Name and location of repository
Level of description
Didier Deutsch LP Collection
- 1950 - 2010 (Publication)
20 linear feet; 16 packing boxes
Name of creator
Didier Deutsch is a French-born record producer who has produced more than 600 titles in fields as varied as pop, jazz, big bands, classical, soundtracks and Broadway shows. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1995 for his production of the 12-CD “Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years (1943–1952) – The Complete Recordings,” and again in 2001 or the Columbia/Legacy 26-CD set, “Soundtrack For A Century.”
Deutsch was born in 1937 in Arcachon, France, and arrived in New York City in 1962. Initially after his arrival, he wrote professionally for a wide range of magazines and newspapers, including After Dark, Essence, and The New York Times, with a special emphasis on the theater, movies, and music. In 1973, following some years in public relations in the private sector, Deutsch became publicity director at CTI Records, the jazz label created by producer Creed Taylor. After that Deutsch held various publicity and managerial positions at Tappan Zee, RCA, WEA International, and Atlantic. During this time Deustch simultaneously began working for Legacy, the reissue label controlled by Columbia Records, now Sony Music.
Over the years, Deutsch has produced recordings by many artists signed to both Columbia and Epic (Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Doris Day, Jerry Vale, Rosemary Clooney, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, etc.). On many of those, he wrote the liner notes that helped put these recordings into their proper historical perspective.
Among his many other achievements, Deutsch lists “The Great American Composers,” a 28-volume collection of the classic tunes written by the best Tin Pan Alley songwriters – Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, and the Gershwins, among many others, representing more than 800 selections, for Columbia House and “The Best Of Broadway,” a multi-volume series surveying the songs written for the stage and screen, for Time-Life.
In addition to his activities as a record producer, Deutsch continues to be a presence on Broadway, each season reviewing the new musical productions for the German publication “Musicals” and for the French-language “Opérette/Théâtre Musical.” A recognized theater critic, he has been covering the Broadway musical scene for more than 45 years.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
Foreign language and cast recordings from the personal collection of record producer Didier Deutsch.
System of arrangement
As these are commercially produced recordings, they were cataloged with the suffix "LP" followed by the name of the musical or performer and short album title. They are housed with the LP collection.
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
All material is open to the public without restriction. Copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions.
Conditions governing reproduction
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1923 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Some albums are not in English.
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Received from Didier Deutsch on May 27, 2011.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Related materials elements
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
- Citation: Didier Deutsch Sound Recording Collection, The Great American Songbook Foundation.
- Processing information: Cataloging of this collection is complete.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
AtoM description created by Ashlee James, November 2017.
Collection cataloged by Chris Jaeger, Lisa Bennett, Anna Pranger and Lisa Lobdell 2017 - 2019.
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Deutsch, Didier C., (Contributor)