Hit of the Week

Hit of the Week (U.S.A.) / c. 1932

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Design: The label name is custom-drawn to fit available space, in a style very similar to 1940s labels (e.g. Roost). The record sleeve (below) features a very fine commercial illustration of a smartly-dressed six-man combo playing violin, double bass, trombone, drums etc. The concept of 'hit records' came in with the growth of commercial radio stations, which developed self-serving programs airing slickly-produced styles of music, encouraging listeners to purchase records, the sales of which could then be 'charted' week by week. Eventually 'pop music' became a huge industry, increasingly focused on the teenage segment of the population, with musicians coming from the same age bracket. As the number of musicians in bands dwindled (electric amplification doing away with the need for massed instruments to achieve the required volume to fill dance halls), so did the variety in the type of instruments used.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Dave Dixon of Canada, who writes: "This is the last issue (June, 1932) of this American label, which dates from 1930-32, and was a 10 inch cardboard disc with a vinyl plastic surface. The whole run of Hit of the Weeks has now been issued on CDs by Archeophone."

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