Blue Thumb Records

Blue Thumb Records

Profile:
Label Code: LC 01228
Founded in 1968 and initially distributed by Liberty, the licensing & distribution moved in 1971 to Famous Music Corporation, a subsidiary of Gulf & Western Company who purchased the label in 1972 as Blue Thumb Records, Inc. In 1974, Gulf+Western sold its entire record operation, which included Dot Records and Paramount Records, to ABC Records. (A label history is in images)

Blue Thumb Records was founded in mid-1968 by Buddah Records producer Bob Krasnow on the strength of a recording deal he struck with Don Van Vliet during recording sessions for the second album by Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band. The album had begun life as It Comes To You In A Plain Brown Wrapper, a conceptual double album for release on Buddah. However, Krasnow's idea of an independent label effected new directions. Vliet had considered re-naming his band "Blue Thumb", but this became the name for the new label. The resultant recording Strictly Personal, produced and engineered by Krasnow, became the first release on Blue Thumb as BTS 1.

Krasnow, who begun his career at King Records (3), had previously effected a similar move with Vliet when he brought The Magic Band over from A&M Records [along with executives Tommy LiPuma & Don Graham] to the newly-formed Buddah label, created to gain distribution independence away from MGM for Kama Sutra. This had resulted in Krasnow co-producing the Safe As Milk album and striking a working relationship with the band. Strictly Personal on Blue Thumb was distributed by Liberty. The label's distribution, from BTS 20 through BTS 28, was by Capitol Records and starting with BTS 29 by ABC.

The label of Blue Thumb Records, Inc. was quite innovative, with a roster of artists rather 'left-field' or blues oriented, echoing the similar style of Frank Zappa's Straight and Bizarre Records labels. Krasnow also created the sub-label Banana Records (4) for National Lampoon recordings, using the Blue Thumb "BTS" numbering system. By 1974 the label was being distributed by ABC Records, who bought Krasnow out that year. Blue Thumb continued to be used as an imprint on some ABC releases (mainly for albums by The Crusaders and the Pointer Sisters) until late 1978 when MCA Records bought ABC Records and folded it and all of its affiliated labels a year later.

MCA revived Blue Thumb in 1995 as an imprint of GRP. Following a series of label mergers and buyouts that eventually created the multi-national Universal Music Group, Blue Thumb and GRP became subsidiaries of the The Verve Music Group.

Blue Thumb was deactivated in 2005 and replaced with a relaunched Verve Forecast.
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
1755 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

(Earlier address):
Blue Thumb Records, Inc
Famous Music Corporation
Gulf & Western Company
427 N. Canon Drive,
Beverly Hills,
California 90210
Sites:
[l6433]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
BT-275 Pointer Sisters Having A Party / Lonely Gal BT-275 US 1977 Sell This Version
BT-276 Dave Mason Only You Know And I Know(7", Promo) ABC Records, Blue Thumb Records BT-276 US Unknown Sell This Version
BT-277 Pointer Sisters, The* I Need A Man BT-277 US 1976 Sell This Version
BT-278 The Crusaders Bayou Bottoms / Covert Action BT-278 US 1978 Sell This Version
BT 6009 The Pointer Sisters* That's A Plenty(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records, ABC Records BT 6009 US 1974 Sell This Version
BT-6023 Pointer Sisters Having A Party (Album) BT-6023 US 1977 Sell This Version
BT-6024 The Crusaders Those Southern Knights(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records BT-6024 US 1976 Sell This Version
BT-6028 Ramp (3) Come Into Knowledge (Album) BT-6028 US 1977 Sell This Version
BT-6029 The Crusaders Free As The Wind (Album) BT-6029 US 1977 Sell This Version
BT 10002 Dave Mason Headkeeper(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT 10002 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT10003 Jessie Hill Naturally(LP) Blue Thumb Records BT10003 US 1972 Sell This Version
BT.10004 Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks* Striking It Rich!(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT.10004 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT. 10.005 Finnigan And Wood Crazed Hipsters(LP) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10.005 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT. 10006 Hugh Masekela Home Is Where The Music Is(2xLP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10006 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT 10007 Various Lights Out: San Francisco (Voco Presents The Soul Of The Bay Area)(2xLP, Comp) Blue Thumb Records BT 10007 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT 10.008 Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(LP, Album, RP) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records BT 10.008 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT. 10.009 Sam Lay Sam Lay In Bluesland(LP) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10.009 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT. 10010 Bossa Rio Alegria!(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10010 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT. 10012 Phillip Upchurch* Darkness, Darkness(2xLP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10012 France 1972 Sell This Version
BT. 10.013 Donato* A Bad Donato(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10.013 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT.10015 Buddy Guy, Junior Mance, Junior Wells Buddy Guy, Junior Mance, Junior Wells - Buddy And The Juniors(LP, Album, RE) Blue Thumb Records BT.10015 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT. 10016 The Crusaders The 2nd Crusade(2xLP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10016 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT 10017 Albert Collins Truckin' With Albert Collins(LP) Blue Thumb Records BT 10017 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT. 10.019 Sylvester And The Hot Band Sylvester And The Hot Band(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10.019 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT 10020 Earl Hooker Sweet Black Angel(LP, Album, RE) Blue Thumb Records BT 10020 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT 10.021 Sun Ra* Space Is The Place(LP, Album, Quad, Gat) Blue Thumb Records BT 10.021 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT 10,022 Dave Mason Dave Mason Is Alive(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT 10,022 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT. 10025 Ben Sidran Puttin' In Time On Planet Earth(LP) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10025 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT. 10026 Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks Last Train To Hicksville...The Home Of Happy Feet (LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10026 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT. 10027 Pointer Sisters The Pointer Sisters(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10027 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT. 10.029 Hoodoo Rhythm Devils What The Kids Want(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10.029 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT 10030 The Crusaders Unsung Heroes (Album) BT 10030 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT 10.031 Ike & Tina Turner The Best Of(LP, Comp) Blue Thumb Records BT 10.031 France 1973 Sell This Version
BT. 10032 Sylvester And The Hot Band Bazaar(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10032 France 1974 Sell This Version
BT. 10036 Dave Mason The Best Of Dave Mason(LP, Comp) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10036 France 1974 Sell This Version
BT 10 038 Nick DeCaro Italian Graffiti(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT 10 038 France 1974 Sell This Version
BT. 10039 Pointer Sisters, The* The Pointer Sisters Live At The Opera House(2xLP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records, Vogue France BT. 10039 France 1974 Sell This Version
BT. 10041 The Crusaders Southern Comfort (Album) BT. 10041 France 1974 Sell This Version
BT. 10042 Butts Band Hear & Now!(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records BT. 10042 France 1975 Sell This Version
BT-3-7002 Various All Day Thumbsucker Revisited - The History Of Blue Thumb Records(3xLP, Comp, Red) Blue Thumb Records BT-3-7002 US 1995 Sell This Version
BT12-3071 Maysa Leak Sexy (Maxi) BT12-3071 US 1995 Sell This Version
BTA 200 Gabor Szabo / Bobby Womack Gabor Szabo / Bobby Womack - Breezin' / Azure Rain(7") Blue Thumb Records BTA 200 US 1971 Sell This Version
BTA 201 Mark-Almond The City / The Ghetto(7", Single, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 201 US 1971 Sell This Version
BTA 202 Ike And Tina Turner* I've Been Loving You Too Long (Single) BTA 202 US 1971 Sell This Version
BTA-203 Southwind Please Don't Hitchhike / Beside The Mountain(7", Single, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA-203 US 1970 Sell This Version
BTA-204 Jesse Hill* Naturally(7", Single, TP) Blue Thumb Records BTA-204 US 1971 Sell This Version
BTA 205 Dave Mason A Heartache, A Shadow, A Lifetime (I'll Be Home)(7") Blue Thumb Records BTA 205 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 206 Mark-Almond One Way Sunday / The Bay(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records BTA 206 US 1971 Sell This Version
BTA 208 The Crusaders Put It Where You Want It BTA 208 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 208X The Crusaders Put It Where You Want It(7") Blue Thumb Records BTA 208X Canada 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 209 Dave Mason To Be Free BTA 209 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 211 Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks Moody Richard (The Innocent Bystander)(7", Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 211 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 212X Tyrannosaurus Rex By The Light Of A Magical Moon(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records BTA 212X Canada 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 213 Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande)(7", Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 213 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 214 Phil Upchurch Darkness, Darkness (Single) BTA 214 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 216 The Last Poets Bird's Word / Tribute To Obabi (Ogun)(7", Single, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 216 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 217 The Crusaders So Far Away / That's How I Feel (Single) BTA 217 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 218X National Lampoon Deteriorata(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records BTA 218X Canada 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 219 Arthur Adams It's Private Tonight(7", Promo, Mono) Blue Thumb Records BTA 219 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 221 Ben Sidran I Lead A Life / Lust (Single) BTA 221 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 222 Tom Rapp Marshall(7", Single, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 222 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 223 Ben Sidran Chances Are (Single) BTA 223 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTA 225 The Crusaders Don't Let It Get You Down / Take It Or Leave It BTA 225 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 226 Paul Humphrey Supermellow BTA 226 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 227 Larry Carlton American Family(7", Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 227 US Unknown Sell This Version
BTA 228 Sylvester And The Hot Band Southern Man(7", Mono, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 228 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 229 The Pointer Sisters* Yes We Can Can (Single) BTA 229 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 231 Gerry Rafferty Can I Have My Money Back?(7", Single, Promo, Mono) Blue Thumb Records BTA 231 US 1971 Sell This Version
BTA 232 The Crusaders That's How I Feel (Single) BTA 232 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 232 The Crusaders That's How I Feel(7", Comp) Blue Thumb Records BTA 232 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 234 Arthur Adams I Can't Believe My Eyes / Everything I Ever Wanted In A Girl BTA 234 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 235 Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks My Old Timey Baby / Cheaters Don't Win(7", Mono, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 235 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 239 Evan Pace (2) I Don't Know Where Love Has Gone / You Are All The Sunshine I Will Ever Need(7", Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 239 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 242 Butts Band Pop-A-Top / Baja Bus(7", Promo) Blue Thumb Records, Nazzenphlat Music BTA 242 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 243 The Pointer Sisters* Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst (Single) BTA 243 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 244 Hugh Masekela Languta / Rekpete(7", Single, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 244 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTA 245 The Crusaders Lay It On The Line (Single) BTA 245 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 248 Pointer Sisters, The* Steam Heat (Single) BTA 248 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 249 The Crusaders Scratch / Way Back Home(7") Blue Thumb Records BTA 249 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 251 Nick DeCaro Tea For Two / Canned Music(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 251 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 254 Pointer Sisters, The* Love In Them There Hills / Fairytale (Single) BTA 254 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 255 Masekela* Jungle Jim(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records BTA 255 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 256 Paul Humphrey Cochise / What's That Noise P.K.? BTA 256 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 257 Aim (13) Aim For The Highest / Hollywood(7", Single, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 257 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 258 Final Touch (2) It's Spinning Love(7", Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA 258 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 258 Final Touch (2) It's Spinning Love / We Belong Together (7") Blue Thumb Records BTA 258 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA 259 Pointer Sisters Let It Be Me(7") Blue Thumb Records BTA 259 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
BTA-260 Masekela* African Secret Society(7", Single, Promo) Blue Thumb Records BTA-260 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA-261 The Crusaders Stomp And Buck Dance / A Ballad For Joe (Louis) BTA-261 US 1974 Sell This Version
BTA-262 Pointer Sisters Live Your Life Before You Die (Single) BTA-262 US 1975 Sell This Version
BTA-263 Butts Band Get Up, Stand Up / Mike's Blues (Single) BTA-263 US 1975 Sell This Version
BTA-264 John Mayall Step In The Sun BTA-264 US 1975 Sell This Version
BTA-265 Pointer Sisters How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side) BTA-265 US 1975 Sell This Version
BTA 265X Pointer Sisters, The* How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)(7") Blue Thumb Records BTA 265X Canada 1975 Sell This Version
BTA-267 The Crusaders Creole / I Felt The Love(7") Blue Thumb Records BTA-267 US 1975 Sell This Version
BTA-268 Pointer Sisters Going Down Slowly (Single) BTA-268 US 1975 Sell This Version
BTA 268X Pointer Sisters Going Down Slowly(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records BTA 268X Canada 1975 Sell This Version
BTA-269 The Crusaders Keep That Same Old Feeling / Til The Sun Shines(7") ABC Records, Blue Thumb Records BTA-269 US 1976 Sell This Version
BTA-270 The Crusaders And Then There Was Blues / Feeling Funky(7") Blue Thumb Records BTA-270 US 1976 Sell This Version
BTA-271 Pointer Sisters You Gotta Believe BTA-271 US 1976 Sell This Version