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The E-Discographer #1 May, 2000
Welcome to the premier issue of the e-magazine devoted to recorded sound from the pre-microgroove era. This edition features a mix of new research and classic reprints which have not been widely circulated. Your contributions are welcome, the essential goal of this publication is to generate discussion and unearth new information. Please address all correspondence to davdieh@aol.com
Edisonia by Ray Wile

"Laterally Last"

Introducing Pathe's Chanticleer
The Beverly Hill Billies

By Ken Griffis
Fox Movietone Records

Conducted by Vince Giordano
The First Jazz Record of All?

By Brian Rust
OKeh Research

from Ross Laird

This issue's contributors in brief: Cary Ginell is a broadcaster as well as the author of, among many other works, The Decca Hillbilly Discography, 1927-1945. He has produced an impressive series of Western Swing reissues for Origin Jazz Library; Vince Giordano is a former researcher at BMG (the present owner of the Victor label) as well as the leader of and arranger for the Nighthawks an outstanding 1930's style band; Ken Griffis published many fine biographies of country artists before he passed away July 10, 2008; Ross Laird's publications include Moanin' Low: A Discography of Female Popular Vocal Recordings, 1920-1933 and the 4 volume Brunswick Records (Greenwood Press, 2001); Brian Rust should need no introduction, he has written some of the most widely respected discographies of pre-WWII recordings [without the aid of a computer]; and Ray Wile is the dean of Edison researchers with an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject and many articles to his credit. The first installment in his Edison Discography Series is avaiable from Mainspring Press.
It is a great pleasure to bring their work to the Internet.