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Radio Spot Announcements

 

By Bob Pakes
 
 

deweyThe Radio Spot Announcements were used to promote new and upcoming films through radio broadcasts and in movie theaters. They were not produced by RCA Victor but by the movie company.
 
The records were pressed in either the 7″, 10″ or 12″ format, in 33 1/3 or 45 RPM. No picture sleeves exist for these promo releases, they came in a plain brown sleeve.
Most Radio Spot records are playable on one side only, with the B-side being either blank or sporting a cool artistic motive.
 
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packagingHere we can see how a Radio Spot (in this case ‘Wild In The Country’) was usually packaged and sent to radio stations.

 

groovesTake a closer look at the grooves of this record (‘Stay Away, Joe’) and notice how the needle automatically would stop after one segment to prevent the DJ from playing another commercial straight after the first one.

 
 
 

1960 | G.I. Blues

7″ | 45 RPM
20 second version (USA)
17 second version (Australia)
23 second version (Australia)
05 GI Blues - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 05

 
 
 

1960 | Flaming Star

7″ | 33 1/3 RPM
Different USA pressings (‘Southern’ and ‘Northern’) exist.
And also both one-sided and double-sided versions were pressed.
06 Flaming Star - USA half-sheet 06-2 06-1

 
 
 

1961 | Wild In The Country

12″ | 33 1/3 RPM
07 Wild in the Country - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 07

 
 
 

1961 | Blue Hawaii

7″ | 45 RPM
12″ | 33 1/3 RPM
20 second version (excerpt only!)
08 Blue Hawaii - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 08-1 colonel snow

 
 
 

1963 | Fun In Acapulco

12″ | 33 1/3 RPM
13 Fun In Acapulco - USA half-sheet 13-2 13-1

 
 
 

1964 | Viva Las Vegas

It is unknown in which format(s) these Spots were released.
 
60 second version nr. 1
60 second version nr. 2
 
15 Viva Las Vegas - USA half-sheet

 
 
 

1964 | Roustabout

12″ | 33 1/3 RPM Different 33 1/3 RPM versions are known to exist.
7″ | 45 RPM
16 Roustabout - USA half-sheet 16-1 16-2

lege cirkel 12x12 16-4 16-5

 
 
 

1965 | Girl Happy

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
17 Girl Happy - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 17

 
 
 

1965 | Tickle Me

7″ | 45 RPM
60 second version
30 second version
18 Tickle Me - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 18

 
 
 

1965 | Harum Scarum

12″ | 33 1/3 RPM
This is one of a few Radio Spot records that was playable on both sides.
30 second version
19 Harum Scarum - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 19

 
 
 

1966 | Paradise, Hawaiian Style

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
21 Paradise Hawaiian Style - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 21

 
 
 

1966 | Spinout

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
22 Spinout - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 22

 
 
 

1967 | Easy come, Easy Go

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
23 Easy Come, Easy go - USA lobby card 01 lege cirkel 12x12 23

 
 
 

1967 | Double Trouble

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
7″ | 45 RPM
60 second version
24 Double Trouble - USA half-sheet 24-1 24-2

 
 
 

1967 | Clambake

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
25 Clambake - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 25

 
 
 

1968 | Stay Away, Joe

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
26 Stay Away Joe - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 26

 
 
 

1968 | Speedway

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
20 second version
27 Speedway - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 27

 
 
 

1969 | Charro!

10″ | 33 1/3 RPM
60 second version
30 second version nr. 1
30 second version nr. 2
10 second version nr. 1
10 second version nr. 2
29 Charro - USA half-sheet lege cirkel 12x12 29

 
 
 

Stay tuned for more Radio Spots SOON!

 
 
 

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Alexander Nijeboer #

    Great as always, although it would have been nice if audio files are added to the topic as well so the actual commercials can be listened to. Is that possible guys? If not, no problem but it would add an extra dimension and I am curious to hear the unreleased commercials.

    July 4, 2013
    • Bob #

      Thanks Alexander!

      It might be a good idea to add some soundbites to this article. We’ll have to look into it since we don’t want to get into trouble regarding any copyrights as most Radio Spots include excerpts of a song.
      Stay tuned!

      July 4, 2013
  2. colonel snow #

    Some of the audio files were released on bootlegs and FTD Tickle me.

    July 5, 2013
  3. Gerrit de Jong #

    Please add the audio, I am a buff for this kind of material …

    July 5, 2013
  4. It’s legal to play up to 20 (or 30) seconds of audio for any song, and I would assume as there would be no where near 20 seconds of a song in any of these radio spots, there would be no problem with legal issues.
    It would be fantastic to hear these radio spots in all their glory!!!

    July 10, 2013
    • Bob #

      Thanks for the encouragement Keith.
      For starters we have added one of the Aussie G.I. Blues radio spots to this topic.

      Along the same line we have added a radio spot to the Victrola article.

      We’ll see how it further develops and take it from there.

      But this is indeed cool stuff!

      July 13, 2013
  5. Alexander Nijeboer #

    Guys, this is getting a greater place every day now!

    July 14, 2013
  6. Great job on these Radio Spots. Can’t wait for Part 2. Do you have any info on the spot for Loving You?

    July 16, 2013
    • Bob #

      Thanks Howard.

      I have never seen or heard about a ‘Loving You Radio Spots’ release, but I am sure it exists.
      ‘King Creole’ is also a rare one.

      Images of the ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ radio spots albums have already surfaced on the web (the quality of these images is too low to be presented in this topic though).

      July 16, 2013
  7. This is my own radio spot collection..

    elvis:charro
    elvis:clambake
    elvis:double trouble
    elvis:easy come easy go
    elvis:flaming star
    elvis:frankie and johnny
    elvis:fun in acapulco
    elvis:GI Blues
    elvis:girl happy
    elvis:girl happy-interviewed director & stars of the mgm’s-sheets included-
    elvis:girls ! girls ! girls !
    elvis:it happened at the world’s fair
    elvis:paradise hawaiian style
    elvis:rustabout (wrong title on label)
    elvis:speedway
    elvis:that’s the way it is
    elvis:the trouble with girls
    elvis:tickle me
    elvis:tickle me
    elvis:viva las vegas
    elvis:wild in the country

    July 20, 2013
  8. Hi Bob,

    Is it possible to get the audio fragments as MP3 file?

    Kind regards,
    Willy from the Netherlands.

    March 31, 2014

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