On Sunday March 26, the BIG TEN INCH held it’s regularly scheduled meeting of shellac enthusiasts at the Hi-Fi Bar in Manhattan. Counting host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, 13 men came with boxes of 78s to play: Adam Lore, Alex De Laszlo, Andy Upsetter, Bob Pomeroy, John Clemente, Justin CollectorScum, Michael McMahon, DJ Rata, Rich Sibello, Ted Baron and Tony Salvaje. Let’s not forget Juke Joint Jonny, who celebrated his birthday!
Soon after The BIG TEN INCH got started, we were joined by a team of roller-hockey players fresh from a game. They stayed on their side of the barroom, we stayed on ours and the only beef we had with them is that when the pizza arrived (there is pizza at every BIG TEN INCH) they quickly snatched a couple slices! In other news, Adam Lore brought about a dozen 78s to give away (The Boog got a cool Ruth Brown 78!) and Michael McMahon brought a bunch of empty 10” sleeves for anyone who wanted them. Everything went to appreciative new owners.
Also, Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner baked very delicious oatmeal raisin cookies with chocolate chips and they went very quickly. Folks, the BIG TEN INCH is so much more than just another DJ night—it is a multi-platform, ultra-dynamic experience in magnificent monaural sound where everyone participates!
Here’s a list of all the 78s played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus:
- Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra–Estrellita (RCA Victor)
- Prince’s Dance Orchestra–Daredenella (Columbia)
- Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra—Don’t Let the Landlord Gyp You (Decca)
- Sir Lancelot; Gerald Clark’s Caribbean Serenaders–The Young Girls Today (Keynote)
- La Playa Sextet–Care to Cha-Cha (Mardi-Gras)
- Teddy Wilson and His Orch.; vocal chorus by Billie Holiday–I Cried for You (Columbia)
- Bill Crosby and his Band–Hip Chick Blues (Columbia)
- Alberto Rey con el Mariachi Acapulco–Cuando el Destino (Borinquen)
- Ruth Brown–Daddy Daddy (Atlantic)
- Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra; vocal by Sonny Parker–Well Oh Well (Decca)
- Joe Houston–Guided Missile (Imperial)
- Billy Brooks and His Orchestra—I’m Gone (Duke)
- Chuck Berry and His Combo–Thirty Days (To Come Back Home) (Chess)
- Moose Jackson–Big Ten-Inch Record (King)
None of these 78s are for sale. Some of them have links to youtubes clips. Click on them and dig what the BIG TEN INCH is all about!