On This Day 18 June

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-06-18
In 1178 a group of monks in Canterbury witnessed an explosion on the moon; in 1812 the US declared war on Great Britain and in 1900 the Chinese Empress Dowager ordered all foreigners killed. We'll look today at the introduction of the LP by Columbia Records in 1948

You can't beat vinyl...

LP (long playing or long play) is a medium used to store analog sound using a microgroove.

Columbia Records introduced it in 1948 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and it was quickly adopted as the new standard in the industry.


The innovation was the microgroove standard at a speed of 33 1/3 rpm. This had better sound quality compared to the noisier shellac based predecessor and could play for approximately 22 minutes from each side.

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Initially there was a release of 133 recordings of classical music (Beethoven's 8th) , popular music (Frank Sinatra) and children's music (Gene Kelly singing nursery rhymes).

Robert Wirth plays the 1948 Columbia LP Changer

The LPs continued to be in mass produced in the UK until 1960. The decline was driven through the introduction of casettes and subsequently compact discs. There has been a resurgence in the use of LPs - 2012 sales of 2.8 million in the UK.

Time to dig out the old vinyl player and listen to some of that vinyl again

Other events on this day

  • 1178: explosion on the moon witnessed by monks in Canterbury
  • 1812: US declared war on Great Britain
  • 1815: Napoleon defeated by the Duke of Wellington in the Battle of Waterloo
  • 1900: Empress Dowager Cixi ordered all foreigners killed
  • 1948: Columbia Records introduced the LP in New York
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