The last story about Decca Records is Louis Armstrong.
A year after the company’s founding, Louis Armstrong was contracted to Decca.
Because Joe Glaser became his manager in 1935.
Joe Glaser was had been on Al Capone’s payroll and ran the Sunset Cafe in the 1920s,
where Louis had been the headliner.
Louis would always remain hat-in-hand with Glaser.
Glaser landed Louis a deal with Decca Records.
Decca recordings had established him as ‘King of Jazz’.
His performance were converted old jazz style into popular music.
Louis’ style and spirit also became a populist model.
About recording of this era, please refer to the following.
Jack Kapp (June 15, 1901 Chicago, Illinois – March 25, 1949 New York City) was a record company executive.
He worked at the father’s store after high school, and was memorized the catalog numbers of every record in the inventory.
Also he was memorized the addresses and phone numbers of his father’s best customers.
In 1922, he opened the Kapp Record Store with his younger brother, Dave Kapp.
In 1926, Kapp joined Brunswick Records and produced “race” label (Brunswick 7000 and Vocalion Records 1000 series)
In 1934, Jack Kapp founded the American Decca Records.
Bing Crosby was traded to new company Decca from Brunswick.
Jack Kapp had contributed to succeed Bing Crosby as a recording artist in the early 1930s.
Many artists joined new company, the Mills Brothers, Boswell Sisters, Earl Hines, Ted Lewis, Isham Jones and the Dorsey Brothers.
American Decca logo
The company was founded in 1934 as the US subsidiary of the British Decca.British Decca lost a capital relationship with the parent company during the Second World War.American Decca produced many popular stars as an independent company,and it merged with the Brunswick record in 1940.
Bing Crosby had been most popular singer in the world.
In 1962,It was acquired by MCA record.
The company was bought by merger with Polygram in 1998.
Consequently,America Decca and British Decca were became the same affiliat.
There is my old memo about Decca Records.I was an avid jazz fan in those days.
Stanley Black was one of the most prolific British bandleaders of the postwar era.
He also played alongside visiting American greats like Benny Carter, and even recorded a version of “Honeysuckle Rose” with the legendary Coleman Hawkins.
From 1937 to 1941, he carried out South American tour,and began to take an interest in Latin American music.
He recorded an Exotic Percussion album for Decca.
From before his CD will be released,I have been bought many analog records.
I have a record that has been produced by ’QS Regular Matrix’.
This was recorded by London Decca.
I tried to examine the recording technology of this company.
In 1941 around the second World War, for the purpose of discern the sound of a submarine, to develop innovative high-quality sound recording system for the time that ‘ffrr (Full Frequency Range Recording)’.
It was developed purpose of caputuring German submarines during the Second World War.
July 1958, Decca started the launch of stereo records by 45/45 scheme became the standard.
The company was appealed the excellence of stereo recording by ffss (Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound).
Decca recorded some quadrophonic masters that were released in Sansui’s quadraphonic system called QS Regular Matrix.
Actually, now I like the performer of this record.
Next time I will post about Stanley Black.
Last week, I was reading a past article of JazzWax.
Creed Taylor said ‘I loved quadraphonic sound’.
I will post the memories about the ‘quadraphonic sound’.
When I began to listen to jazz, there was a live recording program in FM radio.
The program was named ‘4 channel golden stage’ ,sponcerd by ‘Sansui’.
If you had ‘QS4 system by Sansui’ and two rear speakers,
you could hear live concert as same atmosphere.
Unfortunately, I did not have ‘QS4 system by Sansui’.
From reading this article, I imagine that Creed Taylor had find the possibility of music to ‘quadraphonic sound’.
Sansui was bankrupt, CTI as well.
However, currently,’ surround sound is standard with home theaters.
“Quad is an early 4.0 sound mix, or early surround sound that needed special equipment, this was basically the precursor to surround sound as we know it.”