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Correction, I meant Decca being third, but Capitol could have been larger by the late 50's.

-- Tom Fine

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] US record business in the 1950s


> After RCA and Columbia and their subsidiaries, the shares would fall to smaller numbers. USA Decca 
> would probably be fourth in there, but I'm not positive about that. But my impression (not based 
> on actual sales figures) is that there was a second tier of "major independents" by the late 50's. 
> This included Capitol (which soon sold to EMI), Mercury (which soon sold to Philips), and there 
> may have been enough early-rock hits to Chess and Sun into this tier if we're talking sales 
> dollars or actual sales volume.
>
> I'm sure you know this, but many if not most Billboard issues are searchable and readable via 
> Google Books. You could also contact NARAS, since this cannot be considered "sensitive industry 
> data" by the wildest imagination, given that we're talking 50+ years ago.
>
> You could also check European business press from the time of EMI acquiring Capitol and Philips 
> acquiring Mercury and see if any details about the US market were provided either in corporate 
> filings or in news articles of the time.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
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> From: "Pekka Gronow" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 5:26 AM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] US record business in the 1950s
>
>
>>I have been looking for data on record company market shares in the USA in
>> the 1950s, but I am still puzzled. There is RIAA data on total sales, and a
>> lot of (mostly anecdotal) detail on specific companies. Sanjek's books on
>> the music business are helpful, but do not follow the development
>> systematically. If I had access to all issues of Billboard from this
>> period, that might be the solution, but I do not have them
>>
>> It seems likely that the three biggest companies in the USA during this
>> decade were CBS, RCA Victor and Decca.  There were hundreds of other
>> companies, of various sizes. But which were the ten, or twenty, biggest
>> ones? I am not speaking of shares of hits in the charts (this has been
>> studied), but market shares - real or at least estimated?
>>
>> All suggestions would be useful.
>>
>> Pekka Gronow
>> Helsinki
>>
>