The Victor blue history (release) card for 19626 states that the release of
April 1925 was "Phila. Spec.," meaning I presume, intended for the
Philadelphia market, not the Pacific. BTW, Sutton's "Recording the
'twenties" cites the disc as Victor's first electrical release.
On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM, Jack Raymond
<[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Ryan Barna wrote:
> Does anyone have solid documentation (for example, an original record
>> list or advance notice) of
>> when Victor 19626 by the Mask & Wig Glee Chorus/International Novelty
>> Orchestra was released? This
>> could have been the first electrical recording Victor issued. It wasn't
>> listed in any of the monthly
>> Victor supplements, and instead of giving a release date, the 1926 Victor
>> numerical book list the
>> release as being "issued for the Pacific Coast Trade."
> A couple of thoughts: The Mask & Wig show "Joan of Arkansas," with its
> huge cast of 75 persons, played two performances in Manhattan on 4 April
> 1925; so it would seem likely that the chorus was recorded on the previous
> or following day. Also it sure seems strange that a recording by a
> Philadelphia student group would have been "issued for the Pacific Coast
> Trade" when the sales potential would have been largely in the Northeast.
> Or was it the flip side with the International Novelty Orchestra that was
> thought to appeal to the Pacific Coast?
> -- Jack Raymond