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.
Sublabels
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Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
541 Their Greatest Hits  album cover The Midnighters Their Greatest Hits (Comp) 541 US 1956 Sell This Version
548 Billy Ward And His Dominoes Featuring Clyde McPhatter  album cover 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  album cover The Platters The Platters(LP) Federal (5) 549 US 1957 Sell This Version
559 Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes  album cover Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes - Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes(LP, Album) Federal (5) 559 US 1958 Sell This Version
565 Lorez Sings Pres  album cover Lorez Alexandria Lorez Sings Pres(LP) Federal (5) 565 US 1958 Sell This Version
571 Sing Their Greatest Hits  album cover The Midnighters Sing Their Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Federal (5), Federal (5) 571 US Unknown Sell This Version
584 Swingin' Flute (Dance Beat For The Ivy League)  album cover 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  album cover The Platters The Platters(LP, Mono) Federal (5) 651 US 1957 Sell This Version
10003 Rockin' And Rollin'  album cover Ramblin' Tommy Scott Rockin' And Rollin'(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10003 US 1951 Sell This Version
10005 One Broken Heart / Natural Born Gamblin' Man  album cover Tex Atchison One Broken Heart / Natural Born Gamblin' Man(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 10005 US 1951 Sell This Version
10007 I'll Have A New Life / Gathering Buds  album cover Cope Brothers I'll Have A New Life / Gathering Buds(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 10007 US 1951 Sell This Version
10010 Fifty Years Ago / Soldier's Joy  album cover 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(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10011 US 1951 Sell This Version
10012 From Lexington To Louisville  album cover Fairley Holden* From Lexington To Louisville(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10012 US 1951 Sell This Version
10015 Jesus Will Save Your Soul / When I Safely Reach That Other Shore  album cover 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 Wheels Of Destiny / Lost On A Sea Of Sorrow  album cover Bill Carlisle Wheels Of Destiny / Lost On A Sea Of Sorrow(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10016 US 1951 Sell This Version
10019 Homer And Jethro I'm Glad I Waited For You(10") Federal (5) 10019 US 1951 Sell This Version
10021 Wings Of Faith / Little Country Preacher  album cover Tommy Magness And His Tennessee Buddies* Wings Of Faith / Little Country Preacher(Shellac, 10", Single) Federal (5) 10021 US 1951 Sell This Version
10026 Tommy Scott (7) Everything Reminds Me Of You / Uncle Sammy(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10026 US 1951 Sell This Version
10029 What Else Can I Do  album cover Esco Hankins What Else Can I Do(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 10029 US 1951 Sell This Version
12001 Chicken Blues / Do Something For Me  album cover The Dominoes Chicken Blues / Do Something For Me(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12001 US 1950 Sell This Version
12014 Blue Steel  album cover Eddie Chamblee Blue Steel(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12014 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
12016 The Deacon Moves In / Other Lips, Other Arms  album cover 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
12022 Sixty Minute Man / I Can't Escape From You  album cover The Dominoes Sixty Minute Man / I Can't Escape From You (Single) 12022 US 1951 Sell This Version
12027 Cradle Rock / Back Street  album cover Eddie Chamblee Cradle Rock / Back Street(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12027 US 1951 Sell This Version
12031 Just About Right / Sweet And Lovely  album cover Tommy Dean (4) Just About Right / Sweet And Lovely(Shellac, 10", RE) Federal (5) 12031 US 1951 Sell This Version
12033 Lend Me Your Love / Darling I Miss You  album cover Memphis Slim Lend Me Your Love / Darling I Miss You 12033 US 1951 Sell This Version
12034 Four Brothers / Libestraum  album cover Marion McPartland Quintet* Four Brothers / Libestraum(10") Federal (5) 12034 US 1951 Sell This Version
12036 Lookin' For A Man (To Satisfy My Soul) / Heart To Heart  album cover 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
12039 I Am With You / Weeping Willow Blues  album cover The Dominoes I Am With You / Weeping Willow Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12039 US 1951 Sell This Version
12041 I Told You So / The Song Is You  album cover Joe Holiday Quartet I Told You So / The Song Is You 12041 US 1951 Sell This Version
12045 Poinciana / Dolphin Street Boogie  album cover Red Callender Sextet Poinciana / Dolphin Street Boogie(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12045 US 1951 Sell This Version
12056 The Walking Blues / Love Is A Fortune  album cover Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter - The Walking Blues / Love Is A Fortune(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12056 US 1952 Sell This Version
12058 Gene Redd And His Orchestra Play Vibes Play / I Surrender Dear(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12058 US Unknown Sell This Version
12059 That's What You're Doing To Me/When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano  album cover The Dominoes That's What You're Doing To Me/When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12059 US 1952 Sell This Version
12061 Roy "Bald Head" Byrd* K. C. Blues / Curly Haired Baby(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12061 US 1952 Sell This Version
12064 All Night Long / Every Beat Of My Heart  album cover The Royals (2) All Night Long / Every Beat Of My Heart(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12064 US 1952 Sell This Version
12065 Better Beware / I'll Be There  album cover Little Esther Better Beware / I'll Be There(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12065 US 1952 Sell This Version
12066 Louisiana Hop / Crying With The Rising Sun  album cover Pete "Guitar" Lewis Louisiana Hop / Crying With The Rising Sun(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12066 US Unknown Sell This Version
12067 Tip Lightly / You'll Never Know  album cover Jimmy Tyler And His Orchestra Tip Lightly / You'll Never Know(10") Federal (5) 12067 US 1952 Sell This Version
12068 Deep Sea Blues / Have Mercy Baby  album cover The Dominoes Deep Sea Blues / Have Mercy Baby(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12068 US 1952 Sell This Version
12072 That's What You're Doing To Me / Love, Love, Love  album cover The Dominoes That's What You're Doing To Me / Love, Love, Love(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12072 US 1952 Sell This Version
12073 Gone So Long / Rockin' With Fess  album cover Roy "Bald Head" Byrd* Gone So Long / Rockin' With Fess(Shellac, 10", Promo, Dee) Federal (5) 12073 US 1952 Sell This Version
12076 Harmonica Boogie / Raggedy Blues  album cover Pete "Guitar" Lewis Harmonica Boogie / Raggedy Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12076 US 1952 Sell This Version
12078 Bring My Lovin' Back To Me / Aged And Mellow  album cover Little Esther Bring My Lovin' Back To Me / Aged And Mellow(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12078 US 1952 Sell This Version
12079 I Ain't Coming Back Anymore / Sure Cure For The Blues  album cover Cora Williams And The Four Jacks / Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks Cora Williams And The Four Jacks / Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks - I Ain't Coming Back Anymore / Sure Cure For The Blues(7", Single, RP) Federal (5) 12079 US Unknown Sell This Version
12081 Loud Mouth Lucy / Everybody Loves A Fat Man  album cover Pigmeat Peterson Loud Mouth Lucy / Everybody Loves A Fat Man(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12081 US 1952 Sell This Version
12082 My Last Hour / Monday Morning Blues  album cover Lil Greenwood, Little Willie*, The Four Jacks Lil Greenwood, Little Willie*, The Four Jacks - My Last Hour / Monday Morning Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12082 US 1952 Sell This Version
12084 My Ideal / Ooh Chica  album cover Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra My Ideal / Ooh Chica(10", Promo, DJ) Federal (5) 12084 US 1952 Sell This Version
12085 Like A Ship At Sea / Strictly Cash  album cover Preston Love And His Orchestra Like A Ship At Sea / Strictly Cash(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12085 US 1952 Sell This Version
12088 Moonrise / Fifth Street Blues  album cover The Royals (2) Moonrise / Fifth Street Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12088 US 1952 Sell This Version
12089 Baby’s Blues / Blind’s Blues  album cover John Lee (26) Baby’s Blues / Blind’s Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12089 US 1952 Sell This Version
12093 Grandpa Can Boogie Too / Never Again  album cover Lil Greenwood Grandpa Can Boogie Too / Never Again(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12093 US 1952 Sell This Version
12095 Foolish Prayer / Two Little Girls  album cover Jimmy Witherspoon Foolish Prayer / Two Little Girls(10", Promo) Federal (5) 12095 US 1952 Sell This Version
12096 Limehouse Blues / Junk Wagon  album cover Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra Limehouse Blues / Junk Wagon(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12096 US 1952 Sell This Version
12097 Count Your Many Blessings / Going Back To Jesus  album cover The Four Internes Count Your Many Blessings / Going Back To Jesus(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12097 US 1952 Sell This Version
12099 Jimmy Witherspoon Lucille / Blues In Trouble(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12099 US 1952 Sell This Version
12100 Saturday Night Daddy / Mainliner  album cover Little Esther & Bobby Nunn (2) Little Esther & Bobby Nunn (2) - Saturday Night Daddy / Mainliner(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12100 US 1952 Sell This Version
12101 Striking On You Baby / Blood Is Redder Than Wine  album cover Little Willie Littlefield Striking On You Baby / Blood Is Redder Than Wine(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12101 US 1952 Sell This Version
12102 The Goof / Big Jay Shuffle  album cover Big Jay McNeely And His Orchestra* The Goof / Big Jay Shuffle(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12102 US 1952 Sell This Version
12105 No Room / I'd Be Satisfied  album cover Billy Ward And His Dominoes No Room / I'd Be Satisfied(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12105 US 1952 Sell This Version
12106 Yours Forever  album cover Billy Ward And His Dominoes Yours Forever 12106 US 1952 Sell This Version
12109 Keep A-walkin' / Do It No More  album cover Smokey Hogg Keep A-walkin' / Do It No More(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12109 US 1952 Sell This Version
12110 K. C. Loving / Pleading At Midnight  album cover Little Willie Littlefield K. C. Loving / Pleading At Midnight(Shellac, 10", Single) Federal (5) 12110 US 1952 Sell This Version
12111 Penthouse Serenade / Just Crazy  album cover Big Jay McNeely Penthouse Serenade / Just Crazy(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12111 US 1952 Sell This Version
12114 Pedal Pushin' Papa / The Bells  album cover Billy Ward And His Dominoes Pedal Pushin' Papa / The Bells(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12114 US 1952 Sell This Version
12115 Hollerin' And Screamin' / Turn The Lamps Down Low  album cover Little Esther Hollerin' And Screamin' / Turn The Lamps Down Low(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12115 US 1953 Sell This Version
12116 Throw Out The Life Line / The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow  album cover The Golden Eagles Throw Out The Life Line / The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12116 US 1953 Sell This Version
12125 I'm So Confused / Excite Me Daddy  album cover Camille Howard I'm So Confused / Excite Me Daddy(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12125 US 1953 Sell This Version
12128 One Fine Gal / Back Home  album cover Jimmy Witherspoon One Fine Gal / Back Home(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12128 US 1953 Sell This Version
12129 Don't Leave Me This Way  album cover Billy Ward And His Dominoes Don't Leave Me This Way(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12129 US 1953 Sell This Version
12131 Motor Head Baby / Sad Fool  album cover Young John Watson Motor Head Baby / Sad Fool(10") Federal (5) 12131 US 1953 Sell This Version
12132 Stay By My Side / You Got Me Drinking  album cover Preston Love And His Orchestra Stay By My Side / You Got Me Drinking(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12132 US 1953 Sell This Version
12133 Get It / No It Ain't  album cover The Royals (2) Get It / No It Ain't(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12133 US 1953 Sell This Version
12139 Where Now, Little Heart / You Can't Keep A Good Man Down  album cover Billy Ward And His Dominoes Where Now, Little Heart / You Can't Keep A Good Man Down(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12139 US 1953 Sell This Version
12141 Nervous Man Nervous / Rock Candy  album cover Big Jay Mc Neely* Nervous Man Nervous / Rock Candy(Shellac) Federal (5) 12141 US 1953 Sell This Version
12142 Cherry Wine / Love Oh Love  album cover Little Esther Cherry Wine / Love Oh Love(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12142 US 1953 Sell This Version
12150 Hello Miss Fine / I Feel That-A-Way  album cover The Royals (2) Hello Miss Fine / I Feel That-A-Way(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12150 US 1953 Sell This Version
12151 Big Jay McNeely 3-D / Texas Turkey(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12151 US 1953 Sell This Version
12152 Give Me / Be-Bop Wino  album cover The Lamplighters Give Me / Be-Bop Wino(Shellac, 10", Single) Federal (5) 12152 US 1953 Sell This Version
12160 That's It / Someone Like You  album cover The Royals (2) That's It / Someone Like You(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12160 US 1953 Sell This Version
12161 Climb The Wall / To Say I Love You  album cover Fluffy Hunter Climb The Wall / To Say I Love You(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12161 US 1953 Sell This Version
12162 My Baby's 3-D / Until The Real Thing Comes Along  album cover Billy Ward And His Dominoes My Baby's 3-D / Until The Real Thing Comes Along 12162 US 1953 Sell This Version
12163 (Please Don't Go) O-O-O-OH  album cover Little Willie Littlefield (Please Don't Go) O-O-O-OH(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12163 US Unknown Sell This Version
12166 Smootchie / I Can't Stand It  album cover The Lamplighters Smootchie / I Can't Stand It(10") Federal (5) 12166 US 1954 Sell This Version
12167 He Stopped Me From Straying / Glorify His Name  album cover Sister Bonnie Bradford He Stopped Me From Straying / Glorify His Name(10", Promo) Federal (5) 12167 US Unknown Sell This Version
12168 Mule Milk / Ice Water  album cover Big Jay McNeely Mule Milk / Ice Water (Single) 12168 US 1954 Sell This Version
12169 Work With Me Annie  album cover The Midnighters Work With Me Annie(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12169 US 1954 Sell This Version
12173 Just For You / 24 Sad Hours  album cover Jimmy Witherspoon Just For You / 24 Sad Hours(10", Promo) Federal (5) 12173 US 1954 Sell This Version
12174 Falling Tears / Goofy Dust Blues  album cover Little Willie Littlefield Falling Tears / Goofy Dust Blues(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12174 US 1954 Sell This Version
12175 Space Guitar  album cover Young John Watson Space Guitar(10", Single, Promo) Federal (5) 12175 US 1954 Sell This Version
12176 Tell Me You Care / I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy  album cover The Lamplighters Tell Me You Care / I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12176 US 1954 Sell This Version
12178 Tootsie Roll / I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town  album cover Billy Ward And His Dominoes Tootsie Roll / I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12178 US 1954 Sell This Version
12179 Hot Cinders / Whipped Cream  album cover Big Jay McNeely And His Orchestra Hot Cinders / Whipped Cream(Shellac, 7") Federal (5) 12179 US 1954 Sell This Version
12179 Hot Cinders / Whipped Cream  album cover Big Jay McNeely And His Orchestra Hot Cinders / Whipped Cream(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12179 US 1954 Sell This Version
12180 Highway To Happiness  album cover Jimmy Witherspoon Highway To Happiness(Shellac, 10", Promo) Federal (5) 12180 US 1954 Sell This Version
12182 Salty Dog   album cover The Lamplighters Salty Dog (Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12182 US 1954 Sell This Version
12183 Gettin' Drunk / You Can't Take It With You  album cover Young John Watson Gettin' Drunk / You Can't Take It With You(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12183 US 1954 Sell This Version
12185 Sexy Ways / Don't Say Your Last Goodbye  album cover The Midnighters Sexy Ways / Don't Say Your Last Goodbye(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12185 US 1954 Sell This Version
12186 Hardtack / Let's Work  album cover Big Jay McNeely And His Orchestra Hardtack / Let's Work(Shellac, 10") Federal (5) 12186 US 1954 Sell This Version