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The stories of EMI and Virgin are fascinating and are an integral part of the history of how the worldwide music industry was formed and how we have shaped and developed the business over the years.These are stories that will continue to evolve…

1887
Emile Berliner, a German immigrant, files Letters Patent in USA for his ‘Gramophone’ method of recording and reproducing sound.
1889

Emile Berliner’s hand operated Gramophones are exported from Germany to Britain. Alfred Clark joins the Edison laboratories to carry out research work on the phonograph.
1895
The Berliner Gramophone Company is formed in Philadelphia by Will C Jones, the records being made from vulcanized rubber.
1896
Alfred Clark leaves Edison to join Emile Berliner and helps to invent a hand-driven Gramophone fitted with speed-regulating governor.
1897
William Barry Owen, Director of the National Gramophone Company in New York, arrives in Britain to exploit Berliner Gramophone patents. Resigning from the NGC he sets up business in the Hotel Cecil, London.
1898
The Gramophone Company is formed by William Barry Owen and Trevor Williams, initially at the Hotel Cecil, but moving on May 16 to 31 Maiden Lane. Provisional arrangements are made to manufacture Gramophone Records and assemble machines in Germany.

July 23: Fred Gaisberg, a young recording engineer and talent scout, previously working for Emile Berliner, leaves New York for London to join The Gramophone Company as its first recording engineer.

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  • alexsibley

    hey i am a presenter on www.phoenixfm.com i can't download any Empire Of The Sun tracks to play in Uk. How can i get?

    January 2009
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