[78-L] Fw: Seeking background information, history of Mezzotone Record Company Inc.

David Lennick dplennick at yahoo.com.invalid
Fri Apr 24 14:12:32 PDT 2020


From: dlennick dlennick <dlennick at sympatico.ca>
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2020, 05:11:31 p.m. EDT
Subject: Re: [78-L] Seeking background information, history of Mezzotone Record Company Inc.

My guess is that this was "her" own label. As far as I know there were only 11 sides issued, with the twelfth by some unknown performer..I exchanged what little info I had with Jack Raymond some years ago when I was doing a Mae West CD for Living Era. He provided dubs of the sides I didn't have. We figured 1947 for the recordings since the AFM ban was in effect through 1948.

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From: mark desjardins <marknorthwest at hotmail.com.invalid>
Date: April 24, 2020 at 5:02 PM

Thank you for accepting my re​quest to join this group. I have a question I would like to pose to members of this group, and hopefully I will be able to find an answer, or be referred to a source that can assist me.

I would greatly appreciate your posting the two paragraphs below:

I am presently working on a biography of Mae West, and have been amassing information on the musical aspect of her long career. Miss West was very proud of her singing, and in fact her early career on the Vaudeville stage featured her performing songs in her own imitable style. All her 12 motion pictures featured musical numbers. To date, I have unearthed previously unpublished information regarding songwriters and musicians she worked with, as well as amassed hilarious antidotes about some of her recording sessions.

However, I have come to a brick wall finding any background information on Mezzotone Records Inc., except that according to printing on the label, they were located in New York City. An earlier post on this site indicated that the Mae West recordings were released circa 1948. Even obtaining a street address would be start. If anyone is able to offer any information, I would be most grateful. Thank you for any information you may be able to provide.

Thank you for giving my request consideration. Cheers. R. Mark Desjardins

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