I have probably seen a ton of Banner 78s over the years,but never an Lp.


From: Dave Lewis <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Query regarding ownership of 78s - posted by Mike Gray

No. This Banner was strictly a US Jewish-market label; although Wikipedia puts its founding in 1939, I always thought it was post-war. It is not related to ARC, and lasted into the LP era for at least 8 LP releases. They were the main label for the Barry Sisters until they signed with Roulette, and I had the idea -- don't know how -- that Mo Levy might have bought Banner in order to own their back catalogue. But the Barry Sisters' Roulette LPs seemed to have been new to that company and in stereo, whereas everything on Banner was in mono. Of course, Roulette was famous for gussying up mono recordings into fake stereo, but that does not provide closure to this question. Banner was in business at least 13 years, making Jewish records, and then they simply vanished; I have no idea if Mo Levy bought them or not. Anyone in the know?    

David "Uncle Dave" Lewis
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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Art Shifrin
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 9:48 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Query regarding ownership of 78s - posted by Mike Gray

Is the Banner Records of the Plaza Music Group & later ARC the same as what
became Leisure Time Music?  My guess is no, but it'd be worth clarifying.

Art (Shiffy) Shifrin