The idea of creating a database of old Salvation Army recordings started in 1998.
At the start of the millennia, Ian Barton began building a database of 78rpm recordings from his home in Australia. It was not long before EPs, LPs and Cassettes arrived from around the world contributing to the growth of this unique and historical database. In 2018, Ian decided to retire and spend time with his other love, caravanning. The website was taken over and is now run by Stuart Hall in the United Kingdom. Stuart has the same passion to share with others his love of Salvation Army music.
Today there are over 21,000 tracks in the database. If you have a recording that’s not in the database, then do consider donating it to Regal Zonophone by clicking on this link and help to preserve these historic recordings.
The British record label, Regal Zonophone was formed in 1932, following the merger of the Regal and Zonophone labels.
Over a 30 year period, The Salvation Army recorded many of its fine bands and songster brigades on this label. These old 78s followed by EP and LP records provide an encapsulated history of The Salvation Army and its musical heritage.
The company Citadel Promotions was founded with the objective of providing musicians and concert promoters the opportunity to develop in their chosen field.
The company is delighted, under the leadership and direction of Stuart Hall, to maintain and grow this unique database and preserve the heritage for future generations.