February 26, 1955

feb26On this day in 1955, sales of the newer, smaller 45 rpm records surpass those of the older 78 rpm models.

The 45 was the alternative to the LP when you wanting to record a single song rather than a full album. The 45 had the same smaller-sized groove as the LP, though the centre hole is larger and it only held up to five minutes per side.

45s became popular for jukeboxes, which previously used 78s. 45s took up less space and therefor jukes went from offering 24-40 songs on 78s, to 100 to 200 songs to select from with the 45s.

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