steven c <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Well, since the beginning of recorded time (in the literal sense!) this is
how the "gram-o-phone plate" industry has operated: "Hey, is
selling! We need something that sounds like THAT!" Of course, in the
early days it was simple...if a Henry Burr disc was selling, you
simply had him record for YOUR company (possibly the same song?)!
Of course, until the "swing era" it was mainly the songs that sold
records...we still don't know EXACTLY how records were sold before
about 1937 or so (one franchised dealer per label?), but in
the early days a customer came in looking for a record of a
given song in a given style (dance band, male vocal, female
vocal, salon orchestra), which meant virtually every record
company recorded the same tunes. One the "swing era" arrived
and younger "bobby-soxers" bought the discs, clients wanted
one particular record, and often would buy any new record
by their favourite artist ("Do you have Goodman's new...?")
So, everybody wants to find "the next big thing," but, if
they find it, they want the artist's record to sound like
something that just sold a whole bunch...or "the last big
Steven C. Barr
Which was why we saw the rise of the "Hit of the Week" paper record,Eli Oberstien's original "Hit" label,and a slew of other budget labels.I admit this was going on earlier(See "Oriole","Conquerer",et al.I believe they issued "original" material,as well as the columbia/Vocalion stuff.)but it continued to grow with each passing era.Many people are now aware,that,George Jones,and David Bowie,for example recorded (Pretty decent.) covers of Elvis,and Beatles,respectively for budget "hit" compilations.
Both of whom were struggling young artists,at the time.There is also the pre-McCoys Rick Derringer "Beatlemania" record for Diplomat(As "The Manchesters".),and Sam(Sam and Dave) Moore's recordings,for a later incarnation of Hit.There are no doubt other records like this,that have yet to be uncovered.
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