A 1930s blues player from Mississippi had been credited with producing the most expensive 78rpm release ever. The single called ‘Alcohol And Jake Blues’ recently sold for an astounding $37,000.
Those huge circular records, which were so popular during early to mid 1900 are rarely seen in modern day homes. However those old-fashioned albums still hold a significant value for some collectors.
A 1930s blues player from Mississippi had been credited with producing the most expensive 78rpm release ever. The musician is named Tommy Johnson and he was responsible for recording only five singles for the Paramount label.
One of his earliest releases called ‘Alcohol And Jake Blues’ recently sold for an astounding $37,100. A British collector named John Tefteller is the new owner of the vintage hit. He reportedly purchased the single on eBay.
Tefteller claims to have the “world’s best collection of blues records and memorabilia” which is stored at The British Museum Of The Blues. Tommy Johnson’s 78 will most likely be featured at the facility.
The blues single is reported to be one of two that are in existence today. Bizarrely, Tefteller now owns both copies, but he will be putting the older one up for sale as his newest purchase is in a far better condition.
Tefteller released his plans for the Blues single stating “I can’t wait to have it properly re-mastered and share it with the world.”