"Where Did You Come From": The 20th Century Fox Label

Lewis, David N.
March 2012
ARSC Journal;Spring2012, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p40
Academic Journal
With the tremendous concern historically shown by formal discographers for the products of the 78 era, some latter day labels in dire need of attention have been overlooked. Web-based, amateur discographers and collector's publications have picked up the slack on some of this research, but it tends to be of variable quality and does not necessarily answer all of the burning questions one may have about a recording of relatively recent vintage once it comes into their possession. The 20th Century Fox label is a case in point; although its run ended less than a decade before the 20-year cutoff that ARSC uses to qualify a "historical" recording, its largely undocumented history stretches back into the late 1930s. The label's first incarnation is an orphan, and the remainder is neither a 'major' nor `minor' but something in between. Author David Lewis aims to provide here a baseline study for these various products, includes for the first time in print a discography by David Diehl for the earliest 20th Century Fox label, and adds a 'reverse discography' for later releases, designed for comparison against an existing listing.


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