How Did We Get the Library?

AlbumsImagine that you were given the task of recording hundreds of high quality music tracks, all in a matter of months, for an upstart company specializing in music delivery.  Record labels wouldn’t give you the rights to their libraries, so you have no other choice than to do it yourself.  Now imagine it’s 1934 and you’re in the midst of The Depression, so money and studios are extremely hard to come by.

After years of research and digging through our archives and history, it still amazes me that we (Muzak) were able to get it done.  Within just a few months Muzak was on the air to hundreds of businesses and residences in Cleveland and New York.  By the late ‘30s, we were delivering to thousands all over the east coast.

With Ben Selvin at the controls, the quality of the recordings in those early days was superb and the artists he persuaded to record at our Muzak studios in Manhattan were the best in the industry.

How about another example?  On November 5, 1937 Ben invited Ray Sinatra and his Orchestra in for a session.  Just a year earlier, Ray had recorded his first gig with Ben at Muzak, so it was time for more.  The talent in this family was very apparent and Mr. Selvin wanted to take full advantage.

Here is a track from this 1937 Muzak session.

Contributed by Bruce McKagan, Muzak Archives Director

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Tagged as: 30s music, Muzak Archives, Old Music, Ray Sinatra

1 Comment

  1. Hey All!
    Bruce… so great to see you keeping the memory of my Grandpa alive. Thank you so much for posting and for keeping Muzak going!
    Would love to see you guys sometime…!
    Bye for now!
    Emily Selvin

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