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Specialty

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For "SP" pressing credits, see Specialty Records Corporation
Specialty (or Specialty Records) is an American record label, launched in August 1946 by Art Rupe. The record label was sold to Fantasy Records in November 1990 and is now part of the Concord Music Group.

Original 7"s from 1951 to 1957 (cat. n° 300-cat. n° 607) have a yellow line in the black wavy horizontal stripe.

Original 7"s until April 1952 (cat. n° 432-45) have a "-45" suffix ; please enter the cat. n° with the suffix.

Original 7"s from July 1952 (cat. n° 433 & cat n° 830) until September 1956 (cat. n° 583 & cat n° 896) have also a "XSP-" & "SP-" prefix ; please enter both cat. n° with the prefix.

45 RPM Catalog Number, Date and Label Identification:
300 through 607 (1951–1957): With saw-tooth (wavy) horizontal lines.
608 and higher (1957 forward): Without saw-tooth (wavy) horizontal lines.
Numbers 500–525 were used in 1946–1948 for 78 rpm issues. Specialty therefore jumped from 499 to 526 in 1954. Colored vinyl pressings are found in the mid-400 series.

Original 78"s with cat. nr. starting with SP-1xx are European releases from Belgium (deal Ronnex Records with Specialty). They have Specialty V's printed on the label.

British and European releases often credited [Recorded By] "Specialty, Hollywood" or misspelled "Speciality, Hollywood".

Parent Label:Concord Music Group
Sublabels:Fidelity (3), Rock N' Roll Museum, Specialty Jazz Series, Specialty Profiles, The Legends Of Specialty Series
Contact Info:

Concord Music Group
100 N Crescent Dr # 275
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5412
(310) 385-4455

The following contact information is now obsolete:

2719 West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, California
(From August 1946 to February 1947)

311 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
(From February 1947 to April 30, 1949)

8508 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, California
(From May 1, 1949)

8300 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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