Whitehall Record

Whitehall Record (U.K.) / c. 1912

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Design: The label's name evidently takes its name from its business address in Dundee, Scotland, but the amateurishly-drawn sketch shows a mounted trooper of the Household Cavalry standing sentry in a niche outside the Horse Guards building in Whitehall, London. The castellated border above the label name also lends a military quality to the image (perhaps intentionally meant to identify with the high level of patriotic fervour at the beginning of WWI). 'Ragtime' piano music, featuring syncopated rhythm, emerged as a full-fledged craze around 1912; blues and jazz would soon follow in its wake.

History: Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes that this 'super-rare' Scottish label only produced about five or six issues; that its masters came from Beka or Favorite, and that it was produced for the Dundee music shop Largs and Sons, who in the 1950s produced Unolla Records, and that the company went out of business in the late 1960s.




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