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Tuesday, March 31 2015
This Day in History: The birth of the 45 r.p.m. record

March 31, 1949 - RCA Victor Records released the first commercially available 45 RPM record.. The first single was "Tekarkana Baby" by Eddy Arnold.  RCA developed the new format in response to Columbia Records introducing the 33 1/3 RPM long playing LP the previous year. Pressed on vinyl rather than the fragile shellac discs that 78's were manufactured from, the 7" discs eventually overtook the 78 in sales by the mid 1950's becoming the dominant physical single format until the end of the 1980's.

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