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Both sides play at E. There is a lc on 'Shine' on last inch of side, nap. There is a lc across the entire side of 'Jesus' but nap. Record plays well with minimal hiss.

Given that these Personal Records are basically private and limited editions, I consider this to be a fairly rare record.


Unaccompanied Quintette singing.



Personal Record


1908 to early-1930s Columbia Records private pressing service for 78s, especially popular with school groups. 

Starting in 1908, Columbia began producing personal or "vanity" recordings for private groups and individuals for a fee. Between 1908 and 1915, it used the matrix numbers 14500–14999 for 10-inch recordings and 16000–16999 for 12-inch recordings. Another 10-inch block, 31000–33999, was used between ca. 1913 and 1916. 

In 1915, Columbia set up a separate Personal Record Department, managed by Henry D. King, to produce records by societies, fraternal orders, clubs, churches, political associations, and private individuals. The following matrix blocks were used: 60000–64999 (1915-1924) and 91000–91499 (1918-1924) for 10-inch records, 51500–51999 (1915-1934) and 91500–91999 (1918-1931) for 12-inch records. Producing a solo recording with piano accompaniment on a 10-inch master costs $50; the first 50 copies pressed from that master cost $1 each. Larger batches of 500 copies cost ca. 60 cents per copy.



C. & M. A. Gospel Quintette

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C. & M. A. Gospel Singers and Quintette, founded 1914 
(Christian and Missionary Alliance) 
African-American group 
Floyd H. Lacy, American 
John W. Parker, American 
Spurgeon R. Jones, American 
Alexander E.Talbert, American 
Henry D. Hodges, American 
Recorded for Columbia in New York 1919-1925 (all "Personal" recordings) with one further 78 on the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle label (unknown location and date). 
C. & M. A. stands for Christian and Missionary Alliance. They may have been based in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1923, and in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924-1925.


The matrices on this record are 'Shine For Jesus' 170112, and 'Jesus Remember Me' 17011. These numbers do not gibe with the info above.

C. & M. A. GOSPEL QUINTETTE PERSONAL RECORD 79P Jesus Remembered You/Shine For J

Excluding Sales Tax

    We Use The VJM Record Grading System

    NB 45s use the LP system as below.


    N (78) M (LP). As new and unplayed (there are virtually no 78s that can categorically be claimed to be unplayed).

    N- (78) M- (LP). Nearly Mint, but has been played. No visible signs of wear or damage.

    E+ (78) VG+ (LP). Plays like new, with very, very few signs of handling, such as tiny scuffs from being slipped in and out of jackets.

    E (78) VG (LP). Still very shiny, near new looking, with no visible signs of wear, but a few inaudible scuffs and scratches.

    E- (78) VG- (LP). Still shiny but without the lustre of a new record, few light scratches.  LP: Some wear, scratches and scuffs, but no skipped or repeat grooves.

    V+ (78) G+ (LP) V+ is an average condition 78 in which scuffs and general use has dulled the finish somewhat. Wear is moderate but playing is generally free from distortion. Surface noise not overly pronounced. LP: Below average with scuffs and scratches on fewer than half the tracks. No skips or repeat grooves.

    V (78) G (LP). Moderate, even wear throughout, but still very playable. Surface noise and scratches audible but not intrusive.

    V- (78) G- (LP). Quite playable still, but distortion and heavy greying in loud passages. Music remains loud in most passages. Surface noise and scratches well below music level. LP: Lowest Grade. Audible scratches, etc. on more than half the tracks. Listening uncomfortable.

    G+ (78). Grey throughout but still serviceable. Music begins to sound muffled. Heavy scratches.

    G (78). Quite seriously worn and scratched, but music level is still higher than surface noise.

    G- (78). Music still prominent, but wear and scratch damage extensive.

    F (78). Most of music remains audible over surface noise, but listening now uncomfortable.

    P (78). Unplayable.

    NB: Damage to labels and jackets (LP) should be noted whenever present.


    Abbreviations: sfc = surface; lbl = label; nap = not affecting play; scr/scrs = scratch/scratches; lc = lamination crack; cr = crack; hlc/hc = hairline crack; wol = writing on label; sol = sticker on label; fade = faded label; gr/grs = groove/grooves; eb = edge bite; ec = edge chip; ef = edge flake; rc = rim chip.


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