The Decca Hillbilly Discography, 1927-1945 by Cary GinellThe Decca Hillbilly Discography, 1927-1945 by Cary Ginell

The Decca Hillbilly Discography, 1927-1945

byCary Ginell

Hardcover | December 1, 1989

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Through its Decca 5000 series of the 1930s and 1940s, the American Decca recording company became the most influential record label in the burgeoning hillbilly music category, the forerunner of today's country and western music. This unique discography provides for the first time in print a systematic numerical listing and cross-referencing of all released recordings in the 5000 and 17000 cajun series as well as records released under Decca's Champion 45000 and Montgomery Ward series, also devoted to hillbilly music. A total of 1514 discs are covered ranging from records released by such major hillbilly music stars as Jimmie Davis, the Sons of the Pioneers, and Ernest Tubb to those by less well-known solo artists and groups, including the Corn Cob Crushers and the Happy Hollow Hoodlums. Based on painstaking research in the original session books, ledgers, and label copy books as well as interviews with musicians and singers who participated in Decca recording sessions, this discography of one of the most remarkable record series of the 20th century makes a major contribution to the study of contemporary American music. The volume begins with an introduction which traces the early history of the Decca Record Company and its impact on hillbilly music of the 1930s and 1940s. Cary Ginell demonstrates that the Decca 5000 and other hillbilly series had a major role not only in documenting the history of hillbilly music but also in affecting its course by influencing future recording artists in the genre. Following a brief section which describes how to use the discography and the indexes, the discography itself is divided into four separate numerical listings: Decca 5000, Decca 17000, Decca/Champion 45000, and Montgomery Ward recordings. Each listing includes information about recording dates, master numbers, unissued titles, song titles and legends, songwriter credits, and release dates. Five indexes--artist, matrix and location, release dates, composer credits, and title--provide enhanced access to the main listings. Scholars and researchers of American country and folk music, both once included under the hillbilly banner--will find this discography an indispensable resource.
Title:The Decca Hillbilly Discography, 1927-1945Format:HardcoverDimensions:426 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 1989Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313260532

ISBN - 13:9780313260537

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Editorial Reviews

?Ginell (UCLA) has used his personal Decca catalog collection as a basis for an exhaustive look at the recordings that gave country and other rural music its first recorded success. This work is particularly valuable for the information garnered from interviews with musicians and singers who worked the many recording sessions for which there are no session notes. In all, 1,514 discs are described and listed by catalog record number. Entries include song titles, artists, and legend (primary instrumentation). An excellent introduction tells the history of Decca and hillbilly' music. Included in the discography are released and unreleased recordings in the Decca 5000 series, released recordings in the Champion 45000 series, released and unreleased recordings from the Decca 17000 (Cajun) series, and all Decca recordings released on the Montgomery Ward label. What makes this work especially estimable are the excellent indexes. The alphabetically arranged artist name index includes complete cross-references. Under each entry, a chronological listing of recording sessions and recorded works is provided. A matrix and location index allows users to follow the locations of recordings and tests, and includes record catalog number and date. Release date listings follow, arranged by series and record number. Composer credits and song title indexes complete the work. Ginell had provide an excellent tool to trace the beginnings of what has become one of music's major commercial successes.?-Choice