Emory Cook demonstrated his two channel binaural recordings at the New York Audio Fair in November 1952
and Atlantic Records issued "the first commercial binaural disc recording" at that event.
The test disc is first heard publicly in New York City on December 13, 1957.
December 9, 1957
December 16, 1957
December 23, 1957
December 30, 1957
April 19, 1958: Celestial Records announces stereo discs.
January 13, 1958 - Fairchild cartridge introduced.
February 15, 1958: Audio Fidelity to release four Stereodisc albums.
March 1958: Audio Fidelity releases the first four stereo albums and ships 10,000 copies of:
AFSD 1830/5830: Johnny Puleo and his Harmonica Gang volume 1
AFSD 1835/5835: Bullring! La Fiesta Brava volume 4
AFSD 1843/5843: Railroad - The Sounds of a Vanishing Era
AFSD 1851/5851: Marching Along with the Dukes of Dixieland volume 3
The initial 10,000 discs used a mono cover with a gold Stereodisc sticker physically attached to the front. Once new covers were ready for the second pressings, the revised Stereodisc stickers (which included the respective album numbers) were part of the artwork.
If you'd like to find the first copies, look for this sticker.
March 15, 1958: Counterpoint announces their first two releases.
CPST 555: Boccherini & Vivaldi Cello Concerti – Aldo Parisot (the stereo release is delayed until May)
CPST 556: Juanita Hall Sings the Blues (reviewed in Billboard on April 14)
March 25, 1958: RIAA sets standards.April 14, 1958: Westrex advertisement
March 31, 1958: Majors hold back while independent labels rush to release product.
April 7, 1958: Magnavox is the first to offer stereo players.
April 14, 1958: Audio Fidelity sales boom.
NOTE: We can find no further reference to these Celestial albums in stereo. If you have any additional information to confirm their release, please let us know.
April 26, 1958: Audio Fidelity public demonstration.
May 1, 1958: Urania releases five albums.
USD 1001: Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 78 (first title shipped in late April)
USD 1002: Offenbach's Gaite Parisienne
USD 1003: Strauss Sparkles in Hi Fi
USD 1004: La Boutique Fantasque
USD 1005: Society Dances to Milt Shaw and his Orchestra at the St. Regis
May 1, 1958: Stereo Records releases six albums.
This June article from HiFi & Music Review was written in early May and discusses the first six releases.
May 1958: Audio Fidelity releases four more discs:
AFSD 5844 - Leon Berry at the Giant Wurlitzer Pipe Organ Volume 3
AFSD 5849 - Lionel - Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
AFSD 5857 - Bagpipes and Drums - 9th Regiment Pipe Band
AFSD 5860 - On Bourbon Street with the Dukes of Dixieland Volume 4
Early May: ABC-Paramount releases six albums.
ABCS 143: Strauss in Hi Fi - Ork Valentino
ABCS 218: Eydie Gorme Vamps the Roaring 20's
ABCS 219: More College Drinking Songs - The Blazers
ABCS 221: Heavenly Sounds in Hi Fi - Ferrante and Teicher
ABCS 222: World War II Songs in Hi Fi - Four Sergeants
ABCS 224: Hi Fi in an Oriental Garden - Cely Carrillo and others
ABCS 226: The New Billy Taylor Trio (initially announced but delayed)
The first stereo sampler is released in May.
S7001: Music to Listen to Barney Kessel By
S7002: My Fair Lady - Shelly Manne and His Friends
S7003: Leroy Walks - Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
S7004: Pal Joey - Andre Previn and His Pals
S7005: Firehouse Five Plus Two Goes to Sea
S7006: Mendelssohn Quartet in E FlatMay 8, 1958: Hallmark releases nineteen albums.
HLG 500: Peer Gynt Suite #1/Cappriccio Italiane
HLG 501: Symphony #5 in E Minor
HLG 502: Symphony #6 in B Minor
HLG 503: Symphony #2 – Beethoven
HLG 504 – Wagner Overtures
HLG 505 – Mardi Gras
HLP 300 – The Eddy Duchin Story in Stereo
HLP 301 – The Name’s Haymes!
HLP 302 – The Tommy Dorsey Story in Stereo
HLP 303 – The Nation’s Big Hits
HLP 304 – Dance Time U.S.A
HLP 305 – Complete Dance Party
HLP 306 – Music from the Films
HLP 307 – Evening in Paris
HLP 308 – The Music of George Gershwin
HLP 309 – Stereo Moods
HLP 310 – Full Dimensional Stereo Demonstration Record – Narrated by Del Sharbutt
HLP 311 – Dance Parade – Lenny Herman
HLP 312 – Dixieland
Jazz in Stereo
May 12, 1958: Hi Fi to releases eight albums this month.
SR 602: Band with a Beat - Harry Zimmerman
SR 604: Jazz Erotica - Richie Kamuca and his Band
SR 606: Harp with a Beat - Verlye Mills and the Billy May Orchestra
SR 713: The Genius of George Wright
SR 715: George Wright's My Fair Lady
SR 804: The End on Bongos - Jack Burger and his Orchestra
SR 805: Jazz 'n' Razz Ma Tazz - Georgie and his Varsity Five
SR 806: Taboo - Arthur Lyman
May 20, 1958: Stereo Fidelity releases twenty albums.
SF 1600: Complete Minstrel Show
SF 1800: Rhapsody in Blue
SF 1900: Honeymoon in South America
SF 2000: Johann Strauss Waltzes
SF 2500: Honeymoon in Paris
SF 2600: Scheherazade
SF 2800: Around the World in 80 Days
SF 3000: Honeymoon in Manhattan
SF 3100: Let's Dance to Hits of the 30's and 40's
SF 3300: Pajama Game and Silk Stockings
SF 3400: Gay Nineties Waltzes
SF 4400: 101 Strings in a Night in the Tropics
SF 5000: 101 Strings Play Hit Songs from Pal Joey
SF 5100: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
SF 5500: Safari
SF 5800: Blues
SF 6300: Depression
SF 6400: Bridal Bouquet
SF 6500: Hi Fi Band Concert
SF 77: South Pacific and Music Man
June 1, 1958: Elektra releases two albums.
EKL 118: The New York Jazz Quartet Goes Native
EKL 139: The Original Trinidad Steel Band
July, 1958: Rondo releases twelve albums.
ST 501: Haydn, "Military" Symphony - Boston Festival Orchestra
ST 502: Barber, Adagio for Strings - Boston Festival Orchestra
ST 503: Flamenco Fiesta - Carlos Montoya & Group
ST 504: Wine Garden Music of Vienna - Anita Ast & Schrammel Orchestra
ST 505: The Organ in Stereo - Reginald Foort/Mosque, Richmond VA
ST 506: The Organ at Symphony Hall - Reginald Foort/Boston Symphony Hall
ST 507: Dixieland Clambake on Bourbon Street - Tony Almerico's Band
ST 508: Music of Around the World in 80 Days and My Fair Lady - Johnny Gregory & Orchestra
ST 509: Beethoven, Fifth Symphony - Boston Festival Orchestra
ST 510: Stereo Feast for Orchestra - Boston Festival Orchestra
ST 511: Big Band Latin Jazz - Willie Rodriguez and his Orchestra
ST 512: Horizontal and Upright - Red Camp with Rhythm