Tim Gracyk's website has a nice article on record sales during the early
days of the 1900s. It's basic theme was that most of the sales quoted were
often wildly inflated. Jack
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] FW: [MLA-L] Record sales figures from before World War
>A question one of you discophiles out there could probably answer. I would
> assume you might reply directly to the individual, I cannot help but
> wonder if many of us on this list might like to know some answers.
> From: Music Library Association Mailing List On Behalf Of Gary Boye
> Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2006 9:47 AM
> Subject: [MLA-L] Record sales figures from before World War II??
> Is there any way to obtain sales figures of 78 rpm. records from the 1920s
> and 1930s? I have a patron interested in some rather obscure (or at least
> average) country recordings from various labels from this period and
> wondered if there is a compilation of the sales of specific records. I
> I've seen numbers attached to major artists (e.g., the Carter Family or
> Jimmie Rodgers sold over 1,000,000 records of a particular single), but
> for the average performer.
> ANY help would be greatly appreciated--I'm afraid I'm lost in the
> pre-Billboard period!
> Gary R. Boye, Ph.D.
> Music Librarian
> Appalachian State University