25 September 2010

Goodson and Boots

The GOODSON GRAMOPHONE RECORD CO. LTD. London, England - as its full manufacturers indentification was labeled, produced commercial recordings between 1929 and 1931. One of the characteristic features of these white flexible records, made of a non-flammable material called rhodoid was that it had no separate (paper) label around the spindle hole like regular records, but its complete surface could be used for printed messages.

Goodson was a short lived record label which produced a flexible type of records in England between December 1929 and February 1931. They were made of a white opaque celluloid named Rhodoid, which was labeled as Non-Inflammable ( The earliest Goodsons were inflammable). Goodson produced advertisement and custom records too, like other flexible record labels, for Boots The Chemists (Always Open Day and Night), Wellsbach Lamps (United for Service To Give Good Gaslight), Henleys and British Record Washer Soap ( A free Goodson Record without advertising matter for Eighteen Cartons of Britisch record Washer Soap).

Goodson produced also custom records, selling its surface for promotional messages. In a few previous blogs I told you about the records, released to promote the Mawson Antarctic Expedition of 1929 and about the a record issued at the 1929-1930 Exposicion Internacional de Barcelona.

Today I love to introduce you to Goodson's Boots advertisement records. Judith W., archivist of Boots the Chemist asked me for information about these records. She sent me scans from one of the records in its archive. Love to share with you these two scans and two from my own collection.



DANCING WITH MY BABY ( 31275-1) George Beaver

Irving Kaufman vocal, accompanied by a piano and clarinet ( could be: Fred Hall and Eddie Grosso). Recorded in New York City ca. 1928-1929. Released commercially ca. 1929 as GOODSON No. 118, but here presented as a Boots The Chemists promo record. ( type: The finest chemist's service in Great Britain - Over 800 branches at your service. ( collection Boots - Nottingham).

TOGETHER (31250) - Lou Gold's Orchestra
Irving Kaufman vocal. rest unknown.
Recorded in New York City ca. 1928-1929. Released commercially ca. 1929 as GOODSON No. 105, but here presented as a Boots The Chemists promo record. ( type: For all Surgical Invalid & Nursery Requisites. You are safe in dealing with Boots the Chemists - Over Eight Hundred Branches Throughout Great Britain)
( collection Boots - Nottingham).
JUST A NIGHT FOR MEDITATION Foxtrot with Vocal Chorus (31295) - Marathon Dance Orchestra
Marathon Dance Orchestra ( = Fred Hal and his Orchestra): personel unknown. Arthur Fields vocal.

Recorded in New York City ca July 1928. Released commercially ca. 1929 as the first GOODSON No. 101, but here presented as a Boots The Chemists promo record. ( type: Dispensing Chemists to the Nation - Over 800 Branches in Great Britain) ( collection Hans Koert).

TALK ABOUT HEAVEN Foxtrot with Vocal Chorus (31210) - Pennsylvania Melody Syncopators
Pennsylvania Melody Syncopators ( = Fred Hall and his Orchestra): Jack Mollick trumpet, Eddie Groosso cl as - Philip d' Archy h v p washboard - Fred Hall p dir - Albert Russo banj, l morse tu - Joseph Mayo dm. prob. Arthur Fields vocal.

Recorded in New York City ca December 1927. Released commercially ca. 1929 on Duophone (Duo M-172 and M-175) and Goodson Nº 109 and 137), but here presented as a Boots The Chemists promo record. ( type: Always Open Day and Night - Boots The Chemists) ( collection Hans Koert).

SERENATA (4260P) - Vornos ( = Celeste Vornos mezzo sop.)
Recorded in Italy ca. 1928 and released commercially as Goodson Nº 144, but here presented as a Boots The Chemist promo record ( Type: Gifts for every occasion. Buy them from Boots The Chemists Over 800 Branches in Great Britain). ( collection unknown)


CHE GELIDA MANIMA ( 5405) La Boheme - Guido Volpi tenor
Recorded in Italy ca. 1928 and released commercially as Goodson Nº 148, but here presented as a Boots The Chemist promo reord ( Type: for Perfumery, Face Powders, Creams, Soaps, Bristle Goods and Toilet Requisites Boots The Chemists Perfumers & Toilet Specialists)( collection unknown)

This are six advertisements by Boots The Chemists as found on three Goodson records. I found the information for some more.

SE IL MIO NOME SAPER (5277) "Barber of Sevilla" - Amilcare Pozzoli, tenor

Recorded in Italy ca. 1928 and never commercially released by Goodson, but here presented as a Boots The Chemist promo record( Type: The finest chemist's service ........)

COME UN BEL DI DI MAGGIO (5280) "Andrea Chenier" = Comm. Ismaele Voltolini, Tenor

Recorded in Italy ca. 1928 and released commercially as Goodson Nº 148, but here presented as a Boots The Chemist promo record ( Type: for all Surgical .........)

CIELO E MAR (5727) "Gioconda"= Cav. Oreste di Bernardi, Tenor

Recorded in Italy ca. 1928 and commercially released as Goodson Nº147, but here presented as a Boots The Chemist promo record ( Type: Gifts for every occasion. .)
SEMPRE LIBERA ( 5272) Traviata (Verdi) - Poletti, soprano

Recorded in Italy ca. 1928 and never commercially released by Goodson, but here presented as a Boots The Chemist promo record ( Type: for Perfumery,.......) This record was also used for a Goodson Welsbach advertisement record)

OLOHA OE (sic) (31309) Hawaian Guitar (Duet) = Ferrera and Paaluhi ( Frank Ferera and John K. Paaluhi)

Recorded in New York City, July 1928 and commercially released as Goodson Nº 126, but here presented as a Boots The Chemist promo record ( Type: Boots The Chemists Dispensing Chemists to the Nation Over 800 Branches In Great Britain)

ISLE OF PARADISE (41512) Hawaian Guitar & Xylophone Duet = Ferrera & Franchusi (= Frank Ferera and Anthoni Franchini)

Recorded in New York City, 1st of November 1920 and never commercially released by Goodson, but here presented as a Boots The Chemist promo record( Type: Always Open .....) This record was also used for a Goodson Miss Blanche Virginia Cigarettes advertisement)

Serenade Rimpianto (4259) - Vornos ( = Celeste Vornos) (TYPE: unknown) = Siciliano - O Lola "Cavalleria Rusticana (5728) - Cav. Oreste di Bernardi ten. w. orch. (TYPE: The finest Chemists ...)

Let's Make Whoopee ( 31288-1)- Jack Kaufman with orch acc. (TYPE: unknown) = And Then Foxtrot with vocal Chorus (31321-1) Fred Hall and his Orchestra ( TYPE: Always Open ...)

These sides learn that the tunes used for the advertisements seem to be selected at random from its commercial catalogue. Arthur Badrock lists in his The Goodson Record Discography some more coupling known of Boots The Chemists ads, most Italian classical music feasturing artists like the mezzo soprano Celeste Vornos and US crooners like Irving Kaufman. As I don't know what type of advertisements were used I haven't posted this list here, but I hope collectors of Goodson Records will inform me and/or send me their label scans from the Boots The Chemists advertisements in their collections to get a complete overview of these Goodson advertisement records.: keepswinging@live.nl

When the Goodson Record Co. Ltd. in London broke in the early 1930s Boots The Chemists found a new advertisement medium in Sound Distributors, the successor of Durium Products (G.B.) Ltd. (Slough).

I hope this helps Judith of the Boots archive in Nottingham (UK). Thanks for sharing the scans with us.

This contribution will be edited too for the Keep Swinging blog in an English and Dutch version soon.


Hans Koert
keepswinging@live.nl


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