The Decca Labels: A Discography

Author: Michel Ruppli

Publication date: 1996

Greenwood Press

Publishers description:

This six-volume discography lists full available details (dates, titles, personnel) on all recording sessions made between 1934 and 1973 by the Decca label, as well as its subsidiary labels, Brunswick, Coral, and Vocalion. Material from other sources (Brunswick recordings of the 1920s and the Signature label, for example) reissued by Decca are covered. Included in the discography are details on most of the big bands of the pre-war era (Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Jimmy Lunceford, Chick Webb) as well as such jazz stars as Louis Armstrong and Art Tatum and such singers as Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. In addition, Guy Lombardo's dance band, great pop stars like Bing Crosby and Judy Garland, and legendary vocal groups like the Andrews Sisters and the Mills Brothers are covered. Country hit makers such as Jimmy Davis and the Sons of the Pioneers are detailed as well. Each volume contains an index of artists, with the last volume providing numerical listings of issued recordings, including sections on 78/45 rpm singles, 45 rpm extended plays, 33 rpm albums, and compact discs. This Decca set is essential to all collectors and music libraries concentrating on the era, the key artists, and groups of the period.
The six volumes are as follows.

Volume 1 - The California Sessions

  • The Los Angeles Sessions
  • The San Francisco Sessions
  • Appendix 1: Al Jolson Broadcasts
  • Appendix 2: Bing Crosby Broadcasts
  • Appendix 3: Additional California Recordings
  • Appendix 4: World Transcriptions
  • Index of Artists
Volume 2 - The Eastern and Southern Sessions (1934-1942)
  • Part 1: The Chicago Sessions
  • Part 2: The New York Sessions (1934-1942)
  • Part 3: The Southern Sessions (1934-1941)
  • Part 4: The Caribbean Sessions (1935-1940)
  • Part 5: Reissues from Other Labels
  • Additional Sessions Issued by Decca
  • Index of Artists
Volume 3 - The Eastern Sessions (1943-1956)
  • Part 1: The Decca/Coral Sessions
  • Part 2: Signature Label
  • Part 3: World Transcriptions
  • Part 4: Other Transcriptions
  • Index of Artists
Volume 4 - The Eastern Sessions (1956-1973)
  • The New York Popular Sessions (1956-1973)
  • Additional Plays
  • Additional Poems and Readings
  • Additional Recordings from Film Soundtracks
  • Additional Recordings Issued by Decca
  • Index of Artists
Volume 5 - Country Recordings, Classical Recordings and Reissues
  • Part 1: Country Sessions (1946-1973)
  • Part 2: Classical Recordings
  • Part 3: Reissues from Foreign Recordings
  • Composer Index
  • Index of Artists
Volume 6 - Numerical Listings and General Artist Index
  • Part 1: Single Numerical Listings
  • Part 2: Album Numerical Listings
  • Part 3: Composer Index
  • Part 4: General Artist Index

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