"X"

"X"

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RCA Victor Records announced the formation of label "X" on April 20, 1953. It was a wholly owned subsidiary label of RCA, but had its own independent distribution system.
The head A&R man for the new label was Joe Carlton.

The name was taken either from RCA Victor's mysterious "Project Madam X" which was the code name for the development of the 45 rpm record in the post-war 'forties, also used by trade press reporters concerning RCA's 'hush hush' approach to the new project.

The rest of 1953 was spent by establishing the position of the new label with RCA Victor as the main pop and classical label, a new R&B oriented label (soon to be called Groove) and the RCA Camden label (named after the New Jersey location of RCA's manufacturing headquarters).

In early 1954 RCA announced the creation of Groove (3) which originally was to use the "X" label's distribution system, later making the new label independent of label "X". In addition to historical Blues releases, the label found a niche in the mid fifties by providing covers of R&B hits and more popular sides such as those by the Three Chuckles, Eddie Fontaine and Louis Jordan, as a means of introducing the sound of R&B to mainstream America.

By September of 1955, RCA discontinued the label "X" name and replaced it with Vik which had its biggest hits with Mickey & Sylvia. There were also a number of LP albums released during the two years of the "X" label's existence.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
4X-0001 Bill Darnel For You 4X-0001 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0002 Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Deep Blue Sea / Patrol Polka(7", Single) "X" 4X-0002 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0003 The Smith Brothers (3) Melancholy Me / It Was Worth It(7", Single) "X" 4X-0003 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0004 Al Morgan (3) Sweet Kentucky Sue(7", Single, Mono) "X" 4X-0004 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0006 Frankie Avalon The Book / Trumpet Sorrento(7", Single) "X" 4X-0006 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0007 Spencer-Hagen Orchestra* Black Sapphire / Angel Bells (Single) 4X-0007 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0008 Sal Franzella And His Quintet Impossible Motion(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0008 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0009 The Smith Brothers (3) These Are The Things I Love / Echo Bonita (7", Single) "X" 4X-0009 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0010 Terry Fell And The Fellers Truck Driving Man / Don't Drop It(7", Single) "X" 4X-0010 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0013 Bill Darnel I Would If I Could But I Can't (7", Single) "X" 4X-0013 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0014 Ben Light And His Lightning Fingers Carolina In The Morning / Back Home Again In Indiana 4X-0014 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0015 Al Morgan (3) My Mom / That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine(7", Single) "X" 4X-0015 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0016 Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Meadowlark / Black Pearls (Single) 4X-0016 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0018 Geri Galian And His Caribbean Rhythm Boys Slaughter On Tenth Avenue(7", Single) "X" 4X-0018 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0022 The Danny Mendelsohn Singers Happy Birthday / Happy Anniversary(7") "X" 4X-0022 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0023 Maybelle Seiger With The Country Gentlemen Maybelle Seiger With The Country Gentlemen - Two Of A Kind / I Was Only 17(7") "X" 4X-0023 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0024 Shorty Long (3) I Was Standing In The Station(7") "X" 4X-0024 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0027 Stewart Rose (2) I Complained / I Want You(7", Single) "X" 4X-0027 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0030 Ben Light And His Lightning Fingers Deep In The Heart Of Texas / Georgia On My Mind(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0030 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0033 Vince Carson (2) Ou-Cafonie (Single) 4X-0033 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0035 Roberta Lee True Love And Tender Care(7", Single) "X" 4X-0035 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0036 Andy Williams with Orchestra Directed by Van Alexander Andy Williams with Orchestra Directed by Van Alexander - You Can't Buy Happiness / Why Should I Cry Over You(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0036 US 1953 Sell This Version
4X-0037 Red Norvo And His Orchestra All I Wanna Do / "X" Marks The Hits(7") "X" 4X-0037 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0039 Shorty Long (3) I-Yi / Cry Cry Darlin(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0039 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0040 The Norman Petty Trio Mood Indigo / Petty's Little Polka (Single) 4X-0040 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0042 Richard Maltby And His Orchestra St. Louis Blues Mambo / Beloved, Be True (Single) 4X-0042 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0043 Pearl Eddy That's What A Heart Is For / Devil Lips (Single) 4X-0043 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0044 The Coachmen (23) Fame And Fortune / Caring(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0044 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X 0045 Dalton Boys Roll Rattler Roll, Just Like Me(7", Single, Mono) "X" 4X 0045 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0049 Woodside Sisters* Love Me / So Soon(7") "X" 4X-0049 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0051 Helen Grayco Teach Me Tonight (Single) 4X-0051 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0052 Al Morgan (3) Bells Of Memory / Tell Me Now 4X-0052 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0053 The Wilder Brothers Moon Of Manakoora (Single) 4X-0053 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0054 Bill Darnel Where Can You Be? / The Hook(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0054 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0055 Russ Carlyle And His Orchestra In A Little Spanish Town / It Was Nice Knowing You 4X-0055 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0056 Vince Carson (2) Walk Down The Aisle / I'm Not Ashamed To Cry(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0056 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0058 Ben Light And His Lightning Fingers By The Sea, By The Sea (Single) 4X-0058 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0059 Eddy Manson The "Rear Window" Theme(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0059 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0060 Roberta Lee Too Late For Tears/Now I Lay Me Down To Weep(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0060 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0061 Stewart Rose (2) With The Pied Pipers And Orchestra Directed By Harold Mooney* Stewart Rose (2) With The Pied Pipers And Orchestra Directed By Harold Mooney* - Missing / Teresa(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0061 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0062 The Dolphins (9) If I Had A Million Dollars / Any Old Night (is A Lonesome Old Night)(7", Single) "X" 4X-0062 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0063 Marvin "Lefty" Wright And His Rhythm Kings Boogie Mambo No. 1 / Kentucky Home Boogie(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0063 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0066 The Three Chuckles Runaround / At Last You Understand (Single) 4X-0066 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0067 Bill Darnel And The Smith Brothers (3) With Sid Bass And His Orchestra Bill Darnel And The Smith Brothers (3) With Sid Bass And His Orchestra - We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo (Single) 4X-0067 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0069 Terry Fell And The Fellers Let's Stay Together Till After Christmas (Single) 4X-0069 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0071 The Norman Petty Trio On The Alamo / Echo Polka (Single) 4X-0071 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0071 The Norman Petty Trio Echo Polka / On The Alamo(7") "X" 4X-0071 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X0073 Jimmy Palmer Somebody Goofed / Valencia(7", Promo) "X" 4X0073 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0075 Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Star Dust Mambo / Strictly Instrumental (Single) 4X-0075 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0076 Betty Clooney Si, Si, Senor(7") "X" 4X-0076 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0077 Frank Lester Chorus And Orchestra* Tell It To Me Again / (I'm Always Hearing) Wedding Bells 4X-0077 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0078 Terry Fell And The Fellers You Don't Give A Hang About Me / Get Aboard My Wagon 4X-0078 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0082 The Dolphins (9) Chicken Scratch (7") "X" 4X-0082 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0087 Bill Darnel And Betty Clooney Bill Darnel And Betty Clooney - Ko Ko Mo / So All Alone 4X-0087 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0089 Helen Grayco Say The Word / Please Don't Freeze(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0089 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0093 Jack Tucker First On Your List / Stark, Staring Madly In Love (With You)(7") "X" 4X-0093 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0094 Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Begin The Beguine March / Six Flats Unfurnished (Single) 4X-0094 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0095 The Three Chuckles If You Should Love Again / Foolishly(7") "X" 4X-0095 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0096 Eddie Fontaine With Neal Hefti And The Excels (5) Eddie Fontaine With Neal Hefti And The Excels (5) - Rock Love(7") "X" 4X-0096 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0097 Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and Chorus Featuring Bob Grabeau, Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra Featuring Tabby Calvin Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and Chorus Featuring Bob Grabeau, Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra Featuring Tabby Calvin - My Own / Tired Of Waitin'(7", Single) "X" 4X-0097 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0098 The Wilder Brothers Ichi-Bon Tami Dachi(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0098 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0104 Norman Petty Trio* I Wonder Why 4X-0104 US 1955 Sell This Version
4x-0105 Roberta Lee With Buddy Bregman And His Orchestra* Roberta Lee With Buddy Bregman And His Orchestra* - Take A Look At Me(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4x-0105 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0107 Ben Light And His Lightning Fingers Light's On / Light's On Foster(7", EP, Promo) "X" 4X-0107 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0108 Eddie Fontaine I Miss You So / On Bended Knee(7", Single) "X" 4X-0108 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0110 Vince Carson (2) Sweetie, Sweet, Sweet Sue(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0110 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0111 Gloria Van With The Vanguards (17) And Lew Douglas And His Orchestra Gloria Van With The Vanguards (17) And Lew Douglas And His Orchestra - This I Give To You / I Worship You(7", Single) "X" 4X-0111 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0113 Russ Carlyle Sobbin' Blues / If You Only Knew 4X-0113 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0115 The Geer Sisters Today I Picked Roses(7", Single) "X" 4X-0115 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0116 Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five It's Been Said (Single) 4X-0116 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0122 Jan Strickland Something to Remember Me By(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0122 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0126 Sandy Stewart (2) With, The Excels (5) And, Lou Stein's Quintet Sandy Stewart (2) With, The Excels (5) And, Lou Stein's Quintet - No More Love(7", Single, Mono) "X" 4X-0126 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0127 Gordon Jenkins With His Orchestra* Last Love / Theme For Lovers(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0127 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0128 Eddie Fontaine Rollin' Stone(7", Single) "X" 4X-0128 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-128 Eddie Fontaine Rollin' Stone / I'm Through Chasing After You(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-128 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0129 Roberta Lee Stay On The Right Side, Sister(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0129 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0130 The Norman Petty Trio Hey! Good Lookin'! (Single) 4X-0130 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0134 The Three Chuckles So Long/You Should Have Told Me(7") "X" 4X-0134 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0135 Richard Maltby And His Orchestra High Tide Boogie 4X-0135 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0136 Pearl Eddy Heartbreaking / In My Heart(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0136 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0137 Gisele MacKenzie Hard To Get 4X-0137 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0139 Helen Grayco With Harold Mooney And His Orchestra* Helen Grayco With Harold Mooney And His Orchestra* - What Do You See In Her? / I Love You, Yes, I Do(7", Single) "X" 4X-0139 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0141 The Back Bay Boys Hondo Chi Wutsi 4X-0141 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0145 Dick Lee (3) Daniel Boone(7") "X" 4X-0145 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0146 Russ Carlyle Shepherd Boy / At Sundown (Single) 4X-0146 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0147 The Spencer-Hagen Orchestra Silver Fizz / Cuba Libre (Single) 4X-0147 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0148 Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five Baby Let's Do It Up(7") "X" 4X-0148 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0149 Terry Fell I'm Hot To Trot(7", Single) "X" 4X-0149 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0151 Eddie Fontaine The Rain Song (Single) 4X-0151 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0154 Annie Cordy Freddy (Sung In English) / Freddy (Sung In German)(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0154 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0155 Bill Kenny (Mr. Ink Spot)* Whispering Grass / The Gypsy(7", Single) "X" 4X-0155 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0156 Sandy Stewart (2) In Nuevo Laredo(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0156 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0157 Norman Brooks If I Had Two Hearts / Lovely Girl(7") "X" 4X-0157 Canada 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0158 Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Midnight Mood / The Book Of Love(7") "X" 4X-0158 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0159 Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra Young Ideas / Goodnight, Sweet Dreams (Single) 4X-0159 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0161 Geri Galian And His Caribbean Rhythm Boys Yellow Rose Of Texas (Mambo) / Autumn Leaves(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0161 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0162 The Three Chuckles Times Two, I Love You 4X-0162 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0163 Dick Lee (3) Baby, Baby You 4X-0163 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0164 Betty Clooney Kiki 4X-0164 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0165 Frankie Lester And His Orchestra Nip Sip / Knock Me A Kiss (Single) 4X-0165 US 1955 Sell This Version