Coral

Coral

Profile:
Coral was a subsidiary of Decca launched in 1949. It recorded bandleaders like Bob Crosby in the beginning but it was under the A&R direction of Bob Thiele that Coral hit the bigtime with Teresa Brewer, the McGuire Sisters, Debbie Reynolds, Lawrence Welk mainstays The Lennon Sisters and early rock and rollers Buddy Holly and the Johnny Burnette Trio on its roster.

The parent company (including Universal Studios, itself purchased by Decca four years earlier) was acquired in 1962 by MCA, Inc., whose talent agency had to be sold to complete the sale due to anti-trust concerns. Coral's artists during the Sixties included Bobbi Martin, Barbara McNair, a pre-stardom Patti Austin and Dixieland clarinetist Pete Fountain, who was the label's most consistent artist.

As the decade wore on, the hits and album sales, apart from Fountain, declined. In 1968, Lawrence Welk bought the masters to his own recordings and the contracts of his musical associates from both Coral and Dot and moved them all to his own Ranwood label. Parent company MCA moved Decca to California, bringing Coral with it in 1970. It was then decided to merge Decca, Coral, Vocalion (2) (by then, Decca's budget reissue label), Kapp Records and UNI Records into the new MCA Records in April 1971 while the five labels maintained their identities for two more years. The last known Coral LP release was in 1971.

After the Decca, Uni, Kapp and Vocalion labels were officially retired in 1973, Coral became MCA Coral, MCA's mid-line and budget reissue label until the late 1980s when those duties were reassigned to either MCA Special Products or the parent label. This version had a blue label similar to the 1973-78 MCA Records label (with MCA CORAL in the same lettering style as the 1972-91 MCA Records logo).

Known International Releases:
Coral-branded releases (under its own name and as Vogue Coral) were distributed by Vogue Records Limited (originally a UK subsidiary of the French company Disques Vogue, later acquired by The Decca Record Company Ltd.) from roughly 1956 until 1967 in the UK when the MCA label was established for UK releases of US Decca and Brunswick material, and distributed by either TELDEC »Telefunken-Decca« Schallplatten GmbH or Deutsche Grammophon in Germany.

In Britain and most of Europe after 1967, Coral became the reissue imprint of MCA Records and its labels until at least 1978.
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Contact Info:
[US]
Coral Records Inc.
445 Park Avenue
New York, N.Y.

[UK]
Coral Records
Decca House
9 Albert Embankment
London S.E.1.

(address' no longer active)
Sites:
[l39155]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
0004 Buddy Holly Les Pionniers Du Rock(LP, Comp) Coral 0004 France Unknown Sell This Version
4C 048-95321 The Andrews Sisters Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) MCA Records, Coral, MCA Coral 4C 048-95321 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
7CXSB 5 Lawrence Welk The Best Of Lawrence Welk(2xLP, Comp) Coral 7CXSB 5 US Unknown Sell This Version
7CXSB-8 Buddy Holly with The Crickets (2) Buddy Holly with The Crickets (2) - The Best Of Buddy Holly(2xLP, Comp) Coral, Coral, Coral 7CXSB-8 US 1966 Sell This Version
7CXSB 9 Liberace The Best Of Liberace(2xLP, Album, Comp) Coral 7CXSB 9 US 1968 Sell This Version
7CXSB 10 Pete Fountain The Best Of Pete Fountain(2xLP, Comp) Coral 7CXSB 10 US 1970 Sell This Version
45 - EQ 72419 Buddy Holly What To Do / That's What They Say(7", Single) Coral 45 - EQ 72419 Ireland 1961 Sell This Version
45-Q.72172 Teresa Brewer A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl(7") Coral 45-Q.72172 UK 1956 Sell This Version
45-Q 72224 Teresa Brewer When I Leave The World Behind(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72224 UK 1957 Sell This Version
45-Q.72236 Tom Edwards (7) What Is A Teen Age Girl? / What Is A Teen Age Boy?(7", Single) Vogue 45-Q.72236 UK 1957 Sell This Version
45-Q 72274 Debbie Reynolds Tammy / French Heels(7", Single, Mono) Coral 45-Q 72274 UK 1957 Sell This Version
45-Q 72279 The Crickets (2) That'll Be The Day (Single) 45-Q 72279 UK 1957 Sell This Version
45-Q 72288 Buddy Holly Listen To Me / I'm Gonna Love You Too(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72288 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72290 Jackie Wilson Reet Petite(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72290 UK 1957 Sell This Version
45-Q 72293 Buddy Holly Peggy Sue(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72293 UK 1957 Sell This Version
45-Q 72297 Debbie Reynolds A Very Special Love / I Saw A Country Boy(7") Coral 45-Q 72297 UK Unknown Sell This Version
45-Q 72298 The Crickets (2) Oh Boy / Not Fade Away (Single) 45-Q 72298 UK 1957 Sell This Version
45-Q-72302 Peanuts Wilson You've Got Love / Cast Iron Arm(7") Coral 45-Q-72302 UK Unknown Sell This Version
45-Q 72305 The McGuire Sisters* Sugartime / Banana Split(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72305 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q-72306 Jackie Wilson To Be Loved(7") Coral 45-Q-72306 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72307 The Crickets (2) Maybe Baby 45-Q 72307 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72322 Lou Graham Wee Willie Brown / You Were Mean Baby(7") Coral 45-Q 72322 UK Unknown Sell This Version
45-Q 72325 Buddy Holly Rave On / Take Your Time (Single) 45-Q 72325 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q.72329 The Crickets (2) Think It Over (Single) 45-Q.72329 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72330 Johnny O'Keefe Shake Baby Shake(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72330 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72332 Jackie Wilson As Long As I Live / I'm Wanderin'(7") Coral 45-Q 72332 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q.72333 Buddy Holly Early In The Morning(7", Single) Coral 45-Q.72333 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72336 Teresa Brewer Pickle Up A Doodle(7") Coral 45-Q 72336 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72337 Betty Madigan Dance Everyone Dance(7") Coral 45-Q 72337 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72338 Jackie Wilson We Have Love / Singing A Song(7", Single, Tri) Coral 45-Q 72338 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72340 Teresa Brewer The Hula Hoop Song(7") Coral 45-Q 72340 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q.72343 The Crickets (2) It's So Easy(7", Single) Coral 45-Q.72343 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q.72345 Debbie Reynolds Faces There Are Fairer(7", Single) Coral 45-Q.72345 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72346 Buddy Holly Heartbeat (Single) 45-Q 72346 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q.72347 Jackie Wilson Lonely Teardrops / In The Blue Of Evening(7", Tri) Coral 45-Q.72347 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72351 The Accents (9) Wiggle Wiggle / Dreamin' And Schemin'(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72351 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72352 Al Alberts Willingly (Melodie Perdue)(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72352 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q.72354 Teresa Brewer The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart) / Satellite(7", Single) Coral 45-Q.72354 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q.72356 McGuire Sisters, The* May You Always (Single) 45-Q.72356 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q.72360 Buddy Holly It Doesn't Matter Anymore / Raining In My Heart (Single) 45-Q.72360 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q.72362 Charlie Gracie Doodlebug(7") Coral 45-Q.72362 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72364 Teresa Brewer Heavenly Lover / Fair Weather Sweetheart(7") Coral 45-Q 72364 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q.72365 The Crickets (2) Love's Made A Fool Of You(7", Single) Coral 45-Q.72365 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72366 Jackie Wilson That's Why (I Love You So) / Love Is All 45-Q 72366 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q-72368 Cindy And Lindy The Wonder That Is You(7", Single) Coral 45-Q-72368 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72372 Jackie Wilson I'll Be Satisfied(7") Coral 45-Q 72372 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72373 Charlie Gracie Angel Of Love(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72373 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72376 Buddy Holly Peggy Sue Got Married (Single) 45-Q 72376 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72380 Jackie Wilson You Better Know It / Never Go Away(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72380 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72381 Charlie Gracie Oh-Well-A(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72381 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q.72382 The Crickets (2) When You Ask About Love (Single) 45-Q.72382 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72384 Jackie Wilson Talk That Talk(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72384 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72386 Teresa Brewer Venetian Sunset(7") Coral 45-Q 72386 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72392 Buddy Holly Heartbeat / Everyday(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72392 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72395 The Crickets (2) More Than I Can Say / Baby My Heart(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72395 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72396 Teresa Brewer How Do You Know It's Love(7") Coral 45-Q 72396 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72397 Buddy Holly True Love Ways(7") Coral 45-Q 72397 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72402 Billy Williams (5) I Cried For You(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72402 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72403 Nick Noble The Tip Of My Fingers(7") Coral 45-Q 72403 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72407 Jackie Wilson (You Were Made For) All My Love(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72407 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72408 Lillian Briggs Not A Soul (Blanket Roll Blues)(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72408 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72411 Buddy Holly Learning The Game(7") Coral 45-Q 72411 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-Q 72417 The Crickets (2) Peggy Sue Got Married(7") Coral 45-Q 72417 UK Unknown Sell This Version
45-Q 72419 Buddy Holly What To Do(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72419 UK 1961 Sell This Version
45-Q 72423 Linda Hopkins I Diddie Dum Dum (Diddie Yum Dee) (7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72423 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72424 Jackie Wilson The Tear Of The Year / Your One And Only Love(7") Coral 45-Q 72424 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72428 The Cannonballs Cannonball Caboose / New Orleans Beat(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72428 UK 1961 Sell This Version
45-Q-72430 Jackie Wilson (So Many) Cute Little Girls / Please Tell Me Why(7", Single) Coral 45-Q-72430 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72432 Buddy Holly Baby I Don't Care 45-Q 72432 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45Q 72434 Jackie Wilson I'm Comin' On Back To You / Lonely Life(7", Single) Coral 45Q 72434 UK 1961 Sell This Version
45-Q 72435 McGuire Sisters, The* (Will There Be Space In A) Space Ship(7") Coral 45-Q 72435 UK 1961 Sell This Version
45-Q 72439 Jackie Wilson Years From Now(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72439 UK 1961 Sell This Version
45-Q 72440 The Crickets (2) I Fought The Law(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72440 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-Q 72441 The McGuire Sisters* Just Because(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72441 UK 1961 Sell This Version
45-Q 72442 Thelma Carpenter I Ought To Know / Back Street(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72442 UK 1961 Sell This Version
45-Q 72445 Buddy Holly Look At Me / Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues 45-Q 72445 UK Unknown Sell This Version
45-Q 72448 Linda Hopkins Mama's Doin' The Twist(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72448 UK 1962 Sell This Version
45-Q 72449 Buddy Holly Listen To Me / Words Of Love(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72449 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-Q 72450 Jackie Wilson The Greatest Hurt / There'll Be No Next Time (7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72450 UK 1962 Sell This Version
45-Q-72451 Pete Fountain Yes Indeed! (Single) 45-Q-72451 UK 1962 Sell This Version
45-Q-72453 Jackie Wilson / Jack Wilson* And Linda Hopkins Jackie Wilson / Jack Wilson* And Linda Hopkins - Sing (And Tell The Blues So Long) / I Found Love(7", Single) Coral 45-Q-72453 UK Unknown Sell This Version
45-Q. 72455 Buddy Holly Reminiscing 45-Q. 72455 UK 1962 Sell This Version
45-Q 72457 Cozy Cole Big Noise From Winnetka(7", Single) Coral 45-Q 72457 UK 1962 Sell This Version
45-Q. 72459 Buddy Holly Slippin' And Slidin'/Brown Eyed Handsome Man(7", Single) Coral 45-Q. 72459 UK 1963 Sell This Version
004 583 Buddy Holly Same(LP, Comp, Mono, Promo) Coral 004 583 Germany 1963 Sell This Version
8.004 Jackie Wilson Higher And Higher / I'm The One To Do It(7", Single) Coral 8.004 Belgium 1967 Sell This Version
8.006 Jackie Rae Believe In Love / Lonely One(7") Coral 8.006 Unknown Sell This Version
8.007 Patti Austin You're Too Much A Part Of Me/I'll Keep On Loving You(7", Single) Coral 8.007 US Unknown Sell This Version
8.008 Leroy & The Drivers You Picked The Wrong Time(7", Single) Coral 8.008 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
10010 Alan Copeland With Chorus & Orchestra Directed By Charles Bud Dant* Alan Copeland With Chorus & Orchestra Directed By Charles Bud Dant* - How Will I Know(7", S/Sided, Promo) Vogue Coral 10010 UK Unknown Sell This Version
10894 Debbie Reynolds This Happy Feeling(7", Promo) Coral 10894 UK 1958 Sell This Version
20504 Hermanas McGuire* Sugartime / Banana Split(7", Single) Coral 20504 Chile Unknown Sell This Version
23 036 McGuire Sisters It May Sound Silly(7", Single) Coral 23 036 Germany 1955 Sell This Version
23 061 Jimmy Wakely I Belong To You / Pinetop's Boogie(7", Single) Coral 23 061 Germany 1955 Sell This Version
3-0771 Jackie Wilson Love Train(7", Single, RE, Unofficial) Coral 3-0771 Unknown Sell This Version
31037 The Modernaires Rock-A-Bye Boogie / Put Some Money In The Juke Box(Shellac, 10") Coral 31037 US 1953 Sell This Version
033 417 Teresa Brewer Miss Hitmaker(LP, Album, TP, Mono) Coral, Coral 033 417 Germany 1957 Sell This Version
44762 Joanne King My Baby Left Me(7", Promo) Coral 44762 US Unknown Sell This Version
52.001 Gene Chandler Those Were The Good Old Days / There Was A Time(7", Single, Promo) Coral 52.001 France 1969 Sell This Version
54009 Jackie Paris You Go To My Head / Opus One(Shellac, 10", Single) Coral 54009 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version