They made it all over the world.There is hardly a single country that issued records,that Ihaven't turned SOMETHING up from the thrift stores here in Albuquerque.Iceland,El Salvador,Rhodesia,you name it British and German pressings are almost as common as US ones.
From: David Lewis <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 9:56 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] US record business in the 1950s: London
At the link, here is a UK London release of a rock 'n roll record
originally issued on the Cincinnati-based label Fraternity in 1958. It was
a national hit that year in the US; "Bill Parsons" was a pseudonym for
(later) country singer Bobby Bare. This disc was designed only for
consumption in the UK; don't ask me how it ended up back in the Cincinnati
area (where I found it!)
Uncle Dave Lewis
On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM, George Brock-Nannestad <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
> Dan Nelson wrote:
> > The "London" label also had a library of 78rpm discs for background
> > use.
> > Mostly used by the Seeburg 78/100 player and a few radio stations.
> ----- would that be related to Music While You Work, MWYW, a series of
> records issued by Decca (UK) between 1943 and 1947 and distributed to
> factories? It was originally a BBC wartime intitiative that was broadcast
> a very regular basis.
> > They had white labels, black lettering with the caption "London Music
> > Library".
> ----- that sounds similar to the corresponding (and presumably original)
> Decca labels.
> Kind regards,
> > ________________________________
> > From: Don Cox <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Sent: Friday, January 13, 2012 11:29 AM
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] US record business in the 1950s: London
> > On 13/01/2012, Dennis Rooney wrote:
> > > London records were a product of the London Gramphone Corp,
> > > established in the U. S. in 1948-9 to market Decca Record Co. Ltd.
> > > product in the U. S. market (formerly distributed by America Decca).
> > > Virtually all classical releases were original Decca Lps but with
> > > special London labels. The pressings were all U.K. Also true for the
> > > pop catalogue; however, some U.S. originated releases were also in
> > > that catalogue. Qualitatively, Decca and London Lps were indentical.
> > > Only with the decision to issue budget product (Richmond) on U.S.
> > > pressings and some other items, were the domestic pressings vastly
> > > inferior to their U.K. counterparts.
> > >
> > British Decca also released "London" records in Britain. My recollection
> > is that these were material recorded in the US, or perhaps licensed from
> > US companies.
> > Regards
> > --
> > Don Cox
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