Goldwax Records

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Goldwax Records was a record label founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1964 by Quinton Claunch and Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell.


Claunch was a hardware store owner who had previously worked as a country music guitarist, session musician at Sun Records, songwriter and record producer, and had co-founded Hi Records in 1957 before selling his stake two years later. Russell was a pharmacist who was interested in becoming involved in the music business.[1]

The label had its biggest successes with James Carr, who had a series of hits on the R&B chart between 1967 and 1969, including "You've Got My Mind Messed Up" and "The Dark End of the Street". It also had some success with The Ovations and Spencer Wiggins. The label was dissolved in 1969, as a result of differences between Claunch and Russell as well as Carr's erratic behaviour.[2] In the mid 1980s, the company was re-launched by Memphis businessman Elliott Clark, and Claunch became its President, but he left again in the 1990s.[1]

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