The "Gavotte" Label - A Canadian 78 rpm Enterprise
a brainchild of Gordon V.
Thompson (1) was a small Canadian
operation that recorded Canadian artists (2)
rpm discs (3) after World
The Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada gives
as 1952 to 1955, but Thompson's
own Record Bulletin
by three artists:
Alberta Slim, and Edward
MacHugh, the gospel singer who also recorded on "Bluebird".
In Thompson's Complete Listing of Gavotte Records 1954,
discs are offered (4).
Here are some examples:
a male quartet that met in the
4 discs listed.
Carl Tapscott is one of the singers
and Don Parrish, later the deep-voiced announcer
and Wine", is the basso.
He also appeared on at
least one other Canadian label as the accompanist for "Tony the Troubador".
known as author, editor
and runner-up in a
former Provincial Liberal Leadership Campaign, sings a religious duet
with his wife
the "Golden Voice of the Air" in the
Music Director for CFRB, sings
who sang on Sunday evenings over CBC radio during
World War II, has
Canadian poet, reads
7 of his
"Song of the Ski".
Art Hallman has
1 disc which includes the tune
We Dance the Casa
Some of the voices are not up to today's standards, but the 40's and
50's belonged to a different world.
When I came to Canada in 1940 as a
"War Guest", I would listen to Edward
open his program with "If I
any soul today".
In those days I thought Edward
Wishart Campbell both had
"good voices", but the
my first impressions.
On the other hand, the voice of
stands up very well in the
So for me, Gavotte records are of some value, even though "greatness"
At least we can get a better understanding
of the standards of the Canadian recording artist in the 40's
and early 50's.
can be grateful, too, to George V.
Thompson who supported Canadian talent
for over four decades,
and whose efforts preserved
a bit of Canadiana
that would otherwise be lost.
Toronto-based music publisher and song-writer.
His initials are contained in the word
Some American artists were included,
such as Reinald Werrenrath.
Some LP's were also issued, mostly copies of the 78's, but I have
never seen one.
On the 1954 list, records are
GVT 101 to
GVT 155, but
there were more.
GVT 156 which is a song called
sung by a
"Youth for Christ" quartet which included the very young
GVT 111 is not listed on the '54 sheet.
It is a
"Who'll be the Next
"Daddy's Little Girl", both
sung by Dick
There was also a Folk Music series starting, I believe,
GVT 500, a Schottische
by Al Toft.