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  • Who: Enrico Caruso

  • What: First million seller record

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The first record to sell over a million copies was 'Vesti la giubba' from Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, sung by the Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso (1873–1921). It was recorded in November 1902 and released by GT.

Caruso released two further recordings of 'Vesti la giubba' in February 1904 and March 1907 for the Victor Talking Machine Company (predecessor of the RCA Red Seal label).

In 1987, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences recognised Caruso with a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

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