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Discography

Label / Number

Artist

Title

Me-Re 6001A

Mayesh, Jack

Ven canario

Me-Re 6001B

Mayesh, Jack

Porque no me amates

Me-Re 6002A

Mayesh, Jack

No seas capritchoza

Me-Re 6002B

Mayesh, Jack

De tus lavios corre miel

Me-Re 6003A

Mayesh, Jack

Onde que tope una que es plaziente

Me-Re 6003B

Mayesh, Jack

Mostrame gracioza

History

These recordings bear Balkan identifying numbers (matrices) and appear in the Balkan catalog (see below), but were actually issued on the Me-Re label. The artist's own  Mayesh Phonograph Record Co. released all his other recordings. These recordings were mastered in New York City in the summer of 1948 according to Mayesh's son, (Maurice) Jack Mayesh. (I believe they may date from earlier in the decade, see below.)

In New York, dozens of Greek-owned nightclubs on 8th Avenue from 23rd to 42nd street served as a haven for Greek and Armenian immigrants as well as Sephardim originally from the region. On-stage, Albanian, Armenian, Greek, Sephardic and other vocalists and session musicians all contributed to the flavorful melange. Several record companies sprang up devoted to these musicians and their audiences. According to one account, Me-Re was established in the early 1940s by Aydin Asllan (a poly-lingual Albanian) and the violinist, Nick Doneff. They soon parted company, with Aydin founding Balkan and Doneff founding Kaliphon Records. Whatever the (cross-) ownership among the Balkan, Me-Re, Metropolitan and Kaliphon labels, artists moved fluidly from label to label: 'Oud player Marko Melkon recorded for all four labels, while Victoria Hazan (see below) recorded for Metropolitan and Kaliphon.

Source: Joel Ackerman and Harold Hagopian, private correspondence.

Catalogs

See also the catalog here.

Pliegos (Songsheets)

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Source: M. Jack Mayesh.

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Source: M. Jack Mayesh.

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