Felsted Records

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Felsted Records
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Parent companyDecca Records
Founded1954 (1954)
Defunct1964 (1964)
Country of originU.S., UK

Felsted Records was the name of two record labels. The UK version began as a subsidiary of Decca Records in July 1954 with music mainly in the jazz and dance band genres and recordings leased from the French Blue Star, Riviera, and Classique labels. The label took its name from the village where Sir Edward Lewis, the head of UK Decca, lived. The British label's only release of note was "Smokie", the first single by Bill Black's Combo, Black having been Elvis Presley's bassist, licensed from Hi Records.

Late in 1957, Felsted Records US opened, operating from London Records' office in New York and was marketed as a pop label. Releases included Kathy Linden's "Billy" and "Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye"; Jimmy Wisner's 1961 instrumental "Asia Minor", credited to "Kokomo, his Piano and Orchestra"[1] on the London label in the UK; and The Flares' 1961 release "Foot Stompin' Part 1", which reached No. 20 on the Black Singles chart and No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100[2]

In 1958 Felsted was reinstated in the UK leasing US material contracted through its US office. Neither label had much commercial success; the UK label was closed in 1964 and its roster transferred to London Records.[3]

During 1958 and '59, British producer Stanley Dance supervised albums for Felsted in New York by Buster Bailey, Coleman Hawkins, Budd Johnson, Rex Stewart, Buddy Tate, and Dicky Wells.[4]


7500 Popular Series[edit]

Catalog Artist Album
FL-7501 Kathy Linden with Joe Leahy and His Orchestra That Certain Boy
FL-7502 Joe Leahy Orchestra It's Never Too Late for Dancing
FL-7503 Various Artists A Night at the Boulevard
FL-7504 Robert Trabucco Musette Catch
FL-7505 Antobal's Cuban All-Stars under the direction of Obdulio Morales Agua!-Agua!
FL-7506 Émile Stern All the Way
FL-7507 Billy Eckstine Mr. B. in Paris
FL-7509 Jimmy Wisner Trio Blues for Harvey
FL-7510 Antobal's Cuban All-Stars directed by Obdulio Morales Dia de Reyes
FL-7511 Antobal's Cuban All-Stars directed by Obdulio Morales Mango Mangűé
FL-7512 Howard McGhee Music from the Connection
Fl-7513 Kokomo Asia Minor

7000 Jazz Series[edit]

Catalog Artist Album
FAJ-7001 Rex Stewart Rendezvous with Rex
FAJ-7002 Earl Hines / Cozy Cole Earl's Backroom and Cozy's Caravan
FAJ-7003 Buster Bailey All About Memphis
FAJ-7004 Buddy Tate Swinging Like Tate
FAJ-7005 Coleman Hawkins The High and Mighty Hawk
FAJ-7006 Dicky Wells Bones for the King
FAJ-7007 Budd Johnson Blues a la Mode
FAJ-7008 Billy Strayhorn Septet Cue for Saxophone
FAJ-7009 Dicky Wells Trombone Four-in-Hand

45 rpm singles, New York[edit]

Catalog Artist Album
45-8673 The Classmates
(arranged and conducted by Alan Lorber)
"Theme From A Summer Place" / "Cotton Picken', Pickle Packin', Fish Strippin', Claw Hoppin' Hands"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "45 discography for Felsted Records". Global Dog Productions. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Flares". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ Edwards, David; Callahan, Mike (9 April 1999). "Felsted Album Discography". www.bsnpubs.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ Rye, Howard (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 750. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.

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