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, [Invalid Artist], Bradley Kincaid, and reissued many titles by Jimmie Rodgers and [Invalid Artist]. 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 Hank Hall (3) / Slick Palmer Hank Hall (3) / Slick Palmer - Frivolous 'Frisco Fan / Good Old Beer(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 1826 US Unknown Sell This Version
5920-I-RB Louis Armstrong Pops(2x12", Comp, RM, Gat) RCA, Bluebird (3) 5920-I-RB USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
0693-2-RB Glenn Miller And His Orchestra A Legendary Performer(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 0693-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
07683 Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade(CD, Comp) BMG, Bluebird (3) 07683 US 1992 Sell This Version
07863 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
10046 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra Day After Day / Deep In A Dream (Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 10046 US 1938 Sell This Version
10175 Meade "Lux" Lewis Honky Tonk Train Blues / Whistlin' Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 10175 US 1937 Sell This Version
11078 Fats Waller & His Rhythm Shortnin' Bread / Mamacita(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 11078 US 1941 Sell This Version
11124 Sonny Dunham And His Orchestra Mighty Lak' A Rose / I Understand (Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 11124 US 1941 Sell This Version
20.007 Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Sextet From A To Z - And Beyond(CD, Album, RE) RCA Victor 20.007 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
2001-1-RB Chet Baker The Italian Sessions(LP, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 2001-1-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2001-2 RB Chet Baker The Italian Sessions(CD, Album, RE, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3) 2001-2 RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2177-2-RB Various The Bebop Revolution(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 2177-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2178-2-RB Duke Ellington Solos, Duets And Trios(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2178-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2179-2-RB Sonny Rollins With Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Hancock Sonny Rollins With Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Hancock - All The Things You Are (1963-1964)(CD, RM, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2179-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2292-2-RB Count Basie 1947 - Brand New Wagon(CD) Bluebird (3) 2292-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2293-2-RB Johnny Dodds Blue Clarinet Stomp(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2293-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2402-2-RB Sidney Bechet The Victor Sessions - Master Takes(3xCD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2402-2-RB US 1990 Sell This Version
2432-2-RB 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 Fats Waller Turn On The Heat / The Fats Waller Piano Solos(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2482-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
2496-2-RB Sonny Rollins On The Outside(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 2496-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
2497-2-RB Henry "Red" Allen World On A String(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 2497-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
2499-2-RB 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
3012-2-RB 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 Glenn Miller Chattanooga Choo Choo - The #1 Hits(CD, Comp, Club, RM) Bluebird (3) 3102-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
3138-2-RB Lee Wiley As Time Goes By(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 3138-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
3139-2-RB Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra South (1926-1929)(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 3139-2-RB US 1991 Sell This Version
5630-1-RB Benny Goodman And His Orchestra Sing, Sing, Sing(LP, Comp, RM) RCA, Bluebird (3) 5630-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5630-4-RB Benny Goodman And His Orchestra Sing, Sing, Sing(Cass, Comp) RCA, Bluebird (3) 5630-4-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5631-2-RB 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
5635-1-RB Charles Mingus New Tijuana Moods(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 5635-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5643-2-RB 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 Charles Mingus New Tijuana Moods(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 5644-2-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5656-4-RB Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul(Cass, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 5656-4-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5657-1-RB Bunny Berigan The Complete Bunny Berigan, Volume Two(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Bluebird (3) 5657-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5658-1-RB Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul(2xLP, Comp, Mono, RM) Bluebird (3) 5658-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5659-1-RB Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band(Box + 4xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5659-1-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5659-2-RB Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band (Comp) 5659-2-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5717-2-RB Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul(CD, Comp, RE) Bluebird (3) 5717-2-RB US 1986 Sell This Version
5778-1-RB Paul Desmond Late Lament(LP, Album) Bluebird (3), RCA 5778-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5778-2-RB Paul Desmond Late Lament(CD, Album, RE) Bluebird (3), RCA 5778-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5785-1-RB Dizzy Gillespie Dizziest(2xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5785-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5903-1-RB Johnny Hodges Triple Play(LP, Album, RE, RM, Mono) Bluebird (3), RCA 5903-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5905-1-RB Fats Waller The Complete Fats Waller Volume IV(2xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5905-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5917-1-RB Shorty Rogers Short Stops(2xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5917-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5917-2-RB Shorty Rogers Short Stops(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5917-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
5920-1-RB Louis Armstrong Pops(2xLP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5920-1-RB USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
5920-4-RB Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra Pops(Cass, Comp) Bluebird (3) 5920-4-RB USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
61005-2 Fats Waller Fats And His Buddies(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 61005-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
61060-4 Chet Baker Somewhere Over The Rainbow(Cass) RCA Records, Bluebird (3) 61060-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
61063-2 Coleman Hawkins April In Paris(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 61063-2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
61124-2 Sonny Rollins Alternatives(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Bluebird (3), Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 61124-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
6274-1-RB Artie Shaw And His Orchestra Begin The Beguine(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6274-1-RB Unknown Sell This Version
6274-2-RB Artie Shaw and His Orchestra Begin The Beguine(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6274-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6277-2-RB J.J. Johnson And His Big Bands* Say When(CD, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 6277-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6278-2-RB The Red Norvo Small Bands Just A Mood(CD, Album) Bluebird (3) 6278-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6282-1-RB Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home(LP, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 6282-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6283-1-RB The Benny Goodman Quartet Together Again(LP) Bluebird (3) 6283-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6283-2-RB The Benny Goodman Quartet Together Again(CD, Album) Bluebird (3) 6283-2-RB USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
6284-1 RB Stan Getz With Arthur Fiedler Stan Getz With Arthur Fiedler - A Song After Sundown (Stan Getz With Arthur Fiedler At Tanglewood)(LP, RE) Bluebird (3) 6284-1 RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6285-2-RB 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 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Theory Of Art(LP, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 6286-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6286-2-RB Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers* Theory Of Art(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 6286-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6287-1-RB Duke Ellington "…And His Mother Called Him Bill"(LP, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 6287-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6287-2-RB Duke Ellington And His Orchestra "...And His Mother Called Him Bill"(CD) Bluebird (3) 6287-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6288-1-RB Fats Waller The Joint Is Jumpin'(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6288-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6378-2-RB Louis Armstrong Pops: The 1940's Small-Band Sides(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6378-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
63842-2 Coleman Hawkins & Billy Byers And His Orchestra Coleman Hawkins & Billy Byers And His Orchestra - The Hawk In Hi-Fi(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 63842-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
63926-2 Fats Waller At The Piano(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 63926-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
6452-2-RB Ruby Braff This Is My Lucky Day(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6452-2-RB US Unknown Sell This Version
6455-2-RB Maynard Ferguson The Birdland Dreamband(CD, Comp, RE) Bluebird (3) 6455-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6457-2-RB Newport Parker Tribute All Stars From The Newport Jazz Festival: Tribute To Charlie Parker(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 6457-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6458-1-RB Lionel Hampton Hot Mallets, Vol.1(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3), RCA 6458-1-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6458-2-RB Lionel Hampton Hot Mallets, Vol.1(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 6458-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6461-2-RB Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake - The Legendary Duets (CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 6461-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6463-1-RB Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Save Your Love For Me(LP, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 6463-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6463-2-RB Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Save Your Love For Me(CD, Comp, RE) Bluebird (3), RCA 6463-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6464-1-RB Joe Williams The Overwhelming Joe Williams(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6464-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6464-2-RB Joe Williams The Overwhelming Joe Williams(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3), RCA 6464-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6465-2-RB Freddie Green, Al Cohn Freddie Green, Al Cohn - Natural Rhythm(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 6465-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6467-2-RB The George Russell Smalltet* Jazz Workshop(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA, BMG 6467-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6471-2-RB The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop The Arrangers(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), RCA 6471-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6561-2-RB Ornette Coleman The Music Of Ornette Coleman: Forms & Sounds(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 6561-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6571-1-RB Illinois Jacquet The Black Velvet Band(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6571-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6578-2-RB Air (4) Air Lore(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 6578-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
6588-1-RB Jelly Roll Morton The Pearls(LP, Comp, RE, RM) Bluebird (3) 6588-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6588-2-RB Jelly Roll Morton The Pearls(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3), RCA 6588-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6590-1-RB Sidney Bechet The Legendary Sidney Bechet(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6590-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6590-2-RB Sidney Bechet The Legendary Sidney Bechet(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 6590-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
66145 2 Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five Rock 'N Roll Call(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3), BMG Music 66145 2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
66158-2 Count Basie Shoutin' Blues 1949(CD, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 66158-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
6641-1-RB Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Black, Brown & Beige (The 1944-1946 Band Recordings)(4xLP, Comp, Box) Bluebird (3) 6641-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6641-2-RB Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Black, Brown & Beige (The 1944-1946 Band Recordings)(3xCD, Comp) RCA Victor 6641-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6750-1-RB Earl Hines Piano Man, His Piano And His Orchestra(LP, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 6750-1-RB US 1989 Sell This Version
6751-2-RB Various The Great Ellington Units(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6751-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6752-2-RB Various At The Jazz Band Ball - Chicago/New York Dixieland(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3) 6752-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6753-1-RB Various Great Trumpets (Classic Jazz To Swing)(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3) 6753-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6754-1-RB Various Classic Jazz Piano (1927-1957)(LP, Comp) Bluebird (3), RCA 6754-1-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
6754-2-RB Various Classic Jazz Piano (1927-1957)(CD, Comp) Bluebird (3), RCA 6754-2-RB US 1988 Sell This Version