"Just as" they were failing is about right, as Majestic filed for
bankruptcy in February 1948. Hammond was fired by Majestic in January 1947,
but I'm sure by this time
no one cared who was in there. I wish I knew which session this was;
Hammond, of course, was subsequently hired by Mercury and maybe that's
where this session
ended up as well.
My ARSC Journal article about Majestic is in AMP, but it is currently
On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 7:09 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Majestic's NYC studio was still operating in 1948. I know this because my
> father was chief engineer there and he made recordings with John Hammond
> there in 1948, shortly before moving to Reeves Sound Studios. The story I
> always heard was that he was hired by Reeves just as Majestic was failing.
> Mercury ended up buying Majestic's catalog, along with Keynote, Swan and
> some other small NYC labels.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Lewis" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:22 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Nice Sonora Article
> One post-war label definitely on my radar is Sonora, "Clear as a Bell"
>> (not.) I haven't seen this before; Robert L. Campbell's study,
>> published in June. Our own David Diehl helped out with it.
>> One thing: The Majestic label did fold at the end of 1947, not in early
>> 1949. By February 1948 they were already being dissolved in the courts.
>> However, they did do the same thing Sonora did; stripped the record label
>> out of the Radio and Television interest and saved the latter.
>> Dave Lewis
>> Hamilton, OH