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From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
> I have to check this against John Hammond's book and other sources. Not
disputing your assertions,
> just never heard them before.
See if you can access a backfile of Billboard magazine c.1947...as I recall,
they published a number of articles on the subject. As well, Howard became
one of Mercury's top sellers...and at least one of his Mercury discs used
Majestic matrices and had a catalog number suffixed with "M"...
Steven C. Barr