Swing Time

1949 - 1954

Swing Time Records was a United States-based record label active in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The label was founded by Jack Lauderdale in 1947 as Down Beat Records and was headquartered in Los Angeles, California. In approximately October 1949 the name was changed to Swing Beat Records, and around March 1950 the name was changed again to Swing Time.

The company went bankrupt in 1953 but continued releasing singles as late as February 1954.

Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, and other rhythm and blues and swing era artists of the 1940s first recorded for this company.

Several Swing Time recordings (i.e. all the holiday singles) were given permanent lease to Hollywood Records.


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