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Worldecho was a record of the "unbreakable" type, like Duophone, being made of a central core of card, with a layer of a plastic-type material on top, for the playing surface. The records cost 1/3 and were available during 1929-1930. They suffer from the same problem of break-up and disintegration as Duophones and seem to be quite a bit rarer. The catalogue was in an A-1000 series and ran to about A-1044. Then a new B-1000 series was introduced at 2/-, made of standard shellac and with a label that resembled America's "Van Dyke". This series was even shorter-lived, running for about 21 issues.

The last Worldechoes were recorded an January or February 1930 and were presumably issued in February or March. By April 5th, 1930 the price had been reduced to 1/-, then further reduced by September 20th to 9d and finally by April 24th 1931 they were 6d, by which time the recordings were over a year old and whoever had the stocks obviously just wanted them out of the way!

The recordings are all British, with a 3-digit matrix number starting at 101. Some of the recordings were issued on Dominion, and some of the old A-series Worldechos were re-issued on the subsequent B-series ones.

The recording engineer at Worldecho was a very young Kenneth Wilkinson, who was still in his teens at the time. Wilkinson later moved to Crystalate and then worked for Decca (until his retirement in 1980) when they took over Crystalate. He was one of the driving forces behind the "ffrr" and ffss" techniques at Decca in the 1950s.

A report in the April 1929 issue of "Melody Maker" states: Reg. Spinelly (brother of Fred and Charlie) has a six-piece band including Tim Cave (trumpet), Norman Impey (reeds), Les Julian (sax and violin), Charles Kelly (piano), Reg Spinelly (drums). This combination has already made a number of records for the Worldecho company of which Fred Spinelly is the recording manager.

This raises an interesting point. All the Worldecho issues (see below) were recorded from October 1929 onwards. For this report to be in the April 1929 Melody Maker, it has to refer to recordings made in March 1929 or earlier, at which point there was no Worlecho label on sale. The most likely scenario is that the company had spent most of 1929 testing out the process, but it is odd that the magazine should refer to the record label as though it was a current one.

The solitary "Siemens Opal & Pearl" record (q.v.) seems to have been made by the same process and probably dates from early 1929, so could be one of the records referred to in the article, but there is no mention of Worldecho on that record.

 

This listing is now believed to be complete apart from a few missing matrix numbers.
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Thanks to the following people for providing extra details: Arthur Badrock, Bill Dean-Myatt, Graham Farnell, Hector Hill
Page last updated on: April 06, 2018

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Actual Artists
A-1000 102-1
103-1
Why Can't You?
Little Pal
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1001 100-1-2
101-1
Louise
Mean To Me
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1002 106-1
107-1
Singin' In The Rain
Honey
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1003 110-1
111-1
Marie (waltz)
A Precious Little Thing Called Love
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1004 114-1
126-1
This Is Heaven
I'm Doing What I'm Doing For Love
The Connecticut Collegians Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1005 108-1
117-1
My Mother's Eyes
Pagan Love Songs
(sic) (waltz)
The Connecticut Collegians Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1006 120-2
131-1
Savoy Scottish Medley
Savoy American Medley
International Dance Orchestra Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1007 109-1
112-1
To Be In Love
The Chicken Or The Egg
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1008 128-2
129-1
Excuse Me, Lady
Come On, Baby
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1009 104-2
105-1
S'posing (sic)
Through
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1010 113-1
115-1
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
I'm In Seventh Heaven
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1011 116-1
127-1
Cute Little Flat
In An Old-World Garden
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1012 118-1-2
119
Through
Am I Blue
Sheila Kay (comedienne) with orchestra Elsie Carlisle
A-1013 120-1
121-1
He's A Good Man To Have around
I'm Doing What I'm Doing For Love
Sheila Kay (comedienne) with orchestra Elsie Carlisle
A-1014 122
123
The Company Sergeant Major
Come To The Fair
Jack Vaughan (baritone) probably John Thorne
A-1015 133
135
S'posing
In An Old-World Garden
Harry Pepper (vocal and piano) as labelled
A-1016 141-1
145-1
Say It With Songs - medley fox trot
So The Bluebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1017 142-1
144-1
Ain't Misbehavin'
Let Me Dream In Your Arms Again (waltz)
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1018 172-1
173-1
Don't Be So Unkind, Baby
My Wife Is On A Diet
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1019 143-2
146-1
Spanish Doll
Underneath The Russian Moon (waltz)
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1020 154-2
180-2
Birmingham Bertha
Welcome Home
The Connecticut Collegians Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1021 153-1
155-1
Maryland
Three Little Words
The Connecticut Collegians Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1022 147-2
148-1
Jewish Medley, parts 1 & 2 International Dance Orchestra Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1023 132
134
Till The Wheel Comes Off
Sleepy Head
Cyril Liddington (baritone, with piano accmp)  
A-1024 136
158-2
Honey
Sentimental sally And Me ; Happiness
Norman Hackforth (with own piano accmp)  
A-1025 139
140
Who Cares What You Have Been?
Yet You Forgot
Harry S. Pepper  
A-1026 151
152
Little Dolly Daydream
Lily Of Laguna
Stuart Morton  
A-1027 132-1
171-2
Savoy English Medley
Savoy Christmas Medley
International Dance Orchestra Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1028 177-1
179-2
Valparaise (6/8)
Riding On A Camel
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1029 174-2
175-2
Mother Goose Parade
Um-Tcha, Da-Da-Da
(sic)
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1030 165
166-X
Mimkomcho
Ay-B'ayn
Rev. S. A. Tessler (cantor) with orch S. A Tessler
A-1031 137-1
138-1
Um-Tcha-Da-Da-Da (sic) (composed by Jack Hart)
Three Little Words (composed by Jack Hart)
Jack Hart Jack Hart
A-1032 188-3
189-2
Rio Rita
Sweetheart, We Need Each Other
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1033 190-2
208-1
You're Always In My Arms (waltz)
The Ranger's Song (6/8)
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1034 191-2
192-2
Tip-Toe Through The Tulips With Me
Painting The Clouds With Sunshine
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1035 193-4
194-3
Miss You
Sweetheart's Holiday
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1036 182-3
184-3
Sunny Side Up
If I Had A Talking Picture Of You
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1037 181-1
183-2
Turn On The Heat
Pickin' Petals Of O' Daisies
The Connecticut Collegians Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1038 196-4
197-4
Moscow (6/8)
March Of The Chocolate Soldiers (6/8)
The Connecticut Collegians Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1039 215-1
217-3
Every Day Away From You
The World's Greatest Sweetheart Is You
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1040 216-3
218-3
Dreamy Honolulu
If I Had My Way
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1041 176-2
178-2
Shady Lady
Paradise (waltz)
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1042 206-2
207-3
Irish Medley, parts 1 & 2 International Dance Orchestra Cecil Norman & his Band
A-1043 209
210
Fairy On The Clock
Little Pal
Cyril Lidington  
A-1044 161
162-X
Simon The Cellarer
Down Among The Dead Men
Jack Vaughan  
A-1045 149-X
150
Why Can't You?
Somehow
Helen Raine (soprano, with orch accmp)  
A-1046 211
212-x
Embers
Dreamy Southern Nest
Reg. Knight (with orch accmp)  
A-1047 213-x
214-x
Bunky-Doodle-I-Doh
Oh, How She Loves Bananas
Jack Charman  

 

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Actual Artists
B-1000 209
256
Fairy On The Clock
The Doll's House
Cyril Lidington (baritone, with orch accmp)  
B-1001 254-x
255
Milkman Blues
My Fiddle Is My Sweetheat
George Bolton (yodeller, with orch accmp)  
B-1002 213-x
 
Bunky-Doodle-I-Doh
Give Yourself A Pat On The Back
Jack Charman  
B-1003 124
125
Sergeant Of The Line
Stone-Cracker John
Jack Vaughan (with orch accmp)  
B-1004 230-2
240-2
Jollity Farm
Piccolo Pete
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1005 226-1
227-1
I'm Marching Home To You
When The Real Thing Comes Your Way
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1006 222-1
223-2-3
Just You - Just Me
Blondy
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1007 232-1
233-1
Santiago
Muckin' About The Garden (6/8)
The Connecticut Collegians Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1008   War-Time Songs, part 1
War-Time Songs, part 2
The International Dance Orchhestra  
B-1009 188-3
189-2
Rio Rita
Sweetheart, We Need Each Other
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1010 190-2
208-1
You're Always In My Arms (waltz)
The Ranger's Song (6/8)
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1011 191-2
192-2
Tip-Toe Through The Tulips With Me
Painting The Clouds With Sunshine
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1012 260
261
Micky Mouse
Forty Fousand Frushes
Jack Charman  
B-1013 262
263
It's An Old Spanish Custom
We're Uncomfortable
Jack Charman  
B-1014 283-x
284-x
O Sole Mio
Parted (Tosti)
Enrico Amandi (tenor, with orch)  
B-1015 279
281
Singing In The Bathtub
Oh! Oh! Oh! What I Know About Love
Lilian Au Fait  
B-1016 275
276-x
Operatic Medley, part 1 (arr. Nat Lewin)
Operatic Medley, part 2 (arr. Nat Lewin)
The International Dance Orchestra  
B-1017   Scottish Airs Medley, part 1
Scottish Airs Medley, part 2
The International Dance Orchestra  
B-1018 267-1
272-2
My Love Parade
Dream Lover (waltz)
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1019 266-1
271-1
Nobody's Using It Now
March Of The Grenadiers (6/8)
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1020 264-2
270-1
Happy Days Are Here Again
Lucky Me, Lovable You
Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters Cecil Norman & his Band
B-1021 268-1
269-1
With You
Puttin' On The Ritz
Savoy Plaza Band Cecil Norman & his Band