Oral history of recorded sound

Whittle, John, Former Classical Marketing Director with EMI. (7 of 8). Oral History of Recorded Sound

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    0:11:29

  • Shelf mark

    C90/68

  • Recording date

    1984-12

  • Speakers

    Whittle, John, 1910- (male)

  • Abstract

    HMV paying for his education and offering him a job in 1927. Leaving after 12 years but rejoining the company in 1947. Early history of the company. Tope selling records of the early years. Recording with Peter Dawson. Forming sales promotion department and the work involved. Recording Joe Less, Victor Sylvester and Fats Waller. Anecdotes about Walter Legge and Fats Waller. Looking after classical artists. Recording with Gerard Hoffnung. Budgets and promotions. Moving to classical division in 1966. Recording with Sir John Barbirolli, Tortelier, Sir Arthur Bliss and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Saleability of classical records. Pricing records and budgeting. Potted biography of Walter Legge. Fred Gaisberg. Early HMV matrices. Anthony Griffiths' work as produer. Celebrating 75 years of HMV with Alistair Cooke. Recording for posterity. Relationship between producer and artist. Recording with Barbirolli, Victor Olaf and Elgar. Recording with Jacqueline Du Pre. Sir Joseph Lockwood's impact. Music for Pleasure recordings. Sir Joseph Lockwood and Sir Edward Lewis. Counterfeit recordings. Future of the recording industry.

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