Archival Research Collections at the University of Oklahoma

Concert Recording Company Records Edit

Summary

Identifier
AOIAL ATOC RG0016

Dates

  • 1963-1983 (Creation)
  • 1969-1976 (Creation)

Extents

  • 7.00 cubic feet (Whole)

Subjects

Notes

  • Language of Materials

    English

  • Administrative History:

    The Concert Recording Company, of Lynwood, California, was a record label specializing in theatre organ recordings from 1963-1983. Over its two decades of operation, President William "Bill" Johnson grew the company into a highly profitable business and promoted hundreds of organ artists and albums. The classic black and gold Concert Recording label is highly recognizable on many theatre organ recordings.

    The years between 1967-1976 were particularly fruitful: nearly one hundred noteworthy theatre organists were promoted, including Billy Nalle, Jimmy Kemm, Ann Leaf, Bill Worrall, Jesse Crawford, Johnny Seng, and Don Baker. This industrious period also brought forth Concert Company, a division of Concert Recording, which manufactured accessories for keyboard instruments, anything from stereo synthesizers to audio speakers to jewelry. A major seller was "The Affair 8000 Add a Manual" synthesizer which was marketed to amplify the sound of any console.

    In March of 1976, all sales were committed to a professional marketing firm, operating as Concert Sales Company in Inglewood, California, under the Sunburst Corporation.

  • Arrangement of Materials:

    The majority of this collection consisted of hanging folders that had been arranged and labeled by record number. During processing, efforts were made to maintain the original order and file naming conventions where possible. The album covers were originally disordered and were sorted according to record number. Other materials that were disordered were separated into series as noted in the detailed description.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of the business records of Concert Recording Company, a professional organization that specialized in the creation of organ recordings and organ accessories. Due to the behind-the-scenes nature of the materials, these records offer an interesting insider perspective on the organ music scene in the 1970s. Some promotional materials from Concert Company, a division of Concert Recording, are also represented in the collection.

    One of the strengths of this collection is the Album Files series, which contains a variety of materials, including recording contracts, phonograph recording documents, record of sales receipts, shipping receipts, correspondence of various artists between company personnel, concert programs pertaining to a specific artist, artist biographies, descriptions, history, and specifications of organ consoles, original album art, publications about the artist, scores, and memorabilia such as postcards and holiday cards.

    The Artist Files series contains large amounts of correspondence between major organ artists and Concert Recording Company, and between Concert Recording Company and other music companies pertaining to specific albums and performances. In particular, the extensive correspondence between Billy Nalle and Concert Recording Company President Bill Johnson chronicles an intimate letter-writing exchange. The Johnny Kemm Artist Files also contain photographs from his performance tours. The Album Covers series contains full-size 12" album covers and promotional materials of Concert Recording records.

Components