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Thread #103288   Message #2102773
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
14-Jul-07 - 07:15 PM
Thread Name: Jac Holzman and Elektra Records
Subject: RE: Jac Holzman and Elektra Records
EKLP 2 was Elektra's first folksong album, and it was my first album. We were neighbors in Greenwich Village, Jac having his tiny storefront office just round the corner from us (George and I lived in one of the two thirdfloor apartments at 88 7th Ave. South, with the roof just above as our "patio." An older friend of ours, Ed Canby, had introduced us, and Jac really loved the old Appalachian ballads from my family. He recorded most of the songs in Ed's little third-floor apartment (so full of books and record albums that the floor would sway when one walked across it, and the landlord made him move out soon after we did our recordings, for fear the floor would fall in)! George and I left for England in the fall of 1952, on my Fulbright year. Subject: To trace the sources of Ritchie Family songs." Jac sent the first album to us just before Christmas- what an exciting gift! Jac and Paul lived in our apartment while we were away.

Through us, Jac met Frank Warner, Cynthia Gooding, and others of our friends, and recorded them. George did the Elektra logo that was used for many years, and the photographs for most of the early recordings. Those were the days, my friend!      JR