Decca Records has announced a series of exciting musical events to mark its 90th anniversary.
To celebrate nine decades of the label, Decca has put together a calendar of releases and events to take place throughout 2019 including a Pavarotti feature film, exclusive reissues and a first-of-its-kind Decca history book.
Since 1929 Decca has been home to countless legendary musicians spanning various genres including David Bowie, Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Vera Lynne, Tom Jones, and The Rolling Stones.
Historic picture of Dame Vera Lynne - Credit: Decca
They have served as the official label partner to three Royal Weddings, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, and even revolutionised radar technology during the Second World War when they developed the Decca Navigator System.
Decca President Rebecca Allen said, “Decca Records has been the soundtrack to many historical and cultural moments...Even as we celebrate our 90th anniversary, we continue to push the boundaries; to seek out artists who stand out from the crowd.”
In 2018 alone Decca produced Number 1 albums from both Rod Stewart and Andrea Bocelli; they helped push Buddy Holly back into the Top 10 and award Kacey Musgraves her first Top 10 album with Golden Hour.
Also in 2018, Hollywood legend Jeff Goldblum reached the UK Albums Chart Top 40 with his debut Jazz record and Sheku Kanneh-Mason became the youngest ever cellist to get a Top 20 album.
Decca will be marking their nine decades with:
- The Supreme Record Company: The Story Of Decca Records 1929-2019 Book
The first ever comprehensive history of the label.
- Pavarotti Feature Film
A Ron Howard-directed documentary telling the story of the Decca global superstar.
- V&A Museum Exhibition
London’s V&A opens its doors to Decca in May for a day of family fun and music.
- A Return to Decca’s Lost Recording Studio
Decca’s hidden West Hampstead studios will open again in July for just a few nights for an array of different activities, including one-off performances and unseen artworks.
- Reissues and Rarities
90 physical and digital releases that embrace the spirit of the label. The first Friday of every month for the whole of 2019 will be ‘Decca Day’ with a new release.
A series of concerts in London, Berlin and Paris throughout 2019. Decca 90 will also be celebrated at key UK arts and music festivals.
- Record Store Day 2019 (13 April)
A series of exclusive vinyl releases for the global celebration of independent record shops.
- Rare David Bowie Videos
Six Deram-era clips restored to 1080 HD by the UMC team to be released monthly from 8 March.
Two programmes on BBC Radio 2 (available globally on BBC Sounds) that chart 20 of the most iconic Decca recordings of all time.
45 unique 90-second podcasts – 45 RPM (Recorded Podcast Moments) that outline key aspects of the label’s history.
For more information about the celebrations go to www.decca90.com.