Jamie Records

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Jamie Records was a record label founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1957 by Harold Lipsius (1913–2007) and Allan Sussel (1924–2003).[a] Their first 45rpm single, "It's Great to Fall in Love"/"Truly" by Marian Caruso, was issued in 1957. The label was named after Allan Sussel's eldest daughter, Jamie Sussel Turner.

History[edit]

The label became popular in 1958 with the release of Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser"/"Stalkin'", which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Eddy became the mainstay Jamie artist, recording hit after hit, including "Because They're Young" (No. 4) and "Forty Miles of Bad Road" (No. 9). Eddy's last Jamie single "Runaway Pony"/"Just Because" was issued in 1962.

Another Jamie group were the Jordan Brothers from Frackville, Pennsylvania. Their first release was "Send Me Your Picture" and their biggest hit, "Gimme Some Lovin'", was released in the US before the more successful version by the Spencer Davis Group. The Jordans toured with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars bus tour and appeared on Philadelphia and New Jersey-based TV shows.[1]

The last major charting record on Jamie was released in 1966, when the label issued Crispian St. Peters' "The Pied Piper" in the US (No. 4). Afterwards, the hits came out on their subsidiary labels: "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by the Fantastic Johnny C (No. 7 pop and No. 5 R&B, in 1967) and "The Horse" by Cliff Nobles & Co. (No. 2, No. 2 R&B in 1968) on the Phil-L.A. of Soul label; Brenda and the Tabulations' "Dry Your Eyes" (No. 20, No. 8 R&B) on the Dionn label, 1967; and "Love (Can Make You Happy)" by Mercy which reached No. 2 pop in 1969, on the Sundi label.

Subsidiary labels[edit]

  • Arctic
  • Chestnut
  • Dionn
  • Hercules
  • House of Orange
  • Montel
  • MSL
  • Palm
  • Phil-L.A. of Soul
  • Poogie
  • Romulus
  • Showtime
  • Silver Dollar
  • Sundi
  • Tear Drop
  • Top and Bottom
  • V-Tone

Roster[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Harold Lipsious (né Harold Bernard Lipsius; 12 October 1913 Philadelphia – 17 March 2007), among other things, owned Universal One Stop in Philadelphia, an independent distributor.

Inline citations[edit]

  1. ^ The Jordan Brothers: A Musical Biography of Rock's Fortunate Sons, by Maxim W. Furek, Kimberley Press (1986); OCLC 15588651

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