Oral history of recorded sound

Usill, Harley, founder of Argo Records. (1 of 3). Oral History of Recorded Sound

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    Usill, Harley, 1925-1991 (male)

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    Setting up Argo as mail order business. Opportunities for spoken word recordings. Joining up with Ian Dalrymple. Distribution by Selector. Sir Edward Lewis of Decca Records buys Argo in 1957. Sleeve design. Long-standing best sellers. Press cuttings and reviews. Peter Bartok's early recordings. Releasing Errata recordings. King's College recordings. Role of record producer. Multi-track recordings. Recording Shakespeare for British Council. Working with Marlowe Players. Working within Decca, Sir Edward Lewis's philosophy. Argo's first stereo LP. The Paris Conference. Recording Britten's War Requiem. Describes Sir Edward Lewis. FFRR. Recording Haydn's Masses. Recording with Sir Neville Marriner. Celebrating Argo's silver jubilee. Confusion in the industry in 1970s; economic decline. Strengths of Decca's back catalogues. Future of recording industry. Financial problems of small companies. Improved standards. BBC's classical music programmes. Live music programmes.

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