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
711 (Stand Up And Shout) Nebraska / Hi Flute'N   album cover Royce Swain (Stand Up And Shout) Nebraska / Hi Flute'N (7") SOMA 711 US Unknown Sell This Version
1000 My Fanny Polka  / Fleeting Days Waltz  album cover Jerry Dostal My Fanny Polka / Fleeting Days Waltz(Shellac, 10") Soma 1000 US 1955 Sell This Version
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 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 / Lott Is Tot  album cover Fezz Fritsche Waltz Quadrille / Lott Is Tot(7") SOMA 1005-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1006X45 Coo Coo Waltz / Old Village Barn  album cover Fezz Fritsche Coo Coo Waltz / Old Village Barn(7", Single, RE) 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 / St. Bernard Waltz  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Over Three Hills Waltz / St. Bernard Waltz (Single) 1009-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1011-X45 Little Boy Polka / Woodchoppers Laendler  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Little Boy Polka / Woodchoppers Laendler(7") SOMA 1011-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
1013-X45 Andy Walsh Guitar Boogie / Spanish Two Step(7") SOMA 1013-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1014-X45 Nikolina  album cover Slim Jim (16) Nikolina (Single) 1014-X45 US 1955 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
1018 Northern Schottische / Jolly Coppersmith  album cover Ray Stolzenberg And His Northern Payboys* Ray Stolzenberg And His Northern Payboys* - Northern Schottische / Jolly Coppersmith(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1018 US 1955 Sell This Version
1019 Playboy's Schottische / Hasselby Steppen Polka  album cover Ray Stolzenberg And His The Northern Playboys Ray Stolzenberg And His The Northern Playboys - Playboy's Schottische / Hasselby Steppen Polka(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1019 US 1955 Sell This Version
1020 Ein Zwei Drei Polka / Hi-Lo Waltz  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Ein Zwei Drei Polka / Hi-Lo Waltz(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1020 US Unknown Sell This Version
1020X45 Ein Zwei Drei Polka / Hi-Lo Waltz  album cover 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 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
1036X45 Deutschland Melody Waltz	  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Deutschland Melody Waltz (7", Single) SOMA 1036X45 US 1955 Sell This Version
1037 Jan Johnson's Wedding / Flikken Paa Belmon's Roe  album cover Slim Jim (16) Jan Johnson's Wedding / Flikken Paa Belmon's Roe(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1037 US 1955 Sell This Version
1040 Miller Laendler / Lida Polka  album cover Elmer Scheid And His Band Miller Laendler / Lida Polka 1040 US 1955 Sell This Version
1042x45 Colonel Bogey March  album cover Bob Philipp Colonel Bogey March(7") SOMA 1042x45 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 Tennessee Randy / Slim Jim And The Westerners With The Honeytones (2) Slim Jim And The Westerners With Tennessee Randy / Slim Jim And The Westerners With The Honeytones (2) - Two Shif'less Skonks / Ring Of Gold (Single) 1044 US 1955 Sell This Version
1045 The Foggy, Foggy Dew / Careless Love  album cover Izora Iverson The Foggy, Foggy Dew / Careless Love(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1045 US 1955 Sell This Version
1047x45 Livet I Finnskogarna Waltz / Dill Pickles Rag  album cover Frankie Chermak Trio Livet I Finnskogarna Waltz / Dill Pickles Rag(7") SOMA 1047x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1047x45 After You've Gone / Banjo Boogie Blues  album cover Fritzie Little, Frankie Chermak Trio Fritzie Little, Frankie Chermak Trio - After You've Gone / Banjo Boogie Blues(7") SOMA 1047x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1050 Stop Look And Listen  album cover The Four Northmen Stop Look And Listen (Single) 1050 US 1956 Sell This Version
1053 Daddy-O / From This Moment On  album cover The Four Northmen Daddy-O / From This Moment On(7", Single) SOMA 1053 US 1957 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
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
1057 Good Morning Polka / Blossom Waltz  album cover Roman Rezac Orchestra Good Morning Polka / Blossom Waltz(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1057 US 1957 Sell This Version
1057x45 Good Morning Polka / Blossom Waltz  album cover Roman Rezac Orchestra Good Morning Polka / Blossom Waltz(7") SOMA 1057x45 US 1957 Sell This Version
1058 Padre Polka / Gretchen Leandler  album cover Fezz Fritsche And His Goosetown Band* Padre Polka / Gretchen Leandler(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1058 US 1957 Sell This Version
1059 Pepper Pot Polka / Elissa Waltz  album cover Fezz Fritsche And The Goosetown Band Pepper Pot Polka / Elissa Waltz(7") SOMA 1059 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
1061x45 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 1061x45 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
1066-X45 Hunter's Waltz / Ed's Schottische  album cover Jolly Lumberjacks Hunter's Waltz / Ed's Schottische(7") SOMA 1066-X45 US 1957 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
1068 Green Meadow Polka / Gardenville Waltz  album cover Louis Vitak Green Meadow Polka / Gardenville Waltz(Shellac, 10") SOMA 1068 US 1957 Sell This Version
1069x45 Let's Dance Again Polka / At The Ball Waltz  album cover Chesney Bros.* Let's Dance Again Polka / At The Ball Waltz(7") SOMA 1069x45 US 1957 Sell This Version
1071x45 Little Miss Mischief  album cover Famous Lashaway* And The Tumbleweed Trio (2) Famous Lashaway* And The Tumbleweed Trio (2) - Little Miss Mischief(7", Single) SOMA 1071x45 US 1957 Sell This Version
1078 The Dog House Polka / The Owl Waltz  album cover Gil Steil's Concertina Band* The Dog House Polka / The Owl Waltz(7") SOMA 1078 US Unknown 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
1095x45 Minnesota Hail To Thee / This Is My Country  album cover The Apollo Club* Minnesota Hail To Thee / This Is My Country(7") SOMA 1095x45 US 1958 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 His Rowdy Guitar And The Brougham's* Switchblade / Hot Night(7", Single) SOMA 1108 x 45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1109 Shuffling Joe / Follow Me  album cover Willie Peterson Quintette / Linda Jean - Bob E. Allen Shuffling Joe / Follow Me(7", Single) SOMA 1109 US Unknown Sell This Version
1110x45 Suzie Baby / Flyin' High  album cover Bobby Vee And The Shadows Suzie Baby / Flyin' High (Single) 1110x45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1111 There's Yes, Yes In Your Eyes b/w I'll Never Smile Again  album cover Joe Garland There's Yes, Yes In Your Eyes b/w I'll Never Smile Again(7", Single) SOMA 1111 US Unknown 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
1117 A Tribute To Miles  album cover The Jerry Berry Quintet A Tribute To Miles(7", Single) SOMA 1117 US Unknown Sell This Version
1118x45 Bony Moronie / Sweet Sue  album cover Gene Dlouhy Orchestra Bony Moronie / Sweet Sue(7") SOMA 1118x45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1119x45 Lost Angel  album cover Del-Valaros Lost Angel(7") SOMA 1119x45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1120x45 The Road Of Heartaches  album cover Johnny Wallin The Road Of Heartaches(7") SOMA 1120x45 US 1959 Sell This Version
1121x45 Essig Polka / Bride's Waltz  album cover Elmer Scheid And His Band Essig Polka / Bride's Waltz(7", Single) SOMA 1121x45 US Unknown Sell This Version
1123 Clarinet Polka / St. Paul Waltz  album cover Happy Hugo And His Polkateers Clarinet Polka / St. Paul Waltz(7") SOMA 1123 US 1960 Sell This Version
1124 Beer Barrel Polka / I Am A Switzerbo  album cover Happy Hugo And His Polkateers Beer Barrel Polka / I Am A Switzerbo(7") SOMA 1124 US 1960 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
1128 LaVern's Waltz  album cover Curly Johnson and His Scandinavian Band LaVern's Waltz(7") Soma 1128 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
1131 Prom Polka / Little City Waltz  album cover Jerry Dostal Prom Polka / Little City Waltz(7") SOMA 1131 US 1960 Sell This Version
1132 Laughing Schottische / Minnetonka Waltz  album cover Fezz Fritsche Laughing Schottische / Minnetonka Waltz(7") Soma 1132 US 1960 Sell This Version
1134 Juke Box Polka / Lee's Waltz  album cover Todd Andrew And His Concertina Band Juke Box Polka / Lee's Waltz(7", Single) SOMA 1134 US 1960 Sell This Version
1135 Glenwood Waltz   album cover Todd Andrew And His Concertina Band Glenwood Waltz (7") SOMA 1135 US Unknown Sell This Version
1136 Twelfth Street Rag / Josephine  album cover Freddie Fisher Twelfth Street Rag / Josephine(7", Single) SOMA 1136 US 1960 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 1960 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 1960 Sell This Version
1144 Main Drag  album cover The Escorts (11) Main Drag(7", Single) SOMA 1144 US 1960 Sell This Version
1145 One Hundred Years From Today  album cover Eddie Carroll One Hundred Years From Today(7", Single, Mono) Soma 1145 US Unknown Sell This Version
1147 Black Rock  album cover The 5 Spots Black Rock(7", Single) SOMA 1147 US 1960 Sell This Version
1148 Rita's Polka / Blue Eyes Dolly Waltz  album cover Vern Luddington And His Jolly Musicians Orchestra Rita's Polka / Blue Eyes Dolly Waltz(7") SOMA 1148 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
1150 Stompin' The Blues Away / I'm Glad There Is You  album cover Bill Samuels Stompin' The Blues Away / I'm Glad There Is You(7", Single) SOMA 1150 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
1153 Joker / Number 1 In Your Heart  album cover The Fabulous Stinsons Joker / Number 1 In Your Heart(7") SOMA 1153 US 1960 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 1156 US 1961 Sell This Version