Saturday, December 09, 2006

Jack Norman - Chick Bullock


Thanks to Jerry Priessen I was pointed to some flexible records that are for sale on eBay; a Goodson, a Filmophone and this beautiful set containing a durium record covered in a Veckans skiva sleeve.

These flexible records all date from the late 1920s and 1930s and were an answer to the very vulnerable shellack records. They were cheap, light weight and unbreakable. Nowadays most of these records are rare and good copies are difficult to find.
What about this Veckans skiva? It was released in Sweden on the 27 th of May 1932 in a weekly range. this one is number 6 and the series of Veckans skiva (means Weekly Record) went up to ca. 100 in 1933. The sleeve was, of course, to protect the record inside, but contained also information about showbizz and entertainment. This one has a sensationell intervju med den världberömde filmjäleten Ramon Novarro om Greta Garbo. Inside a durium record, a kind of Hit of the week, originally recorded in the US for export to Europe. The matrices were brought to Europe, by ship I guess, and the record, made from card board covered by an acetate called Durum, were made in Slough, a suburb of London. These recordings were made in the second half of the 1931 by named artists. The band was actually Phil Spitalny's Music, who is reponsible for most Durium's Hit of the week recordings (a series made in the US similiar to these Veckans Skiva's).
He accompanied the Paul sisters, a popular vocal group ( but who are the members?) and the famous Chick Bullock. As Chick Bullock was under contract for ARC reords in the US he wasn't allowed to sing on this recording, so he cooperated ( I guess he wanted some extra income due to the depression) under the conditions that the records should never be issued in the US. His name is on the cover and label in full, but Phil Spitalny used a pseudonym, Jack Norman.

These Veckans Skiva covers are beautiful coloured and much more collectible then the dull Hit of the week or Durium covers.

If you're anxious to learn more about these flexible records, visit my
Flexible Records web log too. This web log and the web log you're looking at give more information about other flexible records.

Keep swinging

Hans Koert

Author of the Hit of the week-Durium discographies.

You can contact me at
keepswinging@live.nl with the names of the Paul sisters, for instance or other questions about these flexible records.

This contribution is also posted at:
Keep swinging web log


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