There may be some areas where this information could be provided,
but likely not what you are asking: "success" or "failure" can be a very
subjective and limited issue. Billboard Magazine goes back that far, and
may present some figures, but I don't know if they covered language
recordings or not, nor have I looked.
You might be able to research and find some of the items here:
In my book of the 70s, /Sound Search/, I noted several places which
dealt with languages. You might be able to search those out, and find
Statistical Abstracts didn't start until 1943, but there could be
information there: https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/25/116243
There also might be someone here who can help:
Best of luck,
On 10/10/2021 11:10 AM, ERIC BYRON wrote:
> We are trying to learnas much as we can about specific foreign language sound recordings that were made in theUnited States prior to World War II. The role that they played in the immigrant communities especially intrigues us. The Discography of American Historical Recordings periodically has information about sale figures and those numbers are helpful. Is there a way of getting sales figures for those recordings where the sales figures are not included in DAHR? Does anybody know whether there were publications that focused on these recordings and discussed the reasons for their success or failure? Any help would be greatly appreciated.