CBID is the Chuck Berry International Directory, a 2.200 page pile of Chuck Berry records information published in four volumes between 2008 and 2013. For details see the bibliography section of this site.
CBID is never complete as new records and CDs appear and some old rarities are discovered. This section presents interesting additions and corrections to CBID.
Today: as single proudly claiming that you cannot hear Chuck Berry on it.
SIX WHOLE MINUTES OF GOLDEN SILENCE!
Vacuum Records • 1959
Part I: Golden Silence / Part II: Quiet! (Please?)
Not featuring the following artists: Elvis Presley, Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson, Little Anthony, Duane Eddy, Lydia E. Pinkham, Chuck Berry. Spike Jones couldnâ€™t join us eitherâ€¦
As itâ€™s printed on the label: (Any Speed) You donâ€™t even need a record player.
Now this is a very special record indeed. Thereâ€™s no music at all, just as it says, 3 minutes of silence on each side. And you can actually play it as it has grooves. BUT thereâ€™s no sound.
Who came up with this crazy idea is anybodyâ€™s guess. The cover is as thick as an EP cover. And you can enjoy(?) reading whatâ€™s not on the record, especially on the back (see picture).
I have tried to check it out on the net but thereâ€™s nothing to find, and if you search for Vacuum Record youâ€™ll end up with a vinyl record cleaner system.
The EP cover looks like it was made in 1959 but the record itself looks newer, soâ€¦
And whoâ€™s Lydia E. Pinkham? Well, Lydia Estes Pinkham (1819-1883) was the concocter of a herbal alcoholic â€śwomenâ€™s tonicâ€ť meant to relieve menstrual and menopausal pains. One could refer to the Scaffold and their â€śLilly The Pinkâ€ť in 1968 but that was long after the record mentioned was out(?) However, the song above was based on an old US American folk song titled â€śThe Ballad Of Lydia Pinkhamâ€ť known to exist around 1914.