Tops Records

Tops Records

Profile:
Formed in 1947 as Tops Music Enterprises by Carl Doshay and Sam Dickerman, two "rack jobbers" who sold used jukebox 78 RPM records to grocery stores, drug stores, five-and-dime stores and the like when they decided to enter the record business by recording and releasing "knockoff' cover version records featuring session musicians and vocalists at a list price of 39 cents as opposed to 79 cents from the major labels.

By the mid-1950s, the company, now based in Hollywood, hired Dave Pell as house producer and arranger as the company's success was starting to overwhelm Doshay. It also began recording by then-journeyman artists past their Hit Parade heyday (Lena Horne, Mel Tormé, Pee Wee Hunt, the [Invalid Artist], Kate Smith (2), [Invalid Artist]) as the 45 RPM single and LP formats began taking hold.

In 1958, Doshay sold the company to Geiger counter manufacturer Precision Radiation Instruments (P.R.I) primarily to ease its tax burdens. Later that year, Tops hired publicist Bob Blythe who promptly ran Tops aground through a series of bad business decisions. A year later, Doshay suffered a heart attack and decided to sell the company for $1 million dollars. Blythe, who wanted to acquire the company to begin with, and a team of investors bought Tops/P.R.I. in 1960. Blythe took over, fired Doshay and overspent the company into bankruptcy. The investor group fired Blythe but it was far too late.

Tops and its catalog were sold to Pickwick International, Inc. and by 1963, its former rival folded the Tops/Mayfair/P.R.I. labels into its own operations.

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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
45-R212 The Christian Chapel Choir A Morning Prayer(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R212 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R235 Rusty Howard / Bob Sandy, The Rhythm Rangers Rusty Howard / Bob Sandy, The Rhythm Rangers - You Better Not Do That(7") Tops Records 45-R235 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R 249 Gayle Larson, Brian King Gayle Larson, Brian King - Hearts Of Stone(7") Tops Records 45-R 249 US Unknown Sell This Version
45R-250 Mimi Martel And The Rhythmaires, Nat Charles And His Orchestra* Mimi Martel And The Rhythmaires, Nat Charles And His Orchestra* - No More(7", EP) Tops Records 45R-250 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R273 Various Teen-Age Prayer(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R273 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R288 Hank Smith (2), Rusty Williams (3) And The Nashville Playboys, Betsy Green (2) Hank Smith (2), Rusty Williams (3) And The Nashville Playboys, Betsy Green (2) - Crazy Arms / I Walk The Line / Searching / I Take The Chance(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R288 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R289 Various Be-Bop-A-Lula / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You // Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl / Allegheny Moon(7", Comp) Tops Records 45-R289 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1001 The Christian Chapel Choir What A Friend Me Have In Jesus(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1001 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1006 Various Dig You Later(7") Tops Records 45-R1006 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1011 Al Sack And Orchestra* Mexican Hat Dance / La Cucaracha / Adios Muchachos / Orchids In The Moonlight(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1011 Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1017 The Rhythm Rangers With Bob Sandy / The Plainsmen (2) The Rhythm Rangers With Bob Sandy / The Plainsmen (2) - Steel Guitar Rag / New San Antonio Rose(7") Tops Records 45-R1017 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1026 Richard Berkman Malaguera(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1026 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1031 The Four Rhythmaires / Lew Raymond The Four Rhythmaires / Lew Raymond - Down By The Old Mill Stream(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1031 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1032 The Four Rhythmaires And Lew Raymond The Four Rhythmaires And Lew Raymond - While Strolling Through The Park(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1032 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1038 Beverly Laine Begin The Beguine(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1038 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1039 Eddie Truman Rodgers & Hart Favorites(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1039 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1040 Eddie Truman Stephen Foster Favorites(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1040 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R3004 Various Walkin' After Midnight(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R3004 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R239-49 Rusty Howard, The Rhythm Rangers Rusty Howard, The Rhythm Rangers - I Don't Hurt Anymore(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R239-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R243-49 Various Looking Back To See / Go, Boy, Go(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R243-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R248-49 The Rhythmaires With Mimi Martel, Ronnie Deauville, The Lew Raymond And Orchestra* The Rhythmaires With Mimi Martel, Ronnie Deauville, The Lew Raymond And Orchestra* - Mr. Sandman(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R248-49 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-R256-49 Various Two Hearts(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R256-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R261-49 The Hoosier Hot Shots* The Hoosier Hot Shots(7") Tops Records 45-R261-49 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-R263-49 Various Ain't That A Shame(7") Tops Records 45-R263-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R265-49 Various Suddenly There's A Valley / Maybellene(7") Tops Records 45-R265-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R266-49 Various Black Denim Trousers(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R266-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R267-49 Various The Bible Tells Me So(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R267-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R270-49 Bob Sandy With The Rhythm Rangers Bob Sandy With The Rhythm Rangers - Just Call Me Lonesome / I Forgot To Remember To Forget(7") Tops Records 45-R270-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R272-49 Bob Sandy With The Rhythm Rangers Bob Sandy With The Rhythm Rangers - You're Free To Go / Don't Take It Out On Me(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R272-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R277-49 Bob Sandy And The Rhythm Rangers Bob Sandy And The Rhythm Rangers - Bayou Baby / You And Me(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R277-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R279-49 Hank Smith (2) With The Nashville Playboys, Rusty Arnold (2) With The Nashville Playboys Hank Smith (2) With The Nashville Playboys, Rusty Arnold (2) With The Nashville Playboys - Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R279-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R280-49 Various Juke Box Baby / Rock Island Line // Blue Suede Shoes / Heartbreak Hotel(7") Tops Records 45-R280-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R281-49 Various Hot Diggity(7", Comp) Tops Records 45-R281-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R286-49 Various I Almost Lost My Mind(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R286-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R290-49 Various Hound Dog(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R290-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R294-49 Various Green Door / Love Me Tender(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R294-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R295-49 Various Cindy, Oh Cindy(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R295-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R296-49 Various I've Got A New Heartache(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R296-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R297-49 Various Singing The Blues / A Rose And A Baby Ruth // Mutual Admiration Society / Garden Of Eden 45-R297-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R298-49 Various Love Me(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R298-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R401-49 Lew Raymond Orchestra* With The Toppers (4) Lew Raymond Orchestra* With The Toppers (4) - Cinco Robles / Young Love / Blue Monday / Love Is Strange(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R401-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R402-49 Neil Hunt / Dave Burgess & The Toppers (4) Neil Hunt / Dave Burgess & The Toppers (4) - Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R402-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R404-49 Various Round And Round(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R404-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R405-49 Neil Hunt, Dave Burgess, Emie Hughes Neil Hunt, Dave Burgess, Emie Hughes - Why Baby Why(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R405-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R419-49 Various Untitled(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R419-49 Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1028-49 Phil Moore At The Piano* Over The Rainbow(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1028-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1030-49 Lew "Ace" Raymond* Sidewalks Of New York(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R1030-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX100 Tops All-Star Orchestra And Chorus* Tops All-Star Orchestra And Chorus* - Christmas Favorites(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX100 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX115 Various Sixteen Tons(7", EP, Comp) Tops Records 45-RX115 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX301 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX301 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX302 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX302 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX1010 Tops Orchestra & Choristers White Christmas(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX1010 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-RX1012 Tops Orch & Choristers* Vocal(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX1012 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-S13 Various Tops 6 Hits(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S13 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S16 Various I Cried A Tear(7") Tops Records 45-S16 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S19 Various 12 Top Tunes(2x7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S19 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S21 Various 6 Hits On Each Record(7") Tops Records 45-S21 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S30 Various Just A Little Too Much(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S30 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S31 Various 12 Top Tunes(2x7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S31 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S32 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S32 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S33 Various 6 Hits On Each Record(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S33 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S39 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S39 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S39 Various Top Hit Tunes 99c(2x7", EP, Gat) Tops Records, Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S39 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S45-B The Toppers (4), Various The Toppers (4), Various - Top Hit Tunes(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S45-B USA & Canada 1960 Sell This Version
45-S49 The Toppers (4) With Various The Toppers (4) With Various - Top Hit Tunes(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S49 US 1960 Sell This Version
45-S51 Various Top Hit Tunes(2x7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S51 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S56 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S56 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S60 The Toppers (4) Exodus(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S60 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S61 Various The Watusi(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S61 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S61 Various Top Hit Tunes 99c(2x7", EP, Gat) Tops Records, Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S61 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S305 Teddy Rambeau & The Hi Spots The Boarder / That's All I Ask(7") Tops Records 45-S305 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S316 Robert Drasnin Chant Of The Moon(7", Single) Tops Records 45-S316 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-X2 George Mather At The Mighty Console Christmas Favorites(7", EP) Tops Records 45-X2 US Unknown Sell This Version
212 Mimi Martel With Buddy Osborne & His Orchestra With Cliff Holland & The Blenders Mimi Martel With Buddy Osborne & His Orchestra With Cliff Holland & The Blenders - Powder Your Face With Sunshine / Galway Bay(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 212 US Unknown Sell This Version
243 Mimi Martel And Lee Leonard With Mel Baker's Orchestra Mimi Martel And Lee Leonard With Mel Baker's Orchestra - Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep(10") Tops Records 243 US Unknown Sell This Version
256 Tex Arnold (2) With The Bronc Busters Tex Arnold (2) With The Bronc Busters - M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I / Cuddle Buggin' Baby(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 256 US Unknown Sell This Version
258 Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra And The Choristers Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra And The Choristers - Tzena Tzena Tzena(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 258 US 1950 Sell This Version
268 Mimi Martel / Les Morgan Orchestra Mimi Martel / Les Morgan Orchestra - Tennessee Waltz / Oh Babe(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 268 Unknown Sell This Version
270 Bob Sandy And The International Cowboys Bob Sandy And The International Cowboys - Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You)(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 270 US Unknown Sell This Version
271 Bud Roman With The Les Morgan Orchestra And Chorus* / Mimi Martel Duet* With Les Morgan's Orchestra* Bud Roman With The Les Morgan Orchestra And Chorus* / Mimi Martel Duet* With Les Morgan's Orchestra* - My Heart Cries For You(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 271 US Unknown Sell This Version
272 The Tops Choristers* With Hal Lester's Orchestra The Tops Choristers* With Hal Lester's Orchestra - So Long (It's Been Good To Know You)(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 272 US Unknown Sell This Version
274 Outpost Scotty And His Bar-X Boys Moanin' The Blues(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 274 US Unknown Sell This Version
281 Mimi Martel, Bob Sandy, The International Cowboys Mimi Martel, Bob Sandy, The International Cowboys - Cold, Cold Heart / Beautiful Brown Eyes(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 281 Unknown Sell This Version
291 Mimi Martel / Del Gillman With Bar X Boys Mimi Martel / Del Gillman With Bar X Boys - Down The Trail Of Achin' Hearts / Strange Little Girl(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 291 US Unknown Sell This Version
293 Bud Roman And The Toppers (4) With Hal Lomen Orchestra* Bud Roman And The Toppers (4) With Hal Lomen Orchestra* - My Truly Truly Fair / Rose, Rose I Love You(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 293 US Unknown Sell This Version
295 The Toppers (4) And, The Hal Lomen Orchestra The Toppers (4) And, The Hal Lomen Orchestra - The Loveliest Night Of The Year / I'm In Love Again(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 295 US Unknown Sell This Version
299 Bud Roman Because Of You / Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle (Single) 299 US Unknown Sell This Version
302 Del Gillman And The Bar-X Boys* Peace In The Valley / Mom And Dad's Waltz(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 302 US Unknown Sell This Version
303 Del Gillman And His Bar X Boys Mr Moon / Rotation Blues (7", Single, Red) Tops Records 303 US 1952 Sell This Version
304 Bud Roman With The Hal Lomen Orchestra / Mimi Martel Quartet With The Hal Lomen Orchestra Bud Roman With The Hal Lomen Orchestra / Mimi Martel Quartet With The Hal Lomen Orchestra - I Get Ideas / And So To Sleep Again (Single) 304 US Unknown Sell This Version
305 Cliff Holland And The Toppers (4) With The Hal Lomen Orchestra, The Hal Lomen Orchestra Cliff Holland And The Toppers (4) With The Hal Lomen Orchestra, The Hal Lomen Orchestra - It's No Sin / Down Yonder(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 305 US Unknown Sell This Version
307 Bud Roman And The Hal Lomen Orchestra / Mimi Martel And The Toppers (4) And The Hal Lomen Orchestra Bud Roman And The Hal Lomen Orchestra / Mimi Martel And The Toppers (4) And The Hal Lomen Orchestra - Domino / Just One More Chance(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 307 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
310 Bob Sandy And The International Cowboys Bob Sandy And The International Cowboys - Slow Poke / Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way(Shellac, 10", Single) Tops Records 310 US Unknown Sell This Version
311 Bob Sandy and His The International Cowboys Bob Sandy and His The International Cowboys - Somebody's Been Beatin' My Time / Crazy Heart(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 311 Unknown Sell This Version
312 Nancy Brooks The Little White Cloud That Cried / Shrimp Boats(10", Single) Tops Records 312 US Unknown Sell This Version
313 The Hal Lomen Orchestra Jealousy / Charmaine(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 313 US Unknown Sell This Version
314 Bob Sandy And The International Cowboys Bob Sandy And The International Cowboys - Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 314 US Unknown Sell This Version
315 Bob Sandy And The International Cowboys Bob Sandy And The International Cowboys - Alabama Jubilee / Baby, We're Really In Love(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 315 US Unknown Sell This Version
316 Bud Roman Tell Me Why / Any Time(10", Single) Tops Records 316 US Unknown Sell This Version
317 Mimi Martel Cry / Be My Life's Companion(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 317 US 1952 Sell This Version