Dial Records (1946)

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This article is about the U.S.-based record label founded in 1946. For other uses, see Dial Records.
Label of Dial record by Charlie Parker

Dial Records was a United States based record label specializing in bebop jazz. It was founded in 1946 by Ross Russell, who operated the label for about a decade. Notable artists who recorded for Dial included Charlie Parker, who signed an exclusive one-year recording contract with Russell on 26 February 1946,[1] Miles Davis, Max Roach, and Milt Jackson. Dial Records were made by the Tempo Music Shop of Hollywood, California.

Labels of Dial Records said that they were "Contemporary American Music", a dig at the traditionalist American Music Records label.


  • Dial 1002: "A Night in Tunisia" and "Ornithology". Both tracks were recorded by the Charlie Parker Septet at the legendary recording session on 28 March 1946.[2] On its release, Billboard considered it "A collector's item".[3]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Wheeler, Geoffrey. 1999. Jazz by Mail: Record Clubs and Record Labels, 1936 to 1958—Including Complete Discographies for Jazztone and Dial Records. Manassas, VA: Hillbrook Press. ISBN 0-9667819-0-2.