The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 79
Today more music and less talk and still such a short playlist - that is possible with songs and instrumentals that are twice as long as usual. Double-siders, because for their length they had to be split up over both sides of the record. 78 RPM records could hold just a bit more than three minutes of music, so for songs that were too long they had two choices - trim them down or split them up.
That limit pretty much set the standard for popular music, being a convenient chunk of music for the juke box and on radio. In the fifties, the average length even shrunk to a mere two or two-and-a-half minute, even though the new record formats could easily accomodate longer songs.
*) My Daddy Rocks Me is strictly not a double-sider; the two halves were issued on different Decca records, #7469 and #7617, but they were recorded in the same session. See transcription.
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts: