Blues and R&B 45s of the ’50s


Blues and Rhythm & Blues  45s
of the ’50s Price Guide

Monaural Press, 2001

IN 2001, THINGS CHANGED. I was sev­eral years re­moved from O’­Sul­livan Wood­side and Gold­mine and Krause Pub­li­ca­tions. So I pub­lished The Umphred Guide To Blues And Rhythm & Blues 45s Of The ’50s under my own im­print, Monaural Press. I did it the old-fashioned way, paying a printer to make the books.

It cost me a for­tune, but I knew I had a book that was gonna fly!

Then some­thing hap­pened.

Things changed.


NU RB 300

As the first printing of The Umphred Guide To Blues And Rhythm & Blues 45s Of The 50s was for a lim­ited edi­tion, ad­vanced copy, it did not have fin­ished cover art­work. In­stead, it looked like this: I hand-stamped “Ad­vance Copy” on each book. With few ex­cep­tions, all copies of this book look like this—not that most of you will ever see a copy.

When I first con­ceived of this book, my first—and only choice—for co-author was the leg­endary Val Shively. His used-record store R&B Records had been a fix­ture in the Philadel­phia area for decades, and his knowl­edge of the rhythm & blues field was leg­endary!

So I trekked to Upper Darby, Penn­syl­vania (look it up) to en­treat Val to join me.

He turned me down.

He sent me on my way to Grant’s Pass, Oregon.

To read more about this book, click HERE.