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In 1927
the week I am writing this
Crying Sam Collins recorded Jail House Blues in
Richmond, Indiana.

Richmond Indiana.
Richmond Indiana is on the border with Ohio,
Wayne County, Indiana.
It sits on the historic National Road 40,
National Road 40 followed the railroad east to west
became part of system called National Auto Trails.
It runs through St. Louis
where I live
later became known as US Highway 40.
Interstate 70 still later built in proximity to National Road 40.
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Richmond Indiana
also one of early sites of fledgling jazz recording industry.
Automobiles were built in Richmond, Indiana
the Richmond, built by Wayne Works,
also the Rodefeld, the Davis, the Pilot, the Westcott,
the Crosley.

The Crosley was sold on Locust Street in St. Louis
automobile row in the early years of auto business
Ford, Packard,
the Maxwell and Chalmers
acquired by Walter P. Chrysler
to become the Chrysler,
Moon, Cadillac, LaSalle,
Crosley, Stearns-Knight, Stutz, Lexington, Gardner
Jordan, the Hug truck
the Cole, the Standard
Franklin, manufactured in Syracuse New York 1902 to 1934
the only large production car in United States
with air-cooled engine
Cunningham, the most luxury car of the time,
the Locomobile, built from 1899 to 1929
in Bridgeport, Connecticut
originally steam-driven
changed to internal combustion in 1903,
Davis Six, Maibohm.
all sold on Locust street in my town.
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The Locomobile Building on Locust Street
housed the Premier Recording Studios
during World War II
and its successor
the Berzerker Studios
where Bing Crosby,
Miles Davis, Ike and Tina Turner
Chuck Berry recorded.

Locust Street.
Nash, Ajax, Willys,
the Lafayette, the Durant
named after the founder of General Motors
he bought Locomobile, the Flint, and the Rugby
went broke in the Depression
died destitute in New York.

The Packard.
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The Crosley.

Crosley, the name of old Cincinnati Reds stadium
Findlay Street and Western Avenue in Cincinnati.
Now demolished.
Built in 1912 with Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.
Name changed to Crosley Field in 1934
Powel Crosley, Jr., Crosley motor car company
Richmond, Indiana
he bought the Cincinnati Reds.
Powel Crosley, Jr. made his money with the radio.
During the Twenties, Crosley radio most popular radio
in the world.

Crying Sam Collins recorded his track in Richmond, Indiana,
where my five CDs were produced by a company
the last of that tradition.
Can you dig that?

It’s good to know sh**.