Back Beat Records

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Back Beat Records
Back-Beat-label.jpg
Founded 1957
Genre Soul
Country of origin United States

Back Beat Records was an American record label launched in 1957 as the Houston-based soul sub-label of Duke Records, when it was run by Don Robey. Back Beat was acquired by ABC Records in the 1970s. The label's biggest hits included "Treat Her Right" by Roy Head & The Traits, "Tell Me Why" by Norman Fox & The Rob-Roys and "Everlasting Love" by Carl Carlton. In 1976 ABC discontinued the Back Beat label.[1]

There are many records from Back Beat that found fame but not fortune, as the records are part of the underground movement known as Northern Soul. Carl Carlton probably recorded the most tracks that fall into the Northern Soul sound.

Back Beat label variations[edit]

Independent distribution[edit]

  • 1957-1959: White, lime green and dark blue "kettle drum" label
  • 1959-1972: Red, white and yellow label with yellow drumsticks

ABC distribution[edit]

  • 1972: Red and black label
  • 1972-1974: White and red label with yellow drumsticks
  • 1974: Dark green and blue label with "abc Back Beat" ("abc" circle logo) between two lines, all in white. Only one record was released with this format: "Everlasting Love" by Carl Carlton (BB 27001, originally released on the white and red label)

Back Beat recording artists[edit]

Original address[edit]

Back Beat Records
c/o The Bronze Peacock (night club)
2809 Erastus Street
Houston, Texas

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duke/Peacock Records: an illustrated history with discography, Galen Gart, Roy C. Ames, Big Nickel Publications (1990) OCLC 21391237

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