[78-L] Canadian, American, like what's the difference eh?

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Tue Nov 5 21:43:57 PST 2013

Dardanella and Whispering might have been issued in Canada in their original 
hit versions, but might just as likely have been covered by Canadian orchestras 
instead....the Canadian operation of Victor did that a lot, figuring that it 
was the song that sold, not the orchestra. Without access to my catalogues I 
don't have the answer to that one, but it's a matter of record that the Victor 
Talking Machine in the US was pretty cheesed off at Herbert Berliner for 
ignoring their recordings unless they were by unique artists. This doesn't mean 
that US Columbias and Victors weren't distributed in Canada by any means, and 
Columbia had no such local recording programme up here.


On 11/6/2013 12:22 AM, Rodger J. Holtin wrote:
> So, if I'm reading this right, US Victors and Columbias were not
> distributed in Canada.  Now I'm wondering about all the black or blue label
> A-series Columbias I have with Canadian prices on them; "75 cents in USA,
> 85 cents in Canada."  (By 1920 they said "$1.00 in USA and $1.00 in
> Canada," and about then the pricing disappears.)  Pricing for records not
> even available?  Makes no sense to me.  What am I missing here?
> And if Whispering and Dardanella were not distributed on American Victors
> in Canada, and likely not even issued on Canadian issues, that means they
> were blacked-out or suppressed in Canada.  The hottest sellers of the day
> simply not available in Canada?  Really?  Were the ODJB records similarly
> snubbed?
> Have I missed something?
> On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 7:52 AM, David Lennick<dlennick at sympatico.ca>  wrote:
>> The Canadian operation pressed many of the important recordings but also
>> tried
>> to replace many with their own versions in the 216xxx series. I never saw
>> a US
>> Victor in the flesh till I began serious collecting in the early 60s, other
>> than the odd one someone had brought up on a trip. Columbias were a
>> different
>> story, looked almost identical. Brunswicks said made in Canada but the
>> labels
>> were virtually identical (not forgetting the earliest Vertical ones which
>> were
>> pressed only in Canada).
>> dl
>> On 11/4/2013 7:51 AM, rjh334578gmail wrote:
>>> Were American Victors available at all in Canada?
>>> Sent from my iPod - which explainz the bad typjng
>>> On Nov 3, 2013, at 11:22 PM, David Lennick<dlennick at sympatico.ca>
>>> wrote:
>>>> I just happened to catch a tv spot for ANCESTRY.CA, a Canadian site
>>>> (supposedly). Shows an old record spinning. An AMERICAN Victor
>>>> batwing. Nice
>>>> research, morons.
>>>> dl
>>>> ______________________________________________

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