Exclusive Records

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Exclusive Records
Founded1944 (1944)
FounderLeon René
Defunct1950 (1950)
GenreJazz, blues, gospel, R&B
Country of originU.S.

Exclusive Records was a record label established by Leon René, which existed from 1944 to 1950.


Exclusive Records was established by Leon René in Los Angeles[1] in 1944 and ceased operations in January 1950.[2] Buddy Baker was the music director. The label's roster included music by Lucky Thompson,[1] the Basin Street Boys, the Ceele Burke Orchestra, Edgar Hayes & His Stardusters, Herb Jeffries, Rickey Jordan, Jack McVea & His Orchestra, Mabel Scott, Frantic Fay Thomas,[3] Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers,[4] and Johnny Moore's Three Blazers with Charles Brown.[5]

Leon René and his brother Otis René, who owned Excelsior Records,[1] purchased a shellac record pressing plant, but when the format changed from 78 rpm to 45 rpm, their old equipment could not press the new smaller vinyl discs, and both labels went out of business.[citation needed]

In 1951, Leon René started up Class Records with his son, musician Googie René. They formed Rendezvous Records with new partners in 1958.



  1. ^ a b c Rye, Howard (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 732. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  2. ^ The Vocal Group Harmony Website,Herb Jeffries and Three Shades of Rhythm. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  3. ^ The Vocal Group Harmony Website, Previous single artist record of the week--from the collection of Paul Ressler. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  4. ^ Be Bop Wino, Joe Liggins - The Honeydripper, February 13, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  5. ^ Dave Penny, Biography of Johnny Moore; Black Cat Rockabilly Europe. Retrieved 2012-03-31.

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