I don't know about these dance school discs, but I know that some Humeniuk's other records were pirated when they were taken out the catalog, a good indication of their popularity.
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Thank you again. I have already started to look into what you sent me.
Please take care,
On Sunday, October 17, 2021, 03:19:11 PM EDT, Michael Andrec <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I should add that the sales figures of the Humeniuk/Avramenko recordings that I mentioned as an example might have even been tiny by the standards of other Ukrainian recordings. After all, their cultural impact was in their use in Avramenko-"franchised" dance schools, and there were only so many of those in the country to sell to...
On Sun, Oct 17, 2021 at 3:05 PM Michael Andrec <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 5:35 PM Paul Jackson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi Eric.
>> 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.
> I wholeheartedly agree with Paul. I can think of a number of
> recordings targeted at Ukrainian audiences that had an outsized impact
> within that particular immigrant community (such as the Humeniuk's
> recordings of dance tunes for Avramenko's dance school franchise,
> Columbia 27251-F through
> 27256-F) , but whose sales figures were probably miniscule by the
> standards of releases targeted at the "Anglo" market.
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