Thursday, December 24, 2009
The name of Stanley Day will be familiar to older readers of Gramophone. In the early 1950s he proposed to the publishers that they should create a running index to the increasing number of reviews appearing each month in the magazine: parallel with this, as the Publisher, I was anxious to produce a cumulative catalogue of all LPs currently available in the UK (the first releases having been in June 1950).
The outcome was The Gramophone LP Record Catalogue, compiled by Stanley Day, listing all currently available LPs together with their review dates in the magazine. Priced at 2s 6d (12.5p) the first quarterly issue appeared in June 1953.
Compilation of the Catalogue remained Stanley’s responsibility for the next 22 years. In 1971 he was responsible for the introduction of computer-based data processing, culminating in 1983 with the sophisticated software which was to generate the CD Catalogue and the Gramophone database.
Several years ago Stanley Day emigrated to Australia where he died on August 20, at the age of 89.