Harmonia

Harmonia Records Corp. (U.S.A.) / 1946

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Design: A rather unattractive and badly printed design, featuring a stringed harp either side of the label name.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "[The Dana Harmonizers] were the first American group under the wings of Polish music maverick Danilowski (called 'Dan' in his native Poland). Until the war broke out, he had been the pianist and arranger of the famous Polish Chór Dana, who were quite a name in Europe. Somehow he managed to emigrate to the U.S.A. in 1940, and immediately began to build up a new musical empire. The Dana Harmonizers seem to have been aimed mainly at the mainstream market, specializing in old-time and traditional songs, movie hits and similar fare, whereas a new Chór Dana catered to the Polish community. With his earnings, Danilowski (or rather Walt Dana, as he began to call himself) started his own record label in 1946, called Dana. A mere three years later, he was the third biggest record producer in the U.S.A., outranking such companies as Decca, Mercury, and Capitol."




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