[78-L] Deutsche Grammophon and Tempo questions

Kristjan Saag saag at telia.com
Tue Jun 12 01:30:58 PDT 2012

The early Tempo's (1931-1933) seems to have been flexis, issued by the 
Artiphon label in Berlin.
The other Tempo label was established in Berlin in 1936 as a 
continuation of Otto Stahlmann's Brilliant-Special label (founded in 
1931); mx numbers from 961. Tempo was a Bell-type budget label, 
specializing on covers.
In 1945 the Tempo record factory in Berlin was acquired by VEB Lied der 
Zeit and some of the recordings were reissued on Amiga and other 
labels.The label was later reconstructed in Munich by 
Schallplattenfabrik Special-Record GmbH who continued it's budget 
profile. The label was discontinued in about 1980.
Lotz & co should be able to tell you more.

On 2012-06-12 07:05, Harold Aherne wrote:
> A couple of queries in my quest for knowledge about the German record industry:
> Does anyone know the approximate month that Grammophon began electrical recording? Here's a Paul Godwin medley on DG 19536 that certainly sounds electric to me:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FJvGmm4QPU
> --but this Dave Caplan side from ca. November 1926 (DG 20789, and about 320 matrix numbers later than the above sides) sounds a bit more acoustic:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsLIN37lZu4
> Also, at about what number and month did they retire the full-colour Nipper and «Schallplatte "Grammophon"» in favour of the simpler drawing and just «Grammophon» ?
> Tempo has been used as a label name in several countries for labels focusing on varied material, but it was also the name of a German label operating from at least 1932. Can anyone tell me its starting and end dates, and what label(s), if any, it was affiliated with? (or was ultimately purchased by ;^)
> -HA
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