Paul whiteman rhapsody in blue / an american in paris

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The Grand Award Record Label was formed in 1955 in Harrison, New Jersey. The President of the label was orchestra leader Enoch Light. The label produced pop, jazz and gospel music. The subsidiary labels were Audition, Colortone, Command Performance and Waldorf Music Hall. Grand Award and all of it's subsidiary labels were acquired by Am-Par Record Corporation in October 1959. ABC-Paramount continued to use the Grand Award label sporadically at least to 1966. Enoch Light was head of A&R for Grand Award after the purchase by Am-Par.

The early Grand Award label was black with silver print, although some issues are known with maroon labels. This changed to blue with silver print. After ABC took over, several albums were reissued in a new 200 series using an orange label with black print.

The story and discography was developed using our record collections, The American Record Label Directory and Dating Guide, 1940-1959 , Schwann Catalogs from 1955 to 1976, a Phonolog from 1962 and discographical information on Spaced Out: The Enoch Light web site.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail . Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Grand Award Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (all of which are out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2002, 2003 by Mike Callahan.

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Rhapsody in Blue premiered in an afternoon concert on Tuesday, February 12, 1924, held by Paul Whiteman and his band Palais Royal Orchestra, entitled An Experiment in Modern Music , which took place in Aeolian Hall in New York City. [10] Many important and influential composers of the time such as John Philip Sousa and Sergei Rachmaninoff were present. The event has since become historic specifically because of its premiere of the Rhapsody .

Despite not yet having written down much of the piano part, Gershwin scored a triumphant success with the work which today is hailed as a landmark in American music.

Whiteman became the most popular band director of that decade. In a time when most dance bands consisted of six to ten men, Whiteman directed a much larger and more imposing group of up to 35 musicians. By 1922, Whiteman already controlled some 28 ensembles on the East Coast and was earning over a $1,000,000 a year. [13]

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