[78-L] question about inventorying a collection

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca.invalid
Mon Jul 13 18:19:40 PDT 2015

Yup, Peg LaCentra sang with Artie Shaw on Thesaurus Transcriptions. I've had some (and they've been on lp). I also had a friend who loaned me a 16" dub of one of them, which must have meant they were out of circulation at some point. Thesaurus was one of the major transcription libraries, operated by NBC.


> Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:40:39 -0400
> To: 78-l at klickitat.78online.com
> From: dlh at donnahalper.com.invalid
> Subject: [78-L] question about inventorying a collection
> Any transcription experts on the list?  I'm going to Cape Cod to help 
> the daughter of a former broadcaster (now deceased-- died at age 90, and 
> was in radio off and on for more than five decades) with some 
> inventorying of materials from his vast collection. He programmed his 
> own radio shows in the late 30s/early to mid-1940s, and had a bunch of 
> 78s, most of which are now sitting in his garage. Because they were from 
> the 30s and 40s, they probably aren't very rare, am I right? (I'm trying 
> to determine what is worth saving, what is worth selling, what is worth 
> giving away.)  But he also saved some transcriptions, which he had 
> played on the air. For example, he once told me about playing some music 
> by Peg LaCentra with Artie Shaw's first orchestra, from 1937.  He said 
> they were "originally Thesaurus transcriptions."  Not sure what the 
> history of Thesaurus transcriptions was-- I know about some companies, 
> but not that one.
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