Tuesday, August 29, 2006

MP Label

The card board Hit of the week records were made by Durium, a firm established in the late 1920s in the US that made record needles and cheap unbreakable card board records. These card board records were cheap ( only 0,15 US$) , unbreakable, flexible and light weight. As they were made of card board with a layer of Durium, a kind of acetate, it was also a very durable record. They decided to make a weekly record that would contain the Hits of the that week, the HIT OF THE WEEK. This weekly series were released between 1930 and summer 1932.

To sell old stock Durium decided to export these records to Europe.They were sold as HIT OF THE WEEKS in most West European countries. In France they didn't want foreign influences and so the label print was erased and re[placed by a French label like SEFONO. Some dancings or record shops tried to sell their own labeled card board record. So did Le Metro Pelletiers, a venue for dancing, at the Rue de la Victoire in Paris, who published their MP label.

We don't know how many different MP records were released, but some have been listed. Thanks to Han Enderman, who is always searching for rare record labels on auction lists I got two nice pictures of these labels.


HIT-OF-THE-WEEK ORCHESTRA BERT HIRSCH, DIRECTOR [2tp-tb-2as-ts-3v-p-banj g-tu-dm-vo] Bert Hirsch dir., Mannie Klein tp, Dick Robertson vo.
Recorded New York City, c Sep. 1930
1106 B D / MY BLUEBIRD WAS CAUGHT IN THE RAIN {Mi pájaro azul se mojó las alas} Fox-Trot Creamer Rich - DR vo
Originally released as HOW 1106/ MP 1106

HIT-OF-THE-WEEK ORCHESTRA BERT HIRSCH, DIRECTOR. [2tp-tb-2as-ts- oboe-3v-p-banj hawaiian g-xyl-tu-dm-vo] Bert Hirsch dir., Mannie Klein tp, Dick Robertson vo.
Recorded New York City, c Oct. 1930
1111 C / IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TO-NIGHT {Si pudiera estar contigo} Fox-Trot Creamer Johnson - DR vo <>
Originally released as HOW 1111/ MP 1111

Online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert. )

This contribution is also published at my http://keepswinging.blogspot.com


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