Domino Records (before 1993)

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Domino Records was the name of several United States record labels which are now defunct:

  • Domino Records (1917)
  • Domino Records (1924–1933)
  • Domino Records (1950s–1960s)[1]

First U.S. label[edit]

The first U.S. Domino Records, a United States based label, debuted in 1916 and went out of business later that same year. They produced 7-inch vertical-cut disc records.

Second U.S. label[edit]

Label of the second "Domino Records", late 1920s

The second, better known, Domino Records, a United States based label, was in business from 1924 to 1931, producing standard 10-inch lateral cut 78s. The label was a subsidiary of Plaza Music Company, headquartered in New York City. [2] Artists Plaza recorded included the standard pool of New York studio orchestras led by Sam Lanin, Fred Rich, and others, as well as a handful of name bands like Ben Pollack and Cab Calloway, who also appeared on other Plaza labels such as Perfect and Banner.

At the end of 1931, at Plaza's takeover by the American Record Corporation, its trademarks passed to that company, and Domino was one of the labels that was weeded out at the time. ARC reconstituted the Domino label in 1933 - this time with the same label style, but in black ink on gold - for an exclusive 100 series sold only through juke box manufacturers the John Gabel Company. This format lasted through 1934.[3]

Third U.S. label[edit]

The third Domino Records was a regional label started in the late 1950s in Austin, Texas. This label lasted into the early part of the 1960s. Artists included George Underwood, Clarence Smith, Ray Campi, the Slades, Joyce Webb, the Daylighters, Jesse Harris, and Joyce Harris.[1] The label was led by Lora Jane Richardson from beginning to end (1957–1961).[4]

In 1998 Ace Records released The Domino Records Story, a compilation of the label's releases.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hickinbotham, Gary S. "Recording Industry". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Tosches, Nick. Country - The twisted root of rock 'n' roll. pp. 222–223. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ "American Record Labels and Companies - An Encyclopedia (1891-1943)" by Allan Sutton & Kurt Nauck, Mainspring Press 2000 (ISBN 0-9671819-0-9)
  4. ^ Corcoran, Michael (June 5, 2010). "Little indie label Domino laid down Austin sounds before scene's heyday". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved April 6, 2013.