2021-10-11T16:05:39+02:00Oktober 11th, 2021|

Ardene was a short lived record label (Ardene Record Co.) from Elisabeth, New Jersey.


2021-07-30T15:50:26+02:00Juli 30th, 2021|

TOKEN Records was a short-lived label from Newark, New Jersey.

The record label took over the master stock of defunct Delvar Records Company from West Orange, N.J.

There are two different labels designs: Yellow/orange and green/silver.

Source: Discogs / Billboard


2020-04-03T10:47:25+02:00April 3rd, 2020|

American record label formed by Herbert Harris and Irving Prosky for the 1939 World’s Fair as Stinson Trading Co. to market and distribute recordings from the Soviet Union in the United States. Between the 1940s and 1960s, it mainly issued recordings of American folk and blues musicians, including Woody Guthrie and Josh White.

From 1942-1946, Stinson Records had a partnership with Asch Records but was dissolved shortly after when Moe Asch formed Disc Records. In 2019, the catalog was acquired by Smithsonian Folkways.



2020-03-12T11:01:28+01:00März 12th, 2020|

Spin-O-Rama (or Spinorama) was a budget label started in 1959 by Henry LaPidus out of Newark, New Jersey. LaPidus owned several such low-price labels, including Peter Pan, Parade, Humpty Dumpty, Prom, Rocking Horse and Synthetic Plastics, which served as the parent company for most of the other lines. Recording and packaging quality of those Spin-O-Rama releases was very low, even for the average budget label standards.

In 1961, LaPidus sold Spin-O-Rama and Parade to Phil Landwehr’s company Premier Albums and joined Premier as sales manager in charge of the firm’s budget service department. Like Synthetic Plastics, Premier Albums, Inc. ran a large number of budget labels, including Coronet, Directional Sound, Celebrity, Baronet and Twinkle.



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2020-03-23T14:29:54+01:00März 9th, 2020|

Budget label of Waldorf Record Corp. (Associated with Waldorf Music Hall Records), itself a budget label exclusively sold in Woolworth stores from 1954 to 1959.

Enoch Light, who ran Waldorf Music Hall Records, was a major factor (both as a producer and musician) on most of these releases (which comprised primarily of covers of popular songs in that era by various studio artists).

Source: Discogs


2019-11-27T15:01:20+01:00November 13th, 2019|

Cleartone was an U.S. record label that was in existence for only a couple of years, from 1920 to 1922. During that brief time, the label was produced by several companies for the “Cleartone Phonograph Company, New York”.

Earliest releases, numbered in an 800 series, were simply Pathé Actuelle releases with Cleartone labels pasted over the originals. These releases were all pseudonymous.

The second source of Cleartone records was the Clarion Record Company of New York, which pressed a series of black-label popular (P-series) and maroon-label standard (S-series) records for Cleartone. These generally duplicated material originally released on Clarion’s labels (Cardinal and Clarion).

After Clarion suspended operations in 1922, Cleartone obtained material from The Arto Company. Couplings corresponded to those on Arto labels and had a C-prefix.

Source: Discogs



2022-03-31T09:26:52+02:00September 20th, 2019|

The De Luxe Record Company was formed in 1944 by David and Jules Braun in Linden, New Jersey. The label recorded popular music, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel and country & western.

In 1947, Syd Nathan purchased a majority interest in the label, although it continued to be operated out of Linden by the Braun brothers until March, 1949, when the offices were moved to Cincinnati.

The Brauns evidently left the company at that time to form Regal Records. Nathan officially acquired the Braun brothers’ interest in the DeLuxe label in February, 1951.

Many of the DeLuxe masters were issued on King Records singles and albums.

In the early 1950s, Nathan revived the label with new releases. Henry Stone had been active in Miami with his Rockin’ and Glory labels and Seminole Distributing Company when Syd Nathan asked him to come and revive this dormant little label he’d picked up. Stone was promised 50% of the label.

The big hit he came up with was Otis Williams & The Charms with “Hearts Of Stone.” This record was remarkable for breaking pop through white radio airplay. It went #15 on the pop charts and was a million selling record.

Source: Discogs


2019-08-28T15:47:33+02:00August 28th, 2019|

Monarch was introduced to the market in 1903 and was colsed only two years later in March, 1905. It was situated in Camden, NY. It was produced by the Victor Talking Machine Co.