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Decca Records was a record label from 1929 to 1980

Former British stockbroker, Sir Edward Roberts (Ted) Lewis (April 19, 1900 – January 29, 1980) formed Decca Records Ltd in the United Kingdom in 1929. Within years, it was the second largest record label in the world.

In the early 1930s the American Recording Company (ARC) moved into become a big player in the record industry by buying out small independent labels. ARC purchased Brunswick from Warner Brothers and also picked up Banner, Cameo, Conqueror, Melotone, Pathe, Perfect, OKeh, Romeo and Vocalion. ARC became a giant in 1934 by purchasing Columbia, which had been sold to radio manufacturer Grisby-Grunow a few years earlier, but went bankrupt. In 1938 ARC was bought by CBS network founder William Paley. The Columbia name was kept under the CBS umbrella.

The two leading record companies of the decade became ARC and Decca. RCA Victor rounded out the big three. Note: Alfred Lions founded Blue Note Records in 1939, later to be part of Victor.

Now much of the above, if you are not at all familiar with the history of the 'record business', will find that from the very start, it was a 'cross over' type of business. In that, artist - writers - band members, almost all those who worked to bring the material to the plate (platter), not so much with the technicians, switch from one label to another, willingly or not, depending on recording company or the 'jobber'. Many artists and writers were never paid for work done, or even knew that the material was out there. One of the best examples is that of the Johnson via Berliner, the Consolidated Talking Machine Company of America and The Berliner Gramophone Company of Philadelphia, in that Johnson was using Berliner material under his company name. As time pasts, many labels are obtain and owned by many other companies.

So for Decca we will have to go back to 1914. The name DECCA dates back to a portable gramophone called the "Decca Dulcephone" patented in 1914 by musical instrument makers Barnett Samuel and Sons. That company was eventually renamed The Decca Gramophone Co. Ltd.

The name "Decca" was coined by Wilfred S. Samuel, a linguist, by merging the word "Mecca" with the initial D of their logo "Dulcet" or their trademark "Dulcephone." Samuel chose "Decca" as a brand name as it was easy to pronounce in most languages.

By 1927, the record business had seen sales of more than one hundred million records. But the stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent depression, phonograph records became a luxury to consumers who found it difficult to find enough money for their next meal, much less a record.

In 1929 Sir Edward "Ted" Lewis, a former British stockbroker, formed Decca Recocrds in after acquiring the Decca Gramophone Company. Within years, Decca Records Ltd. was the second largest record label in the world, calling itself "The Supreme Record Company".

By 1932, record sales had plummeted to seven million. The industry had faced a similar sales disaster in the late teens and early 1920's when, as a result of an economic recession, caused in part by the 'Great War', in addition to the added competition from radio.

Decca (U.K.) bought out the U.K. branch of Brunswick Records in 1932. Then in January 1933, Decca bought Edison Bell; earlier it had bought English Vocalion. Mr Lewis had set up the American division of Decca in 1934, which then quickly became a major player in the depressed United States record market thanks to it's roster of popular artists, particularly Bing Crosby, and the shrewd management of former Brunswick General Manager "Smart Jack Kapp" (later Kapp Records). Decca also bought out the Melotone (1934 as part of the deal when it obtain all rights to ARC, owners of Brunswicks, U.S.). In March 1937 it added Rex and (USA) Vocalion. By 1939, Decca and The Electric and Musical Industries (EMI) were the only record companies in UK.

In 1939, British Decca head Edward Lewis sold his interest in American Decca because of World War II. In 1942, stock in American Decca began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as Decca Records, Inc. The two Deccas became separate companies and remained so until 1998 when American Decca's parent company bought British Decca's parent company.

Artists signed to American Decca in the '30s and '40s included Louis Armstrong, the Andrews Sisters, Ted Lewis, The Mills Brothers, Billy Cotton, Guy Lombardo, Chick Webb, Bob Crosby, Jimmy Dorsey, Connie Boswell and Jack Hylton.

In 1942, after being dropped by CBS, Decca picked up US Brunswick. Decca released "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby, which became the best-selling single of all time. The United States branch of Decca functioned separately for many years, and eventually became part of Music Corporation of America (MCA). Because it held the rights to the name Decca in the US, British Decca sold its records in the United States under the label London Records. American Decca recordings, including those by Ted Weems, could be found in England on the Brunswick, Vocalion, or Ace of Hearts labels, distributed by English Decca.

When EMI in England purchased Capitol Records in 1953, RCA Victor ended its arrangement to distribute its recordings in England on "His Master's Voice" and licensed UK Decca to distribute the recordings there as "RCA." So in England, Perry Como seemed to switch from HMV to RCA.

Polygram acquired the remains of UK Decca within days of Lewis's death in January 1980. Universal acquired the rights to MCA and Decca in the 1990s, and more recently took over Polygram. So now that American Decca and UK Decca are together under the Universal umbrella, recordings of both Deccas can be released as Decca worldwide. The label name had been used occasionally on a series of country and then jazz CDs, and now is in use on Original Cast CDs.

So much for the 'history' of the label - now we move to what Decca did in order to control all that material.
Decca 78s were originally given 3-digit numbers, going to 4 digits in 1936 and passing 2000 in late 1938 and 3000 about 1940. The sequence grew quickly and passed 4000 in 1941. As late as 1944, 4-digit numbers were still used, but somewhat later the series was terminated.

The 1941 Decca Popular Record Catalog lists the following designations for its numbering series:
Series 3500 and under: "Popular, Dance, Vocal, etc.";
Series 5000: "Hill Billy";
Series 8000: "Sepia" (Race)
Series 10000: "Mexican";
Series 12000: "Irish";
Series 14000: "Scotch";
Series 15000: "12-inch Popular";
Series 18000: "International Repertoire" - Album Sets;
Series 20000: "Classical";
Series 23000: "Personality";
Series 25000: "Classical" (12-inch);
Series 29000: "Personality" (12-inch)
Series 40000: mostly for country

By the start of the 1950s, numbers were still in the 20000s, with 45s given corresponding numbers with the prefix 9-. The series reached 24700 around the beginning of 1950. Just before 1960 the numbers reached 30000; Decca's issues in the 1960s came much slower and by 1970 the numbers had only gone to 32600.

The subsidiary label Coral used numbers in the 60000s, and Brunswick Records used the 50000s.
Each label have their own lising - the sound source may be the same on some - check the link for that.


Listen to all material we have for Decca - while it started on its own - you may stop it at any time.
or just let it play while you open the other series in the Decca listings.
In each series you will find another 'radio' each will play the songs we have in that series,
one after another - but you will have hit the play button to start it, for each song,
or you may stop THIS player - and play each song (highlighted in BLUE),
we are still working on adding songs as we build the listings, so bear with us.
Thank you from Decca YKTC.US

Decca Listings

Do to the size of the Decca listing, we have it broken down into Series

100 - 999 1000 - 1999 2000 - 2999 3000 - 3599 5000 - 5999 8000 - 8999
10000 - 10999 12000 - 12999 14000 - 14999 15000 - 15999 18000 - 18999 20000 - 20999
23000 - 23999 25000 - 25999 29000 - 29999 40000 - 40999




Sign by Decca US or UK or sublabels
As we build Bios on each - if the name is highlighted in blue, a site page has been made for them,
click on it to see their information - which is a short history and works by them.
All information is taken from our site pages, with sources given.


Salvatore Accardo, Charlie Adams, Roberto Alagna, Clay Allen, Rex Allen, Carmen Amaya The Ambassadors, Ambrose, Elly Ameling, Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings, The Andrews Sisters, Ernie Andrews, Les Anderson, Ernest Ansermet, Martha Argerich, Louis Armstrong, Kokomo Arnold, Claudio Arrau, Beaux Arts Trio, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Arleen Augér, Gene Austin,


Babs and Her Brothers, Wilhelm Backhaus, Janet Baker, The Bandana Girls, Barbary Coast Orchestra, John Barry, Dave Bartholomew, Cecilia Bartoli, Count Basie, Eddie Beal, Beaux Arts Trio, Joshua Bell, Teresa Berganza, Carlo Bergonzi, Ben Bernie, Clyde Bernhardt, Leonard Bernstein, Bethel Gospel Singers, Jussi Björling, The Blenders, Herbert Blomstedt, Blue Jay Singers, Blue Ridge Quartet, The Moody Blues, The Bluegrass Boys, Brown's Blues Blowers, Andrea Bocelli, Karl Böhm, Jorge Bolet, Bond, Barbara Bonney, Richard Bonynge, Pat Boone, Bea Booze, Blga Borodina, Connie Boswell, Boswell Sisters, Perry Botkin, Catherine Bott, Phil Bourneuf, James Bowman, Al Bowlly, Brown County Boys, Delta Rhythm Boys, Dependable Boys, Foggy River Boys, Golden River Boys, Onyx Club Boys, Wichita Mountain Boys, Vi Bradley, Tiny Bradshaw, Clay Braddy, Bobby Breen, Windy Breeze, Alfred Brendel, Alfredo Brito Hotel Biltmore, Benjamin Britten, Ted Brooks, Cleo Brown, Les Brown, Les Brown Duke Blue Devils, Willie Brown, Johnnie Brown's Orchestra, Brooks Brothers, Coleman Brothers, The Everly Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Mills Brothers, The Wilburn Brothers, Pete Brown and His Jump Band, Frans Brüggen, The Buccaneers, Jeanne Burns, Bush's Biltmore Trio, Henry Busse, Buz Butler,


Montserrat Caballé, Joseph Calleja, Alfredo Campoli, Alfredo Campoli Trio, Bob Camp, Judy Canova, Harold Carmack, José Carreras, Jenny Lou Carson, Mickey and Mary Carton, Casa Loma Orchestra, Lisa Della Casa, The Cass County Boys, The Castillians, The Cavaliers, Cavalier Quartet, Carmen Cavallaro, Riccardo Chailly, Charioteers, Reggie Childs, Kyung Wha Chung, Rosemary Clooney, Barbary Coast Orchestra, Eddie Cochran, Cozy Cole Orchestra, Emil Coleman, Spade Cooley and His Fiddlin' Friends, Vivian Cooper, Sister Vera Copeland, Franco Corelli, Billy Cotton, Cousin Joe, Jesse Crawford, Régine Crespin, Bob Crosby, Bing Crosby, Dixie Lee Crosby, Eddie Crosby, Frank Crumit, The Crystals, The Cumberland Valley Boys, José Cura, Clifford Curzon,


Suzanne Danco, Joe Daniels and His Hot Shots, Bobby Darin, Colin Davis, Jimmie Davis, Johnnie Davis, Martha Davis, Tiny Davis, Eddie Dean, Decca All Star Revue, Denver Darling, Lenny Dee, Alfred Deller, Delta Four, Harry Dial, Dole Dickens Quartet, Dub Dickerson, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christoph von Dohnányi, Plácido Domingo, Al Donahue, The Dixie Dons, Antal Dorati, Jimmy Dorsey, Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Teddy & Doyle, The Drifters, Otis Drucker, Duel, Matt Dusk, Charles Dutoit,


Jim Eanes, Bob Eaton, Duane Eddy, Ludovico Einaudi, Florence Eldridge, Duke Ellington, Seger Ellis, Margreta Elkins, Warren Evans, The Everly Brothers,


Charlie Peanut Faircloth, Eddie Farley, Frances Faye, Kathleen Ferrier, Benny Fields, Irving Fields Trio, Iván Fischer, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, John Fogarty, Red Foley, Reginald Foort, Sally Foster, Alphabetical Four, Roy Fox, Ivan Frank's Band, Fray and Baggiotti, Carl Freed's Harmonica Band, Nelson Freire, Mirella Freni, Jane Froman, Frosini, Billy Fury,


Eva La Gallienne, Cecil Gant, Jan Garber, Judy Garland, Hank Garland, Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland and His Sugar Footers, John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Angela Gheorghiu, Nicolai Ghiaurov, John Gielgud, Jimmy Giese, Gary Glitter (Paul Raven), Lonnie Glossom, Matthias Goerne, Jerry Goldsmith, Nat Gonella, Galina Gorchakova, Stomp Gordon, Allan Grant, Glen Gray, Keith Green, Green Brothers Marimba Orchestra, Grenadier Giard Band, The Conley Graves Trio, Slim Green, Arthur Grumiaux, Rick Guard, Hardrock Gunter,


H. M. H Orchestra, Ida Haendel, Bernard Haitink, Mal Hallett, Harmonizing Four of Richmond, Hĺkan Hardenberger, Glass Harp, Phil Harris, Clara Haskil, Hastings Orchestra, Hastings Municipal Orchestra, Top Hatters Trio, Coleman Hawkins, Helen Hayes, Eddy Hazelwood, Ted Heath, Fletcher Henderson, Woody Herman, Milt Herth, Little Donna Hightower, Earl Hines, Fred Hillebrand, Christopher Hogwood, Billie Holiday, Heinz Holliger, Wolfgang Holzmair, Hoosier Hot Shots, Claude Hopkins, Lightening Hopkins, Marilyn Horne, James Horner, Bob Howard, Helen Humes, Alberta Hunter, Richard Huey, Salty Holmes, Smilin' Eddie Hill, Tony Hollins, The Honeydippers, Claude Hopkins, Lena Horne, Bob Howard, Tex Howard, Spike Hughes, Engelbert Humperdinck, Peter Hurford, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jack Hylton,


Nobuko Imai, The Ink Spots, Autry Inman, Andy Iona's Islanders, Italian National Military Band, Quartetto Italiano,


Happy Jack, James Quintet, Janine Jansen, Jerry and Sky, Sumi Jo, Buddy Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Lem Johnson, Lonnie Johnson, Pete Johnson Trio, Porter Johns, Prof. Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Al Jolson, Albennie Jones, Grant Jones, Isham Jones, Tom Jones, The Jordanaires, Leila Josefowicz, The Jubalaires, Dick Jurgens,


Michael Kamen, Kiri Te Kanawa, Herbert von Karajan, Julius Katchen, Louis Katzman, Greta Keller, Rev. Kelsey, William Kennedy, István Kertész, Henry King, King's Band, Ray Kinney, Andy Kirk, Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds Of Joy, Emma Kirkby, Leroy Kirkland, Orville Knapp, Marie Knight, Four Knights, Zoltán Kocsis, Nay Kosloff, Gidon Kremer, Jimmie Lunceford, Billy Kyle Trio,


Katia and Marielle Labčque, Alexandre Lagoya, Frances Langford, Alicia De Larrocha, Vee Lawhurst, Zora Layman, Dixie Lee, Peggy Lee, Roberta Lee, Laure Lee, Ute Lemper, Good Lewis, Jerry Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Ted Lewis, Texas Jim Lewis, Curly Lipham, Little Esther, Shorty Long, Guy Lombardo, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, Lonzo and Oscar, Christa Ludwig, Radu Lupu, Frank Luther, Loretta Lynn,


Ashley MacIsaac, Charles Mackerras, Danny Manners Orchestra, Fredric March, Helen Marina, Neville Marriner, Bob Marshall, Everett Marshall, Judy Martin, Grady Martin, Tony Martin, Joe Massey, Jessie Mathews, Karita Mattila, Mays Orchestra, Roy Mays Orchestra, Dickie McBride, Clyde McCoy, Sticks McGee, Mack McCray, Dick McIntire's Harmony Hawaiians, Red McKenzie, Red McKenzie's Rhythm Kings, Sylvia McNair, Jay McShann, Jay McShann Quartet, Men About Town, Johnny Mercer, Dominic Miller, Musical Millers, Lucky Millinder, The Mills Brothers, Sherrill Milnes, Borrah Minnevitch and His Rascals, Mario Del Monaco, Montgomery Quartet, Bill Monroe, Charlie Monroe, Lucy Monroe, The Moody Blues, Monette Moore, Joe Morris, Viktoria Mullova, I Music, Mustang Band of S. M. U., Zubin Mehta Riccardo Muti


Ruggiero Raimondi, The Nashville Ramblers, Samuel Ramey, Johnny Nelms, Ricky Nelson, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Birgit Nilsson, Jessye Norman, Red Norvo, Red Norvo Swing Sextette, Katie Bell Nubin, The Nuccaneers, Michael Nyman,


David Oistrakh, Onyx Club Boys, Roy Orbison, Donny Osmond, Anne Sofie von Otter, Tex Owens, Seiji Ozawa,


Kun Woo Paik, Louis Panico, Les Paul, Luciano Pavarotti, Cecil Payne, Peter Pears, Itzhak Perlman, Rene Pesenti Tango Orchestra, Ray Peterson, Alfred Piccaver, Philip Pickett, Webb Pierce, Pine Ridge Quartet, Plink, Plank and Plunk,
Muriel Pollack, The Austin Powell Quintet, Dick Powell, Bob Pressley, André Previn, Bob Price, Leontyne Price, Margaret Price, The Sam Price Trio, Orval Prophet, Provol's Golden Birds,


Mae Questal (The Betty Boop Girl), Eimear Quinn, Fat Man Robinson Quintet, James Quintet, Takács Quartet,


Rachel and Oswald, Ramblers, Jose Ramos, Rangers Quartet, Herman "Peetie Wheatstraw" Ray, The Ray-O-Vacs, Harry Reser, The Spirits Of Rhythm, Katia Ricciarelli, Little Richard, Harry Richman, Richmond Harmonizing Four, Sviatoslav Richter, Jimmy Riddle, Thomas Ridgley, Mike Riley, Justin Ring, Ted Fio Rito, Fat Man Robinson Quintet, Pascal Rogé, Chuck Rogers, Ginger Rogers, Adrian Rollini, Pepe Romero, The Ronettes, Max Rosen, Rosette Gospel Singers, Mstislav Rostropovich, Christophe Rousset, Jack Rowe, The Royal Playboys, Harry Roy, Harry Roy's Ragamuffins,


I Salonisti, Joe Sanders, Santa Fe Rangers, Ana Salazar, András Schiff, Heinrich Schiff, Vic Schoen, Bobbejaan Schoepen, Andreas Scholl, Selah Jubilee Singers, Brother John Sellers, Moana Serenaders, Del Shannon, Mervin Shiner, Jimmie Short, Leon Short, Alan Silvestri, Chuck Sims, Lee Sims, The Andrews Sisters, Singing Sons, Zutty Singleton, Noble Sissle, Six Blue Chips, The Slewfoot Five, Roy Smeck, Kate Smith, Tab Smith, Jack Sneed and His Sneezers, Sir Georg Solti, Sons Of The Pioneers, Gérard Souzay, Leopold Spitalny, The Spirit Of Rhythm, St. Martin's Choral Society, Dick Stabile, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Georgie Stoll, Lewis Stone, The Rolling Stones, Toby Stroud, Captain Stubby, Cheryl Studer, Sugarfoot Shufflers, Lew Stone, Stubby, Joe Sullivan, Sunshine Boys Quartet, Sunshine Girls, The Sunshine Trio, Sunset Harmonizers, Joan Sutherland, Akiko Suwanai, Roosevelt Sykes, Henryk Szeryng,


Takács Quartet, Billy Talmadge, Art Tatum, Renata Tebaldi, Teddy & Doyle, Leo Teel and His Tel Billies, Johnnie Temple, Bryn Terfel, Pha Terrell, Harry Von Tilzer, Rosetta Tharpe, Rosetta Tharpe Gospel Singers, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Dick Thomas, Joey Thomas and His Band, Floyd Tillman, The Tornados, Beaux Arts Trio, Irving Fields Trio, The Conley Graves Trio, Top Hatters Trio, Arthur Tracy (The Street Singer), Travelers, Ernest Tubb, Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Turner, Twelve Clouds Of Joy, Tune Twisters,


Mitsuko Uchida,


Eddie Valencia's Beachcombers, Jake Vaughan, Joe Venuti,


Waikikians, Fred Waring, Gerald Wiggins, Jimmy Wakely, Williams Walsh, Ethel Waters, Paula Watson, Russell Watson, Chick Webb, Julian Lloyd Webber, Ted Weems, Bishop Wells, Kitty Wells, Hayley Westenra, George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings, Georgia White, Frances May White, The Wilburn Brothers, Lee Wiley, Audrey Williams, John Williams, Mary Lou Williams, Foy Willing, Happy Wilson, Jodie Brooke Wilson, Winnick Orchestra, Jimmy Work, Johnny Wright,



Joe Venuti and His Blue Four, Victor Young and His Orchestra,


Eddie Zack, Eddie Zack and His Dude Ranchers, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Hans Zimmer, Zutty (Singleton),

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