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Filzen, Sarah "The rise and fall of Paramount records"


The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: This article documents the history of Paramount Records, a small blues music label based in Port Washington, Ozaukee County. The company was founded as a furniture company in 1886 by local businessmen George G. Mattoon (1847-1904) and Fredrick A, Dennett (1849-1920). In the early 20th century it began producing phonograph cabinets, which led to phonograph players and phonograph records. In 1917, the company began recording its own music on the Paramount label, which was known mainly for “race music” -- the contemporary term for African-American popular music. The label’s biggest star was Blind Lemon Jefferson (1897-1929), whose hits included “Piney Woods Money Mama.” In 1925 Paramount briefly led the music industry in blues recording, but it began to decline in 1926 and succumbed to the Depression in 1933. (23 Pages)

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Citation: Filzen, Sarah "The rise and fall of Paramount records" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 82 /Issue: 2 (1998-1999)

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