Recording Pioneers


Willy BIELEFELD  1879/1880 - 1912   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

Willy BIELEFELD  1879/1880 - 1912

aka W. Bielefeld
nationality
occupation
birth .... 1878/1879, Berlin, GERMANY
baptism
death 8 Sep 1912, Strausberg (40 km east of Berlin), GERMANY
burial
remark Rentner Willi Bielefeld died at the home of Gertrud Rahneberg (née Bielefeld), probably his sister (An der Stadtbahn 6, Strausberg). At the time of his death Bielefeld's official residence was: Ackerstraße 147, Berlin
marriage not married

PARENTS

father Christian BIELEFELD

b. .............
d. ...............) Schmiedemeister

mother Emma UHLIG

b. ...............
d. .................

children
  • Willy/Willi

    b. .... 1878/1879, ........., GERMANY
    d. 8 Sep 1912, Strausberg (40 km east of Berlin), GERMANY


LIFE


recorder BEKA
FAVORITE (?)

First Beka expedition with Heinrich Bumb to Egypt (Jan/Feb 1905)

Exactly when Bielefeld left Beka is not known, but in his obituary in the PhZ of 11/9/1912 it says: "Seitdem [=Beka's Aufnahme-Reise um die Welt] ist der Verstorbene noch im Dienste anderer Schallplattenfabriken tätig gewesen".

THE GREAT BEKA ‘EXPEDITION’ 1905 - 1906

Translated and adapted by John Want from a series of articles written by Heinrich Bumb and published in Der Phonographische Zeitschrift in 1906.

UNSERE REISE UM DIE ERDE (illustrated)

Skizzen von der großen „Beka“ - Aufnahme - Expedition


by Heinrich Bumb

Director dies, Beka Record Company up for grabs …

by Hugo Strötbaum




NOTES

  • Sprechmaschinen-Aufnahmen unter den Pyramiden in: Phonographische Zeitschrift 6. Jahrg., No. 10, p. 221 (8 March 1905)
  • In 9 Monaten Europa erobert haben die Beka-Records in: Phonographische Zeitschrift 6. Jahrg., No. 11, p. 237 (15 March 1905)
  • In 9 Monaten Europa erobert haben die Beka-Records in: Phonographische Zeitschrift 6. Jahrg., No. 12, p. 271 (22 March 1905)
  • Eisenbahn-Unfall der Beka-Expedition. in: Phonographische Zeitschrift 6. Jahrg., No. 42, p. 925 (18 Oct 1905)
  • Unsere Reise um die Erde: a series of articles by Heinrich Bumb in the Phonographische Zeitschrift 7. Jahrg. No. 27, pp. 561-563; No. 28, pp. 582-584; No. 29, pp. 602-604; No. 30, pp. 622-623; No. 31, pp. 643-645; No. 32, pp. 662-664; No. 33, pp. 692; No. 34, pp. 718-720; No. 35, pp. 759-760; No. 36, pp. 788-789; No. 37, pp. 808-809).
  • The Great Beka Expedition, 1905-6 translated and adapted by John Want in The Talking Machine Review No. 41 of Aug 1976, pp. 729-733
  • Obituary in: Phonographische Zeitschrift 13. Jahrg. No. 37, p. 862 (11 Sep 1912)
  • Favorite: the story of an independent German record company (1904-1914) by Hugo Strötbaum (in: The Lindström Project. Contributions to the history of the record industry / Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie. Vol. 2 (editors: Pekka Gronow & Christiane Hofer). Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, Wien 2010. ISBN 978-3-9500502-1-9
  • A short history of Beka by Pekka Gronow, Rainer E. Lotz, Hugo Strötbaum and Christian Zwarg (in: The Lindström Project. Contributions to the history of the record industry / Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie. Vol. 3, pp. 138-149 (editors: Pekka Gronow & Christiane Hofer). Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, Wien 2011. ISBN 978-3-9500502-2-9)
  • Director dies, Beka record company up for grabs... by Hugo Strötbaum (in: The Lindström Project. Contributions to the history of the record industry / Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie. Vol. 3, pp. 150-161 (editors: Pekka Gronow & Christiane Hofer). Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, Wien 2011. ISBN 978-3-9500502-2-9)
  • Favorite: Grammofoninnspillingene og artistene by Vidar Vanberg (Norsk grammofonplatehistorie 17. Eget forlag, Oslo 2007. ISBN 978-82-91962-03-0)
  • Favorite Records: A Discography by Frank Andrews and Bill Dean-Myatt (CLPGS Reference Series No. 8, 2010 with CD-ROM entitled Favorite Records in the United Kingdom: A history and catalogue reonstruction.



PHOTOS

Köçekçe "Selânik kahpe Selânik" by Ibrahim Efendi (Turkish, Constantinople)
Detail of BEKA 1085 showing Willy Bielefeld's signature ("Bfd") in the wax



THANK YOU


A. Ruschig (Stadtarchiv Strausberg)
Aristomenis Kalyviotis
Nikos Dionysopoulos