From escaping revolutionary Russia to drinking in Harlem speakeasies: Fred’s lifelong adventures with Feodor Chaliapin. New podcast episode!

In this episode we look at the epic – and we mean epic – story of Russian bass singer Feodor Chaliapin. The singer’s relationship with Fred spanned decades, continents, wars and revolutions. It is a tale about music but it is also a tale about the extraordinary power of friendship. And spats. It’s a storyContinue reading “From escaping revolutionary Russia to drinking in Harlem speakeasies: Fred’s lifelong adventures with Feodor Chaliapin. New podcast episode!”

A great review of The Sound Of The Hound podcast in The Spectator magazine!

I was delighted to open the latest edition of The Spectator to find that Daisy Dunn had chosen to review an episode of The Sound Of The Hound podcast. And I was even more delighted to see that she’d enjoyed our efforts and given it a lovely write up, describing Dave and James as “jollyContinue reading “A great review of The Sound Of The Hound podcast in The Spectator magazine!”

Diva Alert! New episode tells the story of how Fred Gaisberg recorded of one of opera’s greatest characters, Emma Calvé

Diva alert! In episode four, Holley and Hall tell the story of the recording of one of opera’s greatest characters, Emma Calvé. Basking in the glory of having captured the voice of the mighty Enrico Caruso in Milan (as outlined in Series One of The Sound of the Hound), Fred goes on something of aContinue reading “Diva Alert! New episode tells the story of how Fred Gaisberg recorded of one of opera’s greatest characters, Emma Calvé”

What happens when Fred Gaisberg arrives in ancient Tokyo with his new-fangled recording equipment? Find out in today’s new episode.

After India, Fred goes to the Far East. But when he arrives in Tokyo in January 1903, he is rocked by some terrible family news. Stuck on the other side of the world, Fred does what he’s done countless times before: he throws himself into his job. Once the crates and crates of equipment areContinue reading “What happens when Fred Gaisberg arrives in ancient Tokyo with his new-fangled recording equipment? Find out in today’s new episode.”

Series 2, new episode: Fred heads east to India

It’s late summer 1902. Fred heads to Tilbury Docks to board the steamer SS Coromandel and set sail for India. His objective? “To open up new markets, establish agencies, and acquire a catalogue of native records,” as he puts it in his diary. And what a trip it is. Accompanied by an assistant called GeorgeContinue reading “Series 2, new episode: Fred heads east to India”

New podcast series: Fred’s back and this time, he’s got a plaque. This episode is about the great unveiling with Queen’s Roger Taylor and our own James Hall.

Fred’s back! And he’s got a plaque! The first episode of Series Two of The Sound of the Hound covers the unveiling of a commemorative plaque on the wall of Europe’s first recording studio, opened by Fred Gaisberg in Covent Garden in 1898. The unveiling of the plaque, which is part of the Westminster CouncilContinue reading “New podcast series: Fred’s back and this time, he’s got a plaque. This episode is about the great unveiling with Queen’s Roger Taylor and our own James Hall.”

Sound of the Hound: Series 1 Sampler

We have pulled together a sampler of some of the best bits from Series 1 of our Sound Of The Hound podcast about Fred Gaisberg and the very early days of the record business, presented by long time music exec Dave Holley & author and journalist James Hall. In this sampler: Dave thinks signing &Continue reading “Sound of the Hound: Series 1 Sampler”

Fred Gaisberg records the Great Caruso and kickstarts the modern record business – our new podcast episode out today

It’s the spring of 1902. Italian tenor Enrico Caruso is due to sing in Covent Garden later in the year, and Fred and Will are still in Milan desperate to record him. Their plan – in what predates the now-ubiquitous music industry ‘360’ marketing deal by over 100 years – is to print the masterContinue reading “Fred Gaisberg records the Great Caruso and kickstarts the modern record business – our new podcast episode out today”

James Hall finally tells all about his book The Industry Of Human Happiness – its the new episode of The Sound Of The Hound podcast!

This episode is a little bit different. Dave interviews co-host James about his novel on the early days of recorded sound, The Industry of Human Happiness. James tells how he chanced upon the adventures of Fred Gaisberg and William Sinkler Darby in the sleeve notes of a CD that he bought outside a concert, andContinue reading “James Hall finally tells all about his book The Industry Of Human Happiness – its the new episode of The Sound Of The Hound podcast!”

Fred Gaisberg records the Great Caruso and kickstarts the modern record business – our new podcast episode out today

It’s the spring of 1902. Italian tenor Enrico Caruso is due to sing in Covent Garden later in the year, and Fred and Will are still in Milan desperate to record him. Their plan – in what predates the now-ubiquitous music industry ‘360’ marketing deal by over 100 years – is to print the masterContinue reading “Fred Gaisberg records the Great Caruso and kickstarts the modern record business – our new podcast episode out today”