US: Decca, 1940. Vintage Decca Records catalog listing race records released by the label through May 2, 1940. Records are listed alphabetically both by artist and title, each listing with the corresponding label number, and feature blues, jazz, and "sacred" music, as well as sermons and speeches. A scarce primary source discography of black music at the start of the 1940s, from one of the eras leading record labels.
"Race records" refer to records featuring African American music, principally jazz, blues, and gospel, marketed primarily to the black community from the 1920s though the 1940s. Although the term "race," as a descriptor of black music and artists was not considered derogatory, and was more broadly used in a positive, self-referential manner by African Americans at that time, it began to fall out of favor in the late 1940s, leading journalist Jerry Wexler to coin the term "rhythm and blues" to replace "race records" as the name of the Billboard sales chart.
24 pages. Saddle stitched in self wrappers. Near Fine.