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Playboy Records was an American record label, based in Los Angeles, California, and a unit of Playboy Enterprises. Artists recording for the label included Barbi Benton, Blue Ash, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, The Weapons of Peace, Brenda Patterson, Jeanne French, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, Ivory, Wynn Stewart, Mickey Gilley and Joey Stec. Another notable LP was Hudson, the first album by the Hudson Brothers. Another notable artist is Jim Sullivan whose second album (self titled) was released on the Playboy record label. Playboy also issued on LP the only full-length live concert recording by Lead Belly from a recording made in 1949, shortly before his death.
The label was originally independently distributed and towards the end of its life, CBS Records took over distribution.
In the 1970's Tom Takayoshi joined Playboy Records. In early 1973, he was named marketing director of sales and promotion. Around 1974, he was executive vice-president for the label. While in that role he signed country singer Eddie Weaver to the label. Later, he was the man in charge of of the label. ASctually, the third man in that position in three years. Under his stewardship, Playboy Records did well with country singer Mickey Gilley.
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