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this page first published by John Wright, 5 July 2015
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July 2015

Bill Dean-Myatt has written to say that discographer Frank Andrews passed away 26th June 2015. Bill writes: 'Frank Andrews was a man with an international reputation, responsible for a great deal of original research in British 78rpm record labels. A man whose help and advice was sought by universities, public bodies and others from all over the world. A modest man with nothing to be modest about'.

Bill Dean-Myatt has written this obituary to Frank Andrews, followed by a Frank Andrews bibliography

Frank Andrews

The noted discographical researcher Frank Andrews died on 26th June 2015, at the age of 94. His reputation in this arcane field of scholarship was international in scope and his many publications set standards that provided the bench-mark for all his successors.

Frank was born on the 4th. September 1920 in Willesden, North West London, the second child of Katherine and Herbert Andrews: he had an elder sister and two younger brothers. Afflicted by asthma from a very young age he was too delicate to attend the local school and was sent to a special school for children with poor health, where he remained until the age of sixteen.

Tragedy struck the family when, at the age of 12, Frank lost his father. His mother was left with four children to raise on her own, in addition to which Frank’s blind grandfather also lived in the house. Nevertheless, despite their relative poverty and his ill-health he enjoyed a happy and loving childhood.

Because of his poor health Frank was frequently confined to bed for long periods, but these were not wasted as he became an omnivorous reader and an autodidact.

When he left school, where he had risen to be head-boy, he became a messenger boy for a local company after which he was apprenticed to a diamond tool cutter, a job at which he worked until he retired at the age of sixty-five.

Through a mutual friend Frank met his future wife Wyn, whom he married in 1953. She shared his love of music and was in the course of their married life to be the perfect hostess when he entertained the many British and overseas discographers who came to meals or who stayed with them, sometimes for extended periods.

Frank and Wyn used to take in foreign students who wanted to learn English and on one occasion in 1969 he and a French student, who was keen on music, went on a visit to central London where they came across an exhibition that was run by the CLPGS (City of London Gramophone and Gramophone Society). The man in charge was Ernie Bayly and what he had to say interested Frank so much that he decided to do some research in to the history of early record companies. This was partly motivated by his Socialist views because he wished to discover for himself just how capitalism worked and record companies seemed to provide a suitable vehicle for this research. For many years he spent every Saturday in the British Museum’s newspaper archive at Colindale.

Frank was also a regular visitor to the EMI Archives where he was granted open access to all their archives, both ‘in front and behind’ the counter. So familiar was he with their holdings that he helped re-organise them in to a more logical form.

The casual encounter with Ernie Bayly at the CLPGS eventually produced forty books and innumerable articles in specialist magazines that have documented the culture of the United Kingdom as recorded on 78-rpm records and phonograph cylinders. His help with information provided is acknowledged in hundreds, if not thousands, of books, articles and sleeve notes produced world-wide. Questions, even the simplest, from anyone would provoke Frank into a lengthy reply, handwritten and often written on the original letter you had sent him. He was always the most generous of men when it came to sharing the fruits of his research,

Frank's taste in music was eclectic, ranging from the music-hall singer Gus Elen to the music of Mozart via barbers shop singing and Deanna Durbin. He also played both the piano and the button accordeon. A great lover of brass bands he, and Wyn, were patrons of Regent Brass, a band based in Brent. Somehow or other he managed to find time to maintain an immaculate garden. A liberal thinker he was also a staunch atheist and very much enjoyed vigorous debate.

Frank received awards from the Association of Recorded Sound Collections and was a Patron of the CLPGS, by whom he was recently made the first recipient of a silver shield named the Frank Andrews Trophy for Research in Recorded Sound.

He leaves a widow and two daughters, Joy and Clare, and four grandchildren. Very sadly his oldest daughter Kay died only a few weeks ago.


Bill Dean-Myatt has written

Readers of For the Record are used to reading Frank's discographies and articles about record company history, they may be surprised to see, possibly for the first time. a bibliography.

No one with an interest in records can fail to know of the immense amount of research that has been completed by our own Frank Andrews. His articles in a variety of magazines and journals must run in to hundreds while countless numbers of sleeve notes, books and article acknowledgments bear witness to the massive contribution he has made to providing the basic tools that enable us to have a fuller understanding of our interest.

I have listed below all those major publications with which Frank has been involved over the years, I feel that it will remind people of just how prolific he has been and just how much we all owe to him.

Note: Bill Dean-Myatt is also a noted researcher and discographer, as evident from Frank's bibliography below, and Bill is also author of A Scottish Vernacular Discograpgy, 1888-1960' and 'BELTONA - a history and catalogue'

Bill's e-mail wdm@scottishdiscography.co.uk

Frank Andrews Bibliography

BOOKS AND BOOKLETS

(**EMI Group labels)

(Research Series booklets are published by the CLPGS, each reference number is prefixed RS)

CARTER, Sydney & ANDREWS, Frank.(1975) A Catalogue of Sterling Cylinders and A History
Bournemouth. Talking Machine Review.

ANDREWS, Frank & BAYLY, Ernie(1982) Billy Williams – A Study In Discography
Bournemouth. Talking Machine Review.

ANDREWS, Frank (1986) Edison Phonograph, The British Connection
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

ANDREWS, Frank, BADROCK, Arthur & WALKER, Edwards S. (1992) World Records, Vocalion “W” & Fetherherflex
Spalding. Frank Andrews, Arthur Badrock & Edward S. Walker.

ANDREWS, Frank (1997) Brass Band Cylinder & Non-Microgroove Disc Recordings 1903-1960
Winchester, Piccolo Press

ANDREWS, Frank & BAYLY, Ernie (1998) Jumbo Records
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

**ANDREWS, Frank & BAYLY, Ernie (1999). Zonophone. Numerical Listing by Block Number
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

**ANDREWS, Frank & BAYLY, Ernie. (2000) Catalogue of HMV “B” Series Records
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

**ANDREWS, Frank & SMITH, Michael (2000) The Parlophone 12” E-10000 Series
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

**BADROCK, Arthur & ANDREWS, Frank (2000) The “Cinch” Record
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-30)

**ANDREWS, Frank (2001) Columbia 10” Records 1904-30
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

**SMITH, Michael & ANDREWS, Frank (2002). Columbia Graphophone Company, English Celebrity Series. 10” & 12” D, LB, L, LX, YB, RO, ROX & D-40000 series
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

ANDREWS, Frank. (2002), A Fonotipia Fragmentia – A History of the Societa Italiana di Fonotipia, Milana,1903-1943
Historic Singers Trust.

**ANDREWS, Frank & HAYES, Jim (2003) Columbia Graphophone Company “DB” series
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

ANDREWS, Frank & ARMFIELD Colin. (2003) Polyphon, Klingsor & Pilot Records
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

ANDREWS, Frank & SMITH, Michael (2004) Columbia Graphophone Company, FB Prefixed Series 10”
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

**ANDREWS, Frank & SMITH, Michael (2004) HMV “C” Series, Complete Catalogue of Records.
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

**ANDREWS, Frank et al (2005) Columbia Phonograph Co, Complete Catalogue of Cylinders
Cobham. Dominic Coomb.

**BADROCK, Arthur & ANDREWS, Frank (2005) The Complete Regal Catalogue
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society

**ANDREWS, Frank. (2006). Catalogue of Zonophone Double Sided Records
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

**ANDREWS, Frank, HAYES, James G. & BAYLY, Ernie (2006) Double Sided Zonophone Records
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

ANDREWS, Frank (2010), The British Recording Industry During the Reign of Edward VII, 1901-1910
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-3)

ANDREWS, Frank & DEAN-MYATT, Bill (2011). Favorite Record in the United Kingdom (CD-rom & book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-8)

ANDREWS, Frank (2011) Phonograph Cylinder Histories – Britannia, British Lambert & Star (CD-rom and Book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-9)

ANDREWS, Frank & DEAN-MYATT, Bill (2011). Beka Record in the United Kingdom (CD-rom & Book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-11)

ANDREWS, Frank (2011) Phonography Cylinder Histories – Electric, International Indestructible & Russell (CD-rom & Book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-13)

ANDREWS, Frank (2012) A History of the Marketing of Sound Recordings in Britain, 1890-1903
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-16)

ANDREWS, Frank. (2012)Phonograph Cylinder Histories – Clarion (CD-rom & book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-20)

ANDREWS, Frank. Phonograph Cylinder Histories – Sterling (CD-rom & Book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-22)

ANDREWS, Frank & DEAN-MYATT, Bill (2013) Homophone & Homochord Records in the United Kingdom (CD-rom & book).
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-27)

ANDREWS, Frank & HARRISON, Keith (2013) Phonograph Cylinder Histories – The Pirates (CD-rom & Book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-24)

ANDREWS, FRANK & WOOD-WOOLEY, TIM (2013) The Edison 4 Minute Cylinder in Great Britain (CD-rom & book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-26)

ANDREWS, FRANK & DEAN-MYATT, Bill (2014) Imperial Records (CD-rom & book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society (RS-33)

**ANDREWS, Frank & SMITH, Michael ( - ) Parlophone Odeon Series
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.

BADROCK, Arthur, ANDREWS, Frank & PILCHER, Grant ( - ) Filmophone Discography
Gillingham. Talking Machine Review

**SMITH, Michael & ANDREWS, Frank. ( - ) His Master’s Voice Recordings, BD series 10” Magneta Label 78rpm
Gillingham. Michael Smith

ANDREWS, Frank ( - ) The British Record Industry During The Reign of Edward VII, 1901-1910 (CD-rom & book)
City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society.


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