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2019 ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded-Sound Research:
 

ISBN # 978-0-9973333-3-6
Library of Congress Control # 2018960581


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American Record Companies
and Producers
1888 - 1950

An Encyclopedic History

By Allan Sutton
ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


More than 1,120 detailed, carefully documented entries cover the record companies, independent studios, and individual producers -- and the thousands of disc and cylinder brands they produced for the commercial market (including consumer, jukebox, and subscription labels) -- from the birth of commercial recording to the start of the LP era.

A directory section preceding each entry includes company founding, record-production, and closing dates; office, studio, and pressing-plant locations, with dates of operation; original-master sources; foreign affiliations; and a listing of all commercial labels and other record products.

The volume also includes an introductory history of the American recording industry from the 1880s through 1950; user's guide; company timelines and genealogical charts; glossary; extensive references (largely primary-source); and label and subject indexes.

760 pages / 7" x 10" full-cloth hardcover
Heavy-duty sewn library binding


Special Limited Edition
 

 
"A mighty fortress is this book - and it guards an accumulation of knowledge of unparalleled proportions."

- Tim Fabrizio, ARSC Journal

"Clearly a labor of love, and obviously something that took years to compile. American Record
Companies and Producers will forever be the ultimate resource..."

- John R. Bolig, author of Caruso Records and The Victor Discographies

"I am in awe of the scope, breadth, detail and documentation."
- James A. Drake, author of Ponselle: A Singer's Life and Richard Tucker: A Biography
 

 

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CHAMPION RECORDS IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

Mainspring Archive Series, No. 1

George Blacker

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SONORA VERTICAL-CUT RECORDS

A Preliminary Discography

William R. Bryant, Allan Sutton, et al.

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HISTORIC MASTERS: AN UPDATED
DISCOGRAPHY

John R. Bolig

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STAR RECORDS (HAWTHORN & SHEBLE):
THE COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY

Data compiled by William R. Bryant

Edited and Annotated by Allan Sutton

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THE VICTOR MONTHLY SUPPLEMENTS

Volume 1: 1904

From the Collection of John R. Bolig

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NATIONAL MUSIC LOVERS AND
NEW PHONIC RECORDS

Second Edition

Allan Sutton

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THE RECORDINGS OF BENIAMINO GIGLI

His Master's Voice and Victor, 1918 – 1955

John R. Bolig

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PHONO-CUT RECORDS

A Preliminary Discography

George Blacker, et al.

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RAGTIME ON RECORDS, 1894 - 1950

The Worldwide Discography of Cakewalks, Rags,
and Novelties on Cylinders and 78s

Allan Sutton

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KEEN-O-PHONE, REX, AND IMPERIAL RECORDS:
A HISTORY AND DISCOGRAPHY, 1913 - 1918

George Blacker

Edited and Annotated by Allan Sutton

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AJAX RECORDS: THE COMPLETE DISCOGRPAHY,
1923 - 1925

William R. Bryant & The Record Research Associates

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THE VICTOR DISCOGRAPHY: GREEN, BLUE, AND PURPLE LABELS, 1910 - 1926

John R. Bolig

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GEMS: THE VICTOR LIGHT OPERA COMPANY
DISCOGRAPHY, 1909 - 1930

John R. Bolig

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COLUMBIA ETHNIC RECORDS: "C" SERIES

COLUMBIA ETHNIC RECORDS: "E" SERIES

Dick Spottswood

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INDESTRUCTIBLE CYLINDERS: COMPLETE U.S.
AND BRITISH ISSUES, 1907 - 1921

New Revised Edition

Allan Sutton, William R. Bryant & The Record
Research Associates

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U-S EVERLASTING CYLINDERS: COMPLETE ISSUES, 1910 - 1913

New Revised Edition

Allan Sutton, William R. Bryant & The Record
Research Associates

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COLUMBIA, GRAPHOPHONE GRAND, AND
BUSY BEE CYLINDERS

Complete Catalog Listings
(American Series, 1896–1909)

Compiled by Allan Sutton
from the Original Catalogs and Advance Bulletins

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THE VOCALION DISCOGRAPHY
Part 1: 14000 SERIES

Revised Edition

Allan Sutton

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JAZZ AND RAGTIME RECORDS, 1897 - 1942
6th (Final) Edition

Brian Rust

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THE OKEH DISCOGRAPHY:
VERTICAL-CUT ISSUES, 1918 - 1920

George Blacker

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