I was still able to order some titles on Desto in the later 1980s, so even
if the company was gone, the stock was not.
In the 90s, the Boston Skyline label issued some CDs of The New York
Woodwind Quartet that originally appeared on CMS. That classical label is
long gone, but this record store might be able to direct you to what
happened to it and how they contacted the owners of CMS.
Uncle Dave Lewis
On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM, Thomas Stern <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Can someone supply a history of DESTO RECORDS ???
> I've searched the internet and come up with an incomplete outline of it's
> history (below).
> The WIKI article should be updated.....
> Best wishes, Thomas.
> WIKI credits start c.1964, CMS distribution in the 1970's, demise early
> according to articles in BILLBOARD:
> Desto founded c.May 1951 by Henry Goldsmith
> first release John Gay's Beggar's Opera - shipped in September 1951
> 1952 release Kern, Gershwin albums
> 1954 Billboard indicates ATLANTIC has issued 2 GEORGE BYRON albums from
> the defunct Desto label.
> 1960's-70's various releases noted in Billboard
> 1970 CMS offers Classical albums from DESTO with study guides by DAVID
> SEPT 1974 CMS takes over manufacturing distribution and promotion.
> also marketed in UK by PEERLESS
> DESTO artistic management HORACE GRENNELL
> What happened to the DESTO Label run by Henry Goldsmith?
> What is the history between 1954 and the 60's?
> When did Horace Grennell take over the label? Is he the same person
> associated with Children's Record Guiild?
> Last reference to DESTO in Billboard that I've found notes release of the
> Medieval & Renaissance SAMPLER, OCTOBER 1980.
> When did DESTO (CMS??) actually cease operations?
> Where are their masters and who owns the rights to them?