Old Time Blues is a weblog devoted to old phonograph records, the music recorded on them, and the history behind them—plus all sorts of other things occasionally. On Old Time Blues, you’ll find music dating back to the first half of the twentieth-century: jazz, blues, hillbilly music and more, presented straight off the original 78 RPM record, with related photographs and other original artifacts interspersed. Also featured here are short biographies of musical artists from the aforementioned era, and other ramblings, plus a few looks at vintage style now and then.
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Who Am I?
My name is R. Connor Montgomery. The R. stands for Robert, but I go by my middle name to avoid confusion with the movie star. I am a history buff, vintage enthusiast, and collector of old phonograph records. More than anything, I am an admirer of the first half of the twentieth century, from the tail-end of the Victorian era to the early days of the Atomic Age, with a particular fondness for the period interceding the two World Wars.
All of my life, as far back as I can remember that is, I have been enchanted by times long before my own, and I’ve often felt that my purpose in life is to preserve the relics and traditions of those days gone by. When I was a child, I was enamored with the 1950s, and as I grew up, my interests matured and shifted further back into the 1940s, 1930s, and 1920s. My deep affection for those times is accentuated greatly by my distaste for a great many facets of this so-called “postmodern age.” Of course, I try not to let my glasses become too rose-tinted, those times—like our current times—had a host of woes of which I’m well aware, yet somehow I find in that period a certain magic, a certain charm, a certain impossible to describe quality that is sorely lacking today.
My desire is to preserve and to revive the best elements of that era, while keeping along the best aspects of the present day; to keep the good and do away with the bad of both yesterday and today. Upon amassing a modestly sizable collection of 78 RPM records, I felt selfish keeping all that wonderful music to myself. Having always loved writing, I created this website to share the joy of early twentieth-century music reproduced from the records in my collection, accompanied by my ramblings about their history.
Why Old Time Blues?
This site’s name, “Old Time Blues”, represents not the genre of music—though you will find plenty of that here as well—but the feeling, a feeling I feel so strongly. After spending a lot of time brainstorming fruitlessly for an appropriate name, I came across a 1921 jazz composition by famed trumpeter Johnny Dunn by the name “Old Time Blues“, and it seemed to perfectly fit my life-long yearning for so many things from times long before my own.
“Why does the logo say ‘Electrically Recorded’?,” you may ask. Well, first of all, it looks pretty darn cool if you ask me, but more than that, just think about it, everything posted on the internet is “electrically recorded” so to speak, so it’s just as valid applied to a website as it was on record labels in the 1920s.
About the Media Posted Here
All music featured here is transferred from 78 records in my personal collection. They are recorded in Audacity from my very humble, very unprofessional Rek-O-Kut Rondine Jr. (a modified Gemini turntable) with either a Sanyo CN1000 MKII cartridge with 3.0 mil elliptical stylus or Grado F3+ cartridge with unknown 78 stylus (probably 3 or 3.5 mil), after running through equalization. The audio files presented here are unaltered, excepting varying degrees of restoration (usually minimal). They may not be the best sounding transfers in the world, but I do my best to see that they’re not the worst, and I know for a fact that they sound better than some of the transfers that get commercially released!
Unless explicitly noted, all historical photographs are scanned from hard copies in my own possession, with credit given to the source. All modern photographs were taken by R.C. Montgomery or close acquaintance unless noted otherwise.
This site uses your browser’s built-in audio playback, no third party applications. If the system does not work for you, please report the issue in one of the comment sections, including the name of your browser, so I can try to figure out what’s going on.
About the Website
Old Time Blues was created In the wee hours of May 27, 2015 by R. Connor Montgomery, previously the founder and administrator of Fett1138.net, home of the Star Wars fan group, the Followers of Mandalore since 2009.
This website uses WordPress with the Twenty Eleven theme, the background image is a circa 1920s photograph of Hamilton, Texas. Logo typeface is an older (2011) version of “Crystal Deco” font by Pixel Sagas, licensed free for personal use; “Electrically Recorded” branding from 1927 Herwin record label created by Herwin Record Company of St. Louis, Missouri, believed to be in the public domain.
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All media presented on this website are digitized from hard copies held in the possession of this site’s owner unless explicitly noted otherwise. All sound recordings are digitally transferred from original 78 RPM format and presented in unaltered form. All media in the form of audio, imagery, and reproduced text is credited to the proper source. Much of this media is believed to be in the public domain, and the remainder is intended to conform to the Fair Use policies set forth by Title 17, Section 107 of the United States Code. All material presented on this site is intended for the purposes of education, comment, and criticism and in a strictly not-for-profit and non-commercial manner, thus all the content here does not generate any monetary loss nor gain for any entity. Additionally, none of the audio files presented here are made publicly available for download. The majority of the recordings featured here are over seventy-five years old and have not been commercially available for decades.
Should any complaint from copyright holders arise, the offending content will be removed immediately upon notification by the holder of the copyright without need for further discourse. There is no ill will of any sort intended.