The “LP” In Record Labeling Nomenclature Stands For?
Answer: Long Playing
Introduced in 1948 by Columbia Records, the LP, or “Long Playing” record was a big deal in the music business and, minor tweaks and improvements aside, has remained the standard for vinyl records ever since.
Prior to the introduction of LP records, nearly all phonograph records were made from an abrasive shellac compound that was noisy during playback and rough on the phonograph needles (single-use steel needles). Further, and most relative to our trivia today, limitations of the shellac-based records required a much larger groove which limited playback time to less than five minutes per record side (a later increase in record size and reduction in playback speed helped in mitigating the problem somewhat, but not completely). This made early records unsuitable for releasing multiple songs let alone an entire album or an extensive musical piece like a classical music concert.
The LP changed all that. Right out of the gate, 12-inch LP records could play for as long as 45 minutes (divided across the two sides). By the 1950s, improvements in the design and manufacture of LP records extended the time to 52 minutes. While 45 minutes would, more or less, remain the standard over time, there were exceptions where engineers would push the envelope of record design and pack up to 90 minutes total playtime onto a 12-inch record.
Today, music fans enjoying the resurgence of vinyl’s popularity are still purchasing records descended directly from the original LP record design.
More Trivia Questions
Which Hollywood Blockbuster Reveals The Entire Plot In The First Five Minutes?
Who Is The Person Behind The Generic Silhouette in Microsoft Outlook 2010’s Contacts?
The Bearded Vulture Survives Almost Entirely On A Surprising Diet Of?
The Term “Slush Fund” Has Its Origins In?
In 1960 The NORAD Early Warning System Confused What As A Full-Scale Soviet Nuclear Attack?
The World’s Largest Dark-Sky Preserve Is Located Where?
The Spicy Heat Of Chili Peppers Is Measured Using The?
An Early Attempt To Combat VHS Tape Piracy Involved What?
Which Country Was The First To Launch A Domestic Non-Military Satellite?