No need to use that lanuage!
I guess I should have said Philips et al. However, as a direct account
Polydor was never referenced as anything but one of their owned &
distributed labels. The company was absolutely divided and run by the
Philips & DG groups. In fact, at one point Gunther Henssler of DG was the
President. I did a lot of business with him & so I know from what I speak.
Your comments have jarred my memory. LRDC ( Liberty Records Distributing
Company ), also in Manhattan on West 43. Street was the Mercury distributor.
Liberty's ( the label )owner, Al Bennett ( Bunky ) sold his company to
Transamerica ( owner of United Artists movie studio ) & the name was changed
to UDC. If my memory is correct, after P:hilips came into the picture, the
name was then changed to Phonodisc ( fore runner of Polygram ).. Ultimately,
the Liberty label was sold to Capitol/EMI.
Your search for sound & video ends here!
Jay Sonin, General Manager
Music Hunter Distributing Company
25-58 34th Street, Suite # 2
Astoria, NY 11103-4902
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca US / was Your taxpayer dollars being given to
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> This isn't true. Polygram was originally 50% Philips/Phonogram and 50%
> Polydor, which owned DGG but owned other things too. Philips bought out
> Polydor at some point and owned 100% of Polygram when they sold it to
> Vivendi and exited the music business. British Decca was acquired at some
> point separate from the consolidation of Polygram, by Philips/Phonogram.
> As of nowadays, the only classical "labels" still active under this
> ownership are Decca and DGG, but what's left of Decca retains very little
> of what was bought by Philips. The Philips and Mercury labels are dormant
> as far as new recordings.
> British Decca had marketed its music in the US under the London label
> since some point in the 78 era, my guess is sometime in the 1930s but I'm
> sure someone on this list knows the exact history. As I said, it was still
> marketed in the US as London Records until after the Vivendi-Universal
> merger, since only then did US and British Deccas come under the same
> ownership. One result of that consolidated ownership was to move all
> classical CD manufacturing to Europe, one reason being that separate US
> packaging was no longer required.
> Another thing I don't know about the conglomeration that resulted in UMG
> is, what happened to the CD plant in North Carolina, that was the
> Philips-DuPont partnership? Is it still in operation? Who owns it
> -- Tom Fine
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> From: "Music Hunter" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 12:34 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca US / was Your taxpayer dollars being given
> to the Universal Music Group.
>> As a distributor, I always found this confusing as well.
>> Prior to being called The Universal Music Group, a distribution company,
>> they were known as Polygram, and London was one of their distributed
>> labels. In those days, ownership was 50% Philips & 50% DG.
>> Your search for sound & video ends here!
>> Jay Sonin, General Manager
>> Music Hunter Distributing Company
>> 25-58 34th Street, Suite # 2
>> Astoria, NY 11103-4902
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>> From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 11:30 AM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca US / was Your taxpayer dollars being given
>> to the Universal Music Group.
>>> From the lengthy article posted a few moments ago, I find:
>>> On 2011-01-10 11:14 AM, Karl Miller wrote:
>>>> The Universal Music Group, today the largest group of labels in the
>>>> beleaguered recording industry, began its life in 1934 as Decca
>>>> Records, the American affiliate of the British recording company of the
>>>> same name.
>>> I am so confused by this. If this is the case, why were all the Decca
>>> (UK) recordings sold on the "London" label in the U.S.?
>>> Maybe everyone but me knows this, and if so, I apologize for my
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