A writer whose primary genre is that of Contemporary, I take pride in blurring the line of demarcation between fact and fiction throughout the storytelling process. I surmise many writers of fiction strive for the same, and take great pains to do so.
For me, this is achieved through research, ranging from pragmatic to perverse topics of interest.
This week, my spin revolved around a benign Internet search regarding my WIP. Chapter 23, a segment delving into the past—the spring of 1950, necessitated I research popular songs of that year. I even delved so far as to check the month of release, predicating that I cite a few released in 1949 for on-point accuracy.
Authenticate! Authenticate! Authenticate!
Boo hoo! No Elvis Presley or Connie Francis!
Of fascination to me:
On March 31, 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45 rpm record, 7 in. across with a 1 ½ hole in the middle. It became the industry standard.
Unbeknownst to me:
From 1949 – 1950, RCA color coded their vinyls:
Black – Popular Music
Ruby Red – Classical and Opera
Cherry Red – Blues and Gospel
Green – Country
Yellow – Children’s records
Midnight Blue – Show tunes & Popular Classics
Sky Blue – International
*Did any of the aforementioned make the cut in chapter 23? No!
Typically, I only use a tidbit or two of my findings for authenticating the spin I’m in. Ironically, I did mention, matter-of-factly and nonchalantly, something not stated in this blog:
Frankie Laine’s “Mule Train”
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