2021-10-12T19:53:54+02:00Oktober 12th, 2021|

Venezuelan 60s Record Label. Founded and owned by Alfredo Sadel, he gives the distribution of the label to Distribuidora Nacional De Discos S.A. . Only the first pressings have been 78rpm records. The label also produced 78rpm records in Puerto Rico (Refogio St. 911, Santurce)

In 1962 , the record producer Johnny Quirós bought the label from Alfredo Sadel and few years later the label was acquired by La Discoteca C.A.

Based on: Discogs


2021-10-12T19:30:47+02:00Oktober 12th, 2021|

Billo was a Venezuelan label run by Billo Frómeta (1915 – 1988).

Orchestra conductor/band leader Billo Frómeta actually was not from Venezuela, however he happened to live, work and be remembered most of his life there. Being originally from the Dominican Republic and living a short stint in Cuba probably formed the sound of his band Billo’s Caracas Boys.

Ely Méndez joined Billos in 1971 and from that year until today she belonged to the so-called “Most Popular Orchestra of Venezuela”, that formed the also disappeared Master Billo Frómeta.

In 2019, the Billos Caracas Boys turned 80 years old and its celebration was in homage to singer Ely Méndez. “There is no vocalist in any orchestra in the world who has performed as long in a musical group as Ely Méndez”; its director Telmo Pérez said at the time, to the magazine Estampas, newspaper El Universal. Ely Méndez died due to Covid-19 February 2, 2021.


2021-09-14T18:40:14+02:00September 14th, 2021|

The Turpial label, named after the national bird which is akin to the Baltimore oriole, was one of Venezuela’s first independent record labels (perhaps the first).

It was founded in 1948 and began 78 rpm production in 1951. It was owned and run by the Sefaty Benazar brothers, Rafael and Nemias (or Nehemías), who also launched a production and distribution company called Comercial Serfaty.

The label appear to have issued several hundred 78s and ceased production of 78s in 1959.

Source: Excavated Shellac


2019-11-13T08:27:04+01:00November 13th, 2019|

The name “Palacio de la Música” was given by Ernesto Aue senior to the company he founded in 1947, with the aim of selling musical instruments. He was accompanied on this adventure by Miguel Ángel Piña, who became his trusted employee.

Later an American partner was integrated, who raised the idea of ​​incorporating a line of records. This is how Verco (Venezuela Record Company) was born, a record label with which El Palacio de la Música began distributing its first 78 rpm records. They were pressed in Mexico, due to the absence of press machines in Venezuela.

In 1961 the first international licenses arrived. The records started to be manufactured and marketed in Venezuela by “Palacio de la Música”. These were the times when the Pachanga rhythm was imposed.

It seems that the label Verco was renamed to “Palacio” in the mid 50s.

Source: Colección Gladys Palmera