Gallotone 1

Gallotone (South Africa) / c. 1957

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Design: A lively brush script logo, with swooping swashes above and below (compare logo style and rooster image with the Pathé design from 1919; perhaps the rooster is also a play on the 'Gallic' overtones inherent in the label name). The logo is surrounded by organic fretwork much in the 1920s style of Gennett, Vocalion, Brunswick etc. The notation 'Tumbuka/Henga' above the spindle hole refers to a sub-cultural tribal group in South Africa, who had their own dialect.

History: Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes: "Named after the the label's founder, Eric Gallo. Launched in 1926, the company had a licensing agreement with U.K. Decca."




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