Coral Records

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Coral Records was a Decca Records subsidiary formed in 1949. It recorded pop artists the McGuire Sisters and Teresa Brewer, as well as rock and roller Buddy Holly.[1]

It was based in the United States. Various jazz and swing band recordings were issued on Coral in the 1940s. Coral's artists & repertoire manager Bob Thiele married Coral artist Teresa Brewer. In the late 1950s, Debbie Reynolds briefly recorded for Coral, with such songs as "Tammy". Coral Records was also the home of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. In the UK it began in 1954 as Vogue Coral.[2]

Coral stopped issuing new material in 1971.[3] In 1973, MCA amalgamated Decca, Kapp Records and Uni Records under the single MCA Records banner, and Coral was repositioned as a mid-line and budget album reissue label in the U.S. and internationally. This version of Coral (whose labels identified the imprint as "MCA Coral") lasted into the 1980s. Some product from MCA's former Vocalion Records budget label was manufactured with MCA Coral labels that bore Vocalion catalog numbers and was shipped in sleeves still bearing the Vocalion trademark, presumably to cut costs.

Coral Records artists[edit]

Coral Record label by Bob Crosby Band

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  1. ^ Gillett, Charlie (1996). The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll ((2nd Ed.) ed.). New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-306-80683-4. 
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  • Hall, Claude: "MCA Drops Vocalion, Decca, Kapp and Uni", Billboard, February 10, 1973 - reference to Coral becoming reissue label.

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