Watanabe Hamako - Shina No Yoru

Watanabe Hamako – Shina No Yoru (China night / She Ain’t Got No Yoyo) on 78 rpm record

I listen to this record quite often, but I only discovered recently that this song called Shina No Yoru (支那の夜, which means "China night") had a special and controversial story. It was actually not so easy to find out who was its original performer, so that I had to make several researches to make this … Continue reading Watanabe Hamako – Shina No Yoru (China night / She Ain’t Got No Yoyo) on 78 rpm record

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Alphonso et son orchestre typique antillais - Oye, mes z'amis...

Alphonso et son orchestre typique antillais – Oye, mes z’amis… on 78 rpm record

This track called "Oye, mes z'amis..." is a samba performed by Louis-Jean Alphonse, aka Aljean and Alphonso, and his orchestra. I didn't find a lot of information about this musician, who was born in 1905 in Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean Sea. According to this short biography, Alphonso started playing the piano in … Continue reading Alphonso et son orchestre typique antillais – Oye, mes z’amis… on 78 rpm record

Ivo Robić – Tajna (1952)

Ivo Robić – Tajna, a cover of Nat King Cole, on 78 rpm record

Aktivista, who is the author of the blog Sa Starog Gramofona, asked me this morning (see his comment here) to post the other side of Ivo Robić's record. Here it is ! This one is called "Tajna" and is much more jazzy than yesterday's song Domino. Don't hesitate to post comments if you have additional … Continue reading Ivo Robić – Tajna, a cover of Nat King Cole, on 78 rpm record

Ivo Robić – Domino on 78 rpm record (1952)

I bought this record in 2007 in Ljubljana, capital city of Slovenia. Domino is a French song, originally performed in 1950 by André Claveau (lyrics by Jacques Plante and music by Louis Ferrari). This version is a cover of 1952 by Croatian singer and songwriter Ivo Robić. The record was released on Jugoton, the main label … Continue reading Ivo Robić – Domino on 78 rpm record (1952)

Klavdiya Novikova (Клавдия Михайловна Новикова) – La Cucaracha (Кукарачча)

A Russian version of La Cucaracha (Кукарачча) on 78 rpm record

In the summer of 2007, I spent a few weeks travelling in Armenia. Finding some records there was not so easy... At the end of my journey in the capital city Yerevan, I went to the antiques market and spent two hours searching everywhere and asking and asking again if there was anyone selling records. … Continue reading A Russian version of La Cucaracha (Кукарачча) on 78 rpm record