Latest Updates to Dick Spottswood’s
“Columbia E Series, 1908 – 1923″
We’re happy to announce the latest revision of Dick Spottswood’s Columbia E Series, 1908 – 1923, an invaluable guide to Columbia’s main ethnic series. As part of Mainspring’s Online Reference Library, it’s free to download for your personal use.
For those not familiar with the sheer scope of the E series — which encompassed everything from folk tunes and skits to operatic arias (some by the likes of Formichi and other notables) to British music-hall tunes — browsing these now largely forgotten records should prove intriguing.
Dick Spottswood is a pioneer researcher in the field of historical ethnic and country-music recordings, a veteran record producer and collector, and host of The Spottswood Show, which he’s been known to call “The Obsolete Music Hour.” His published works include the ground-breaking six-volume Ethnic Music on Records; Country Music Sources (with Guthrie T. Meade Jr. and Douglas S. Reade); and, most recently, The Blue Sky Boys, a 2019 ARSC Award winner.