15 July 2019

From Pavarotti to The Stones – the legacy of Decca Records

During its ninety years as one of the music industry’s most venerated institutions, Decca Records shows no sign of slowing. From the earliest sound recordings of Bing Cosby and Vera Lynn to David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Luciano Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday – it’s not just the names that have passed through Decca’s studios but the diversity of genres it’s helped pioneer. 


Having famously dismissed The Beatles with the spectacularly ill-judged words, “Guitar groups are on the way out”, the label resisted temptation to look back at what might have been, instead ceaselessly working to uncover the finest musical talent of the 20th century. 

The Story of Decca Records: 1929-2019 is a new book that chronicles the label’s journey, from its inception in 1929, through the 20th century and up to the present day. More than just an annual of music history however, the impetus for the book is driven by inspiration. 

Featuring a collection of respected writers, all of whom are experts in their own field, as well as rare and unseen archive material from its lengthy list of stars - it’s an unprecedented insight into the label and the era-defining sounds its helped promote. 

In conjunction with the publication, Decca’s 90th birthday will be celebrated with a host of different events, including a Ron Howard-directed Pavarotti feature film, a celebration at the British Library, a unique series of concerts in London, Berlin and Paris, 90 reissues and releases, podcasts, radio shows and an event at the V&A.

Decca – The Supreme Record Company: The Story Of Decca Records 1929-2019 book is available now. For more information, head here.