Decca Records

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One of the oldest record companies. Founded by Edward Lewis.
Had subsidiaries: Brunswick Records, Gennet Records.
Distributed RCA 1957-1971, and Atlantic until 1966.
Became part of Polygram in 1980, which was subsumed by Universal in 1998.
Decca retains the copyright for the names London Records and FFRR, although these are distributed under license by Warner Music Group. (London Records was originally used for US releases only, due to complicated copyright issues).
Chiefly known as classical and jazz label, Decca also had many releases during the rock n' roll era. The label boss famously passed on the opportunity to sign The Beatles, but did have a contract with The Rolling Stones. When the Stones left in the 1970s, Decca declined markedly as a pop music label.
The huge Decca back catalogue is licensed to hundreds of re-issue labels on short-term deals, while original Decca recordings also appear on Verve, Polygram TV and many other UMG imprints.
Note that copyrights expired in Europe (50 years limit) for a good part of the Decca catalog, making it freely available (public domain). This is one of the reasons you now find Decca cuts on many budget/slacky releases (though American copyright holders - the Verve Music Group mainly - still claim rights on these and still - obviously - have control over unreleased material).

Annotation last modified on 2008-10-05 19:33 UTC.


Decca Records began as a British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Its U.S. label was established in late 1934 by Lewis along with American Decca's first president Jack Kapp and later American Decca president Milton Rackmil; as a result of World War II, the link with the British company was broken for several decades.

The British label was renowned for its development of recording methods, while the American company developed the concept of cast albums in the musical genre. Both wings are now part of the Universal Music Group which is owned by Vivendi, a media conglomerate headquartered in France. The American Decca label was the foundation label, which evolved into UMG.

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Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Who Told You I Cared? / The Chimes of Notre Dame Roy Smeck’s Serenaders 10" Vinyl 2 2795 [none]
If What You Say Is True / Seventeen Roy Smeck’s Serenaders 10" Vinyl 2 2809 [none]
Southern Lullaby / Who Taught You That The Radiolans Vinyl 2 F272
The Blue Duke / Shake Your Hip The Radiolans Vinyl 2 F273
Brown Skin Shuffle / Stovepipe Stomp Big Bill Broonzy Vinyl 2 40074
Beef Man Blues / Throw Me in the Alley Tee McDonald / Peetie Wheatstraw & His Blue Blowers Vinyl 2 7018
Chickasaw Train Blues (Low Down dirty Thing) / Banana Man Blues (I Don't Want That Thing) Memphis Minnie Vinyl 2 7019
Stars Fell on Alabama / Give Me a Heart to Sing To Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians Vinyl 2 104
Why Do You Close Your Eyes / They Didn't Believe Me Victor Young & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 136
Miss Otis Regrets / Moonglow Ethel Waters Vinyl 2 140
On the Sunny Side of the Street / Blue Minor Chick Webb and His Orchestra Vinyl 2 172
The Continental / La Cucaracha Ambrose and His Orchestra Vinyl 2 373
Don't Be That Way / It's Over Because We're Through Chick Webb and His Orchestra Vinyl 2 483
Cattle Call / Pride of Prairie Tex Owens Vinyl 2 5015
Mean Mistreatin' Blues / Yo Yo Mama Blues Jimmie Gordon Vinyl 2 7020
Milk Cow Blues / Old Original Kokomo Blues Kokomo Arnold Vinyl 2 7027 [none]
Lullaby of Broadway / I'm Going Shopping With You Wini Shaw Vinyl 2 408
All Night Long Blues / Numbers Blues Peetie Wheatstraw Vinyl 2 7082
Sylvester and His Mule Blues / When You're Asleep Memphis Minnie Vinyl 2 7084
St. Louis Blues / It Don’t Mean a Thing Stéphane Grappelli and His Hot Four 10" Vinyl 2 23032
It's Easy to Remember / Swanee River Bing Crosby & Georgie Stoll 10" Shellac 2 391 [none]
Love and Kisses / Are You Here to Stay? Chick Webb and His Orchestra Vinyl 2 494
Rhythm and Romance / Moonlight and Magnolias Chick Webb and His Orchestra Vinyl 2 588
I May Be Wrong / I'll Chase the Blues Away Chick Webb and His Orchestra Vinyl 2 640
Moon Glow / It Don’t Mean a Thing Stéphane Grappelli and His Hot Four 10" Vinyl 2 F-5381 [none]
Limehouse Blues / I Got Rhythm Quintette du Hot Club de France 10" Vinyl 2 F-5780 [none]
St. Louis Blues / China Boy Quintette du Hot-Club de France avec Django Reinhardt et Stéphane Grappelli 10" Vinyl 2 F-5824 [none]
I’ve Found a New Baby / It Was So Beautiful Stéphane Grappelli and His Hot Four 10" Vinyl 2 F-5943 [none]
Chasing Shadows / Some of These Days Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot-Club de France avec Stéphane Grappelly 10" Vinyl 2 F-6002
Clouds / Believe it, Beloved Stéphane Grappelli et le Quintette du Hot-Club de France, avec Django Reinhardt 10" Vinyl 2 Y-5178
Crying Mother Blues / Streamline Train Red Nelson Vinyl 2 7171
Black Snake Swing / I'll Never Fall in Love Again Victoria Spivey Vinyl 2 7203
Southern Casey Jones / Lonesome Day Blues Jesse James Vinyl 2 7213
Drinking Man Blues / Country Fool Blues Peetie Wheatstraw Vinyl 2 7228
New Vicksburg Blues / Louise Louise Blues Johnny Temple Vinyl 2 7244
Darktown Strutters' Ball / My Last Affair Ella Fitzgerald and Her Savoy Eight Vinyl 2 1061
Shine / Organ Grinder's Swing Ella Fitzgerald and Her Savoy Eight Vinyl 2 1062
Jealous Hearted Me / My Native Home The Carter Family Vinyl 2 5241
There's No One Like Mother to Me / No Depression in Heaven The Carter Family Vinyl 2 5242
Old Faded Photograph / Last Love Call Yodel Rex Griffin Vinyl 2 5269
Misty Islands Of The Highlands / The Wheel Of The Wagon Is Broken Jan Garber & His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 717 [none]
Lone Wolf Blues / Don't Sell It, Don't Give It Away Oscar Woods Vinyl 2 7219
Weed Smoker’s Dream / Little Girl The Harlem Hamfats 10" Vinyl 2 7234
Driving Wheel Blues / Barrel House Man The Honeydripper Vinyl 2 7252
Rhythm Saved The World / Basin Street Blues Jan Garber & His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 803 [none]
Did I Remember / I'm Just Beginning To Care Jan Garber & His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 859 [none]
I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) / I Can't Escape From You Bing Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 871 [none]
Let’s Call a Heart a Heart / Pennies From Heaven Bing Crosby with Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 947 [none]
[Album No. 207] The Quintet of The Hot Club of France with Django Reinhardt (Guitar) & Stephane Grappelly (Violin) 3×10" Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2
You Don't Know My Mind / Walking the Street Georgia White Vinyl 2 7277