We sold many Roger Williams recordings on the Kapp label. Maybe Dave had a
brother as I recall doing business with a Dave Kapp. I could be wrong here,
it was long ago...
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca US / was Your taxpayer dollars being given to
the Universal Music Group.
> On 1/10/2011 12:41 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Working off memory here, fact-checking much appreciated!
> Your description is pretty accurate. U.S. Decca was founded by Jack Kapp
> of Brunswick with seed money from British Decca, but were always
> independent of each other from the very beginning. Both were mainly pop
> labels at the time and a few masters changed hands in the 1930s -- some of
> the American Decca masters being issued in England using the Brunswick
> label even into the 1950s. By the end of the 30s British masters were
> rarely seen on American Decca and the financial ties had already been
> broken. British Decca set up a NY office after the war and started to
> import classical pressings using the London label. As I said, American
> Decca masters still showed up in England on British Decca pressings on the
> Brunswick label, and British Decca even started pressing RCA Victor
> recordings on the dogless RCA label after EMI bought Capitol in the
> mid-50s. (Elvis started out in England on HMV but was soon shifted to
> RCA!) So the interrelationships among the different labels, label
> names, and trademarks have been very complicated over the years.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
>> I think this is a stretch. What's now called Universal Music Group grew
>> out of MCA-Universal, which was consolidated and then sold to the
>> Japanese Matsutshita and then sold to a group that included Seagram scion
>> Edgar Bronfman. This entity then merged with Vivendi, which had bought
>> Polygram from Philips a few years earlier. MCA did conglomerate American
>> Decca (and ABC-Paramount and others), but I don't think MCA the music
>> company stems directly from American Decca.
>> After Universal and Vivendi merged, Bronfman was forced out. He now runs
>> Warner Music Group, which I think is a stand-alone company.
>> As for American Decca, I think British Decca lost control of its American
>> affiliate during the Depression. British Decca's recordings were indeed
>> released on the London label in the USA, and in fact so were CD's that
>> were manufactured in the USA until after the Universal-Vivendi merger.
>> British Decca was acquired by Philips-Polygram in the 70's or 80's,
>> forgot exactly when.
>> I think the American Decca label was pretty much dormant by the end of
>> the LP era. MCA had an active reissue program from the Decca vaults
>> on-going by the early 1990's. MCA had conglomerated a bunch of small
>> labels including ABC-Paramount, Chess/Argo/Checker, Westminster, Command,
>> Impulse, Duke-Peacock, etc. MCA also reissued some of their classical
>> material as discounted 2-fers, sometimes paring Command and Westminster
>> material, as an example. I don't recall if any of the American Decca
>> classical material was reissued on CD by MCA.
>> Finally, there were some American Decca classical recordings in the LP
>> era. Plus many Broadway soundtracks and jazz releases under the Cadet and
>> Decca labels. The jazz holdings ended up under the Verve Music Group,
>> Universal had a seprate Broadway reissue program for a while but I'm not
>> sure where all that ended up, I think under Decca Music Group, and all of
>> the Universal classical holdings ended up under what's called Decca
>> -- Tom Fine
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard L. Hess"
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>> 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
>>> Richard L. Hess