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Guide to Discographical Research: Periodicals

This is a guide to the range of resources useful for gathering information about specific recordings.


A number of periodicals for recordings dealers provide information about release dates, among other useful detailsBelow are several of the most useful titles for discographical research:

Additional titles can be identified using the following subject headings:

Record company periodicals

A number of major record labels produced monthly newsletters and other periodicals announcing their new releases and special promotions. Below is a list of those held by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.

Capitol Records
The Capitol newsMusic views

Columbia Records: PlaybackCoda: News of the New LP RecordsColumbia's disc digestThe Columbia record

Edison RecordsAlong Broadway; the Edison musical magazineEdison Amberola monthlyEdison diamond pointsEdison phonograph monthly

EMI: Artist life

Gramophone Co.: The Voice: the magazine of the Gramophone Co. Ltd.

Good Time Jazz, Contemporary Records, Inc.: GTJ & CR news

EMG: The Monthly letter, a critical review of recent recordings from E.M.G. Hand-Made Gramophones LTD.

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Sonora Phonograph Co.: The Sonora bell

PhilipsPhilips music herald

VictorVictor record reviewThe voice of the Victor.   

Warner/Reprise Records: Circular

Warner Bros.: What's happeningWord of mouth 

Periodicals in Full Text via World Radio History

The World Radio History website offers full text of a number of periodicals for recordings dealers, such as BillboardCash BoxDisc / Music EchoDownbeatEdison Phonograph MonthlyR&R Magazine (“Radio & Records")Record WhirlRecord World / Music Vendor, and Talking Machine World & Radio Merchant, among others

To search for titles, click on the “Music Magazines” tab and select either “US Music Industry” or “UK Music Magazines.”