[78-L] Seeking background information, history of Mezzotone Record Company Inc.
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Fri Apr 24 14:54:57 PDT 2020
The same Sam Manning who recorded in the late 20s?
From: 78-l-bounces at klickitat.78online.com <78-l-bounces at klickitat.78online.com> On Behalf Of Donna Halper
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2020 2:34 PM
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Subject: Re: [78-L] Seeking background information, history of Mezzotone Record Company Inc.
On 4/24/2020 5:02 PM, mark desjardins wrote:
> 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.
According to at least one music historian, Mae West began recording for Mezzotone during the period of time in the late 40s when she was performing in a revival of "Diamond Lil." She recorded twelve songs for the label, which were issued as two 10" long-playing albums. But six of the songs were issued as 78s... and even then, they didn't seem to be widely distributed (I assume they are quite rare today). I also found that the owner was a guy named Sam L. Manning, who also owned Cyclone Records. The labels seemed to have opened in NY in 1947. His labels released blues, calypso, pop, and other kinds of music. Hope this helps!
Donna L. Halper, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies Lesley University, Cambridge MA media historian
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