Yazoo Records

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Yazoo Records
Yazoo Records label
Parent company Shanachie Entertainment
Founder Nick Perls
Genre American roots, jazz, blues, country, folk
Country of origin U.S.
Location Newton, New Jersey
Official website www.shanachie.com/genres/yazoo/

Yazoo Records is an American record label founded in the late 1960s by Nick Perls. It specializes in early American blues, country, jazz, and other rural American genres collectively known as roots music.[1]

The first five releases (L 1001 up to L 1005) were issued under the label name of Belzona Records. The label then was renamed to Yazoo Records, the first five releases being reissued under that new name.

The Belzona/Yazoo label, a drawing of an Art Deco peacock, was adapted from the 1927 Black Patti label.

On Yazoo Records Perls compiled rare 78 rpm recordings made in the 1920s by musicians such as Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell, the Memphis Jug Band, Blind Blake, and Blind Lemon Jefferson. On Yazoo's sister label Blue Goose Records, founded in 1970,[2] Perls recorded 'rediscovered' black blues artists and younger blues and jazz performers.

In 1989 Yazoo was acquired by Shanachie Records.[3] In 2014, Yazoo signed their first current artists, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band[4] and released their album So Delicious on February 17, 2015.


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  1. ^ "Yazoo Records Inc (profile and discography)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Blue Goose Records (profile and discography)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Shanachie Records Corp (discography)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  4. ^ "REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND signs with Yazoo Records, readies 'So Delicious' for Feb. 17 release". Bluesmagazine.nl. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 

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