Jubilee Records

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Jubilee Records

Jubilee Records was a record label specializing in rhythm and blues along with novelty records. It was founded in New York City in 1946 by Herb Abramson. Jerry Blaine became Abramson's partner. Blaine bought out Abramson's half of the company in 1947.[1][2] The company name was Jay-Gee Recording Company, a subsidiary of the Cosnat Corporation. Cosnat was a wholesale record distributor.

Jubilee was the first independent record label to reach the white market with a black vocal group, when the Orioles' recording of "Crying in the Chapel" reached the Top Twenty on the Pop charts in 1953.[3]


The Four Tunes started recording for Jubilee in 1953. The biggest early hit for Jubilee was "Crying In The Chapel" by the Orioles. A subsidiary label Josie Records was formed in 1954 which issued uptempo material. Hits on Josie include "Speedoo" by the Cadillacs and "Do You Wanna Dance" by Bobby Freeman. The label's last rock and roll hit was the rhythm and blues instrumental "Poor Boy"/"Wail!" by the Royaltones.[3]

On the novelty side, successful artists include blooper compiler Kermit Schaefer and comedian Rusty Warren.

Jubilee/Josie also had a custom label, Gross Records, whose only artist was Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts.[4]

In 1970, Jubilee/Josie was sold to Viewlex and Blaine left the company.[5] The catalog was eventually taken over by Roulette Records.[1]

In the late 1980s, Roulette was sold jointly to Rhino Records and EMI, and in the 1990s, Rhino was sold to Time Warner. The rights to the Jubilee records archives in North America are now owned by Warner Music, with EMI holding the rights in the rest of the world.

Jubilee Records artists[edit]

This is a list of recording artists who have had at least one recording released on the Jubilee Records label.

Josie Records artists[edit]

This is a list of recording artists who have had at least one recording released on the Josie Records label.

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  2. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.com. 1959-01-19. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  3. ^ a b Gillett, Charlie (1996). The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll ((2nd Ed.) ed.). New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press. pp. 69–70. ISBN 0-306-80683-5. 
  4. ^ "Gross Label Album Discography". Bsnpubs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.com. 1970-06-20. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
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