TempoTrader's History of the American Music Industry - Part 4
RCA Buys Victor: 1920-1930
1920: RCA produces huge amounts of radios. Record companies react by forbidding major artists from working with radio.
1925: Record sales rebound after Victor improves recording quality.
1925: "Viva-tonal" records have unprecedented quality as Columbia goes through a merger with one of its English subsidiaries.
1928: Radio and recording are combined when RCA buys Victor to form RCA Victor.
1928: William Paley becomes majority owner of Columbia Records and changes the name to Columbia Broadcasting Systems, or CBS.
1929: The "Roaring 20s" come to an abrupt end as the stock market crashes, and America enters The Great Depression.
1920's Jazz Music
The likes of Duke Ellington, King Oliver, and Jelly Roll Morton Seven rule the decade.