|Status||Inactive since 1954|
|Genre||Blues, jazz, doo-wop|
|Country of origin||United States|
Sabre closed down at the end of 1954, when its former owner became one of the financial backers of Vee-Jay, which was growing into a powerhouse of the independent record business.
By 1953, Chance had built a roster of artists and was recording prolifically Sheridan was running both Chance Records and American Record Distributors out of an office at 1151 East 47th Street. By June of that year, he needed a new outlet to accommodate his expanding catalog, so he opened Sabre at 1225 East 47th Street.
The first Sabre release appeared in July 1953. It featured veteran blues performer Tampa Red, whose 19-year affiliation with RCA Victor was coming to an end, appearing under the pseudonym "Jimmy Eager." Backing was provided by what had become Sheridan's house band, directed by bassist Al Smith and featuring tenor saxophonist Red Holloway, guitarist Lefty Bates, and drummer Vernel Fournier. Sabre also released a classic single by another member of Sheridan's blues roster, Willie Nix.
Although the more famous vocal groups, The Moonglows and The Flamingos, released their records on Chance, Sabre featured two doo-wop releases by the Five Blue Notes and three by the Five Echoes; one of the Echoes' singles included guest lead vocalist Walter Spriggs, going under the unconvincing stage name "Wally Wilson." Backing for these sessions was provided by the bands of Ike "Fats" Cole and Al Smith.
Finally, Sabre recorded the jazz groups of Ben Bryant and Johnny Miller.
In June 1954, Al Smith and his corps of studio musicians moved to Vee-Jay. Sabre made its last release in August 1954. Sheridan wound down his labels in December 1954, becoming an unpublicized investor in the newer company.
Sabre was responsible for a total of 9 releases (100 through 109, skipping 107).
|100||Eager, JimmyJimmy Eager||"I Should Have Loved Her More"||"Please Mr. Doctor”|
|101||Bryant, BenBen Bryant||"Cats Delight"||"Blue Midnight"|
|102||Five Echoes, TheThe Five Echoes||"Baby, Come Back to Me"||"Lonely Mood”|
|103||Five Blue Notes, TheThe Five Blue Notes||"Ooh Baby"||"My Gal Is Gone|
|104||Nix, WillieWillie Nix||"Just Can't Stay"||"All by Myself”|
|105||Five Echoes, TheThe Five Echoes||"So Lonesome"||"Broke”|
|106||Wilson, WallyWally Wilson||"If You Don't Love Me"||"The Hunt”|
|108||Five Blue Notes, TheThe Five Blue Notes||"You Gotta Go Baby"||"The Beat of Our Hearts”|
|109||Miller, JohnnyJohnny Miller||"I Cover the Waterfront"||"Always”|
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