Commodore

Commodore

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Independent record label founded 1938 by Milt Gabler, as an offshoot of his legendary mid-Manhattan Commodore Music Shop. Commodore was one of the first record companies whose principal motivation was a deep love for the music and a desire to celebrate jazz and its players.

The label's major body of work is from the 1940's, releasing artists like Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson, Leon "Chu" Berry, Bud Freeman, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, and many others. Milt Gabler went on to work for the Decca label as A&R and producer in the early 40's. Commodore ceased as recording company in 1954, but Decca has later on used the label as jazz re-release platform.

When Billie Holiday approached her recording label, Columbia regarding the song Strange Fruit, the company feared reaction by record retailers in the southern United States, as well as negative reaction from affiliates of its co-owned radio network, CBS. When Holiday's producer John Hammond also refused to record it, she turned to her friend Milt Gabler, who worked out a special arrangement with Vocalion (2) to record and distribute the song. Columbia gave Holiday a one-session release from her contract so that she could record the song.

Dating 78 rpm releases: earliest pressings (1938 to early 1939) have a 42nd Street address at the bottom of the labels. From late 1939 to approximately 1944, this address was changed to 52nd Street. Around 1945 the address was dropped, and the recording date appears on the left side of the labels. Popular releases such as Billie Holliday's Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow exist in all 3 variations.

Label code: LC 0094
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
50 Private Jives  album cover Minerva Pious And Lawrence "Bud" Freeman* Minerva Pious And Lawrence "Bud" Freeman* - Private Jives(Shellac, 10") Commodore 50 US Unknown Sell This Version
104 Who Stole The Lock / Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn  album cover Jack Bland And His Rhythmakers* Jack Bland And His Rhythmakers* - Who Stole The Lock / Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn(Shellac, 10", RE) Commodore 104 US Unknown Sell This Version
220R-50509 The Greatest Interpretations of Billie Holliday Complete Edition  album cover Billie Holiday The Greatest Interpretations of Billie Holliday Complete Edition(LP, Comp, Mono, RE) Commodore 220R-50509 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
240E 6817 The Greatest Interpretations Of Billie Holiday - Complete Edition  album cover Billie Holiday The Greatest Interpretations Of Billie Holiday - Complete Edition(CD, Comp, Mono, RE) Commodore, King Records 240E 6817 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
500 Ja Da / Love Is Just Around The Corner  album cover Eddie Condon & His Windy City Seven* Ja Da / Love Is Just Around The Corner(Shellac, 10") Commodore 500 US 1938 Sell This Version
501 You Took An Advantage Of Me / Three's No Crowd  album cover The Bud Freeman Trio* You Took An Advantage Of Me / Three's No Crowd(Shellac, 10") Commodore 501 US 1938 Sell This Version
502 I Got Rhythm / Beat to The Socks  album cover The Bud Freeman Trio* / Eddie Condon & His Windy City Seven* The Bud Freeman Trio* / Eddie Condon & His Windy City Seven* - I Got Rhythm / Beat to The Socks(Shellac, 10") Commodore 502 US 1938 Sell This Version
503 At Sundown / Keep Smiling At Trouble  album cover The Bud Freeman Trio* At Sundown / Keep Smiling At Trouble(Shellac, 10") Commodore 503 US 1938 Sell This Version
504 My Honey's Lovin' Arms / I Don't Believe It  album cover Bud Freeman Trio My Honey's Lovin' Arms / I Don't Believe It(Shellac, 10") Commodore 504 US 1938 Sell This Version
505 Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland / Diane  album cover Eddie Condon & His Windy City Seven* / Jack Teagarden & His Trombone* Eddie Condon & His Windy City Seven* / Jack Teagarden & His Trombone* - Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland / Diane(Shellac, 10") Commodore 505 US 1938 Sell This Version
507 'LIFE' Spears A Jitterbug / What's The Use?  album cover Bud Freeman And His Gang 'LIFE' Spears A Jitterbug / What's The Use?(Shellac, 10") Commodore 507 US 1938 Sell This Version
508 Tappin' The Commodore Till / Memories Of You	  album cover Bud Freeman & His Gang* Tappin' The Commodore Till / Memories Of You (Shellac, 10") Commodore 508 US 1938 Sell This Version
509 Countless Blues (Ad Lib Jump Blues) / I Want A Little Girl  album cover The Kansas City Six Countless Blues (Ad Lib Jump Blues) / I Want A Little Girl(Shellac, 10") Commodore 509 US Unknown Sell This Version
510 I Know That You Know / Laughing At Life  album cover Kansas City Five I Know That You Know / Laughing At Life(Shellac, 10") Commodore 510 US Unknown Sell This Version
511 Kansas City Six / Kansas City Five Kansas City Six / Kansas City Five - Them There Eyes / Good Morning Blues(Shellac, 10") Commodore 511 US 1938 Sell This Version
512 Pagin' The Devil / Way Down Yonder In New Orleans  album cover The Kansas City Six* Pagin' The Devil / Way Down Yonder In New Orleans(Shellac, 10") Commodore 512 US 1938 Sell This Version
512 I Got Rhythm / Jo Jo  album cover Kansas City Six I Got Rhythm / Jo Jo(Shellac, 10") Commodore 512 US Unknown Sell This Version
516 Forty Six West Fifty Two / Sitting In  album cover Chu Berry And His Jazz Emsemble* Forty Six West Fifty Two / Sitting In(Shellac, 12") Commodore 516 US Unknown Sell This Version
517 Candlelights / Ain't Goin' Nowhere  album cover Jess Stacy Candlelights / Ain't Goin' Nowhere(Shellac, 10") Commodore 517 US 1939 Sell This Version
525 The Boy And The Boat / The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea  album cover Willie "The Lion" Smith The Boy And The Boat / The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea(Shellac, 10") Commodore 525 US 1939 Sell This Version
526 Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow  album cover Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow 526 US 1939 Sell This Version
527 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues / Yesterdays  album cover Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues / Yesterdays(Shellac, 10") Commodore 527 US 1939 Sell This Version
528 All Star Jam Band For He's A Jolly Good Fellow(Shellac, 10") Commodore 528 Unknown Sell This Version
530 It's Right Here For You / Strut Miss Lizzie  album cover Eddie Condon And His Band It's Right Here For You / Strut Miss Lizzie(Shellac, 10") Commodore 530 US 1939 Sell This Version
531 I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll / Ballin' The Jack  album cover Eddie Condon And His Band I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll / Ballin' The Jack 531 US 1939 Sell This Version
531 I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll / Ballin' The Jack  album cover Eddie Condon And His Band I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll / Ballin' The Jack(Shellac, 10") Commodore 531 US 1939 Sell This Version
531 I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll / Ballin' The Jack  album cover Eddie Condon And His Band I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll / Ballin' The Jack(Shellac, 10", RE) Commodore 531 US Unknown Sell This Version
533 Smack! / Dedication  album cover The Chocolate Dandies / Coleman Hawkins And His Rhythm The Chocolate Dandies / Coleman Hawkins And His Rhythm - Smack! / Dedication 533 US 1940 Sell This Version
535 (You're Some) Pretty Doll / Oh Sister Ain't That Hot  album cover Eddie Condon And His Band (You're Some) Pretty Doll / Oh Sister Ain't That Hot 535 US 1941 Sell This Version
536 Georgia Grind / Dancing Fool  album cover Eddie Condon And His Band Georgia Grind / Dancing Fool(Shellac, 10") Commodore 536 US 1940 Sell This Version
537 The Last Time I Saw Chicago / Deuces Wild  album cover The Three Deuces The Last Time I Saw Chicago / Deuces Wild(Shellac, 10") Commodore 537 US 1941 Sell This Version
538 Joe Sullivan Forevermore / Del Mar Rag(Shellac, 10") Commodore 538 US 1941 Sell This Version
539 Jig Walk / About Face  album cover The Three Deuces Jig Walk / About Face(Shellac, 10") Commodore 539 US 1941 Sell This Version
540 Joe Sullivan Andy's Blues / Summertime(Shellac, 10") Commodore 540 US Unknown Sell This Version
541 Blowing Up A Breeze / Monday At Minton's  album cover Chu Berry And His Jazz Ensemble* Blowing Up A Breeze / Monday At Minton's(Shellac, 10") Commodore 541 US 1947 Sell This Version
542 Eddie Condon And His Band Don't Leave Me Daddy / Fidgety Feet(Shellac, 10") Commodore 542 US 1940 Sell This Version
543 When Did You Leave Heaven / Blue Skies  album cover Mel Powell And His Orchestra When Did You Leave Heaven / Blue Skies(Shellac, 10") Commodore 543 US 1942 Sell This Version
544 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise / Mood At Twilight  album cover Mel Powell And His Orchestra The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise / Mood At Twilight(Shellac, 10") Commodore 544 US 1942 Sell This Version
545 A Selection From The Gutter / Organ Grinder Blues  album cover Art Hodes A Selection From The Gutter / Organ Grinder Blues(Shellac, 10") Commodore 545 US 1940 Sell This Version
546 Ugly Chile / That Da Da Strain  album cover George Brunies And His Jazz Band Ugly Chile / That Da Da Strain(Shellac, 10") Commodore 546 US 1944 Sell This Version
547 Esquire Bounce / Esquire Blues  album cover Leonard Feather's All Stars* Esquire Bounce / Esquire Blues(Shellac, 10") Commodore 547 US 1943 Sell This Version
548 My Ideal / Mop Mop  album cover Coleman Hawkins With Leonard Feather's All Stars* / Leonard Feather's All Stars* Coleman Hawkins With Leonard Feather's All Stars* / Leonard Feather's All Stars* - My Ideal / Mop Mop(Shellac, 10") Commodore 548 US 1943 Sell This Version
549 Clarinet Marmalade / Original Dixieland One-Step  album cover "Wild Bill" Davison And His Commodores* Clarinet Marmalade / Original Dixieland One-Step(Shellac, 10") Commodore 549 US Unknown Sell This Version
550 The Man I Love / Coquette  album cover Edmond Hall Sextet The Man I Love / Coquette(Shellac, 10") Commodore 550 US Unknown Sell This Version
551 Back In Your Own Back Yard / All The Wrongs You've Done To Me  album cover Eddie Condon And His Band Back In Your Own Back Yard / All The Wrongs You've Done To Me(Shellac, 10") Commodore 551 US 1944 Sell This Version
552 I've Found A New Baby / Black And Blue  album cover De Paris Brothers Orchestra I've Found A New Baby / Black And Blue(Shellac, 10") Commodore 552 US 1944 Sell This Version
554 T'aint Me / Save Your Sorrow  album cover Eddie Heywood And His Orchestra T'aint Me / Save Your Sorrow(Shellac, 10") Commodore 554 US 1944 Sell This Version
556 Tin Roof Blues / Royal Garden Blues  album cover George Brunis And His Jazz Band Tin Roof Blues / Royal Garden Blues(Shellac, 10") Commodore 556 US 1944 Sell This Version
558 Fish For Supper / You Need Coachin'  album cover "Hot Lips" Page And His Orchestra* Fish For Supper / You Need Coachin'(Shellac, 10") Commodore 558 US 1944 Sell This Version
559 I Cover The Waterfront / Lover Come Back To Me  album cover Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra / Billie Holiday And The Eddie Heywood Trio* Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra / Billie Holiday And The Eddie Heywood Trio* - I Cover The Waterfront / Lover Come Back To Me(Shellac, 10") Commodore 559 US 1945 Sell This Version
559 I Cover The Waterfront / Lover Come Back To Me  album cover Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra / Billie Holiday And The Eddie Heywood Trio* Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra / Billie Holiday And The Eddie Heywood Trio* - I Cover The Waterfront / Lover Come Back To Me(Shellac, 10") Commodore 559 US 1947 Sell This Version
560 Eccentric / Guess Who's In Town  album cover Max Kaminsky And His Jazz Band Eccentric / Guess Who's In Town(Shellac, 10") Commodore 560 US 1945 Sell This Version
561 Struttin' With Some Barbecue / How Come You Do Me Like You Do  album cover George Wettling And His Rhythm Kings Struttin' With Some Barbecue / How Come You Do Me Like You Do(Shellac, 10") Commodore 561 US 1945 Sell This Version
562 It's The Talk Of The Town / Wherever There's Love  album cover Red McKenzie Vocal With Orchestra Directed By Ernie Caceres Red McKenzie Vocal With Orchestra Directed By Ernie Caceres - It's The Talk Of The Town / Wherever There's Love(Shellac, 10") Commodore 562 US 1945 Sell This Version
563 Confessin' / Big Butter And Egg Man  album cover "Wild Bill" Davison And His Commodores* Confessin' / Big Butter And Egg Man(Shellac, 10") Commodore 563 US 1945 Sell This Version
564 Sleep / Linger Awhile  album cover Big Sid Catlett Quartet Featuring Ben Webster Big Sid Catlett Quartet Featuring Ben Webster - Sleep / Linger Awhile(Shellac, 10") Commodore 564 US 1947 Sell This Version
565 Pickin' At The Pic / Georgia (On My Mind)  album cover Joe Bushkin Sextet Pickin' At The Pic / Georgia (On My Mind)(Shellac, 10") Commodore 565 US 1945 Sell This Version
566 Snowball / Lazy River  album cover George Zack With Danny Alvin / George Zack, George Wettling George Zack With Danny Alvin / George Zack, George Wettling - Snowball / Lazy River(Shellac, 10") Commodore 566 US 1945 Sell This Version
567 Change O' Key Boogie / The Sheik Of Araby  album cover De Paris Brothers Orchestra Change O' Key Boogie / The Sheik Of Araby(Shellac, 10", Single, Mono) Commodore 567 US Unknown Sell This Version
568 Singin' The Blues / Pray For The Lights To Go Out  album cover Eddie Condon And His Band Singin' The Blues / Pray For The Lights To Go Out(Shellac, 10") Commodore 568 US 1946 Sell This Version
569 She's Funny That Way / How Am I To Know  album cover Billie Holiday And The Eddie Heywood Trio* / Billie Holiday And Eddie Heywood And His Orchestra Billie Holiday And The Eddie Heywood Trio* / Billie Holiday And Eddie Heywood And His Orchestra - She's Funny That Way / How Am I To Know(Shellac, 10") Commodore 569 US 1946 Sell This Version
570 Carry Me Back To Old Virginny / Blue Lou  album cover Eddie Heywood And His Orchestra Carry Me Back To Old Virginny / Blue Lou(Shellac, 10") Commodore 570 US 1946 Sell This Version
571 You'd Be Frantic Too / Rockin' At Ryans  album cover "Hot Lips" Page And His Orchestra* You'd Be Frantic Too / Rockin' At Ryans(Shellac, 10") Commodore 571 US 1946 Sell This Version
572 Through A Veil Of Indifference / Sweet Lorraine  album cover Red McKenzie Vocal With Orchestra Directed By Ernie Caceres Red McKenzie Vocal With Orchestra Directed By Ernie Caceres - Through A Veil Of Indifference / Sweet Lorraine(Shellac, 10") Commodore 572 US 1946 Sell This Version
574 These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) / Six, Seven, Eight Or Nine  album cover Don Byas With "Hot Lips" Page And His Orchestra* / "Hot Lips" Page And His Orchestra* Don Byas With "Hot Lips" Page And His Orchestra* / "Hot Lips" Page And His Orchestra* - These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) / Six, Seven, Eight Or Nine(Shellac, 10") Commodore 574 US 1946 Sell This Version
577 Eddie Heywood And His Orchestra Love Me Or Leave Me / I Can't Believe That Your In Love With Me(Shellac, 10") Commodore 577 US 1944 Sell This Version
579 Night And Day / Where Or When  album cover Edmond Hall And His Quartet* With Teddy Wilson Edmond Hall And His Quartet* With Teddy Wilson - Night And Day / Where Or When(Shellac, 10") Commodore 579 US 1944 Sell This Version
581 Sleepytime Gal / It Had To Be You  album cover Edmond Hall And His Quartet* With Teddy Wilson Edmond Hall And His Quartet* With Teddy Wilson - Sleepytime Gal / It Had To Be You(Shellac, 10") Commodore 581 US 1944 Sell This Version
583 Willie The Weeper / Mabel's Dream  album cover Bob Wilber And His Wild Cats* Willie The Weeper / Mabel's Dream(Shellac, 10") Commodore 583 US 1947 Sell This Version
584A Bob Wilber's Wildcats Wild Cat Blues / Blues For Fowler(Shellac, 10", Single) Commodore 584A US 1947 Sell This Version
585 I'm Yours / My Old Flame  album cover Billie Holiday And Eddie Heywood And His Orchestra Billie Holiday And Eddie Heywood And His Orchestra - I'm Yours / My Old Flame(Shellac, 10") Commodore 585 US 1947 Sell This Version
586 Muggsy Spanier And His Ragtimers Riverside Blues / Rosetta(Shellac, 10") Commodore 586 US 1947 Sell This Version
587 Mamie's Blues / Original Rags   album cover Jelly Roll Morton Mamie's Blues / Original Rags 587 US 1939 Sell This Version
588 Michigan Water Blues / The Naked Dance  album cover Jelly Roll Morton Michigan Water Blues / The Naked Dance(Shellac, 10") Commodore 588 US 1947 Sell This Version
589 Buddy Bolden's Blues / The Crave  album cover Jelly Roll Morton Buddy Bolden's Blues / The Crave(Shellac, 10", RE) Commodore 589 US 1947 Sell This Version
590 Jelly Roll Morton Mister Joe / Winin' Boy Blues(Shellac, 10") Commodore 590 US Unknown Sell This Version
593 The Blues Jumped The Rabbit / My Gal Is Gone  album cover "Hot Lips" Page And His Orchestra* The Blues Jumped The Rabbit / My Gal Is Gone(Shellac, 10") Commodore 593 US 1947 Sell This Version
594 Oh, Lady Be Good / Fade Out  album cover Joe Bushkin And His Sextet* With Bill Harris Joe Bushkin And His Sextet* With Bill Harris - Oh, Lady Be Good / Fade Out(Shellac, 10") Commodore 594 US 1947 Sell This Version
595 Love Nest / Everybody Loves My Baby  album cover Max Kaminsky And His Jazz Band Love Nest / Everybody Loves My Baby(Shellac, 10") Commodore 595 US 1947 Sell This Version
596 Take Me To The Land Of Jazz / D. A. Blues   album cover Pee Wee Russell's Hot Four Take Me To The Land Of Jazz / D. A. Blues (Shellac, 10") Commodore 596 US 1947 Sell This Version
601 Clarinet Blues / I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me  album cover Jess Stacy And All His Stars Clarinet Blues / I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me(Shellac, 10") Commodore 601 US Unknown Sell This Version
606 I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter  album cover George Brunies And His Jazz Band I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter(Shellac, 10") Commodore 606 US 1946 Sell This Version
613 Shake It And Break It / When You And I Were Young, Maggie  album cover Eddie Edwards & His Original Dixieland Jazz Band Shake It And Break It / When You And I Were Young, Maggie(Shellac, 10") Commodore 613 US 1948 Sell This Version
614 I Love My Man / On The Sunny Side Of The Street  album cover Billie Holiday With Eddie Heywood And His Trio* Billie Holiday With Eddie Heywood And His Trio* - I Love My Man / On The Sunny Side Of The Street(Shellac, 10") Commodore 614 US 1947 Sell This Version
616 Snag It / Angry   album cover Muggsy Spanier And His Ragtimers Snag It / Angry (Shellac, 10") Commodore 616 US 1944 Sell This Version
617 The Boogie Rocks / Albert's Special Boogie  album cover Albert Ammons The Boogie Rocks / Albert's Special Boogie(Shellac, 10") Commodore 617 US 1948 Sell This Version
618 Muskrat Ramble / Riverboat Shuffle  album cover "Wild Bill" Davison And His Commodores* Muskrat Ramble / Riverboat Shuffle(Shellac, 10") Commodore 618 US 1948 Sell This Version
619 Heebie Jeebies / Blues For Stu  album cover George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings Heebie Jeebies / Blues For Stu(Shellac, 10") Commodore 619 US 1948 Sell This Version
620 Beale Street Blues / I Must Have That Man  album cover Bobby Hackett, Miff Mole And His Nicksieland Band Bobby Hackett, Miff Mole And His Nicksieland Band - Beale Street Blues / I Must Have That Man(Shellac, 10") Commodore 620 US 1947 Sell This Version
621 Darktown Strutter's Ball / Sobbin' Blues  album cover Muggsy Spanier And His Ragtimers Darktown Strutter's Ball / Sobbin' Blues(Shellac, 10") Commodore 621 US 1945 Sell This Version
622 Bobby Hackett And His Orchestra New Orleans / Skeleton Jangle(Shellac, 10") Commodore 622 US 1944 Sell This Version
623 Jazz Me Blues / Squeeze Me  album cover Wild Bill Davison And His Commodores Jazz Me Blues / Squeeze Me(Shellac, 10") Commodore 623 US 1945 Sell This Version
624 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / A Monday Date  album cover "Wild Bill" Davison And His Commodores* I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / A Monday Date(Shellac, 10") Commodore 624 US 1945 Sell This Version
629 Sugar / Oh, Lady Be Good  album cover Muggsy Spanier And His Ragtimers Sugar / Oh, Lady Be Good(Shellac, 10") Commodore 629 US 1944 Sell This Version
632 Big Lips Blues / Good Old New York  album cover Jelly Roll Morton's Hot Seven Big Lips Blues / Good Old New York(Shellac, 10", RE) Commodore 632 US Unknown Sell This Version
1500 A Jam Session At Commodore  album cover Various A Jam Session At Commodore(Shellac, 12") Commodore 1500 US 1938 Sell This Version
1501 Jam Session At Commodore, No. 2  album cover Various Jam Session At Commodore, No. 2(Shellac, 12") Commodore 1501 US 1938 Sell This Version
1502 Stardust / Body And Soul  album cover Chu Berry & His 'Little Jazz' Ensemble* Stardust / Body And Soul(Shellac, 12") Commodore 1502 US 1938 Sell This Version
1503 Ec-Stacy / The Sell Out  album cover Jess Stacy Ec-Stacy / The Sell Out(Shellac, 12") Commodore 1503 US 1939 Sell This Version
1504 A Jam Session At Commodore, No.3  album cover Various A Jam Session At Commodore, No.3(2xShellac, 12", Mono) Commodore, Commodore 1504 US 1940 Sell This Version