Domino Records The Ditchburn Recording studio and Record Label, by Arthur Phillips
In   1958   Ditchburn   Equipment   of   Dock   Road   Lytham   in   Lancashire,   was   now   a   distributor   and   operator   of   Jukeboxes   and no longer a Juke-box manufacturer. they had moved their manufacturing production line to Vending Machines and BGM    (   Back-Ground   Music   )   they   had   started   to   manufacture   under   license   from   the   Symphonaire   Company   in   America   a back   ground   music   system.   We   were   given   two   tapes   of   about   two   hours   long   to   duplicate   for   the   machines,   this   of course   was   not   a   large   enough   catalogue   for   the   English   market   so   we   opened   up   a   recording   studio   in   London   and   to avoid paying copyright for music, Ditchburn   opened   the   studio   to   session   musicians   and   they   were   paid   a   fee   for   their   services,   we   recorded   hundreds   of tracks   and   most   were   out   of   copyright   these   were   put   on   to   NAB   cassettes   playing   for   about   2   Hours   at   1-7/8   inches   per second,   to   provide   back   ground   music   for   the   machines,   copyright   was   not   an   issue   nor   were   performing   rights   as   the music was fully in the public domain and the library of tapes numbered about 500 in different genres of music. We   also   recorded   music   from   a   variety   of   bands   for   various   record   labels   and   quite   a   lot   of   freelance   groups   to   make demo   records   just   to   keep   the   costs   down   and   the   studio   going.   At   the   time   you   could   not   operate   a   recording   studio without   a   record   label   so   the   name   of   the   label   was   chosen   as   Domino,   this   was   also   the   name   of   the   Ditchburn   works social club which was called THE DOMINO CLUB so technically the club owned the record labels.  The   Domino   record   labels   lasted   twelve   years   (12   years)   from   its   inception   to   the   studio   being   closed   down   in   January 1970   and   the   tape   duplicating   services   being   moved   to   Dock   Road   Lytham. The   last   record   to   be   issued   in   1971   was   the Black   and   White   minstrels   on   RD   103   the   label   was   sold   to   MAM   on   the   acquisition   of   the   Ditchburn   Organisation   in September   1972.   Music   and   Management   had   a   fair   catalogue   of   acts   on   their   books   and   as   we   know   spanned   the world making releases in every country not bad for a company that started in 1970 and went through to 1983. Our   first   releases   were   in   Denmark   of   all   places   and   licensed   the   label   to   Danrecord   over   a   period   of   three   years   we released   67   recordings   from   1960   to   1963   and   one   in   Germany.   We   also   released   three   under   the   Red   Domino   label   in 1971 and 16 under the parent domino label oh and one under the Domino recording label from 1964. None   of   these   were   foisted   on   the   renters   of   jukeboxes   but   if   they   wanted   one,   they   could   have   one   and   some   did.   I   can not   differentiate   any   difference   between   the   Black   (original)   and   the   Red   label   they   were   both   the   same   to   me.   So   the record   label   was   simply   just   a   means   to   an   end,   no   more,   no   less.   In   all   we   produced   15,750,000   records   over   12   years most of which were licensed from other vendors. Arthur Phillips Head Audio Engineer 1969-1973 and chairman of the Domino Club 1967-1973
The Complete Domino Records back catalogue
                              Spiral Records 1971 to 1973                             Music Maker Ltd Carlos Romanos* Viva La Samba! ‎(LP)       DIL  200 1972 The Ditchburn Studio Orchestra Favourite T.V. Themes ‎(LP) DILB 601    1972 Harry Leader & The Nu Set Let's Dance Vol 1 ‎(LP, Album) DILB 602 1972 Eric Winstone His Orchestra Studio Spotlight ‎(LP) DILB 603 1972 & Soloists Carlos Romanos Sounds Latin Superlatin Lupersatin ‎(LP) DILB 604 1972 The Delmonts A Ra Chicera ‎(7", Single) DIT-1 1971 Tony Woods (2) I'm Only A Man / Blues ‎(7") DIT-2 1971   Bob Miller And The Millermen Doin' The Slosh ‎(7", Single) DIT-3 1972 Joe Curtis (3) Black Is Beautiful ‎(7") DIT-4 1972 Tony Woods (2) The Little Boy ‎(7") DIT-5 1972 Billy Q.T. And The Q.T. Kiddies Song For The World ‎(7") DIT 6 1972 The Delmonts Gimme Gimme Your Love ‎(7") DIT-7 1972
We   Have   been   contacted   by   Paul   Latham,   who   is   a   keen   collector   of   the   Ditchburn   Record   releases,   Paul   has   all   of   the UK   Domino   releases,   and   all   the   releases   of   the   Spiral   Label,   which   was   another   Ditchburn   record   label   which   started   in 1971.   The    music    style    on    the    Spiral    label    changed    from    the    traditional    Domino    Pub    sing-along    style    to    a    more contemporary style. we have added the Spiral Back catalogue to the Domino releases below.