What is Disc-O-Logue and the Disc-O-Logue Archive?
Disc-O-Logue was a music publication created by Louise Lamothe that lists French-language songs from Canada, France and other parts of the French-speaking world, which were available in Canada on LPs and 45-rpm discs from 1962 to 1979. Madame Lamothe saw the need for a French-language music catalogue not only for her own record store, but for other stores, companies and customers as well. Because of her professional interest in copyright and copyright agencies, Louise Lamothe also used Disc-O-Logue to document the copyrights applicable to each song. Disc-O-Logue proved to be an invaluable reference source used by music companies, record store owners and customers alike to locate performers, labels or titles of various songs on recordings.
The Disc-O-Logue Archive was acquired by the National Library of Canada from Madame Lamothe in 1986 to complement the Library's holdings of Canadian music and sound recordings. The Archive consists of copies of the Disc-O-Logue publication, the master card catalogue, and the record release information. In addition, the National Library has also been given copies of Disc-O-Logue Best Sellers lists which were also produced by Madame Lamothe.
The database that is part of this Web site contains information which was compiled by Madame Lamothe until February 1985, after Disc-O-Logue ceased publication. The Disc-O-Logue Web site will now make this information on what has been referred to as "The Golden Age" of French-language popular music available to researchers anywhere in the world.
The Disc-O-Logue Archive
The Disc-O-Logue archive has four main features:
The Scope of Disc-O-Logue
Louise Lamothe sought to be as inclusive as possible with Disc-O-Logue. French-language songs on different labels, both LPs and 45s, which were available in Canada are all included in her catalogue. She sought out information from record companies, solicited information on items that she saw in music stores but for which she had not received release information, and was as thorough as possible in her research. In an interview with Richard Baillargeon published in Rendez-vous 92 magazine, Madame Lamothe recalls surprising Monique Leyrac by showing her a 45-rpm version of the song «Le petit bonheur» that Leyrac didn't know existed. While Madame Lamothe tried to be comprehensive, as with most projects of this nature it is likely that some releases slipped through the process. It is also possible that some of the cards may have been misfiled or lost before the Library acquired the Disc-O-Logue Archive.
Where is Disc-O-Logue now?
Acquired from Louise Lamothe in 1986, Disc-O-Logue is now located in the Music Division of the National Library of Canada in Ottawa. Madame Lamothe's preliminary data, the data bank of 90,000 cards, and the published Disc-O-Logue are available to interested researchers. With the emergence of the Internet and database technology, it is now possible to search the Disc-O-Logue card catalogue on-line using a variety of search fields and search strategies. See Sample Searches for a variety of creative ways to search the Disc-O-Logue. Some Disc-O-Logue information can be matched with sound recordings held by the National Library of Canada (Connect to AMICUS Web for access to the National Library of Canada's online catalogue). These recordings are available for consultation at the National Library during regular business hours.