Ace Records (United States)

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Ace Records was a record label that was started in August 1955 in Jackson, Mississippi by Johnny Vincent, with Teem Records as its budget subsidiary. Ace also had the Vin label. Its records were distributed independently until 1962 when a distribution arrangement was set up with Vee-Jay Records. Ace Records stopped when Vee-Jay went broke. The label was relaunched in 1971 and sold in 1997 to the Demon Music Group in the UK.[1]

Ace recorded such artists as Earl King, Frankie Ford, Jimmy Clanton, Huey "Piano" Smith, Joe Tex, Scotty McKay and Bobby Marchan.[2]

Ace had a handful of major, influential hits during their time in business, including:

  • "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" by Huey "Piano" Smith and The Clowns (1957)
  • "Don't You Just Know It" by Huey "Piano" Smith and The Clowns (1958)
  • "Just A Dream" by Jimmy Clanton (1958)
  • "Sea Cruise" by Frankie Ford (1958)
  • "Go, Jimmy, Go" by Jimmy Clanton (1959)
  • "Pop-Eye" by Huey "Piano" Smith and The Clowns (1962)
  • "Venus In Blue Jeans" by Jimmy Clanton (1962)

Ace Records has received a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.[3]

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Donald J. Mabry, "The Rise and Fall of Ace Records: A Case Study in the Independent Record Business," Business History Review (Autumn, 1990), 411-450.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remembering Johnny Vincent 1927 2000". bluesworld. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  2. ^ Gillett, Charlie (1996). The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll ((2nd Ed.) ed.). New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press. p. 95. ISBN 0-306-80683-5. 
  3. ^ "Ace Records - Jackson". msbluestrail.org. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 

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