Thomas Stern wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> Do you know if he was running Banner at that point, working for them,
> owner, silent partner? Any sign of the other owners mentioned in the
> Billboard news items?
> Thanks! Thomas.
The company was a large rack jobber distributor Garden State Records,
but it was part of a group of companies including Rose Records of
Chicago and a distributor they ran. We had the Banner stock in the back
of the warehouse but I don't remember if we shipped out any from that
stock, only using it to replenish the shelf stock of 25 or 50 per.
Banner was never discussed. I just asked about what the boxes of
16-inch discs were -- hoping they would say it was trash and that I
could have it -- and was told they were the Banner masters. Really?1
Yeah, we own Banner. That was it. The stock mostly just sat there. We
might occasionally see a couple of pieces included in an order for a
store like Macy's Herald Square. Maybe there would be special orders
for a Judacia shop, but I don't remember.
The articles cited that mention ownership are ancient history, 1946 and
50. The 1964 article about the LPs is interesting in dating their
issue, but owners are not cited. I would think that this marked the
revitalization of the company with new owners, and the obit that
mentioned Manny's widow continuing to run Leasure Time would seem to
indicate that either Manny shed the other owners, or ownedit alone
perhaps as far back as 1964. I think you would have to look thru
incorporation papers, phone directories, or find somewhere there are
copies of the annual Billboard Yearbooks.
Mke Biel [log in to unmask]
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Banner (Jewish recordings) Query regarding
> ownership of 78s - posted by Mike Gray
> Thomas Stern wrote:
>> more from Billboard - anyone know how and when Manny Wells
>> came into the picture??
> I worked for him and saw those lacquers in 1966-67.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]