Print

Print


Yes, I forgot the decca Gold Label series did well too.

Your search for sound & video ends here!

Jay Sonin, General Manager
Music Hunter Distributing Company
25-58 34th Street, Suite # 2
Astoria, NY 11103-4902
[log in to unmask]
718-777-1949
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 7:06 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca US / was Your taxpayer dollars being given to 
the Universal Music Group.


Also don't forget British Decca was issuing Deutsche Grammophon/Polydor 
classical 78s,in the UK,from the get-go in the late 20s/early 30s,on their 
orange "Polydor Series" label.

American Decca classical records were called Gold Label.

Roger




--- On Mon, 1/10/11, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca US / was Your taxpayer dollars being given to 
the Universal Music Group.
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Monday, January 10, 2011, 10:50 AM


This isn't true. Polygram was originally 50% Philips/Phonogram and 50% 
Polydor, which owned DGG but owned other things too. Philips bought out 
Polydor at some point and owned 100% of Polygram when they sold it to 
Vivendi and exited the music business. British Decca was acquired at some 
point separate from the consolidation of Polygram, by Philips/Phonogram. As 
of nowadays, the only classical "labels" still active under this ownership 
are Decca and DGG, but what's left of Decca retains very little of what was 
bought by Philips. The Philips and Mercury labels are dormant as far as new 
recordings.

British Decca had marketed its music in the US under the London label since 
some point in the 78 era, my guess is sometime in the 1930s but I'm sure 
someone on this list knows the exact history. As I said, it was still 
marketed in the US as London Records until after the Vivendi-Universal 
merger, since only then did US and British Deccas come under the same 
ownership. One result of that consolidated ownership was to move all 
classical CD manufacturing to Europe, one reason being that separate US 
packaging was no longer required.

Another thing I don't know about the conglomeration that resulted in UMG is, 
what happened to the CD plant in North Carolina, that was the Philips-DuPont 
partnership? Is it still in operation? Who owns it nowadays?

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "Music Hunter" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca US / was Your taxpayer dollars being given to 
the Universal Music Group.


> As a distributor, I always found this confusing as well.
>
> Prior to being called The Universal Music Group, a distribution company, 
> they were known as Polygram, and London was one of their distributed 
> labels. In those days, ownership was 50% Philips & 50% DG.
> Your search for sound & video ends here!
>
> Jay Sonin, General Manager
> Music Hunter Distributing Company
> 25-58 34th Street, Suite # 2
> Astoria, NY 11103-4902
> [log in to unmask]
> 718-777-1949
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard L. Hess" 
> <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 11:30 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca US / was Your taxpayer dollars being given 
> to the Universal Music Group.
>
>
>> From the lengthy article posted a few moments ago, I find:
>>
>> On 2011-01-10 11:14 AM, Karl Miller wrote:
>>> The Universal Music Group, today the largest group of labels in the 
>>> beleaguered recording industry, began its life in 1934 as Decca Records, 
>>> the American affiliate of the British recording company of the same 
>>> name.
>> I am so confused by this. If this is the case, why were all the Decca 
>> (UK) recordings sold on the "London" label in the U.S.?
>>
>> Maybe everyone but me knows this, and if so, I apologize for my 
>> ignorance.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Richard
>>
>> -- Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
>> http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.
>>
>