Glossary Term: 45 rpm Record

45 record

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When the 45rpm record – a green vinyl single of Eddy Arnold’s ‘Texarkana Baby’ – went on sale on 31 March 1949, from RCA Victor records replacing the 78 rpm record, the 45 soared into homes delivering audio singles for enjoyment. Because of the wild popularity Record companies scrambled to create their own!

45 record Eddy Arnold’s ‘Texarkana Baby’
Eddy Arnold’s ‘Texarkana Baby’

45 Records, named for their speed, are vinyl records that hold a shorter amount of music due to their size, 7 inches. These became the go-to for shorter duration recordings, this was perfect for singles with one song on each side. 45’s for promotion allowed artists and their label to create hype before that album is complete. Due to their format the radio wanted the ‘single’ to be cut around 3 or 4 minutes, any longer and the radio wouldn’t likely play the song, which set the standard for 45s. 45s remain popular to this day, even though the practical use for the radio has been lost. 45s are great collectibles, promotional material and still delivering the tunes!

Read more about vinyl in Jack B. Stephens’ series on the history of vinyl!

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