(1901–49), record producer. The Chicago-born record company executive was president of Decca Records from 1934 until his death. It was in this capacity that he produced the original cast recording of Oklahoma! in 1943. The album was so successful that it sparked a parade of similar recordings of other shows. Oddly, the English had been producing original cast recordings since the turn of the century, but Americans had not. One quirky result was that the only large-scale cast recordings of American shows before 1943 were recordings made with their London casts.
From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.