Sue Records

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Sue Records was also the name of a Louisiana based record company which owned Jewel Records (Shreveport record label).

Sue Records ("The Sound Of Soul") was founded in 1957 by Henry 'Juggy' Murray in New York City. Also within the group was Symbol Records and Sue also financed and distributed A.F.O. Records owned by Harold Battiste in New Orleans. The label's first success came with Bobby Hendricks and Don Covay and continued into the sixties with Ike and Tina Turner, The Duals' "Stick Shift" and "Mockingbird" by Inez and Charlie Foxx. Further hits were by Justine "Baby" Washington, the Soul Sisters and Jimmy McGriff.

The hits had dried up by 1963 and Sue seemed to be out of step. They never really produced records to compete with the hot new sounds of soul on Atlantic, Stax or Motown.

Murray initially released his records in the UK through Decca's London Records but switched to a licensing deal with Island Records in 1964. This deal resulted in a split in the ownership of the Sue name. Island used the label to distribute Sue in the UK. Problems began when Island also leased discs from other US labels that interested them and released them on UK Sue too - which was not in the agreement.

After failing to chart in the U.S., Murray sold the Sue masters to United Artists Records, but retained rights to the Sue name and constantly attempted to re-activate the label until his death in 2005. The Sue Records catalog eventually ended up with EMI, and then with Universal Music Group upon EMI's being bought out in 2012.

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Albums on the Sue label. All albums were numbered within the main Island series.

  • ILP907 Jimmy McGriff - I've Got a Woman LP
  • ILP908 Jimmy McGriff - Gospel Time LP
  • ILP911 Ernestine Anderson - The New Sound of Ernestine Anderson LP (Unissued)
  • ILP911 Charlie & Inez Foxx - Mockingbird LP
  • ILP913 The Soul Sisters - The Soul Sisters LP
  • ILP917 Huey Smith - Piano Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu LP (With the Clowns. Titled 'Havin' a Good Time' on label)
  • ILP918 Elmore James - The Best of Elmore James LP
  • ILP919 V/A - Sue Sampler Record for Clubs LP (Promo only, no sleeve. Typed white label & sheet)
  • ILP919 V/A - Pure Blues Volume One LP
  • ILP920 V/A - 50 Minutes 24 Seconds of Recorded Dynamite LP
  • ILP921 V/A - We Sing the Blues LP
  • ILP922 Larry Williams - Larry Williams on Stage LP
  • ILP924 Lee Dorsey - The Best of Lee Dorsey LP
  • ILP925 V/A - The Sue Story LP
  • ILP927 Elmore James - The Elmore James Memorial Album LP
  • ILP933 V/A - The Sue Story Volume Two LP
  • ILP934 V/A - Soul '66 LP
  • ILP935 Billy Preston - The Most Exciting Organ Ever LP
  • ILP937 Righteous Brothers - In Action LP
  • ILP938 V/A - The Sue Story Volume Three LP
  • ILP949 Barbara Lynn - The Barbara Lynn Story LP
  • ILP950 Wallace Brothers - Soul Connection LP
  • ILP951 Bob & Earl - Harlem Shuffle LP

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