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Decca Records began as a British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Its U.S. label was established in late 1934 by Lewis along with American Decca's first president Jack Kapp and later American Decca president Milton Rackmil; as a result of World War II, the link with the British company was broken for several decades. The British label was renowned for its development of recording methods, while the American company developed the concept of cast albums in the musical genre. Both wings are now part of the Universal Music Group which is owned by Vivendi, a media conglomerate headquartered in France. The American Decca label was the foundation label, which evolved into UMG. This video is targeted to blind users. Attribution: Article text available under CC-BY-SA Creative Commons image source in video CMS user 16/12/19

Stan Goodall - Senior Recording Engineer The Decca Record Company My name is Stan Goodall and I was a Senior Recording Engineer for the Decca Record Company – also known as London Records in the USA. I joined Decca as a young lad in 1949 assigned to General Duties. I then moved on to cutting 78, 45, mono LP’s and finally Stereo LPs. I cut the first Decca Stereo release. From there, I had a spell in the pop studios, working with Decca Artists such as Mantovani, Ted Heath’s Big Band, Frank Chacksfield, and Edmundo Ros. I finally ended up in Classical Recording. For my series of presentations, I will play excerpts and talk about recordings I worked on, featuring such well known Decca artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir George Solti, and Vladimir Ashkenazy to name but a few. Classical recording is an art in itself, and I have many anecdotes to recount about how, when and where various recordings were made as well as what happens behind the scenes. For instance why Sir Neville Marriner’s Gold album of The 4 Seasons was moved from Kingsway Hall Holborn to St Johns Church in Smith Square London, and the dancing girls story during a playback of the Ballet music during the recording of Aida in Milan. As I said, I have a series of lectures to present, which include Famous Opera Arias Parts One and Two, Internationally Famous Conductors, including Sir George Solti, Sir Neville Marriner, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt and Richard Bonynge. I will also present Famous Orchestras, which includes the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House Orchestra. In addition, I will do a presentation on the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by the famous film composer, John Williams. All in all a wide-ranging selection of wonderful music performed by some of the worlds most revered artists. CMS user 16/12/19

John Pellowe - Decca Tree Award. We're thrilled to have been included in the TEC Awards​ Hall of Fame for our Decca Tree! In 1954 Roy Wallace and Arthur Haddy, a group of engineers at London's Decca Records​ devised a creative solution for stereo recording. The result — which became known as the "Decca Tree" — consisted of three omnidirectional microphones on a T-shaped mount, with left and right mics and a third mic in the center. Former Decca Engineer, John Pellowe, is here to tell us more... CMS user 16/12/19

Phil Mann: Peter Donegan - Rock Island Line (Decca Studios, Oct '18). The last time ‘Rock Island Line’ was performed in this room was probably during the original sessions by Lonnie Donegan​, way back in 1954...I was truly honoured to be involved in such a beautiful night of music alongside Peter Donegan​ and Billy Bragg, and within Studio 2 of the original Decca building. These premises are essentially ground zero for all British Rock'n'Roll: from the Clapton/Mayall's Blues Breakers album to Tom Jones, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Billy Fury, they were all recorded here. CMS user 16/12/19