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We have no association with MADISON 78 RECORDS or any one in the recording industry. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed here (all of which are out of print), we suggest you go back to our Label page and see what we have now, (remember we up date all the time so the list will change.)
Madison is part of the Grey Gull group of labels (In addition to Madison, the Grey Gull company also produced
Radiex Records, Supreme Records, and Van Dyke Records as well as a host of short-lived client record labels), based
out of Boston, Mass., later New York City. From the start, no mention is was made on the labels of Grey Gull or Boston,
just "Madison Record Co". The main thing is that Madison has its own matrix number and masters which seem to crop up
between 1927 and 1932. Also Madison continued on for nearly two years after Grey Gull had ceased producing records.
Madison records were produced for Woolworth's five and dime (a few are labelled as by 'Woolco Entertainers') and cost a dime. The records themselves appeared in reddise orange, brown and black shellac. They tended to be brittle and very gritty, similar to other Grey Gull-type records. The recording quality, style and musicians are the same as other Grey Gull labels too, with the bulk of the dance music provided by trumpeter Mike Mosiello and saxophonist Andy Sannella.
There were two series of 'Madison only' matrix numbers. 5001 started about spring 1926 and reached 5043 by late summer 1929. These were issued on catalogue numbers in a 1600 series.
The matrices then changed to 101. However many of these sides used the same masters as the rest of Grey Gull and used the 100 series of matrix numbers as a control number (often the genuine matrix number being expunged from the wax). This means that until you compare the recording with the same title on another GG group label, there's no way of knowing whether it is a 'Madison only' master or not. These matrices/control numbers continue to the mid-300s before restarting at 400. All the 400 series are unique Madison masters and all date from after all the other Grey Gull sides. The highest being 438, dating about 1932.
Generally, the 'Madison only' masters are of genuine Tin Pan Alley hits rather than the non-copyright titles which make up much of the Grey Gull repertoire.
The catalogue numbers have many series: 1600 series in the 1920s, also an 8000 series. A 50000 series, some of which may be found with a zero dropped (i.e. as a 5000 series), running to about 5099, 6000-(approx) 6040 (the last series).
While Gray Gull went out of business in September of 1930 - the other labels 'pressed' on, then later, doing only the distribution.
Source: British Dance Band by Mike Thomas and WikipediaŽ (ibid)
Label Number - Artist - Album title [Issue Date when known][Billboard listing when known]
/ Between songs // Other side [when known]
This list is incomplete
1606 Newport Society Orch - How Many Times? - vocal [5001-Y]|
1608 St Louis Serenaders - When The Red Red Robin (Harry Woods 1926) - vocal [5002-Y]
1609 Newport Society Orch - Horses [5003-Y]
1610 Carpenter & Wylie - Hello, Aloha, How Are You? (L. Wolfe Gilbert/Abel Baer 1926) [5005-Y]
1611 James Wylie - Where Do You Work-A John?(Harry Warren/Ernie Krickett 1926) (Jack Kaufman) [5009-D]
1612 Billy Hancock - For My Sweetheart (Gus Kahn/Walter Donaldson)(possibly Arthur Hall) 
1613 Universal Dance Orch - Mary Lou (Abe Lyman/George Waggner/J. Russel Robinson)[5006-A]
1623 Harmony Dance Orch - Tonight You Belong To Me (waltz) [5012-A]
1622 St Louis Serenaders - There's Everything Nice About You [5013-A]
1620 Harmony Dance Orch - It Made You Happy When You Made Me Cry [5014-C]
1624 Al Sherman - Charmaine [5015-A]
1626 Kings Dance Orch - Dew-Dew-Dewy Day [5016-A]