Philo Records (rhythm & blues)

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Philo Records was a short-lived record label founded in 1945 by the brothers Eddie, Leo, and Ira Messner.[1] Philo's releases included 78 RPM singles of Illinois Jacquet, Wynonie Harris, Helen Humes with the Bill Doggett Octet, Jay McShann and Lester Young, and an album (set of two 78 RPM records) of Lester Young, Nat King Cole and Red Callender.[2]

When the US Patent office refused to register the label because of the similarity in name with the Philco radio corporation, that was in business producing blanks for the record industry, the dispute was settled when the owners agreed to continue the name als Medlee.[3]

On March, 2 the company placed an advertisement in Billboard magazine, announcing the new trade name.[4] The next week though, they placed a new ad "correcting their mistake", announcing Aladdin Records.[5] The numbering of the releases was continued, and older Philo releases were reprinted as Aladdin.[2]

There was another Philo Records, founded by Bill Schubart and Michael Couture in Vermont. It is still active under the ownership of Rounder Records.


  1. ^ David Edwards and Mike Callahan "The Aladdin Records Story", Both Sides Now, December 29, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b David Edwards and Mike Callahan "Philo/Aladdin Singles Discography", Both Sides Now, December 29, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2015
  3. ^ The Billboard, February 9, 1946, p. 27
  4. ^ The Billboard, March 2, 1946, p. 23
  5. ^ The Billboard, March 9, 1946, p. 24

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