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Re: [ARSCLIST] Gotham Records and Goody Records

Hi Aaron:

So this was the same Gotham of the late 1940's? Quite amazing the same family still runs the company.

Yes, those are fun records. The Don Jose version of "The Peanut Vendor" is nice and also their original "Rhumba at the Waldorf." Interesting how much levels and shellac quality vary just within the album. Records 1, 3 and 4 contain at least one side each of good levels and relatively quiet surface but record 2 is very noisy and low level and a couple of the other sides have low level on quieter surfaces.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "Aaron Levinson" <aaron.levinson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Gotham Records and Goody Records

Amazingly Gotham still survives today as the Discmaker empire. They recently bought CD Baby as a matter of fact. The Empire label was owned by Morris Ballen and the Ballen family to my knowledge are still in the driver's seat. They actually put out a surprisingly good number of records in a variety of genres. I do not believe that the Gotham catalog has ever been reissued but
someone should do it as the stuff was quite hip overall. As far as the Goody connection goes I would be surprised if it was not Sam
Goody as Morris and Sam were to my knowledge contemporaries.


Tom Fine wrote:
I have a Gotham Records 78-RPM disk, part of an album of Don Jose rhumbas and sambas, that has the top of label with the Gotham emblem obviously pasted on top of the original label. Underneath is the song info and then across the bottom in small print is Goody Record Corp. Was Goody the original company or did Gotham buy out Goody or license Goody sides? Was this Goody the original Sam Goody himself?

I would date this album from the late 1940's. Gotham Album Series G-1, "Rhumbas y Sambas Played by Don Jose and his Orchestra". The other three disks in the set are Gotham original labels. The first three disks are Gotham 101, 102 and 103. The fourth disk, with the pasted Gotham emblem on top is 3004, I'm assuming that's the Goody catalog number.

Thanks for any/all info.

-- Tom Fine

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