[JPL] LOST MUSICAL TREASURE ( Paramount Records)

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Tue Sep 5 07:11:27 EDT 2006


If you missed last nights episode of History Detectives try and catch a
replay...absolutely fascinating tale about the company and what happened to
all those old blues records from the 20s...

http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigations/411_paramount_record
s.html

LOST MUSICAL TREASURE
AIRED: Season 4, Episode 11
THE DETECTIVE: Tukufu Zuberi
THE PLACE: Port Washington, Wi

THE CASE:
A man in Port Washington, Wisconsin who owns a pair of metal "masters" that
were used to press shellac records in the 1920s and 30s has a hunch they
could represent surviving fragments of a lost moment in American musical
history.

The contributor¹s great uncle was the master sound engineer for one of the
more peculiar recording enterprises in the United States, Paramount Records.
He worked for the Wisconsin Chair Company, which, among other things,
manufactured phonograph cabinets.

The company¹s salesmen were savvy to the broad spectrum of musical talent at
the time and established a tandem recording label, ultimately bringing some
of the best blues artists from the Mississippi Delta to Wisconsin to record
in the factory.
History Detectives travels to Wisconsin and New York to determine the
significance of these metal masters and to explore how one company captured
the regionally and culturally diverse music played around the nation in the
20s and 30s.


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