Oral history of recorded sound

Lee, Frank, Former Artists Manager with Decca Records (8 of 8). Oral History of Recorded Sound

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    Lee, Frank (male)

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    Early upbringing and interest in music and wireless. Joining HMV at Hayes in 1927, working in International Artists Department for Fred Gaisberg. Redundancy. Joining Decca cataloguing French recordings. Recording in early 1930s at the Chenil Galleries and Chelsea Town Hall - Ambrose, Jack Hylton and George Formby. Sir Edward Lewis and his role in choosing recordings. George and Beryl Formby. Buying Brusnwick label. Leaving Decca in 1935 to work in radioadvertising for J Walter Thompson. Working for Radio Luxembourg and Radio Normandy. Moving to Graham & Gillies in 1937. Meeting Arthur Haddy. The Bob Martin programme with Mabel Constanduras and Jeanne de Casalis. World War II experiences. Returning to Radio Luxembourg as General Manager. Recording at the Star Sound Studios. Recording programme with Dame Vera Lynn. Early days with Decca in 1930s. Arthur Lilly, recording engineer. Recording ballet music at the Kingsway Hall. Returning to Decca in 1951 as Head of Artists Department. Advent of LP. Kathleen Ferrier. Recording Elizabeth Welch and Dame Vera Lynn. Making LP with Mantovani. Bernard Miles' help in getting Firsten Flagstad to record. Decca recording first production at Mermaid Theatre. Memories of John Culshaw and Walter Legge. Recording with Benjamin Britten at Aldeburgh. Reminiscences of Britten, Ferrier and Sir Adrian Boult. Recording wit Beecham and Sutherland. Erich Kleiber and his problems with Maurice Rosengarten; describes Rosengarten'' personality. Popular records, and Winifred Atwell. Mantovani'' recording career. Rosengarten and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Introduction of stereo in 1957, and recording trains for the sampler record. Developments of classical music side. Early pop recordings.

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