The Sears Silvertone recordings,of people like Eric Leinsdorf,and George Enesco were original recordings for Sears AFAIK.They were recycled later in the 50s by budget Lp labels like Hollywood.Sears did have an in-house Lp label in the late 60s,where they repackaged stuff from other labels,mostly Capitol.
Here's the Roy Acuff.
From: Steven C. Barr <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Mon, March 8, 2010 9:18:12 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Billie Holiday on Sears/Conqueror ?
----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Nelson" <[log in to unmask]>
> Ive looked on all the Billie Holiday web sites and none mention any recordings for Sears/Conqueror, were these recordings that obscure ?
> Ive got a Conqueror 9097 with Billie Holiday and her Orchestra, "You Go To My Head".
> Is this a Brunswick master from that era or an actual Conqueror studio recording? Was this before she signed with Brunswick ?
> Many thanks for any info on this disc.... date etc
What are the matrix numbers? My DG shows Conqueror 9097 to date from c. September
1938; at that time, Holiday's recordings were issued under her name on Vocalion, and
were probably also pressed (for Sears) on Conqueror. All of the other "bargain" ARC
labels had been discontinued (Vocalion excepted); CBS had already bought out ARC,
but it would be several more months before CBS started pressing "red" Columbias.
AFAIK, Sears NEVER had any recordings cut specifically for their own sale; ALL
their recordings appeared on a number of "client labels" pressed specifically for them!
The only Sears-sold 78's (of which I am aware) not specifically traced to itssource
were their very last "Silvertone Record Club" issues of 1946; these probably came
from Mercury (?!) but did not appear on that label...?!
Steven C. Barr