Label from Knoxville, Tennessee. Active in the 1950s and 1960s.
(Box 10033, Kingston Pike, Knoxville)
US-american bluegrass label, founded 1946 in Johnson City Tennessee. Owned and operated by James Hobart Stanton.
BROADMAN RECORDS was a label from Nashville, Tennessee active from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The records were manufactured By Word Records, Waco, Texas.
Bullet Records was an US Independent label, founded in March 1946 by Jim Bulleit at 423 Broad Street, Nashville, Tennessee.
The label was active until 1953.
White gospel: 100 Series
R&B/Blues: 200/300 Series
Hillbilly: 600/700 series (over 150 singles)
Pop: 1000 Series
CALVERT Records was a label located in Nashville, Tennessee.
It was active in the mid 1950’s recording R&B singers like Gene Allison (August 29, 1934 – February 28, 2004).
Duke Records was an American record label, started in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1952 by David James Mattis (WDIA program director and DJ) and Bill Fitzgerald, owners of Tri-State Recording Company. Their first release was Roscoe Gordon singing “Hey Fat Girl”, issued on Duke R-1, later amended to R-101.
After forming a partnership with Mattis in the summer of 1952, Don Robey (founder of Houston’s Peacock Records) took control of Duke. Both labels then headquartered at his Bronze Peacock club at 2809 Erastus Street in Houston, focusing on R&B and gospel music. Robey started a subsidiary, Back Beat Records, in 1957 and this later specialised in soul music, along with Sure Shot Records, whilst Peacock specialised in gospel recordings.
Duke’s leading artist was Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland who stayed with the label for many years until its demise, mostly recording successfully with arranger/band leader Joe Scott. Johnny Ace was a major R&B artist in the early years of the label before his untimely death at a young age, with a string of R&B top 10 hits including three that went to #1. Junior Parker was another important presence on Duke, recording a long string of singles for the label between 1953 and 1966, scoring seven top-twenty Billboard hits during his tenure.
Robey sold his labels to ABC Dunhill Records on 23 May 1973. The Duke labels were soon closed down with the imprints retained by ABC in their catalog, with only Bobby Bland being retained by the new parent label.