Bell Records chronological information

Various articles about Bell Records can be found in Billboard magazines of the 1950's. This page shows all Bell related info taken from these magazines.

November 29, 1952

NEW LOW-PRICE POPS - Book Firm Tests 35c Bell Records
New York, Nov.22.-Cloaked with a maximum of secrecy, a new line of pop records selling for 35 cents a disk is being quietly tested in a few stores in and around New York. This new label, called Bell Records, is owned by Pocket Books, Inc., and is the book publisher's first venture as a record producer. The firm has, however, considerable experience in record distribution, serving as distributor for Golden Records, the kidisk line produced by Simon & Schuster. The new Bell label is a seven inch, semi-microgroove 78 r.p.m. disk that plays as the normal 10-inch record. The disks are produced by injection molding by Bestway Products in Rahway, N.J., a pioneer in the field of injection molding. Bestway also molds Golden Records for Simon & Schuster. The release being tested consists of 10 different records, all current or recent pop hits, such as "Jambalaya", "Wish You Were Here", "I Went To Your Wedding" and "Walking My Baby Back Home". The masters for nine of the 10 records were leased from Prom Records, a local 10-inch new line the day after it went on sale in a Brooklyn McCrory variety store. Thus far this is the only store in New York City known to be selling the records. It was later established that the records have been on sale in a few stores outside of Ney York for the past few weeks. No promotion of any kind has been used by the stores.
Maybe 3 speeds
In confirming the label, a spokesman for the label emphasized that at the present time it is still in the experimental stage. The tests will be continued, according to him, until about the end of this year. At that time it will be decided whether there is room for a 35-cent pop line. Should the decision be affirmative, Bell would be the lowest-priced pop label on the market. If it is decided to go into wholesale distribution, the line will probably be released on all three speeds (78, 45 and 331/3 r.p.m.), each priced at 35 cents. The results of the test are inconclusive to date, according to the exec, with sales ranging from fair to good. The best sales to date have resulted in the McCrory store previously mentioned. It is known that this store's initial stock of the 10 records amounted to 160 units. These were almost completely sold out during the first day. The store immediately placed a heavy re-order.
The introduction of this new Bell label gives rise to certain speculation. The ability to produce and sell profitably a nationally-distributed line of pop disks to sell at the low 35-cent price will undoubtedly be carefully watched by all segments of the trade. The use of the seven-inch, semi-microgroove disk reactivates speculation in this area. Several months ago Modern and its subsidiary, RPM, began shipping deejays copies of this type disk, altho the latter were not injection molded. At that time there were recurring rumors in the trade that others would follow suit. Philips, the Dutch combine which recently entered the international record business, is pushing this type of platter. Another area of conjecture is that of injection molding. Tho the major labels are known to have experimented in this field only Golden Records has used this production method to any degree.

April 4, 1953

Pocket Books Takes on Bell As Subsidiary
NEW YORK, March 28.-The advent of another low-priced record label on the market became a fact this week with the disclosure that Bell Records, Inc., had been taken on as subsidiary of Pocket Books, Inc., part of the Marshall Field enterprises. Bell Records actually has been on the market for a number of months on a test basis as previously reported in The Billboard. Market tests of this 35-cent label have been successful enough to warrant the decision to go ahead on a full scale.
Tho all plans have not been completed, the label will have its first official release in September. It will record hit pop tunes, standards and new tunes. A spokesman of the firm disclosed that altho hit tunes will be waxed, a definite effort will be made to make these interpretations original rather than carbon copies of the hit version. Distribution will be thru Pocket Books' 7" independent jobbers thruout the country on a voluntary basis. Royalty payments to publishers will be 1.25 cents a side, the normal mechanicals collected from the low-priced labels. Personnel of the new label has not yet been announced.
In the last few months, negotiations have been carried on with major record companies by Pocket Books to test revolutionary - to - the - record - business idea whereby the same version of a hit would be available on both the major label originator at the regular price, and the Bell label at 35 cents. This would be similar to what has become a regular practice in the book publishing business. Major labels turned thumbs down on the idea so Pocket Books decided to strike out on its own.
Pocket Books is a sister organization of Simon & Schuster, producers of Golden Records.

May 23, 1953

Pocket Books to Ring in 35c Bell Label Sept. 1
NEW YORK, May 16. - Pocket Books, Inc., affiliated book publishing outfit of Simon & Schuster, has set September 1 as the release date of its line of 35-cent pop disks on the Bell label. As previously reported in The Billboard, the Bell operation was tested in 12 cities from September to December last year. Platters will be seven-inch, 78 r.p.m., with 45 r.p.m. platters due to be issued later. Pressings will be injection molded, and disks will be packaged in three color sleeves of standard design. The diskery has already named Arthur Shimkin as artists repertoire director, with Larry Clinton and Jimmy Carroll as assistants. Shimkin is currently a.&r. topper for Simon & Schuster's Golden line of kidisks. Bell will concentrate on current hits and standard material, but won't "copy" or "imitate" the sound of the hit platters. The 35-cent price will include excise tax.
Hunts Names
The diskery is dickering with some name and semi-name artists to wax the first sessions. Plans for cutting standards, according to Shimkin, center around the publisher coming up with an idea on how the oldie can be recorded in order to spark interest in the song. The diskery looks upon itself as similar to Pocket Books, which waits for trade book publishers to "prove" a new book. After it has been proved, then Pocket Books will issue the "re-prints".
Bell disks will be available thru all the regular 150,000 Pocket Books outlets plus the regular retail record stores. Since all records will be fully returnable, the label will not issue the trade term "release date", but consider the issuance of new records as "shipping dates".
Ready for distribution along with the disks will be two wire racks, a floor model and a counter model, each with 20 pockets. In addition, the label will make available at cost a newly designed three-speed demonstrator with a separate speaker. Equipment was designed and will be manufactured by the Dynavox Corporation.

July 25, 1953

NAMM Meeting Gets Brush-Off for Second Time by Record Industry
CHICAGO, July 18. - Just as a year ago, there was again little official evidence at the annual music merchants' trade show to indicate that phonograph records are a part of the music business.
Kiddie Firms
Holding the fort for the record industry were principally indie kiddie lines such as Simon & Schuster, Brason Associates and Peter Pan. S.&S. also showed its new 35-cent pop label, Bell Records.

August 15, 1953

Palitz Joins Bell Records As A&R Exec
NEW YORK, Aug. 8. - Morty Palitz, former a.&r. chief for Decca Records, this week was set in a similar capacity for the new low-priced Bell pop label which will be marketed this fall by Pocket Books.
Neither Pocket Books execs nor Palitz were available at press time for comment on the deal, but it was admitted that Palitz would be cutting sessions for the new diskery, which is affiliated with the Simon & Schuster book and kidisk firm. It is believed that Palitz has a sales participation deal.
Bell label disks will retail for 35 cents and feature current pop hits and standards. The label has been making short-term or one-session deals with names and semi-names and has already waxed some standard material early release.

August 29, 1953

35-Cent Pop 78's Make Bow Sept. 1 - Pocket Books to Issue 8 7-inch Singles, With Haymes, Clinton, Forrest, Carroll
NEW YORK, Aug. 22. - Bell Records, the 35-cent pop label being issued by Pocket Books, Inc., will bow on September 1 with eight singles on 78-r.p.m., seven-inch disks. Among the artists featured on the first release are Bob Haymes, Snooky Lanson, Helen Forrest, Larry Clinton, Cab Calloway, Anne Lloyd and Jimmy Carroll.
Four disks will couple two current hits back-to-back, while the other four disks will be standards. Initial pressing order on the injection-moulded records is set as 100,000 copies per disk. A "token" number of 45 r.p.m. disks will also be pressed for certain outlets.
Distribution has already been set up thru major department stores; Woolworth, Neisner, Kress, Kresge, Murphy chain stores; drug outlets like Whelan, Walgreen and Katz; supermarket chains from coast to coast, and newsstands and regular retail stores.
Distributors include 750 independent newspaper and magazine wholesalers, Pocket Books field reps and regular disk distributors like Coral in New York, Schwartz Bros. in Washington, Brason in Chicago, and Hartstone in Boston.
First Release
Plans call for four additional disks each month on a semi-monthly basis. Half of the release will be standards and half will cover the big hits on regular-priced labels. Pop tunes on the first release include "With These Hands", "No Other Love", "You, You, You", "Crying In The Chapel", "Hey, Joe", "Vaya Con Dios", "Gambler's Guitar", and "Moulin Rouge". Standards include "Minnie The Moocher", "Deep Purple", "My Reverie" and "I'll Get By".
Part of the merchandising program includes the issuance of four different kinds of racks; a floor model, two regular counter models and a circular counter rack. Also being made available at cost is a three-speed demonstrator phonograph especially manufactured for Pocket Books by Dynavox. Dealers are being offered a package deal of a rack, the demonstrator, and a basic stock of records for $50. Racks will be equipped with colored display cards listing the tunes. Changes for the card holder will be shipped with each release.
Other artists already lined up by the label are Tony Russo, Jan Arden, Frances Langford, Judy Johnson, Bob Crosby, Jane Harvey, Maddy Russell and Si Milano. Morty Palitz is acting as recording director for the diskery under a.&.r. chief Arthur Shimkin. Palitz, like most of the artists, is on a non-exclusive basis with the Bell label. Musical directors are Jimmy Carroll and Larry Clinton.
The diskery is also planning to release several albums containing three of the seven-inch disks and retailing for $1.00.

September 5, 1953

EP's Move Into Jazz, Classic, Polka Fields
NEW YORK, Aug. 29,
Bell Records, now putting out a 35-cent, seven-inch pop disk is considering a 49-cent EP line.

September 19, 1953

Birth anouncements SHIMKIN
A son, Jonathan, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shimkin August 15 in New York. Father is artist and repertoire chief for the Golden and Bell record firms.

October 31, 1953

Major Record Firms Verge On Mass Market Selling
NEW YORK, Oct. 24, - Several major dickers are very close to a plunge into the mass distribution field encompassing such outlets as chains, supermarkets, news wholesalers, etc. Forcing the diskeries to edge up on the mass distributions market is the sales action being created by Bell Records, subsidiary of Pocket Books, Inc., which at this point seems chiefly concerned with the problem of adequately gearing its production to meet the demand for its 35-cent disks.
Traditionally, the major diskeries have been opposed to the idea of a 35-cent disk, owing to the small profit margin entailed. However, should the Bell operation develop to the point where it will sell 500,000 copies on average releases-as many estimate will be the case-then it is felt that the majors, for competitive reasons, must pick up the challenge.
Altho diskery execs are loathe to admit it, it is known that all companies, in addition to Victor, are watching the Bell operation very closely-for it is meaningful in many facets. The Bell operation, of course, envisages tapping myriad outlets other than the usual 10,000 retail stores, and reaching classes of consumers who heretofore have not been exposed to disks. The operation is meaningful from an artist and repertoire viewpoint in addition to the unique merchandising aspects-for Bell operates on the theory that the life of a tune and the life of an artist is tremendously greater than would seem to be the case on the usual pop labels. The operation is also very meaningful to the publishing and songwriting fraternities, inasmuch as a greatly expanded consumer disk market would mean proportionally greater royalties-not only from the sale of disks, but also from the sale of sheet music.
Bell, which debuted with its initial releases in September, has already drawn several interesting conclusions relative to the mass distribution field. Chains, for instance, are claimed as very strong sales outlets. Supermarkets are next, and are considerably stronger than drugstores. Also suburban areas prove stronger on sales than metropolitan centers, and independent news wholesalers are better sales outlets than expected. Finally, says Bell, the business must be operated on a 100 per cent return basis. Big Bills
The biggest of the Bell sellers to date have been "Vaya Con Dios" backed with "P.S. I Love You"; "Crying in the Chapel!" backed with "You, You, You"; "Oh" backed with "Walking Behind You" and "Dragnet" backed with "My Love, My Love". As against these pops, standards are 40 per cent lower in sales figures. In a report, Bell illustrates its production problem. A Neisner store in Buffalo received 300 disks on September 24 and sold 163 by the next afternoon. The buyer re-ordered 1,000 by phone. The 1,000 had been slated for three new accounts. These failed to receive records. Bell released eight disks in mid-September. Between September 15 and 30, claims Bell, the company pressed and shipped 800,000 disks, twice the volume originally planned.

December 19, 1953

Bell Steps Up Sked On 35-Cent Releases
NEW YORK, Dec. 12. - The experiences gained by Bell Records in the few months since the Pocket Books, Inc., the 35-cent pop disk label, entered the market have caused some basic shifts in Bell release and production policy.
Key changes are (1) stepped up release schedule, (2) the addition of new and name talent to the roster and (3) recording and pressing new tunes b efore they reach hit status on major labels.
On the latter point, Bell has already released "Changing Partners", "Stranger in Paradise", "Heart of My Heart", and "Oh, My Papa" and is rushing the first lyric version of "Off Shore" and "The Creep". The low-priced diskery has alos cut two tunes from the "Easy to Love" film, which have received very limited attention on other labels. The firm considers this experimental, keeping the release of unproven material down to a minimum and riding with the established hits.
More Releases
It is now certain, says Bell's topper, Arthur Shimkin, that four releases a month is insufficient to supply the demand and keep the consumer choice wide enough. The diskery experimented with cutting down on releases but stepping up production on each number. It is now going back to stepped-up releases as production capacity increases.
New additions to the Bell roster are Lillian Clark, Charlie de Forest, The Magic Strings, a vocal group called the Fellers, and Artie Sanford, who also records as Artie Malvin. More talent acquisitions are expected to be announced shortly.
Current production runs of 100,000 on a number are not sufficient according to Bell, and re-runs of 25,000 and 30,000 have not filled demand either.
Twice as Fast
The diskery has also learned that the top three disks move twice as fast as do the next three, and that standard waxings sell about one-third as well as do the latest tunes.
One of the major chain outlets Neissner Bros,. has opened its entire chain for the Bell line after experimenting with 10 locations. The Neissner plan calls for spotting the Bell racks in locations other than those assigned to disks in the chain's retail outlets. The thinking is based on the experiences gained in the books field.

January 2, 1954

Bell Records Picks Onorati
New York, Dec. 26. - Bell Records, 35-cent disk line issued by Pocket Books, Inc., has named Henry Onorati as national sales manager. Until recently, Onorati has been operating his own advertising and promotion service. He will take his post on January 4. The deal was set for the Bell label by Jim Jacobson, vice-president of Pocket Books. Onorati will concentrate on sales of the line in normal record markets, working with Pocket Books' division managers who handle al PB sales thru chains and syndicates, independent news wholesalers and direct accounts. Onorati formerly handled advertising and promotion for RCA Victor records and Crosley radio and television.

January 2, 1954

Injection and Compression Systems Double Record Output in 3 Years
NEW YORK, Jan. 9. - ... All of the 35-cent seven-inch 78 Bell Records and Bell's 45's are injection molded. ... Bestway, the plant that manufactures Golden and Bell Records, uses both Watson-Stillman and M.&W. molding machines. ... Injection molding machines are made with one to four cavities; some of the new models have eight cavities. Most of the machines being used by Columbia and Bestway are two-cavity machines. The initial cost of an injection molding machine is high, ranging from $25,000 to $30,000. ...

January 16, 1954

Bell Label Eyes Shaw Unit, Dorsey Deals
NEW YORK, Jan. 9. - In a major move to acquire top name artists for its 35-cent, mass-merchandised Bell label, Pocket Books, Inc., is completing negotiations to acquire the Artie Shaw combo and the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey ork and has made some strong pitches to pick up reprint rights on all disks cut by Cadence Records - particularly the Julius LaRosa sides.
The Shaw and Dorsey deals should be finalized in the next few days, while the Cadence acquisition is still in the early talking stages. Cadence's hesitation to sign up is reportedly based on the label's belief that it owes allegiance to its distributors and dealers.
Meanwhile Shaw has also signed with Norman Granz' Clef label, which will issue a series of albums by the Shaw combo. Bell is only interested in getting Shaw for covering pop hits and doing standards on single platters. In all cases the Bell deal is known to call for non-exclusive contracts which permit the artists to work for other labels at the same time, so long as material isn't duplicated.
It is generally believed, also, that Shaw and the Dorseys are being signed as independent manufacturers rather than artists. This would, in effect, mean that Shaw and the Dorseys band would cut their own sides and lease or sell them to Bell in some manner. The sides would, in all probability, return to the artists after a specified length of time. While the Bell label disks issued thus far haven't been going with complete unknowns, the signing of Shaw and Dorsey and the possibility of snaring LaRosa would undoubtedly heighten the consumer appeal of the label's disks of current pop hits and standards. The trade is also particularly cognizant of the non-exclusive character of the pacts being signed by Bell - certainly a departure from the disk industry's long-time adherence to the policy of exclusive artist contracts.

Februari 6, 1954

Bell Kicks Off Major Drive On Jukes, Enters LP Field

February 6, 1954

March 20, 1954

Shaw Ankles Bell Records
NEW YORK, March 13. - Artie Shaw, having barely alighted, this week took off again as he ankled Bell Records. Shaw joined the Bell label with his revived Gramercy Five only last December and has had two records released by the 35-cent label to date.
Shaw left as a result of an impasse with Arthur Shimkin, head of the diskery, over a number of sides Shaw had cut for Bell last December after he and Shimkin had agreed on contract terms. In December, in the face of the possible recording ban, Shaw cut 14 sides with his combo. Shaw's contract with the label called for 20 sides, or 10 records to be released a year, but no agreement could be reached as to when or if Bell should release all 14 sides already cut.
Shaw, charging breach of contract, took the dispute to the American Federation of Musicians. The AFM arbitrated the hassle. Shaw became the owner of the 10 sides still unreleased, and Bell Records retained the rights to continue to sell the four sides already out, for two years. After that, these sides too, will revert to Shaw. Shaw is now free to make single records for another label. Norman Granz's Clef label had previously signed the Artie Shaw Five for LP's and will release the first of these in the spring.

May 1, 1954

Onorati Joins BB Ad Staff
NEW YORK, April 24. - Henry Onorati will join The Billboard's advertising staff on Monday, May 3
Onorati leaves his post as sales promotion manager for Bell Records, the low-priced, mass-merchandising record line, to join The Billboard.

July 17, 1954

Bell to Boost Price, Enter EP, LP Field
NEW YORK, July 18. - Bell Records, the mass-merchandised low-price disk line distributed by Pocket Books, Inc., has set several major changes in its pricing and distribution policies. The diskery's August shipments of disks for September release will be priced at 39 cents instead of 35 cents as heretofore.
In addition, Bell is ready to move into the packaged record field with 45 and LP sets and is introducing a new 10-inch label on which only new song material will be tested.
The switch to a 39-cent price comes after the label tested the higher price in several markets for a few months with no change in sales. The higher price is necessary, says Bell execs, to cover higher cost of 45 r.p.m. records and the increasing ratio of 45 to 78 r.p.m. disks now being sold. Bell now finds that 30 per cent of its volume is being done on 45 r.p.m. platters.
The 39-cent series will also call for completely redesigned sleeves - a different sleeve for the 45 and 78 disks, since both are seven-inch platters. Bell will also premiere a "personality" series in a folder-type package which includes artist photos.
EP's & LP's
The EP and LP lines will be priced at $1.47 for either a two-pocket EP package or a 10-inch LP package. Both packages will feature either name talent or eight current hit tunes.
The new Bell label, New-Disk, will be pressed on 10-inch 78 r.p.m. records rather than the seven-inch size and is for distribution to disk jockeys and juke box operator only. The disk will not ordinarily cover pop hits, but concentrate on new material.
The first platter in the series is "When I Needed You Most" backed with "Hey, Nita!". The tunes are performed by Artie Malvin and the Four Bells backed by Sy Oliver ork. Should this or succeeding New-Disk releases show promise via deejay and operator exposure, they will be pressed for general distribution thru regular disk distributors and dealers at the 89-cent price.

September 27, 1954

BELL RECORDS finds exports a booming business. Surprisingly, the lower-priced disks are finding 33 1/3's the current rage. Proves how fast the export market is growing.

November 20, 1954

BELL RECORDS finds exports a booming business. Surprisingly, the lower-priced disks are finding 33 1/3's the current rage. Proves how fast the export market is growing.

January 15, 1955

Betty Johnson, who left Bell Records to sign with RCA Victor this month, will cut her first four sides for the latter January 24...

January 22, 1955

Dorseys To Wax For Own Label
The Tommy Dorsey ork, with Jimmy Dorsey, will record exclusively for the Dorsey label after the wind-up of the ork's current contract with Bell Records which calls for a few more sides. Dorsey went with Bell Records with much fanfare about a year ago, but has now decided that he would rather make his own waxings.

March 26, 1955

Jazztone Club to Put Disks on Retail Market
NEW YORK, March 19. - Jazztone, new mail-order disk label launched recently by disk club moguls David and Sam Josefowitz, in the near future will make its jazz recordings available on the retail market.
It plans now to enter the retail pop business in the seven European countries where it has representation, and in line with this, has made a deal with Pocket Books' Bell Records subsidiary to issue the latter's recordings in Switzerland, France, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Belgium. (Last week, Bell made a similar deal with Copacabana Records for Brazil.)

April 16, 1955

Bell Asks Royalty Cut On Out-Dated Pop Titles
NEW YORK, April 9. - Bell Records, the 39-cent pop disk subsidiary of Pocket Books, Inc., sent out a unique pitch this week to all publishers asking for a royalty relief on left-over, out-dated pop titles.
The Bell proposal, which in effect would attempt to predicate royalty payments on a percentage of the retail price, conceivably could come into conflict with existing copyrights statutes. Under the 1909 Copyright Act, record royalties are established at a statutory rate of 2 cents, tho modified at the election of publishers.
Actually, the bargain diskery, which sells on a 100 per cent return basis, is looking to unload "over-produced" one and two-year-old pop disks at a retail price of 10 cents, and is asking publishers to trim royalties proportionally.
Pay Double
According to a letter sent out by Bell's Arthur Shimkin, the diskery currently, at its regular rate of 1 1/2 cents per side, is paying the equivalent of 3 7/8 per cent of the retail selling price, which is double the percentage paid for full price records. Bell proposes "to continue to pay double that percentage any other record company pays."
Without this relief, the diskery implies that it may forced to scrap the merchandise , in which case writers and publishers would receive nothing.
According to Shimkin, initial reaction to the letter has been "mixed". Some of the publishers queried by The Billboard, were wondering what attitude the Songwriters' Protective Association would take. Shimkin said he had an appointment to discuss the matter SPA president Charlie Tobias this week.
Clients Polled
Harry Fox, who serves as agent and trustee for a large group of publishers, when dealing with such unusual situations pertaining to licensing, always makes a practice of polling his clients before taking a definite stand.
Bell, meanwhile, is going ahead full steam with its new-release schedule, and this week is shipping a barch of four new disks including titles as "Crazy Otto", "Davy Crockett", "It May Sound Silly", "Rock Love", "Dance With Me Henry", "Pledging My Love", "Cherry Pink", "Door Of Dreams".
According to Shimkin, Bell and Pocket Books are a distinctly separate operation from Simon and Schuster's Little Golden childrens records, altho Shimkin oversees both the Bell and Golden operations. The recent discontinuation of Golden's special 35-cent line has nothing to do with Bell.

September 10, 1955

Bell Issues 8 New Disks
NEW YORK, Sept. 3. - Bell Records, Pocket Books' 39-cent pop record line, this week will issue eight new disks, its first release in several months. According to Bell's top exec, Arthur Shimkin, the new line will appear for the first time in the Bell operation with different illustrated jackets for each tune title, replacing the standard uniform sleeve. Shimkin maintains that the label will stick to covering established hits, but definitely will not imitate other versions. Name talent will be featured wherever possible, including such orksters as Sy Oliver, Larry Clinton and Jimmy Carroll.

October 29, 1955

Bell Re-Designs Jacket for Display
NEW YORK, Oct. 22. - Bell Records, the 39-cent pop line distributed by Pocket Books, Inc., has inaugurated a new style of jacket to encourage display. Replacing the standard jacket with punched center is a set of individual covers, each title with a special illustration. Each package, as before, contains one seven-inch record, either 45 or 78 r.p.m., which plays the same length of time as a 10-inch 78 disk.

November 29, 1955

Clinton Melody Trails, Essex Prof. Manager
NEW YORK, Nov. 12. - Larry Clinton, former band leader amd composer of "Dipsy Doodle", "My Reverie", "Study In Brown" and other tunes, has become general professional manager of Essex Music and Melody Trails, Inc. Clinton, who recently devoted himself to arranging and record sessions with Bell Records, and to short-story writing, will seek out new writers and new material for the Howard Richmond pubberies. Lucky Wilber will handle Clinton operations on the West Coast.

July 21, 1956

Belter Now Making Own Recordings
BARCELONA - Belter Records, which has handled the release of many foreign labels here, is now producing disks of its own. Bernard Hilda, well-known French maestro, is supervising Belter's initial production. With an orchestra of 42 musicians, Hilda has recorded several old numbers which were hits in Spain, and has also cut a good number of his American and European hits. Belters recordings will be released in France via the new French label Versailles. It is planned to negotiate the release of the disks in other European countries and in South Africa thru various companies. In addition to American and European hits, Belter is recording a good number of "Sardanas", the Catalanian popular dance form. Labels handled by Belter in Spain include Vanguard, Urania, Hadyn Society and Bell Records.

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