2019-11-29T09:42:22+01:00November 11th, 2019|

Gateway Records was a Cincinatti, Ohio, based budget record label, founded in 1952.

The label belonged to Carl Burckhardt’s record company Rite Record Productions and issued cover versions of hit recordings.

There were three different Gateway labels: Gateway, Gateway Top Tune, and Gateway Parade of Hits. The records were recorded and manufactured by Rite.

Rite sold Gateway in 1958 to a Philadelphia record company, which closed the label the same year.



Chwyli Dnistra

2019-11-27T14:58:02+01:00September 23rd, 2019|

Chwyli Dnistra was an Ukrainian publishing house that published Ukrainian books, records, greeting cards and art albums.
It has been founded 1954 in Cleveland (USA) by Vasily Ilchyshyn.

Publishing products have diverged in the US, Canada and European countries.
In total, Chwyli Dnistra (Waves of the Dniester) released 45 records which contained about 500 titles.

The recordings featured songs by artists and collectives of the Ukrainian diaspora, as well as recordings from other record labels.

The numbering system is from CD-01 to CD-45.

CD-01 to CD-13 discs (except CD-7) were 78 rpm records
CD-14 to CD-45 were released at 33 rpm.




2019-05-17T17:16:00+02:00Mai 17th, 2019|

The Kaybee label of Wilmington, Ohio, U.S.A. was launched in 1949. It was co-founded by Jack S. Jossey and Howard W. “Kroger” Babb, two businessmen and producers of numerous cheaply made and aggressively promoted exploitation films during the 1940s and 1950s.

The parent company, Hallmark Pictures , was founded in November 1948 and also launched a sister label “Hallmark”.
The pair also owned Hollywood Productions and Hygienic Productions, the latter an outgrowth of their personal hygiene business.

The label folded in 1953 after Babb, facing federal tax-evasion charges and other legal and financial problems, mounted “The World’s Most Sensational Bargain Sale”. This consisted mostly of personal hygiene products but included remaining copies of unsold records.

Source: Discogs



2019-02-24T10:59:30+01:00Februar 24th, 2019|

Medallion was a client label produced by the Emerson Phonograph Company Inc. for the Baldwin Piano Company between 1919 – 1921. Baldwin distributed the discs through affiliated Baldwin dealers. The first discs, numbered in an 800 series, were 9″ pressings.

By late 1919, Emerson had discontinued smaller discs and pressed just standard 10″ records (numbered in the 8000s). There were over 350 Medallion records produced, and all duplicated material on standard Emerson Records releases.

The label was discontinued in late 1921 or early 1922, when the Emerson Phonograph Company Inc. was reorganized.

Source: Discogs



Radio Artist Records

2019-01-22T09:41:56+01:00Januar 22nd, 2019|

Radio Artist Records was active from 1947 until the end of 1950.

It was owned by E.T. “Bucky” Herzog & Jimmie Skinner.


2021-09-30T13:05:22+02:00November 30th, 2018|

Queen Records was the “Race Records” division of King Records and was also owned by Syd Nathan.

It was founded in 1943 and was eventually folded into King Records.


2018-12-01T19:07:01+01:00November 30th, 2018|

King Records was an American leading independent record company and label founded in 1943 by Syd Nathan in Cincinnati, Ohio. The label owned several divisions, including Federal Records, which launched the career of James Brown, it operated until 1975, and now operates as a reissue label.

Queen Records was the “Race Records” division of King Records and was also owned by Syd Nathan.

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2019-11-29T09:47:54+01:00November 30th, 2018|

Federal Records was an American record label founded in 1950 as a subsidiary of Syd Nathan’s King Records and based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was run by famed record producer Ralph Bass and was mainly devoted to Rhythm & Blues releases. The company also released hillbilly and rockabilly recordings from 1951 onward, e.g., “Rockin’ and Rollin” by Ramblin’ Tommy Scott on Federal 10003.

Singles were published on both 45 and 78 rpm speed formats. James Brown was touring with The Famous Flames when they were signed to Federal in 1956. The group’s first Federal single, “Please, Please, Please,” was a regional hit and eventually sold a million copies. Federal also issued such classics as The Dominoes’ “Sixty Minute Man”, and “Have Mercy Baby” as well as Hank Ballard & The Midnighters’ “Work With Me, Annie” which was opposed immediately by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) but went on to be an enormous hit.

Between 1962 and 1965 Freddie King, one of the three Blues “kings” (Freddie, B.B. and Albert), released a series of albums, mostly instrumentals, for Federal.

Source: Wikipedia

There has also been a Federal label in the 1920s in Albany, NY.



2019-11-27T16:05:26+01:00November 27th, 2018|

Dart Records was a record label from Cleveland, Ohio.

It seems that it only operated in 1949 – 1953. All the known pressings were made by Chester Budny, one of Cleveland’s great southside polka musicians of the 1940s and 1950s. He recorded from 1949 to 1953 on Bravo, Dart, and Columbia records.

The record series began with 100 and ended approx. with 112 due to the fact that Chester Budny only recorded 24 songs on 78rpm records.



2019-11-29T09:42:54+01:00November 4th, 2018|

Fraternity Records was established by songwriter Harry Carlson in Cincinnati, Ohio in the year 1954 .

The label had a few hits in the 1950s and 1960s by artists such as Lonnie Mack, Jimmy Dorsey or Cathy Carr, but never had a lasting impact, but the label managed to survive for decades, well into the 1980s. Shad O’Shea purchased the company from Carlson in 1975.

Source: CVINYL