Story: Recording companies and studios

John Prouse, baritone

John Prouse, baritone

Wellington singer John Prouse, seen here in 1922, was a leading bass-baritone in New Zealand. He also performed internationally, and in 1905 recorded 12 songs in Britain for commercial release, becoming New Zealand's first commercially recorded artist.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Harold Temple White Collection
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Mark Derby, 'Recording companies and studios - Birth of a recording industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 22 Oct 2014