I went to an antique mall today,and found a couple of 78s,one of them is a record pressed by Gramophone Company/EMI in Middlesex,for the US Armed Forces.The label reads "Special Service Division H.Q. SOS ETOUSA".I can sort of figure out ETO means European Theater of Operations,but I son't know what the SOS means.I know nothing about these records.Can someone tell me what they were issued for?
This was clearly record two of a two record set,and they did not have the first record that I could see.The booth had piles of 78s,and I may have missed it.I plan to go back and look again.
What I have here is the Trio in G for violin,oboe,and cello,by John A Riley.All of the third movement,and part of the second movement.I can find an obituary online from the Hartford Courant,and a couple of entries in old (Eastman?) Rochester Reviews from the 60s about Mr.Riley,but very little else.Why would the Armed Forces be issuing a record of somebody this obscure?
The trio is made up of John A Riley cello,Stefan Krayk violin,and Constantin Epp oboe.
So what,if anything,can anybody tell me.