The very first issue of Okeh 40772 had the misspelled word ‘orcestra’ on the label. It is assumed to appear on about 1000 copies of the first pressing with 3000 discs. On Ebay auctions both label variants are ‘equally’ frequent. To find a copy in excellent condition of the first 1000 have not been easy (easier amongst the ones with the correct spelling). But now I have received a copy which playgraded on Singin The Blues starts in E- and before Bix enters is in E condition. Moreover this copy has A1 stampers on both sides. I have seen the stampers on more than a half dozen copies but never seen a A1 stamper on any side. Now I wonder if anyone has an idea on how rare my copy might be.
The record label, courtesy of the late Joe Giordano.
Singin' The Blues, Frankie Trumbauer's Orcestra [sic] or Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra, OKeh 40772, recorded 02/04/27 J.G.
The seminal recording of "Singin' the Blues" was originally issued in the US on the OKeh label. Scans of two copies of the record are provided below. Copy # 1. The name of the band is given as Frankie Trumbauer's Orcestra [sic]. Note the misspelled orchestra and the name of the band. The band was known in other OKeh issues as Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra. In European issues, the band's name was given as Frankie Trumbauer's Orchestra. Copy # 2. Gives the proper name for the band and has the typographical error corrected. Joe speculates that the record was issued first with the errors on the label, and a second release was done with the errors corrected. What is surprising to me is that Bix and Lang are given credit. I believe that there are only five or six Bix and Tram OKeh records where the original, contemporaneous issue in the US have Bix's name given on the label. (of course, not counting the records where Bix is the leader, and the two recordings by Tram, Bix and Lang).
The Parlophone label with Bix's last name misspelled.
Singin' the Blues: Bill Rank or Miff Mole?' by Albert Haim, IAJRC Journal June 2011, p 32-34.
My Article as it appeared in the IAJRC Journal. Note the errors in the printed version, not in my originally submitted file.