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Historical Profile of Greek Music Produced in America

In the U.S.A., betweeen 1910 and 1940, about 2000 discs of “rempetika” songs were recorded.
The history of recorded Greek music in the U.S. originated in New York. Michalis Arahintzis was recorded in Greek by BERLINER.
Regular production started in 1911, with ranges of Greek music being covered by COLUMBIA and R.C.A. Victor. In 1919, Greek recording companies surfaced, the first being PANHELLENION RECORD COMPANY, founded in 1919 by ms Koula, Giannis Kyriakatis etc. In 1924, GREEK RECORD COMPANY was founded, followed by PHAROS, CONSTANTINOPLE RECORD COMPANY, ACROPOLIS, ELECTROPHONE, OLYMPUS HELLAS RECORDS, etc.
A number of recording artists rose during this period, but not all of the artists recorded because the pay was small.
In the period during the First and Second War, artists from Greece toured in the U.S. occasionally. This blew into huge proportions starting from 1950.
After the 2nd World War, many of the first generation artists died or were put aside. Some remained as recording artists.
During this period, small recording companies were founded by Greeks covered various productions.

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