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Re: [ARSCLIST] Gotham Records and Goody Records
So this was the same Gotham of the late 1940's? Quite amazing the same family still runs the
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
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Aaron Levinson" <aaron.levinson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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