Click

2022-12-30T14:14:53+01:00Dezember 30th, 2022|

“America’s Top Recording” Click was a record label from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was active in the late 1940s. The records were recorded from Allied Recordings.

KALIPHON

2022-11-21T14:10:42+01:00November 21st, 2022|

 
The independent label KALIPHON was founded by Ajdin Asllan in New York City in the 1940s.
 
Ajdin Asllan was an Albanian-American multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, oud, llaute/lauto) and independent label owner (born March 12, 1895 in Leskovik, Albania – died October 1976 in New York, NY).
 
Asllan made his living as a musician in the Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Albanian nightclub scene on 8th Avenue in New York City. Around 1937, he released his first recordings on the short-lived Mi-Re Rekord label, which released four or five records with Albanian music.
 
Around 1942, Asllan opened the Balkan Phonograph Record Store at 42 Rivington Street in the Lower East Side in New York; the store later moved to 27th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
 
In the 1940s, he also founded a number of labels that released Albanian, Greek, Turkish, and Sephardic music, most notably Balkan Phonograph Records and its successor Balkan, Kaliphon Phonograph Records and Kaliphone Phonograph Records, Me Re Record Co. and its successor Metropolitan Phonograph Record Co..

 
Source: excavatedshellac.com, monitori.xyz

VERNE

2022-11-21T13:43:04+01:00November 21st, 2022|

VERNE was a US Latin music label founded in New York in late 1940’s by Luis Cuevas assisted by Ernie Ballesta (Verne Verne Recording Corp.).

It also recorded in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Source: 45worlds.com

BUSY-BEE

2022-11-03T17:01:09+01:00November 3rd, 2022|

BUSY BEE was an American record label active from 1906-1909. It was founded in 1904 by Sherwin Bisbee.
Records were produced by several manufacturers for the O’Neill-James Company of Chicago.

O’Neill-James introduced Busy Bee disc phonographs in 1906. These had a rigid rectangular lug affixed to the turntable and so required use of a disc with a corresponding cut-out through the label area.

Busy Bee records were produced by several companies, including the American Record Company, Leeds & Catlin, Hawthorne & Sheble, Universal Talking Machine Manufacturing Company and American Graphophone Company/Columbia Phonograph Co.

The term ‘Amberized’ (an early form of plastic) describes the type of material used for the manufacture of these recordings.

O’Neill-James dropped the Busy Bee label in 1909, following reciprocal lawsuits between Columbia Phonograph Co. and Victor Talking Machine Co. over patent infringement and distribution disputes.

Source: Discogs

ANSONIA

2022-09-30T16:02:41+02:00September 30th, 2022|

Founded in 1949 by by Rafael ‘Ralph’ Pérez, an A&R rep for the Latin American division of Decca Records in New York. The label is named after a popular hotel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where the company often housed visiting recording artists.
 

Some of the first Ansonia sides were Dominican merengues. Pérez put together what became the most popular group in that genre outside of the Dominican Republic in the 1950s: Angel Viloria Y Su Conjunto Típico Cibaeño. From this initial success, Pérez and Ansonia would continue to release music made for Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican immigrants in the Spanish-speaking New York communities of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), The Bronx and Brooklyn, as well as for listeners in the Caribbean and throughout Latin America.

Many sessions took place at Beltone Studios in midtown Manhattan. Recording studios in San Juan, Havana and Mexico City were also used to build the Ansonia catalog.

After the death of Ralph Pérez in 1969, his daughter Mercedes and her husband Herman Glass became managers of Ansonia. In 1985 Ansonia moved to new facilities in New Jersey. Herman Glass produced records in New York and overseas until his passing in 1986, at which time Mrs. Pérez-Glass and their son Henry Gerard Glass assumed responsibilities. Ansonia’s last recording of new material was in 1990.

Source: Discogs

FISKANA

2022-09-30T14:13:34+02:00September 30th, 2022|

Private label owned by nightclub entertainer Dwight Fiske.

Fiskana records were pressed by Victor and used the Victor numbering scheme.

Source: Discogs