“A Ta Fenêtre Fleurie”
Robert Marino, vocal; M. G. Andolfi, piano
circa 1929 (Pathé N 3377 mx 201241)
“Mon Coeur Est Tous Près De Son Coeur”
Robert Marino, vocal
circa 1929 (Pathé N 3377 mx 201454)
Here is a French Pathé record. As noted in a previous posting, Pathé disc records used vertical “hill and dale” grooves rather than the lateral “zig zag” grooves of conventional 78/80 rpm records. As a result of the expiration of the patents for lateral recording, by the mid 1920s Pathé had phased out its use of vertical grooves in the USA and UK. However, because Pathé had a much larger market share in France, there was sufficient demand for vertical records in that country that the company continued to issue them through 1932.
Unfortunately, my inability to read French has made it difficult for me to find much in the way of information about French tenor Robert Marino. I did locate a discography online (.pdf file) showing that he recorded over 60 sides for Pathé between 1928 and 1930.
I base the circa 1929 recording date on a July 1929 newspaper page (.pdf file) which included radio listings for Paris. At 6:35 PM on July 9, Radio Paris was to air a program called A Half Hour With Pathé with “A Ta Fenêtre Fleurie” being one of the records scheduled to be played. Presumably the records selected for play on a Pathé program would have been ones that were available for listeners to purchase.
I think both sides of this record are very pleasant to listen to. If anyone has information about Robert Marino or a more precise recording date, please feel free to share it in the comments.