Music: Wax War

Tin Pan Alley was making a lot of noise last week, and trying to be quiet about it.

Dinah Shore, said the reports, had just finished eight solid days of recording. The Andrews Sisters, who normally record 24 sides a year, would make nearly that many in the next six weeks. Crosby and Sinatra master platters were stacked ceiling-high. RCA-Victor had enough classical masters to last 25 years. Popular bandleaders were canceling fat dance dates to squeeze in recording dates. Everyone was getting set for the ban on record-making that James Caesar Petrillo, boss of the Musicians' Union, had ordered for Jan....

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