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Black History Daily: Who owned the First Black Record Company? (10018 hits)


In 1921 the Pace Phonograph Company, which used the Black Swan label, was the first record company owned and operated by a black. It was established in January 1921 by Henry Pace (1897-1943), who had been owner of a music publishing company with W.C. Handy. Two former workers for the Pace-Handy Company joined him: Fletcher Henderson (1897-1952) as a recording manager and William Grant Still (1895-1978) as an arranger.

In spring 1921 Ethel Waters (1896-1977) recorded the company’s first hit,
“Down Home Blues/Oh, Daddy.” During its first six months the company reportedly sold more than half a million records. It went broke in 1923, and was sold to Paramount Records the following year.

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