Adelphi Records

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Adelphi Records is an American independent record label founded in 1968 by Gene[1][2] and Carol Rosenthal.[3]


The label name was crafted by Rosenthal to suggest a combination of the Greek oracle, nearby Adelphi, Maryland, as well as a tip of the hat to a John Fahey song, "The Downfall of the Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill".[1] Extensive field recordings were begun in 1969, including sessions in Chicago, St. Louis, and the Mississippi delta.[3] In the 1970s the label began issuing blues-rock albums that were important to the development of the genre.[3] Towards the end of the 1970s the label found that its output was more popular in foreign countries than in the United States.[4] Sales growth was particularly marked in 1980.[5] Musician signings continued into the 1990s and early 2000s.[3]


Musicians on that label are (among others) The Nighthawks, Catfish Hodge and Roy Buchanan,[6] (rock); Lenny Breau,[4] Reuben Brown and Richie Cole (jazz);[4] Yellowman, Big Youth and Toots & the Maytals (reggae); Rev. Gary Davis, Gene Johnson,[5] and Rev. Robert Wilkins (blues and spirituals); plus Nathan Beauregard, Roy Book Binder, Roy Buchanan, R. L. Burnside,[3] Gus Cannon,[3] David Honeyboy Edwards, Paul Geremia, Mississippi John Hurt, Backwards Sam Firk, Skip James, Furry Lewis,[3] Bill Blue, Little Brother Montgomery,[3] Charles Tyler[5] and Bukka White (blues), plus Patrick Sky (folk).[7]

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  1. ^ a b Dunlap Jr., David (July 7, 2006). "The Cosmos Club". Washington City Paper. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues, ed. Edward Komara (New York: Routledge), ISBN 0-415-92699-8
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Komara, Edward M. (2006). Encyclopedia of the Blues. Psychology Press. p. 9. ISBN 9780415926997. 
  4. ^ a b c "Adelphi Revamps Foreign Distrib, Ponders Licensing". Billboard. December 24, 1977. p. 18. 
  5. ^ a b c Callahan, Jean (September 20, 1980). "No Recession for the Adelphi Label". Billboard. p. 10. 
  6. ^ "Roy Buchanan". Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  7. ^ "4101PatSky". Retrieved 2016-12-12. 

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