Hey, Lawdy Mama. A snip at $5,250 for a blues 78!
Record collector John Tefteller, recently placed the winning bid of $5,250 on eBay for by Sunny Boy and his Pals "Hey! Lawdy Mama - The France Blues/Don`t You Leave Me Here:" on a Electrobeam Gennett 78 rpm record (Ge 6106. The recordings were made in Chicago, circa 8th April 1927.
Paul Swinton writes;
“I think these were a couple of terrific sides. They were reissued on Document DOCD-5045 `The Songster Tradition` under the names of Papa Harvey Hull & Long Cleeve Reed - The Down Home Boys. According to Pete Whelan & 78 Quarterly there are three surviving copies of the original Gennett release. Although I think this figure underestimates by at least two copies. Whatever the case, in these days of unbelievably inflated prices for guitar blues 78s (Joe Bussard reputedly turned down $25,000 for his copy), I reckon John T will be thinking he has a snip at a mere 5 grand. It makes you wonder how much `Mama You Don`t Know How` & `Original Stack O`Lee Blues` by Hull & Reed would fetch if that coupling ever came up for auction. There is definitely only one known copy of the 78. It`s in great condition and it`s on an even rarer label than Gennett, Black Patti. I think I`ll start saving now.”