Alan Kelly (June 1928 – December 2015) was recognized (by ARSC) as one of the world’s foremost discographers. He had dedicated the best part of fifty years to creating detailed discographies of the recordings produced by The Gramophone Company (whose main labels were His Master’s Voice and Zonophone), from its foundation in the United Kingdom in 1898 to its merger with the Columbia Graphophone Company to form Electric and Musical Industries (EMI) in 1931. Kelly worked for many years within the EMI Archives, copying out and then arranging material from the company ledgers to form discographies based on the language or geographical area, and on the technical origin of each record. To date he had completed the Russian, French, Italian and Dutch catalogues of The Gramophone Company, together with ten volumes of the HMV Matrix series. The sheer scale both of the Company’s activities and therefore of Kelly’s task only becomes clear when one surveys the vast amount of information in this colossal discography, preserved and disseminated by Kelly on CD-ROM. [Quote]
In 2007 ARSC awarded Alan Kelly with Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of his or her life’s work in published recorded sound research.