Sidney Frey

Sidney Frey

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Founder/original owner of Audiofidelity Enterprises, Inc. home to Audio Fidelity Records, and pioneer in stereophonic recording..

Sidney got his start in the record business following the end of World War II, as a distributor of Jewish folk records.
Beginning in the 1950's Sidney began producing high fidelity records, with an emphasis on sound (and sound effects).

He was also the creator of the first commercial stereo records (through his Audio Fidelity Records label in New York).
In 1957, Sidney had used Westrex, a stereo disk-cutting system, to cut a stereo LP disk for release before any of the major record labels, several of which had the Westrex equipment but had not yet produced a stereo disk.
This demonstration disc was introduced to the public on December 13, 1957 at the Times Auditorium in New York City
500 copies of this initial demonstration record were pressed.
On December 16, 1957, Frey advertised in the trade magazine Billboard that he would send a free copy to anyone in the industry who wrote to him on company letterhead.

That move generated a great deal of publicity and launched a revolution in the way the world listens to music: on two channels, for two ears, in stereo. Frey promptly released four additional stereo disks. The equipment dealers had no choice but to demonstrate on Audio Fidelity Records. Frey became known as "Mr. Stereo" during that era.

Sidney Frey sold the Audio Fidelity company/label to Herman D. Gimbel April 1964

He died of a heart attack on January 13, 1968, at the age of 47.
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Sidney Frey Discography Tracks

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Mohammed El-Bakkar & His Oriental Ensemble Mohammed El-Bakkar & His Oriental Ensemble - Port Said - Music Of The Middle East (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1957 Sell This Version
Mohammed El-Bakkar And His Oriental Ensemble* Mohammed El-Bakkar And His Oriental Ensemble* - Sultan Of Bagdad (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1957 Sell This Version
Harry Breuer And His Quintet Bumble Bee Bolero (as Frey) and 6 more… Harry Breuer And His Quintet - Mallet Magic (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1957 Sell This Version
The Dukes Of Dixieland Sensation Rag (as Frey) and 3 more… The Dukes Of Dixieland - On Bourbon Street With The Dukes Of Dixieland, Volume 4 (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1957 Sell This Version
The Dukes Of Dixieland Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight (as Frey) The Dukes Of Dixieland - ...You Have To Hear It To Believe It! (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1956 Sell This Version
The Dukes Of Dixieland Glory To Old Georgia (as Frey) and 5 more… The Dukes Of Dixieland - Marching Along With...The Dukes Of Dixieland Vol. 3...You Have To Hear It To Believe It (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1957 Sell This Version
The Dukes Of Dixieland Georgia Camp (as Frey) and 6 more… The Dukes Of Dixieland - Minstrel Time With The Phenomenal Dukes Of Dixieland Vol 5 (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1957 Sell This Version
Lionel Hampton And Orchestra* Lazy Thoughts (as Frey) and 3 more… Lionel Hampton And Orchestra* - Lionel ...Plays Drums, Vibes, Piano (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1958 Sell This Version
AFLP 1862 The Dukes Of Dixieland If Ever I Cease To Love (as Frey) and 2 more… The Dukes Of Dixieland - Mardi Gras Time With The Dukes Of Dixieland - Volume 6(LP, Album, Mono) Audio Fidelity AFLP 1862 US 1958 Sell This Version
AFSD 5875 Pat Moran Trio Blues and 1 more… Pat Moran Trio - This Is Pat Moran(LP, Album, Gat) Audio Fidelity AFSD 5875 US 1958 Sell This Version
Al Hirt Saints (as Frey) Al Hirt - Swingin' Dixie! (At Dan's Pier 600 In New Orleans) (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1958 Sell This Version
Mohammed El-Bakkar And His Oriental Ensemble* Mohammed El-Bakkar And His Oriental Ensemble* - The Magic Carpet (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1958 Sell This Version
Mohammed El-Bakkar & His Oriental Ensemble Mohammed El-Bakkar & His Oriental Ensemble - Music Of The African Arab Vol. 3 (Album) Audio Fidelity Brazil 1958 Sell This Version
AFLP 1867 Mike Sarkissian And His Cafe Bagdad Ensemble Mike Sarkissian And His Cafe Bagdad Ensemble - Turkish Delight !(LP, Mono) Audio Fidelity AFLP 1867 US 1958 Sell This Version
AFLP 1865 Mike Sarkissian And His Cafe Bagdad Ensemble Mike Sarkissian And His Cafe Bagdad Ensemble - Armenian Wedding(LP) Audio Fidelity AFLP 1865 US 1958 Sell This Version
AFSD 5849 Lionel Hampton And Orchestra* Lazy Thoughts (as Frey) and 3 more… Lionel Hampton And Orchestra* - Lionel(LP, Album) Audio Fidelity AFSD 5849 US 1958 Sell This Version
AFLP 1857 9th Regiment Pipe Band 9th Regiment Pipe Band - Bagpipes & Drums(LP, Mono) Audio Fidelity AFLP 1857 US 1958 Sell This Version
Don Shirley Black Is The Color (as Frey) and 1 more… Don Shirley - Piano (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1959 Sell This Version
AFLP 1886 Al Melgard Swedish Masquerade (as Frey) and 1 more… Al Melgard - At The Chicago Stadium Organ(LP, Mono) Audio Fidelity AFLP 1886 UK 1959 Sell This Version
The Dukes Of Dixieland Down By The Riverside (as Frey) The Dukes Of Dixieland - Up The Mississippi With The Dukes Of Dixieland Vol. 9 (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1959 Sell This Version
AFSD 5830 Johnny Puleo And His Harmonica Gang Southland Tribute (as Frey) Johnny Puleo And His Harmonica Gang - Johnny Puleo And His Harmonica Gang(LP, Gat) Audio Fidelity AFSD 5830 UK 1959 Sell This Version
Al Hirt Just A Closer Walk With Thee (as Frey) and 1 more… Al Hirt - Swingin' Dixie! (At Dan's Pier 600 In New Orleans) Vol. 2 (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1959 Sell This Version
Eddie Jackson And His Dixielanders Bill Baily (as Frey) Eddie Jackson And His Dixielanders - Eddie Jackson! (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1959 Sell This Version
AFLP 1910 Dave Wierbach And His Dixieland Band Under The Double Eagle (as Frey) Dave Wierbach And His Dixieland Band - Dixieland Banjo(LP, Album) Audio Fidelity AFLP 1910 US 1959 Sell This Version
Louis Armstrong And The Dukes Of Dixieland Just A Closer Walk With Thee (as Frey) and 1 more… Louis Armstrong And The Dukes Of Dixieland - Louie And The Dukes Of Dixieland (Album) Audio Fidelity US 1960 Sell This Version