SOMA

SOMA

Profile:
US label out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Started in 1954 by brothers Amos and Dan Heilicher, the label name is "Amos" spelled backwards. The first 17 releases have matrices from FM Recording Co, of Hollywood, California. Many were originally issued on the FM Recording Co label, and again on Soma (as 78rpm and 45rpm). Soma 1018 is the first disc to be pressed with Kay Bank matrices.

Soma began mainly recording polka music, old-time country and western and jazz groups. Its first hit was Bobby Vee's 1959 "Suzie Baby", which was a regional smash before Liberty Records bought up the master and issued it nationally.
Among hits released by Soma were "Mule Skinner Blues" by The Fendermen, “Liar Liar” by The Castaways, "Run, Run, Run" by The Gestures and "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen. The last record was distributed by Soma, but recorded on the Garrett Records label - George Garrett was an engineer who ran the board on many Soma recordings. Soma recorded many local and regional rock groups during the 1960s, including The Accents, Gregory Dee and The Avanties, The Underbeats, and The Del Counts, as well as distributing other smaller labels (such as Garrett, Bangar, Golden Ring and Studio City). Country singer Dave Dudley's first album, containing his biggest hit "Six Days on the Road", was released on Golden Ring Records in 1963, and distributed by Soma until Mercury Records bought the rights.
Heilicher had some ownership in the local recording studio, Kay Bank, where most of Soma's recordings were made.
Soma continued releasing recordings until 1967, when the co-owned record distributing company was merged into Pickwick Records. The Heilicher brothers exited the recorded music business in 1977.
See also Soma Recording Co.
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1000-X45 My Fanny Polka  / Fleeting Days Waltz  album cover Jerry Dostal My Fanny Polka / Fleeting Days Waltz(7", Single) SOMA 1000-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1001-X45 Lake Side Waltz / Prune Dumpling Polka  album cover Jerry Dostal Lake Side Waltz / Prune Dumpling Polka 1001-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1002 Blue Skirt Waltz / Flying Dutchman  album cover Jerry Dostal Blue Skirt Waltz / Flying Dutchman(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1002 US Unknown Sell This Version
1002-X45 Blue Skirt Waltz / Flying Dutchman  album cover Jerry Dostal Blue Skirt Waltz / Flying Dutchman (Single) 1002-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1003-X45 Marcella Schottische / Sweet Pickle Waltz  album cover Jerry Dostal Marcella Schottische / Sweet Pickle Waltz(7") SOMA 1003-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1004-X45 Blues Eyes Waltz / Birds Nest Polka   album cover Fezz Fritsche Blues Eyes Waltz / Birds Nest Polka (7", Single) SOMA 1004-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1005-X45 Waltz Quadrille  album cover Fezz Fritsche Waltz Quadrille(7") SOMA 1005-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1006X45 Coo Coo Waltz  album cover Fezz Fritsche Coo Coo Waltz(7", Single) SOMA 1006X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1007 Beer Garden Melodies / Schnitzelblank  album cover Fezz Fritsche Beer Garden Melodies / Schnitzelblank(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1007 US Unknown Sell This Version
1008 Butterfly Waltz / Herr Schmidt  album cover Fezz Fritsche Butterfly Waltz / Herr Schmidt 1008 US Unknown Sell This Version
1009-X45 Over Three Hills Waltz  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Over Three Hills Waltz(7", Single) SOMA 1009-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1012-X45 Because You Love Me  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Because You Love Me(7") SOMA 1012-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1014-X45 Nikolina  album cover Slim Jim (16) Nikolina(7", Single) SOMA 1014-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1015 Tell Me Waltz / Kiss Polka  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Tell Me Waltz / Kiss Polka(10") SOMA 1015 US Unknown Sell This Version
1020X45 Jolly Lumberjacks Ein Zwei Drei Polka / Hi-Lo Waltz(7") SOMA 1020X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1021X45 Grandmother's Joy Waltz  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Grandmother's Joy Waltz(7", Single) SOMA 1021X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1022 Doc Evans And His Dixieland Band  album cover Doc Evans And His Dixieland Band Doc Evans And His Dixieland Band(7", Single, Mono) Soma 1022 US Unknown Sell This Version
1023 Come Back, Sweet Papa / Mississippi Mud  album cover Doc Evans And His Dixieland Band Come Back, Sweet Papa / Mississippi Mud(Shellac, 10") Soma 1023 US Unknown Sell This Version
1026X45 Annie In The Cabbage Patch/Anna Marie Waltz  album cover Jerry Dostal And His Orchestra Annie In The Cabbage Patch/Anna Marie Waltz(7") SOMA 1026X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1032x45 Chicken Reel / You Tell Me Your Dream  album cover Leo And His Pioneers Chicken Reel / You Tell Me Your Dream(7", Single) SOMA 1032x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1035 Josephine / Bubbles In The Wine  album cover Clem Brau and his Soma Serenaders Josephine / Bubbles In The Wine(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1035 US Unknown Sell This Version
1043 The Drifting, Vistling Snow / Belmont Street  album cover Slim Jim And The Westerners With The Honeytones The Drifting, Vistling Snow / Belmont Street(7", Single) Soma 1043 US Unknown Sell This Version
1044 Two Shif'less Skonks / Ring Of Gold  album cover Slim Jim And The Westerners With The Honeytones Two Shif'less Skonks / Ring Of Gold(7", Single) Soma 1044 US Unknown Sell This Version
1047x45 After You've Gone  album cover Fritzie Little, Frankie Chermak Trio Fritzie Little, Frankie Chermak Trio - After You've Gone(7") SOMA 1047x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1050 Stop Look And Listen  album cover The Four Northmen Stop Look And Listen(7", Single) SOMA 1050 US Unknown Sell This Version
1054 Roly-Poly Polka  album cover Rhythm Ranch Gals With Dakota Roundup* Rhythm Ranch Gals With Dakota Roundup* - Roly-Poly Polka(7", Single, Mono) SOMA 1054 US 1957 Sell This Version
1054 Roly-Poly Polka / Auctioneer Song   album cover Ardis Wells With Dakota Roundup* Ardis Wells With Dakota Roundup* - Roly-Poly Polka / Auctioneer Song (7") SOMA 1054 Unknown Sell This Version
1055x45 Mama / Tell Me Truly Honey  album cover The Berry Boys Mama / Tell Me Truly Honey(7", Single, Mono) SOMA 1055x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1056x45 Summertime Polka / Friendship Waltz  album cover Roman Rezac Orchestra Summertime Polka / Friendship Waltz 1056x45 US 1957 Sell This Version
1060x45 Teeter Totter Heart  album cover Will Hankins With The Berry Boys Will Hankins With The Berry Boys - Teeter Totter Heart (Single) 1060x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1061 The Little Stinker / Walking With A Broken Heart  album cover Chuck Carson With The Melody Ramblers Chuck Carson With The Melody Ramblers - The Little Stinker / Walking With A Broken Heart(7") Soma 1061 US 1957 Sell This Version
1064x45 Ping Pong Polka  album cover Art Fitch (2) And His Polka Dots* Art Fitch (2) And His Polka Dots* - Ping Pong Polka(7") SOMA 1064x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1067x45 The Ten Commandments / Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep  album cover The Sweet Sues The Ten Commandments / Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep(7", Single) Soma 1067x45 US 1957 Sell This Version
1082 Mary Ellen / Lawdy, Lawdy Miss Clawdy  album cover Dick Ford (2) Mary Ellen / Lawdy, Lawdy Miss Clawdy(7", Single) SOMA 1082 US 1957 Sell This Version
1085X45 The Navajo Trail / Disappointed In Love  album cover Chuck Carson With The Arbach Three Chuck Carson With The Arbach Three - The Navajo Trail / Disappointed In Love(7", Single, Mono) SOMA 1085X45 US 1957 Sell This Version
1089 Three Bad Habits  album cover Hal Fritz And His Playboys Three Bad Habits(7", Single) SOMA 1089 US Unknown Sell This Version
1091X45 Something Happened / Livin' Doll  album cover Jim Eddy Something Happened / Livin' Doll(7", Single) SOMA 1091X45 US 1958 Sell This Version
1092 Arcadia Polka  album cover Ernie Reck And His Country Playboys Ernie Reck And His Country Playboys - Arcadia Polka(7") SOMA 1092 US 1964 Sell This Version
1096 The Iota Song / The Tourist's Polka  album cover Jules Herman and his Orchestra* The Iota Song / The Tourist's Polka(7", Single) SOMA, Minnesota Centennial 1096 US 1958 Sell This Version
1107x45 Then There Was You / Hindustan Rock And Roll Band  album cover Marty Nevers with Dick Marrone's Velvetone's Marty Nevers with Dick Marrone's Velvetone's - Then There Was You / Hindustan Rock And Roll Band(7", Single) SOMA 1107x45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1108 x 45 Switchblade / Hot Night  album cover Ron Thompson And His Rowdy Guitar* And The Brougham's Ron Thompson And His Rowdy Guitar* And The Brougham's - Switchblade / Hot Night(7", Single) SOMA 1108 x 45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1110x45 Suzie Baby / Flyin' High  album cover Bobby Vee And The Shadows Suzie Baby / Flyin' High(7", Single) Soma 1110x45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1114 Mary's Swingin' Lamb / Oh Janie  album cover Myron Lee & The Caddies Mary's Swingin' Lamb / Oh Janie(7", Single) SOMA 1114 US 1959 Sell This Version
1116x45 My Little Sue  album cover Terry Lee (14) And The Poor Boys (6) Terry Lee (14) And The Poor Boys (6) - My Little Sue (Single) 1116x45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1118x45 Bony Moronie  album cover Gene Dlouhy Bony Moronie(7") SOMA 1118x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1120x45 The Road Of Heartaches  album cover Johnny Wallin The Road Of Heartaches(7") SOMA 1120x45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1125 Oh Susanna Schottische / Swing Your Partner  album cover Fezz Fritsche Oh Susanna Schottische / Swing Your Partner(7") Soma 1125 US Unknown Sell This Version
1129 Crystal Waltz  album cover Curly Johnson and His Scandinavian Band Crystal Waltz(7") Soma 1129 US Unknown Sell This Version
1135 Glenwood Waltz   album cover Todd Andrew And His Concertina Band Glenwood Waltz (7") SOMA 1135 US Unknown Sell This Version
1137 Mule Skinner Blues / Torture  album cover The Fendermen Mule Skinner Blues / Torture (Single) 1137 US 1960 Sell This Version
1137 Book Of Love / Mule Skinner Blues  album cover The Underbeats / The Fendermen The Underbeats / The Fendermen - Book Of Love / Mule Skinner Blues(7") Soma 1137 US Unknown Sell This Version
1138 Joanie / Accidentally  album cover The Dave Kennedy Group* Joanie / Accidentally(7") SOMA 1138 US 1960 Sell This Version
1140 Hey Mama  album cover Johnny Val Hey Mama(7", Single) SOMA 1140 US 1960 Sell This Version
1142 Don't You Just Know It / Beach Party  album cover The Fendermen Don't You Just Know It / Beach Party (Single) 1142 US 1959 Sell This Version
1143 Grandmother's Joy Laendler  album cover The Earl Schmidt Orchestra Featuring Jerry Schuft The Earl Schmidt Orchestra Featuring Jerry Schuft - Grandmother's Joy Laendler(7") SOMA 1143 US Unknown Sell This Version
1144 Main Drag  album cover The Escorts (11) Main Drag(7", Single) SOMA 1144 US 1960 Sell This Version
1147 Black Rock  album cover The 5 Spots Black Rock(7", Single) SOMA 1147 US 1960 Sell This Version
1149 Rock And Roll Nursery Rhyme  album cover Johnny Long (4) Rock And Roll Nursery Rhyme(7", Single) SOMA 1149 US Unknown Sell This Version
1152 Big Red And The Cool Yule  album cover Jimmy Bowman Big Red And The Cool Yule(7") SOMA 1152 US 1961 Sell This Version
1155 Heartbreakin' Special / Can't You Wait  album cover The Fendermen Heartbreakin' Special / Can't You Wait (Single) 1155 US 1961 Sell This Version
1156 The Flirtin' Kind / No Help Wanted  album cover The Canadian Sweethearts* The Flirtin' Kind / No Help Wanted(7") SOMA 1156 US 1961 Sell This Version
1159 Carlotta  album cover The "Nu" Beats Carlotta(7", Single) SOMA 1159 US 1961 Sell This Version
1160 Shoes Of A Beggar  album cover Tilfer Chastain With The Townsmen (9) Tilfer Chastain With The Townsmen (9) - Shoes Of A Beggar(7", Single) SOMA 1160 US 1962 Sell This Version
1164 Wailin' Wailin' Party / Scramble  album cover The Corvets Wailin' Wailin' Party / Scramble(7") Soma 1164 US Unknown Sell This Version
1165 Ice Cubes And Beer / Have You Ever Been Lonely?  album cover Ray Talcott And Jim Johnson (9) Ray Talcott And Jim Johnson (9) - Ice Cubes And Beer / Have You Ever Been Lonely?(7", Single) SOMA 1165 US Unknown Sell This Version
1166 St. Louis Blues Cha Cha  album cover Ray Talcott And Jim Johnson (9) Ray Talcott And Jim Johnson (9) - St. Louis Blues Cha Cha(7") SOMA 1166 US Unknown Sell This Version
1167 Jingle Jangle Jingle  album cover Marv Schumeister Jingle Jangle Jingle(7", Single) SOMA 1167 US Unknown Sell This Version
1175 Step Down / House Of Stone  album cover Jack Barlow With Bill Tyler (3) And The Cedar Valley Boys Jack Barlow With Bill Tyler (3) And The Cedar Valley Boys - Step Down / House Of Stone(7", Single) Soma 1175 US 1961 Sell This Version
1178 Tanta Anna / Tick Tock Polka  album cover Fezz Fritsche And His Goosetown Band* Tanta Anna / Tick Tock Polka(7") SOMA 1178 US Unknown Sell This Version
1180 I Still Love Her / Revel Twist  album cover The Reveliers (5) I Still Love Her / Revel Twist(7", Single) SOMA 1180 US 1962 Sell This Version
1181 Say Mama / Don't Leave Me Now  album cover Damon Lee And The Diablos* Say Mama / Don't Leave Me Now(7", Single) SOMA 1181 US 1962 Sell This Version
1183 The Stinson Brothers Jenny Twist / Every Step Of The Way(7") SOMA 1183 US 1962 Sell This Version
1184 Streak Of Lighting / Little Mo Min  album cover Jay Rees (2) And The Monarks Jay Rees (2) And The Monarks - Streak Of Lighting / Little Mo Min(7", Single) SOMA 1184 US 1962 Sell This Version
1185 The Jerry Berry Quintet Drum Boogie / Pink Champagne(7") SOMA 1185 US 1962 Sell This Version
1188 Baby you don't care  album cover Mike Gliden Baby you don't care(7", Single) SOMA 1188 USA & Canada 1962 Sell This Version
1189 Red Red Robin / Tuxedo Junction  album cover Southwest HIgh School Chorus Red Red Robin / Tuxedo Junction(7") SOMA 1189 US 1962 Sell This Version
1190 House Of Blues  album cover Tilfer Chastain House Of Blues(7", Single) SOMA 1190 US Unknown Sell This Version
1192 Out Behind The Barn  album cover Sir Walter And The De Jays Out Behind The Barn(7") SOMA 1192 US 1962 Sell This Version
1214 The Augsburg College Band, Mayo Savold The Augsburg College Band, Mayo Savold - Highlights of the Anuual Concert Tour(12", Album, Mono) SOMA 1214 US Unknown Sell This Version
1400 Happy Go Lucky Polka / Little Fisherman Waltz  album cover Merv Kruckeberg and his Golden Aces Happy Go Lucky Polka / Little Fisherman Waltz(7") SOMA 1400 US Unknown Sell This Version
1402 The Titans (2) Summer Place / Tchaikovsky Rides Again (Single) 1402 US 1963 Sell This Version
1403 The Yogi Twist / B.B. Limbo  album cover Little Joe And The Ramrods The Yogi Twist / B.B. Limbo(7", Single) Soma 1403 US 1963 Sell This Version
1404 I Second The Motion / Call Me Up  album cover Donna (42) With The Celestial Five Donna (42) With The Celestial Five - I Second The Motion / Call Me Up(7") SOMA 1404 US Unknown Sell This Version
1405 Who Besides Me / Remember Me  album cover Sherwin Linton Who Besides Me / Remember Me(7", Single) Soma 1405 US 1963 Sell This Version
1407 Can't Sit Down    album cover Voodoo Men Can't Sit Down (7", Single) SOMA 1407 US Unknown Sell This Version
1409 Memphis/Up Lazy River  album cover Wally Shoop & The Zombies Memphis/Up Lazy River(7", Single) SOMA 1409 US 1963 Sell This Version
1410 The Zodiacs (6) Lita(7", Single) SOMA 1410 US 1964 Sell This Version
1411 The Noplace Special / Reveille Rock  album cover The Titans (2) The Noplace Special / Reveille Rock (Single) 1411 US 1963 Sell This Version
1412' Baby What You Want Me To Do / Gary's Tune  album cover Lou Riegert And The Troops Baby What You Want Me To Do / Gary's Tune 1412' US 1964 Sell This Version
1413' Buggs Vs. Beetles / She Loves Me  album cover The Buggs (2) Buggs Vs. Beetles / She Loves Me(7", Single) Soma 1413' US 1964 Sell This Version
1414 Little Sally Walker  album cover The Zodiacs (6) Little Sally Walker(7", Single) SOMA 1414 US 1964 Sell This Version
1416 Cantalope Jones / The Old, Old House  album cover Dave Kirby* Cantalope Jones / The Old, Old House(7", Single) SOMA 1416 US 1964 Sell This Version
1417 Run, Run, Run / It Seems To Me  album cover The Gestures Run, Run, Run / It Seems To Me (Single) 1417 US 1964 Sell This Version
1419 Jeanette / Love Has Its Ways  album cover Frank Martinez And The Pharomen Jeanette / Love Has Its Ways(7", Single) SOMA 1419 US 1964 Sell This Version
1420 49/51  album cover Jack Barlow 49/51 (Single) 1420 US 1965 Sell This Version
1421 Little Latin Lupe Lu / Yo! Yo!  album cover The Chancellors Little Latin Lupe Lu / Yo! Yo! (Single) 1421 US 1964 Sell This Version
1422 Special Girl / I Ain't Got No Home  album cover The Radiants (3) Special Girl / I Ain't Got No Home(7") SOMA 1422 US 1964 Sell This Version
1425 You Don't Want Me / Want To Be Happy  album cover The Corvets You Don't Want Me / Want To Be Happy(7", Single, Promo) SOMA 1425 US 1964 Sell This Version
1426 Dont Mess Around / Candlelight   album cover The Gestures Dont Mess Around / Candlelight (Single) 1426 US 1965 Sell This Version
1427 My Baby / I've Seen You Around  album cover The Messengers (6) My Baby / I've Seen You Around (Single) 1427 US 1965 Sell This Version