Bluebird (3)

Bluebird (3)

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Bluebird was launched by RCA-Victor in 1932 as a low budget label. Originally produced for exclusive sale through Woolworth department stores, the first issues did not bear either RCA or Victor trademarks. The first of these (catalog #s 1800-1809) were 8" records containing dance band selections from Gene Kardos And His Orchestra and Sid Peltyn & His Orchestra and were released in a single batch in July, 1932. Although these retailed for less than half the price of regular Victor discs, the 8" format was unpopular with the public and RCA quickly replaced them with standard 10" discs. Early issues (catalog #s 1820-1853) were also produced for Woolworth's. These records, like their 8" predecessors, bore a black-on-blue color scheme and are quite rare today.

By March, 1933 it was clear to RCA executives that Bluebird had mass appeal to Depression-era consumers, and the label underwent a transition from a Woolworth's client label to a fully owned and credited RCA brand. The original label design was retained, but RCA and Victor trademarks were added and a light-blue type on buff-colored paper replaced earlier labels. This label remained in use until September, 1937 (and 1939 in Canada), at which time a short-lived "staff" label was introduced. The catalog numbering scheme also changed in March, 1933, and releases issued thereafter had a "B-" prefix (starting at B-5000 in America).

At this point, most 1800-series material was immediately reissued on the "Buff label". In November 1938 numbers jumped from B-7875 to B-10000. At this time, a new label with a simpler design that incorporated both the Victor and Bluebird trademarks was introduced, and remained in use with minor changes into the mid-1940s. In September 1942 it reached B-11594 and then changed to 30-0801. It reached 30-0834 in March 1945, at which time the Bluebird label ended. From 1946 to 1950 some Bluebird recordings were re-released using the original Bluebird serial number on the RCA Victor label. The notation "Bluebird Series" appeared around the rim of the label. In July 1949 the Bluebird label was revived at 31-0001, and a handful were issued over the next few months.

In the 1930s, Bluebird recorded popular dance music,country, blues and jazz, as well as reissuing jazz, gospel and blues items previously released on Victor. Some notable orchestras came to Bluebird from the regular-priced Victor label: Ted Weems, Rudy Vallee, Bert Lown, and Joe Haymes. Bluebird also recorded country artists such as the Monroe Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, Bradley Kincaid, and reissued many titles by Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. Many blues artists were brought to the label by talent scout and record producer Lester Melrose. The records were recorded cheaply and quickly, musicians included Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, Tampa Red, Washboard Sam and Sonny Boy Williamson. They produced a characteristic small band style which became known as the "Bluebird sound" and which, when electric amplification was added, became hugely influential on R&B and early rock and roll records. However, Bluebird all but ceased making blues records in 1942.

Two of the most popular swing bandleaders, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller, were Bluebird artists starting in 1938. Shep Fields And His Rippling Rhythm orchestra signed with the label as early as 1936. Earl Hines was also a Bluebird artist during the early 1940s. During the WWII years (and the recording ban), Victor reissued hundreds of previously rare hot jazz by artists like Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Bennie Moten, McKinney's Cotton Pickers and many others on Bluebird. After World War II, however, Bluebird was discontinued and any popular Bluebird artists were moved up to the RCA Victor label. The Bluebird imprint was later used for jazz releases and reissues, as well as children's records in the 1950s. In the mid-1970s it was reactivated by RCA for a series of 2-LP sets of big band and jazz reissues produced by Frank Driggs.

Bluebird remains active as a jazz label in the CD era, releasing albums from jazzmen like Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, and Dave Douglas and Tom Harrell.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1826 Frivolous 'Frisco Fan / Good Old Beer  album cover Hank Hall (3) / Slick Palmer Hank Hall (3) / Slick Palmer - Frivolous 'Frisco Fan / Good Old Beer(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 1826 US 1933 Sell This Version
6066 Be Nobody's Darling But Mine / (In a Little Shanty) Hummin' To My Honey  album cover Jesse Rodgers Be Nobody's Darling But Mine / (In a Little Shanty) Hummin' To My Honey(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 6066 US Unknown Sell This Version
6295 All Around Man/ Cigarette Blues  album cover Bo Carter All Around Man/ Cigarette Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 6295 US 1936 Sell This Version
6311 I'm Writing To You, Little Darling / Little Prairie Town  album cover Jesse Rodgers I'm Writing To You, Little Darling / Little Prairie Town(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 6311 US Unknown Sell This Version
6919 Turn Off The Moon/ Jammin  album cover Williams' Washboard Band Turn Off The Moon/ Jammin(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 6919 US 1937 Sell This Version
0693-2-RB Glenn Miller And His Orchestra A Legendary Performer (Comp) 0693-2-RB Canada 1991 Sell This Version
7683 Art Kassel And His Kassels-In-The-Air Figaro(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 7683 US Unknown Sell This Version
07683 Moonlight Serenade  album cover Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade(CD, Comp) BMG, Bluebird (3) 07683 US 1992 Sell This Version
07863 Rockin' My Blues Away  album cover Washboard Sam Rockin' My Blues Away(Cass, Comp) RCA, Bluebird (3) 07863 US 1992 Sell This Version
07863 April In Paris  album cover Coleman Hawkins April In Paris (Comp) 07863 US 1992 Sell This Version
07863 Good Medicine  album cover Doc Severinsen Good Medicine(CD) Bluebird (3) 07863 US 1992 Sell This Version
07863 Birth Of The Hot - The Classic Chicago "Red Hot Peppers" Sessions (1926-1927)  album cover Jelly Roll Morton Birth Of The Hot - The Classic Chicago "Red Hot Peppers" Sessions (1926-1927)(CD, Comp) RCA, Bluebird (3) 07863 US 1995 Sell This Version
07863 RCA Victor Jazz / The First Half Century: The Twenties Through The Sixties  album cover Various RCA Victor Jazz / The First Half Century: The Twenties Through The Sixties(5xCD, Comp + Box) BMG Music, Bluebird (3) 07863 US 1992 Sell This Version
7879 Crazy With The Blues/ When Bad Luck Is On You   album cover Tampa Red Crazy With The Blues/ When Bad Luck Is On You (Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 7879 US 1938 Sell This Version
8198 That Makes Me Give In / Hold On Little Doggies  album cover Bill Boyd And His Cowboy Ramblers That Makes Me Give In / Hold On Little Doggies(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 8198 US Unknown Sell This Version
20.007 From A To Z - And Beyond  album cover Al Cohn & Zoot Sims Al Cohn & Zoot Sims - From A To Z - And Beyond(CD, Album, RE, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3) 20.007 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
2001-1-RB The Italian Sessions  album cover Chet Baker The Italian Sessions(LP, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 2001-1-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2001-2 RB The Italian Sessions  album cover Chet Baker The Italian Sessions(CD, Album, RE, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3) 2001-2 RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2177-2-RB The Bebop Revolution  album cover Various The Bebop Revolution(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 2177-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2178-2-RB Solos, Duets And Trios  album cover Duke Ellington Solos, Duets And Trios(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 2178-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2179-2-RB All The Things You Are (1963-1964)  album cover Sonny Rollins With Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Hancock Sonny Rollins With Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Hancock - All The Things You Are (1963-1964)(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 2179-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2180-2-RB Swing Is Here: Small-Band Swing 1935-1939  album cover Various Swing Is Here: Small-Band Swing 1935-1939(CD, Comp, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3), BMG Music 2180-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2192-2-RB The Bluebird Sampler 1990  album cover Various The Bluebird Sampler 1990(CD, Comp, Smplr) Bluebird (3), RCA 2192-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2273-2-RB Benny Goodman Trio & Quartet Avalon - The Small Bands, Volume 2 (1937 - 1939)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3), BMG Music 2273-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2275-2-RB McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1928-1930): The Band Don Redman Built  album cover McKinney's Cotton Pickers McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1928-1930): The Band Don Redman Built(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 2275-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2275-4-RB McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1928-1930): The Band Don Redman Built  album cover McKinney's Cotton Pickers McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1928-1930): The Band Don Redman Built(Cass, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 2275-4-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2292-2-RB 1947 - Brand New Wagon  album cover Count Basie 1947 - Brand New Wagon(CD) Bluebird (3) 2292-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2293-2-RB Blue Clarinet Stomp  album cover Johnny Dodds Blue Clarinet Stomp(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2293-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2305-2-RB In A Mellotone  album cover Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis - In A Mellotone(CD, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 2305-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2305-4-RB Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis - In A Mellotone(Cass, Album, Comp, RE) Bluebird (3), RCA Victor 2305-4-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2306-2-RB Easy Living  album cover Paul Desmond Easy Living(CD, Album, RE, RM) BMG, Bluebird (3), RCA 2306-2-RB US Unknown Sell This Version
2361-2-RB The Centennial - His Complete Victor Recordings  album cover Jelly Roll Morton The Centennial - His Complete Victor Recordings(5xCD, Comp, RM + Box) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 2361-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2361-4-RB The Centennial - His Complete Victor Recordings   album cover Jelly Roll Morton The Centennial - His Complete Victor Recordings (5xCass + Box, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 2361-4-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2402-2-RB The Victor Sessions - Master Takes  album cover Sidney Bechet The Victor Sessions - Master Takes(3xCD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2402-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2432-2-RB Blues In The Night  album cover Artie Shaw And His Orchestra featuring Roy Eldridge and Hot Lips Page Artie Shaw And His Orchestra featuring Roy Eldridge and Hot Lips Page - Blues In The Night(CD, Comp, RE) RCA/BMG Music, Bluebird (3) 2432-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2482-2-RB Turn On The Heat / The Fats Waller Piano Solos  album cover Fats Waller Turn On The Heat / The Fats Waller Piano Solos(2xCD, Comp) Bluebird (3), Bluebird (3) 2482-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
2496-2-RB On The Outside  album cover Sonny Rollins On The Outside(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 2496-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
2497-2-RB World On A String  album cover Henry "Red" Allen World On A String(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2497-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
2499-2-RB Jungle Nights In Harlem (1927-1932)  album cover Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Jungle Nights In Harlem (1927-1932)(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 2499-2-RB US Unknown Sell This Version
2499-4-rb Jungle Nights In Harlem  album cover Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Jungle Nights In Harlem(Cass, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2499-4-rb Germany 1991 Sell This Version
3000-2-RB All Of Me  album cover Benny Carter All Of Me(CD, Comp, Mono, RM) Bluebird (3) 3000-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
3012-2-RB Swings  album cover Shorty Rogers Swings(CD, Comp, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3), BMG 3012-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
3012-4-RB Shorty Rogers Swings(Cass, Comp) RCA, Bluebird (3) 3012-4-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
3102-2-RB Chattanooga Choo Choo - The #1 Hits  album cover Glenn Miller Chattanooga Choo Choo - The #1 Hits(CD, Comp, Club, RM) Bluebird (3) 3102-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
3102-4-RB Chattanooga Choo Choo - The #1 Hits  album cover Glenn Miller Chattanooga Choo Choo - The #1 Hits (Comp) 3102-4-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
3136-2-R8 Various The Jazz Age (New York In The Twenties)(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 3136-2-R8 US 1991 Sell This Version
3138-2-RB As Time Goes By  album cover Lee Wiley As Time Goes By(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 3138-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
3139-2-RB South (1926-1929)  album cover Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra South (1926-1929)(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 3139-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
52572-2 What's New?  album cover Sonny Rollins What's New?(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 52572-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
52572-4 Sonny Rollins What's New?(Cass, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 52572-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
5630-1-RB Sing, Sing, Sing  album cover Benny Goodman And His Orchestra Sing, Sing, Sing(LP, Comp, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3) 5630-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5630-2-RB Sing, Sing, Sing  album cover Benny Goodman And His Orchestra Sing, Sing, Sing (Comp) 5630-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5630-4-RB Sing, Sing, Sing  album cover Benny Goodman And His Orchestra Sing, Sing, Sing(Cass, Comp) RCA, Bluebird (3) 5630-4-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5631-2-RB After You've Gone (The Original Benny Goodman Trio And Quartet Sessions - Vol. 1)  album cover Benny Goodman After You've Gone (The Original Benny Goodman Trio And Quartet Sessions - Vol. 1)(CD, Comp, RE) Bluebird (3) 5631-2-RB Japan 1987 Sell This Version
5631-2-RB After You've Gone (The Original Benny Goodman Trio And Quartet Sessions - Vol. 1)  album cover Benny Goodman After You've Gone (The Original Benny Goodman Trio And Quartet Sessions - Vol. 1)(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5631-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5634-4-RB Sonny Rollins Featuring Jim Hall Sonny Rollins Featuring Jim Hall - The Quartets(Cass, Album, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5634-4-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5635-1-RB New Tijuana Moods  album cover Charles Mingus New Tijuana Moods(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 5635-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5643-2-RB The Quartets  album cover Sonny Rollins Featuring Jim Hall Sonny Rollins Featuring Jim Hall - The Quartets(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 5643-2-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5644-2-RB New Tijuana Moods  album cover Charles Mingus New Tijuana Moods(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 5644-2-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5656-4-RB Body And Soul  album cover Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul(Cass, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 5656-4-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5657-1-RB The Complete Bunny Berigan, Volume Two  album cover Bunny Berigan The Complete Bunny Berigan, Volume Two(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Bluebird (3) 5657-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5658-1-RB Body And Soul  album cover Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul(2xLP, Comp, Mono, RM) Bluebird (3) 5658-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5659-1-RB The Blanton-Webster Band  album cover Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band(Box + 4xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5659-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5659-2-RB The Blanton-Webster Band  album cover Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band (Comp) 5659-2-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5659-4-RB The Blanton-Webster Band  album cover Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band(Box + 3xCass, Comp, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3) 5659-4-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5704-1-RB The RCA Victor Years  album cover Benny Goodman The RCA Victor Years(16xLP + Box, Comp) RCA, Bluebird (3) 5704-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5717-2-RB Body And Soul  album cover Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul(CD, Comp, RE) Bluebird (3) 5717-2-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5778-1-RB Late Lament  album cover Paul Desmond Late Lament(LP, Album) Bluebird (3), RCA 5778-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5778-2-RB Late Lament  album cover Paul Desmond Late Lament(CD, Album, RE) Bluebird (3), RCA 5778-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5778-4-RB Late Lament  album cover Paul Desmond Late Lament(Cass, Album) Bluebird (3), RCA 5778-4-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5783-2-RB There Comes A Time  album cover Gil Evans There Comes A Time(CD, Album, RE, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3) 5783-2-RB USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
5785-1-RB Dizziest  album cover Dizzy Gillespie Dizziest(2xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5785-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5903-1-RB Triple Play  album cover Johnny Hodges Triple Play(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 5903-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5905-1-RB The Complete Fats Waller Volume IV  album cover Fats Waller The Complete Fats Waller Volume IV(2xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5905-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5917-1-RB Short Stops  album cover Shorty Rogers Short Stops(2xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5917-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5917-2-RB Short Stops  album cover Shorty Rogers Short Stops(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 5917-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5920-1-RB Pops  album cover Louis Armstrong Pops(2xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5920-1-RB USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
5920-4-RB Pops  album cover Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra Pops(Cass, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5920-4-RB USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
61005-2 Fats And His Buddies  album cover Fats Waller Fats And His Buddies(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 61005-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
61060-4 Somewhere Over The Rainbow  album cover Chet Baker Somewhere Over The Rainbow(Cass, Album, RE, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3) 61060-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
61062-2 Woody Herman Featuring Stan Getz Woody Herman Featuring Stan Getz - Early Autumn (CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 61062-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
61063-2 April In Paris  album cover Coleman Hawkins April In Paris(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 61063-2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
61064-2 Frenesi Featuring Begin The Beguine  album cover Artie Shaw Frenesi Featuring Begin The Beguine(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), Bluebird (3) 61064-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
61066-2 Polka Dots And Moonbeams  album cover Paul Desmond Polka Dots And Moonbeams(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 61066-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
61124-2 Alternatives  album cover Sonny Rollins Alternatives(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 61124-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
6274-1-RB Begin The Beguine  album cover Artie Shaw And His Orchestra Begin The Beguine(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6274-1-RB Unknown Sell This Version
6274-2-RB Begin The Beguine  album cover Artie Shaw and His Orchestra Begin The Beguine(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 6274-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6277-2-RB Say When  album cover J.J. Johnson And His Big Bands* Say When(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 6277-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6278-2-RB Just A Mood The Red Norvo Small Bands  album cover Red Norvo Just A Mood The Red Norvo Small Bands(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6278-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6280-1-RB Artist's Choice  album cover Gary Burton Artist's Choice(LP, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 6280-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6280-2-RB Artist's Choice  album cover Gary Burton Artist's Choice(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6280-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6282-1-RB Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home  album cover Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home (Album, Comp) 6282-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6282-2-RB Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home  album cover Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home(CD) Bluebird (3) 6282-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6283-1-RB Together Again  album cover The Benny Goodman Quartet Together Again(LP, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 6283-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6283-2-RB Together Again  album cover The Benny Goodman Quartet Together Again(CD, Album) Bluebird (3) 6283-2-RB USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
6284-1 RB A Song After Sundown (Stan Getz With Arthur Fiedler At Tanglewood)  album cover Stan Getz With Arthur Fiedler Stan Getz With Arthur Fiedler - A Song After Sundown (Stan Getz With Arthur Fiedler At Tanglewood)(LP, RE, Dig) Bluebird (3) 6284-1 RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6284-2-RB Stan Getz & Arthur Fiedler At Tanglewood  album cover Stan Getz & Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops* Stan Getz & Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops* - Stan Getz & Arthur Fiedler At Tanglewood(CD) Bluebird (3) 6284-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6285-2-RB Theatre Music Of Kurt Weill  album cover The Sextet Of Orchestra USA* Featuring Eric Dolphy The Sextet Of Orchestra USA* Featuring Eric Dolphy - Theatre Music Of Kurt Weill(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 6285-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6286-1-RB Theory Of Art  album cover Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Theory Of Art(LP, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 6286-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6286-2-RB Theory Of Art  album cover Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers* Theory Of Art(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 6286-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version