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The first Durium Records was a British record label of the 1930s. Its products and marketing were similar to those of the American record company Hit of the Week Records, described in more detail in that article. Durium sold its single-sided paper gramophone records from around 1930 to 1933. They were also exported to other European countries including Sweden and Denmark (see illustration).
Durium Records was also the name of an Italian record label that was active from 1935 to 1989. It was distributed under its own name in the UK in the 1960s, first by Decca Records and then by Pye Records, with whom it had a UK hit, "Zorba's Dance" by Marcello Minerbi, which reached number 6 in 1965. It also gave trumpeter Nini Rosso a Number One smash in Australia with the haunting instrumental "Il Silenzio", also in 1965.
Among its other acts were Marino Marini, Dori Ghezzi, Franco Cassano, Little Tony, Dee D. Jackson, Dori Ghezzi, Fausto Papetti, Gato Barbieri, Gino Paoli, Nick Lucas, Pino Presti, Roberto Vecchioni, Silver Convention, Los Marcellos Ferial, Umberto Bindi and Fiordaliso.
- Chris Davies: British and American Hit Singles, Batsford.
- Russell, Tony. (2004). Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-513989-5, (Durium entry, page 31)
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