Federal (5)

Federal (5)

Profile:
US record label founded by Syd Nathan in 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio as a subsidiary of King Records (3) and operated until the early 1970s. In 1951 Ralph Bass became a partner, and began managing the label, sourcing the talent, and producing.

For company credits, please use Federal Records (2).
For unofficial releases, please use Federal (6).

The label originally had two divisions, a 'Hillbilly Series' and a 'Rhythm, Blues & Spiritual Series'. A publishing company Armo was also formed around the same time. The label was used as a vehicle for Billy Ward And His Dominoes, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, and James Brown & The Famous Flames, among others. Johnny Otis also produced several singles for the label.

The brand was revived as a "best of" budget line by King Records, Inc. in the early 90s.

Help on identifying first pressings:
12001-12084 (1950–1952): Green label with gold top and "AA" following the number.
12085-12129 (1952–1953): Green label with gold top. No "AA" following the number.
12130-12196 (1953–1954): Green label with silver top. Some in this series were green with gold top.
12197-12244 (1954–1955): Green label without "Hi-Fidelity".
12245-12369 (1955–1959): Green label with "Hi-Fidelity" in small print. Dash (—) in the selection number between the "45" and 12,000 series number (i.e. 45—12496).
12370 and higher (1959 forward): Green label with "Hi-Fidelity" in larger print. Hyphen (-) in the selection number between the "45" and 12,000 series number (i.e. 45-12496).
Blue plastic issues exist between 12050 and approximately 12070.
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Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
45--F595 Johnny Pate Quintet - Swinging Shepherd Blues / The Elder Johnny Pate Quintet Swinging Shepherd Blues / The Elder(7") Federal (5) 45--F595 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-F616 Kenneth Tibbs - No More Tears Kenneth Tibbs No More Tears(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Federal (5) 45-F616 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-FK02 Dossie Terry / The Lamplighters - Thunderbird / I Used To Cry Mercy Mercy Dossie Terry / The Lamplighters Dossie Terry / The Lamplighters - Thunderbird / I Used To Cry Mercy Mercy(7") Federal (5) 45-FK02 US Unknown Sell This Version
541 The Midnighters - Their Greatest Hits The Midnighters Their Greatest Hits (Comp) 541 US 1956 Sell This Version
548 Billy Ward And His Dominoes - Billy Ward And His Dominoes Featuring Clyde McPhatter Billy Ward And His Dominoes Billy Ward And His Dominoes Featuring Clyde McPhatter(LP, Album) Federal (5) 548 US 1956 Sell This Version
549 The Platters - The Platters The Platters The Platters(LP) Federal (5) 549 US 1957 Sell This Version
559 Jimmy Tyler And His Orchestra - Indian Love Call / Pink Clouds Jimmy Tyler And His Orchestra Indian Love Call / Pink Clouds(Shellac, 10") Regency (2) 559 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
559 Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes - Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes - Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes (Album) 559 US 1958 Sell This Version
561 Johnnie Pate Trio Plus Three - Jazz Goes Ivy League Johnnie Pate Trio Plus Three Jazz Goes Ivy League(LP) Federal (5) 561 US 1958 Sell This Version
565 Lorez Alexandria - Lorez Sings Pres Lorez Alexandria Lorez Sings Pres(LP, Album, Mono) Federal (5) 565 US 1958 Sell This Version
571 The Midnighters - Sing Their Greatest Hits The Midnighters Sing Their Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Federal (5), Federal (5) 571 US Unknown Sell This Version
584 Johnnie Johnnie "Swinging Shepherd" Pate* Swingin' Flute (Dance Beat For The Ivy League)(LP, Album) King Records (3), Federal (5) 584 US 1958 Sell This Version
651 The Platters - The Platters The Platters The Platters(LP, Mono) Federal (5) 651 US 1957 Sell This Version
5252 Georgia Jazz Band Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time / Rose of the Rio Grande(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 5252 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6539 Sue Thompson - Best Of The Best Sue Thompson Best Of The Best(CD, Album) Federal (5) 6539 US 1999 Sell This Version
10003 Tommy Scott (7) - Rockin' And Rollin' / You Done Me Wrong Tommy Scott (7) Rockin' And Rollin' / You Done Me Wrong(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10003 US 1951 Sell This Version
10004 Homer And Jethro - Night And Day / When It's Long-Handle Time In Tennessee Homer And Jethro Night And Day / When It's Long-Handle Time In Tennessee 10004 US 1951 Sell This Version
10005 Tex Atchison With String Band* - One Broken Heart / Natural Born Gamblin' Man Tex Atchison With String Band* One Broken Heart / Natural Born Gamblin' Man 10005 US 1951 Sell This Version
10006 Bill Carlisle When There's a Will, There's A Way / A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10006 US Unknown Sell This Version
10007 Cope Brothers - I'll Have A New Life / Gathering Buds Cope Brothers I'll Have A New Life / Gathering Buds 10007 US 1951 Sell This Version
10010 Fiddlin' Red Herron - Fifty Years Ago / Soldier's Joy Fiddlin' Red Herron Fifty Years Ago / Soldier's Joy(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10010 US 1951 Sell This Version
10011 Tommy Scott (7) - Tennessee / Freckle-Faced Gal Tommy Scott (7) Tennessee / Freckle-Faced Gal (Single) 10011 US 1951 Sell This Version
10012 Fairley Holden - From Lexington To Louisville Fairley Holden From Lexington To Louisville(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10012 US 1951 Sell This Version
10015 Tommy Magness And His Tennessee Buddies* - Jesus Will Save Your Soul / When I Safely Reach That Other Shore Tommy Magness And His Tennessee Buddies* Jesus Will Save Your Soul / When I Safely Reach That Other Shore 10015 US 1951 Sell This Version
10016 Bill Carlisle - Wheels Of Destiny / Lost On A Sea Of Sorrow Bill Carlisle Wheels Of Destiny / Lost On A Sea Of Sorrow(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10016 US 1951 Sell This Version
10018 Fiddlin' Red Herron - Cindy / Cripple Creek Fiddlin' Red Herron Cindy / Cripple Creek(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10018 US 1951 Sell This Version
10019 Homer And Jethro - I'm Glad I Waited For You Homer And Jethro I'm Glad I Waited For You(10") Federal (5) 10019 US 1951 Sell This Version
10020 Tex Atchison With String Band* - I'm Beginning To Believe In You / You Gotta Quit That Chasin' Around Tex Atchison With String Band* I'm Beginning To Believe In You / You Gotta Quit That Chasin' Around(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10020 US 1951 Sell This Version
10021 Tommy Magness And His Tennessee Buddies* - Wings Of Faith / Little Country Preacher Tommy Magness And His Tennessee Buddies* Wings Of Faith / Little Country Preacher(Shellac, 10", Single) Federal (5) 10021 US 1951 Sell This Version
10024 Fiddlin' Red Herron - Back Up And Push / Devil's Dream Fiddlin' Red Herron Back Up And Push / Devil's Dream(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10024 US 1951 Sell This Version
10025 Bill Carlisle My Weary Heart Cries / Rainbow Follows Rain(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10025 US Unknown Sell This Version
10026 Tommy Scott (7) - Everything Reminds Me Of You / Uncle Sammy Tommy Scott (7) Everything Reminds Me Of You / Uncle Sammy 10026 US 1951 Sell This Version
10029 Esco Hankins - What Else Can I Do Esco Hankins What Else Can I Do(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10029 US 1951 Sell This Version
12001 The Dominoes - Chicken Blues / Do Something For Me The Dominoes Chicken Blues / Do Something For Me(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12001 US 1950 Sell This Version
12002 L. And N. Gospel Singers* - Get Away Jordan / Jesus Knows About My Trouble L. And N. Gospel Singers* Get Away Jordan / Jesus Knows About My Trouble(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12002 US Unknown Sell This Version
12003 Scat Man Bailey* - Raindrop Blues / My Oh My Scat Man Bailey* Raindrop Blues / My Oh My(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12003 US 1950 Sell This Version
12005 Eddie Chamblee - Dureop (Part I) / Dureop (Part II) Eddie Chamblee Dureop (Part I) / Dureop (Part II)(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12005 US Unknown Sell This Version
12007 Memphis Slim - Nobody Loves Me / Life Is Like That Memphis Slim Nobody Loves Me / Life Is Like That(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12007 US 1951 Sell This Version
12010 The Dominoes - The Dominoes "No!" Says My Heart / Harbor Lights(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12010 US 1951 Sell This Version
12014 Eddie Chamblee - Blue Steel / Blues For Eddie Eddie Chamblee Blue Steel / Blues For Eddie(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12014 US 1951 Sell This Version
12015 Memphis Slim - Pacemaker Boogie / Motherless Child Memphis Slim Pacemaker Boogie / Motherless Child(Shellac, 10", RE) Federal (5) 12015 US 1951 Sell This Version
12016 Little Esther With Earle Warren Orchestra - The Deacon Moves In / Other Lips, Other Arms Little Esther With Earle Warren Orchestra Little Esther With Earle Warren Orchestra - The Deacon Moves In / Other Lips, Other Arms(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12016 US 1951 Sell This Version
12017 Teddy Williams (4) - (Take My Money) Take My Love / If I Didn't Love You Teddy Williams (4) (Take My Money) Take My Love / If I Didn't Love You(10") Federal (5) 12017 US 1951 Sell This Version
12020 Annisteen Allen - Too Long / Hard To Get Along Annisteen Allen Too Long / Hard To Get Along(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12020 US 1951 Sell This Version
12021-A/ 12021-AA Memphis Slim - Midnight Jump / Messin' Around Memphis Slim Midnight Jump / Messin' Around(Shellac, 10", Single, Mono, RE) Federal (5) 12021-A/ 12021-AA US 1951 Sell This Version
12022 The Dominoes - Sixty-Minute Man / I Can't Escape From You The Dominoes Sixty Minute Man / I Can't Escape From You (Single) 12022 US 1951 Sell This Version
12023 Little Esther With Earle Warren Orchestra - Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me / I'm A Bad, Bad Girl Little Esther With Earle Warren Orchestra Little Esther With Earle Warren Orchestra - Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me / I'm A Bad, Bad Girl(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12023 US 1951 Sell This Version
12027 Eddie Chamblee - Cradle Rock / Back Street Eddie Chamblee Cradle Rock / Back Street(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12027 US 1951 Sell This Version
12029 Marion McPartland Quintet* - It’s De-Lovely / Flamingo Marion McPartland Quintet* It’s De-Lovely / Flamingo 12029 US 1951 Sell This Version
12030 Henry Hill (5) - Wandering Blues / Sunday Morning Blues Henry Hill (5) Wandering Blues / Sunday Morning Blues 12030 US 1951 Sell This Version
12031 Tommy Dean (4) - Just About Right / Sweet And Lovely Tommy Dean (4) Just About Right / Sweet And Lovely(Shellac, 10", RE) Federal (5) 12031 US 1951 Sell This Version
12033 Memphis Slim - Lend Me Your Love / Darling I Miss You Memphis Slim Lend Me Your Love / Darling I Miss You 12033 US 1951 Sell This Version
12034 Marion McPartland Quintet* - Four Brothers / Libestraum Marion McPartland Quintet* Four Brothers / Libestraum(10") Federal (5) 12034 US 1951 Sell This Version
12036 Little Esther And The Dominoes - Lookin' For A Man (To Satisfy My Soul) / Heart To Heart Little Esther And The Dominoes Little Esther And The Dominoes - Lookin' For A Man (To Satisfy My Soul) / Heart To Heart(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12036 US 1951 Sell This Version
12037 Henry Hill (5) - Hold Me Baby / Since You've Been Away Henry Hill (5) Hold Me Baby / Since You've Been Away(Shellac, 10", Promo, Bio) Federal (5) 12037 US 1951 Sell This Version
12039 The Dominoes - I Am With You / Weeping Willow Blues The Dominoes I Am With You / Weeping Willow Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12039 US 1951 Sell This Version
12041 Joe Holiday Quartet - I Told You So / The Song Is You Joe Holiday Quartet I Told You So / The Song Is You 12041 US 1951 Sell This Version
12043 Preston Love And His Orchestra - Unconscious Blues / Twilight Blues Preston Love And His Orchestra Unconscious Blues / Twilight Blues 12043 US 1951 Sell This Version
12044 Henry Hill (5) - What's The Matter Mama / If You Love Me Henry Hill (5) What's The Matter Mama / If You Love Me(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12044 US 1951 Sell This Version
12045 Red Callender Sextet - Poinciana / Dolphin Street Boogie Red Callender Sextet Poinciana / Dolphin Street Boogie(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12045 US 1951 Sell This Version
12048 Joe Holiday Quartet - Nightcap / Try a Little Tenderness Joe Holiday Quartet Nightcap / Try a Little Tenderness(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12048 US 1951 Sell This Version
12049 Red Callender Sextet - Tabor-Inn / September In The Rain Red Callender Sextet Tabor-Inn / September In The Rain 12049 US 1952 Sell This Version
12051 Blind Mary And Baby Shirley* - Sweeping Through The City / Every Hour Every Day Blind Mary And Baby Shirley* Blind Mary And Baby Shirley* - Sweeping Through The City / Every Hour Every Day(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12051 US 1951 Sell This Version
12054 John Lee (26) - Alabama Boogie / Down At The Depot John Lee (26) Alabama Boogie / Down At The Depot 12054 US 1952 Sell This Version
12055 Little Esther And Mel* - Ring-A-Ding-Doo / The Crying Blues Little Esther And Mel* Little Esther And Mel* - Ring-A-Ding-Doo / The Crying Blues 12055 US 1952 Sell This Version
12056 Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter - Love Is A Fortune / The Walkin’ Blues Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter - Love Is A Fortune / The Walkin’ Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12056 US 1952 Sell This Version
12056 Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter - Love Is A Fortune / The Walkin’ Blues Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter - Love Is A Fortune / The Walkin’ Blues(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12056 US 1952 Sell This Version
12058 Gene Redd And His Orchestra - Play Vibes Play / I Surrender Dear Gene Redd And His Orchestra Play Vibes Play / I Surrender Dear(10", Promo) Federal (5) 12058 US 1952 Sell This Version
12059 The Dominoes - When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano / That's What You're Doing To Me The Dominoes When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano / That's What You're Doing To Me(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12059 US 1952 Sell This Version
12060 Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter - As Long As You're Satisfied / My Natch'l Man Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter - As Long As You're Satisfied / My Natch'l Man 12060 US 1952 Sell This Version
12061 Roy Roy "Bald Head" Byrd* K. C. Blues / Curly Haired Baby(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12061 US 1952 Sell This Version
12063 Little Esther - Summertime / The Storm Little Esther Summertime / The Storm(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12063 US 1952 Sell This Version
12064 The Royals (2) - All Night Long / Every Beat Of My Heart The Royals (2) All Night Long / Every Beat Of My Heart(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12064 US 1952 Sell This Version
12065 Little Esther - Better Beware / I'll Be There Little Esther Better Beware / I'll Be There(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12065 US 1952 Sell This Version
12066 Pete Pete "Guitar" Lewis Louisiana Hop / Crying With The Rising Sun(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12066 US 1952 Sell This Version
12067 Jimmy Tyler And His Orchestra - Tip Lightly / You'll Never Know Jimmy Tyler And His Orchestra Tip Lightly / You'll Never Know(10") Federal (5) 12067 US 1952 Sell This Version
12068 The Dominoes - Deep Sea Blues / Have Mercy Baby The Dominoes Deep Sea Blues / Have Mercy Baby 12068 US 1952 Sell This Version
12069 Preston Love And His Orchestra - Wango Blues / September Song Preston Love And His Orchestra Wango Blues / September Song(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12069 US 1952 Sell This Version
12070 Dorothy Ellis - Must Go Out And Play / Drill Daddy Drill Dorothy Ellis Must Go Out And Play / Drill Daddy Drill(10", Promo) Federal (5) 12070 US 1952 Sell This Version
12071 The Four Internes - In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin' / Living In The Glory Land The Four Internes In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin' / Living In The Glory Land(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12071 US 1952 Sell This Version
12072 The Dominoes - That's What You're Doing To Me / Love, Love, Love The Dominoes That's What You're Doing To Me / Love, Love, Love(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12072 US 1952 Sell This Version
12073 Roy Roy "Bald Head" Byrd* Gone So Long / Rockin' With Fes 12073 US 1952 Sell This Version
12076 Pete Pete "Guitar" Lewis Harmonica Boogie / Raggedy Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12076 US 1952 Sell This Version
12078 Little Esther - Bring My Lovin' Back To Me / Aged And Mellow Little Esther Bring My Lovin' Back To Me / Aged And Mellow(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12078 US 1952 Sell This Version
12079 Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks / Cora Williams And The Four Jacks - Sure Cure For The Blues / I Ain't Coming Back Anymore Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks / Cora Williams And The Four Jacks Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks / Cora Williams And The Four Jacks - Sure Cure For The Blues / I Ain't Coming Back Anymore (Single) 12079 US 1952 Sell This Version
12080 Jimmy Tyler And His Orchestra - Little Jim / Take It Away Jimmy Tyler And His Orchestra Little Jim / Take It Away(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12080 US 1952 Sell This Version
12081 Pigmeat Peterson - Loud Mouth Lucy / Everybody Loves A Fat Man Pigmeat Peterson Loud Mouth Lucy / Everybody Loves A Fat Man(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12081 US 1952 Sell This Version
12082 Lil Greenwood, Little Willie Littlefield, The Four Jacks - My Last Hour / Monday Morning Blues Lil Greenwood, Little Willie Littlefield, The Four Jacks Lil Greenwood, Little Willie Littlefield, The Four Jacks - My Last Hour / Monday Morning Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12082 US 1952 Sell This Version
12084 Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra - My Ideal / Ooh Chica Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra My Ideal / Ooh Chica 12084 US 1952 Sell This Version
12085 Preston Love And His Orchestra - Like A Ship At Sea / Strictly Cash Preston Love And His Orchestra Like A Ship At Sea / Strictly Cash 12085 US 1952 Sell This Version
12087 The Four Jacks - The Last Of The Good Rocking Men / I'll Be Home Again The Four Jacks The Last Of The Good Rocking Men / I'll Be Home Again(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12087 US 1952 Sell This Version
12088 The Royals (2) - Moonrise / Fifth Street Blues The Royals (2) Moonrise / Fifth Street Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12088 US 1952 Sell This Version
12089 John Lee (26) - Baby’s Blues / Blind’s Blues John Lee (26) Baby’s Blues / Blind’s Blues 12089 US 1952 Sell This Version
12090 Little Esther - Somebody New / Ramblin' Blues Little Esther Somebody New / Ramblin' Blues 12090 US 1952 Sell This Version
12093 Lil Greenwood - Grandpa Can Boogie Too / Never Again Lil Greenwood Grandpa Can Boogie Too / Never Again 12093 US 1952 Sell This Version
12095 Jimmy Witherspoon - Foolish Prayer / Two Little Girls Jimmy Witherspoon Foolish Prayer / Two Little Girls 12095 US 1952 Sell This Version
12096 Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra - Limehouse Blues / Junk Wagon Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra Limehouse Blues / Junk Wagon(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12096 US 1952 Sell This Version
12097 The Four Internes - Count Your Many Blessings / Going Back To Jesus The Four Internes Count Your Many Blessings / Going Back To Jesus(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12097 US 1952 Sell This Version
12098 The Royals (2) - A Love In My Heart / I'll Never Let Her Go The Royals (2) A Love In My Heart / I'll Never Let Her Go (Single) 12098 US 1952 Sell This Version
12099 Jimmy Witherspoon Lucille / Blues In Trouble(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12099 US 1952 Sell This Version