregory/Frank Carrol/Bob Rosten – 1955

Ken Griffin – 1952

Andy Griffith – 1954

Johnny Guarnieri/Tony Mottola/Bob Haggart/Cozy Cole – 1952

Tito Guizar – 1953

Bobby Hackett – 1954

Connie Haines – 1953

Stuart Hamblen – 1956

The Chico Hamilton Quintet – 1955

The Chico Hamilton Trio – 1954

Roy Hamilton – 1954

Lionel Hampton – 1952

The Hampton-Hawes Trio – 1955

Phil Harris – 1952

Doug Harrell – 1956

Wynonie Harris – 1954

Jack Haskell and the Jose Melis Trio – 1955

Coleman Hawkins – Box Set – 1956

Delores Hawkins with Hector Pellot and His Aces of Ritmo – 1954

Hawkshaw Hawkins – 1953

Richard Hayes – 1953

Dick Haymes – Box Set 1951

Ted Heath – 1953

Neil Hefti Orchestra with Francis Wayne – 1953

Heifetz and Emanuel Bay – 1950

Woody Herman – 1952

Harry Hermann and His Orchestra – 1956

Fiddlin’ Red Herron – 1953

Al Hibbler – 1956

Chuck Higgins and His Band – 1955

Hildegarde – 1953

The Hilltoppers – 1953

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Earl “Fatha” Hines – 1954

Milton Hinton – Box Set 1955

Johnny Hodges – 1952

Billie Holiday – 1953

Homer & Jethro – 1952

Lena Horne – 1954

Horowitz – 1952

Elsie Houston – 1954

Eddy Howard – 1952

Peanuts Hucko and His All Stars – 1956

Ivory Joe Hunter – 1954

Lurlean Hunter – 1956

Roberto Inglez – 1953

The Ink Spots – 1953

The Irish All Stars – 1955

Bud Isaacs – 1955

Iturbi – 1952

Burl Ives – Box Set 1950

Bull Moose Jackson – 1953

Mahalia Jackson – 1954

Tommy Jackson – 1955

Henry Jacobs – 1955

Harry James Orchestra – 1952

Joni James – 1955

The Janssen Symphony of Los Angeles – 1955

Alan Jay – 1956

Gordon Jenkins – Box Set – 1956

Johnnie and Jack – 1953

Johnny Pineapple and His Orchestra – 1954

Betty Johnson – 1955

Bunk Johnson and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band – 1953

Lonnie Johnson – 1954

The Pete Jolly Sextet – 1955

Al Jolson – 1953

Jonah Jones Quartet – 1956

Spike Jones – 1952

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