Blue Thumb Records

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Blue Thumb Records
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Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1968
Founder Bob Krasnow, Tommy LiPuma, Don Graham
Status Inactive/Defunct
Distributor(s) Hip-O Records
(re-issues)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States

Blue Thumb Records was an American record label founded in 1968 by Bob Krasnow, along with former A&M Records executives Tommy LiPuma and Don Graham.

History[edit]

Bob Krasnow had been in the record business for a number of years, working as a promotion man for King Records and also working for Buddah/Kama Sutra Records. Blue Thumb was originally intended to be the name of Captain Beefheart's band, but Krasnow did not think the name was right for the group. However, he chose the name for his label.

Acts that appeared on the label include Beefheart, The Credibility Gap, The Crusaders, Hugh Masekela, Sam Lay, Sylvester, Southwind, Robbie Basho, Tom Rapp, Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation (licensed from UK Liberty Records), Modereko, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Jimmy Smith, Dave Mason, The Pointer Sisters, T. Rex (in its earlier incarnation as Tyrannosaurus Rex, licensed from the UK's Regal Zonophone Records), Ike & Tina Turner, Love, Gábor Szabó, Mark-Almond, and National Lampoon (on the Banana label imprint).

Blue Thumb originally used independent distribution, but went to Capitol/EMI for distribution in late 1970. Gulf and Western's Famous Music Group took over distribution in mid-1971, then bought the label outright in 1972. Late in 1974, the Famous Music record labels were sold to ABC Records. ABC kept Blue Thumb active for a time, mostly for albums by the Pointer Sisters and the Crusaders as well as some reissues. In 1979 ABC sold its labels to MCA Records, which discontinued the Blue Thumb imprint altogether.

In the United Kingdom and Europe, Blue Thumb releases were licensed to Harvest Records (also owned by EMI) from 1969 to 1971, and to Island Records thereafter.

The label was revived in 1995 for blues and adult contemporary releases. This remained so, even after the 1998 merger with parent Universal Music Group and PolyGram and being put under the fold of the Verve Music Group, continuing to be Verve's imprint for non-jazz releases. In early 2005, the Blue Thumb imprint was deactivated and was replaced with Verve Forecast to handle such releases. UMG's reissue arm Hip-O Records has reissued several Blue Thumb recordings, including such acts as the Crusaders, Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks and the Pointer Sisters.

Discography[edit]

  • BTS 1 - Strictly Personal - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band [1968]
  • BTS 2 - Album of Political Pornography - Lew Irwin & Credibility Gap [1968]
  • BTS 3 - Anyone Who Hates Dogs and Children Can't Be All Bad - W.C. Fields [1968]
  • BTS 4 - The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation [1968] (from UK Liberty)
  • BTS 5 - Outta Season - Ike & Tina Turner [1969]
  • BTS 6 - Doctor Dunbar's Prescription - Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation [1969] (from UK Liberty)
  • BTS 7 - Unicorn - Tyrannosaurus Rex [1969] (from UK Regal Zonophone)
  • BTS 8 - Truckin' with Albert Collins - Albert Collins [1969]
  • BTS 9 - Coming Home - Chicago Blue Stars [2/70]
  • BTS 10 - Venus in Cancer - Robbie Basho [1969]
  • BTS 11 - The Hunter - Ike & Tina Turner [1969]
  • BTS 12 - Sweet Black Angel - Earl Hooker [1969]
  • BTS 13 - Ready to Ride - Southwind [1969]
  • BTS 14 - Sam Lay in Bluesland - Sam Lay's Bluesband [1969]
  • BTS 15 - Clifton Chenier's Very Best - Clifton Chenier [1969]
  • BTS 16 - To Mum From Aynsley and the Boys - Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation [1970] (from UK Liberty)
  • BTS 17 - Alegria! - Bossa Rio [1969]
  • BTS 18 - A Beard of Stars - Tyrannosaurus Rex [1970] (from UK Regal Zonophone)
  • BTS 19 - Alone Together - Dave Mason [1970]
  • BTS 20 - Buddy Guy and the Juniors - Buddy Guy, Junior Mance & Junior Wells [1970]
  • BTS 21 - A Bad Donato - Joao Donato [1970]
  • BTS 22 - False Start - Love [1970]
  • BTS 23 - Magical Connection - Gabor Szabo [1970]
  • BTS 24 -
  • BTS 25 - Dave Mason & Cass Elliot - Dave Mason & Cass Elliot [1971]
  • BTS 26 - What a Place to Land - Southwind [1970]
  • BTS 27 - Mark-Almond - Mark-Almond [1971]
  • BTS 28 - High Contrast - Gabor Szabo & Bobby Womack [1971]
  • BTS 29 - Where's the Money? - Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks [1971]
  • BTS 30 - Recorded Live at Bimbo's, San Francisco - Charles Pierce [2/71]
  • BTS 31 - Naturally - Jessie Hill [1971]
  • BTS 32 - Mark-Almond II - Mark-Almond [1972]
  • BTS 33 - How Are Things in Your Town? - Ken Nordine [1971]
  • BTS 34 - Headkeeper - Dave Mason [1972]
  • BTS 35 - Crazed Hipsters - Finningan & Wood [1972]
  • BTS 36 - Striking It Rich - Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks [1972]
  • BTS 37 - Luis Gasca - Luis Gasca [1972]
  • Banana BTS 38 - Radio Dinner - National Lampoon [1972]
  • BTS 39 - Chastisement - Last Poets [1972]
  • BTS 40 - I Lead a Life - Ben Sidran [1972]
  • BTS 41 - Space Is the Place - Sun Ra [1973]
  • BTS 42 - The Barbeque of Deville - Hoodoo Rhythm Devils [1972]
  • BTS 43 - Private Tonight - Arthur Adams [1972]
  • BTS 44 - Stardancer - Tom Rapp [1972]
  • BTS 45 - Sylvester and the Hot Band - Sylvester & Hot Band [1973]
  • BTS 46 - Singing/Playing - Larry Carlton [1973]
  • BTS 47 - Supermellow - Paul Humphrey [1973]
  • BTS 48 - The Pointer Sisters - Pointer Sisters [1973]
  • BTS 49 - The Best of Ike & Tina Turner - Ike & Tina Turner [1973]
  • BTS 50 - The Best of Mark-Almond - Mark-Almond [1973]
  • BTS 51 - Last Train to Hicksville... The Home Of Happy Feet - Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks [1973]
  • BTS 52 - At Last - Last Poets [1973]
  • BTS 53 -
  • BTS 54 - Dave Mason Is Alive! - Dave Mason [1973]
  • BTS 55 - Puttin' in Time on Planet Earth - Ben Sidran [1973]
  • BTS 56 - Sunforest - Tom Rapp & Pearls Before Swine [1973]
  • BTS 57 - What the Kids Want - Hoodoo Rhythm Devils [1973]
  • BTS 58 - Can I Have My Money Back? - Gerry Rafferty [1973] (from UK Transatlantic)
  • BTS 59 - Lovin' Feelin' - Phil Upchurch [1973]
  • BTS 60 - Bazaar - Sylvester & The Hot Band [1973]
  • BTS 61 -
  • BTS 62 - Introducing Hedzoleh Sounds - Hugh Masekela [1972]
  • BTS 63 - The Butts Band - Butts Band [1973]
  • BTS 64 - Aim for the Highest - Aim [1974]
  • BTS 65 -
  • BTS 66 - America, Wake Up - Paul Humphrey [5/74]
  • BTS 6013 - The Best of Dave Mason - Dave Mason [1974] [1]
  • BTS 880 - Split Coconut - Dave Mason [1975]
  • BTS 67 - Free As The Wind - The Crusaders [1977]
  • Unknown - Blues Is My Wailin' Wall - Mighty Mo Rodgers [1999][2][3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs. "Dave Mason - The Best Of Dave Mason". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  2. ^ Al Campbell. "Mighty Mo Rodgers | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Blue Thumb Records - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 

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