"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 For You  album cover Bill Darnel For You 4X-0001 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0002 Deep Blue Sea / Patrol Polka  album cover Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Deep Blue Sea / Patrol Polka(7", Single) "X" 4X-0002 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0003 Melancholy Me / It Was Worth It  album cover The Smith Brothers (3) Melancholy Me / It Was Worth It(7", Single) "X" 4X-0003 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0004 Sweet Kentucky Sue  album cover Al Morgan (3) Sweet Kentucky Sue(7", Single, Mono) "X" 4X-0004 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0005 Strike A Match  album cover Dinah Kaye Strike A Match(7") "X" 4X-0005 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0006 The Book / Trumpet Sorrento  album cover Frankie Avalon The Book / Trumpet Sorrento(7", Single) "X" 4X-0006 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0007 Black Sapphire / Angel Bells  album cover Spencer-Hagen Orchestra* Black Sapphire / Angel Bells (Single) 4X-0007 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0008 Impossible Motion  album cover Sal Franzella And His Quintet Impossible Motion(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0008 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0009 These Are The Things I Love / Echo Bonita   album cover The Smith Brothers (3) These Are The Things I Love / Echo Bonita (7", Single) "X" 4X-0009 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0010 Truck Driving Man / Don't Drop It  album cover Terry Fell And The Fellers Truck Driving Man / Don't Drop It (Single) 4X-0010 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0013 I Would If I Could But I Can't   album cover Bill Darnel I Would If I Could But I Can't (7", Single) "X" 4X-0013 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0014 Carolina In The Morning / Back Home Again In Indiana  album cover Ben Light And His Lightning Fingers Carolina In The Morning / Back Home Again In Indiana 4X-0014 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0015 My Mom / That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine  album cover Al Morgan (3) My Mom / That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine(7", Single) "X" 4X-0015 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0016 Meadowlark / Black Pearls  album cover Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Meadowlark / Black Pearls (Single) 4X-0016 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0018 Slaughter On Tenth Avenue  album cover Geri Galian And His Caribbean Rhythm Boys Slaughter On Tenth Avenue(7", Single) "X" 4X-0018 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0019 Two Hearts  album cover The Wilder Brothers (2) Two Hearts(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0019 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0020 The Woodside Sisters Half As Lonesome / Stay A Little Longer(7", Single) "X" 4X-0020 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0022 Happy Birthday / Happy Anniversary  album cover The Danny Mendelsohn Singers Happy Birthday / Happy Anniversary(7") "X" 4X-0022 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0023 Two Of A Kind / I Was Only 17  album cover 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 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0024 I Was Standing In The Station  album cover 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 Deep In The Heart Of Texas / Georgia On My Mind  album cover 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 Ou-Cafonie  album cover Vince Carson (2) Ou-Cafonie (Single) 4X-0033 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0035 True Love And Tender Care  album cover Roberta Lee True Love And Tender Care(7", Single) "X" 4X-0035 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0036 You Can't Buy Happiness / Why Should I Cry Over You  album cover 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 All I Wanna Do / "X" Marks The Hits  album cover Red Norvo And His Orchestra All I Wanna Do / "X" Marks The Hits(7") "X" 4X-0037 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0039 I-Yi / Cry Cry Darlin  album cover Shorty Long (3) I-Yi / Cry Cry Darlin(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0039 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0040 Mood Indigo / Petty's Little Polka  album cover The Norman Petty Trio Mood Indigo / Petty's Little Polka (Single) 4X-0040 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0042 St. Louis Blues Mambo / Beloved, Be True  album cover Richard Maltby And His Orchestra St. Louis Blues Mambo / Beloved, Be True (Single) 4X-0042 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0043 That's What A Heart Is For / Devil Lips  album cover Pearl Eddy That's What A Heart Is For / Devil Lips (Single) 4X-0043 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0044 Fame And Fortune / Caring  album cover The Coachmen (23) Fame And Fortune / Caring(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0044 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X 0045 Roll Rattler Roll, Just Like Me  album cover Dalton Boys Roll Rattler Roll, Just Like Me(7", Single) "X" 4X 0045 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0049 Love Me / So Soon  album cover Woodside Sisters* Love Me / So Soon(7") "X" 4X-0049 US 1954 Sell This Version
4x-0050 Good Boogdi Googie / Tick Tock  album cover Danny Mendelsohn Orchestra Good Boogdi Googie / Tick Tock(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4x-0050 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0051 Teach Me Tonight  album cover Helen Grayco Teach Me Tonight (Single) 4X-0051 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0052 Bells Of Memory / Tell Me Now  album cover Al Morgan (3) Bells Of Memory / Tell Me Now 4X-0052 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0053 Moon Of Manakoora  album cover The Wilder Brothers (2) Moon Of Manakoora (Single) 4X-0053 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0054 Where Can You Be? / The Hook  album cover Bill Darnel Where Can You Be? / The Hook(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0054 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0055 In A Little Spanish Town / It Was Nice Knowing You  album cover Russ Carlyle And His Orchestra In A Little Spanish Town / It Was Nice Knowing You 4X-0055 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0056 Walk Down The Aisle / I'm Not Ashamed To Cry  album cover Vince Carson (2) Walk Down The Aisle / I'm Not Ashamed To Cry (Single) 4X-0056 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0058 By The Sea, By The Sea   album cover Ben Light And His Lightning Fingers By The Sea, By The Sea (Single) 4X-0058 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0059 The "Rear Window" Theme  album cover Eddy Manson The "Rear Window" Theme(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0059 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0060 Too Late For Tears / Now I Lay Me Down To Weep  album cover 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 Missing / Teresa  album cover 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 If I Had A Million Dollars / Any Old Night (is A Lonesome Old Night)  album cover 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 Boogie Mambo No. 1 / Kentucky Home Boogie  album cover 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 Runaround / At Last You Understand  album cover The Three Chuckles Runaround / At Last You Understand (Single) 4X-0066 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0067 We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo  album cover 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-0068 Auld Lang Syne  album cover The Danny Mendelsohn Singers Auld Lang Syne(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0068 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0069 Let's Stay Together Till After Christmas  album cover Terry Fell And The Fellers Let's Stay Together Till After Christmas (Single) 4X-0069 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0070 In A Little Spanish Town  album cover The Smith Brothers (3) In A Little Spanish Town(7") "X" 4X-0070 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0071 On The Alamo / Echo Polka    album cover The Norman Petty Trio On The Alamo / Echo Polka (Single) 4X-0071 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X0073 Jimmy Palmer Somebody Goofed / Valencia(7", Promo) "X" 4X0073 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0075 Star Dust Mambo / Strictly Instrumental  album cover Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Star Dust Mambo / Strictly Instrumental (Single) 4X-0075 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0076 Si, Si, Senor  album cover Betty Clooney Si, Si, Senor(7") "X" 4X-0076 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0077 Tell It To Me Again / (I'm Always Hearing) Wedding Bells  album cover 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 You Don't Give A Hang About Me / Get Aboard My Wagon  album cover 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-0079 Unloved And Unclaimed / Menu Love  album cover The Geer Sisters Unloved And Unclaimed / Menu Love(7") "X" 4X-0079 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0082 Chicken Scratch   album cover The Dolphins (9) Chicken Scratch (7") "X" 4X-0082 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0083 Airecu  album cover Geri Galian And His Caribbean Rhythm Boys Airecu 4X-0083 Canada 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0087 Ko Ko Mo / So All Alone  album cover 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 Say The Word / Please Don't Freeze  album cover Helen Grayco Say The Word / Please Don't Freeze(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0089 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0090 Jimmy Palmer And His Orchestra The Waltz You Saved For Me / Hut Sut Song(7") "X" 4X-0090 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0093 First On Your List / Stark, Staring Madly In Love (With You)  album cover Jack Tucker First On Your List / Stark, Staring Madly In Love (With You) (Single) 4X-0093 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0094 Begin The Beguine March / Six Flats Unfurnished  album cover Richard Maltby And His Orchestra Begin The Beguine March / Six Flats Unfurnished (Single) 4X-0094 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0095 If You Should Love Again / Foolishly  album cover The Three Chuckles If You Should Love Again / Foolishly(7") "X" 4X-0095 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0096 Rock Love  album cover Eddie Fontaine With Neal Hefti And The Excels (4) Eddie Fontaine With Neal Hefti And The Excels (4) - Rock Love(7") "X" 4X-0096 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0097 My Own / Tired Of Waitin'  album cover 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 Ichi-Bon Tami Dachi / Say Goodbye  album cover The Wilder Brothers (2) Ichi-Bon Tami Dachi / Say Goodbye 4X-0098 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0104 I Wonder Why  album cover Norman Petty Trio* I Wonder Why 4X-0104 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0105 Please Have Mercy / Take A Look At Me  album cover Roberta Lee With Buddy Bregman And His Orchestra* Roberta Lee With Buddy Bregman And His Orchestra* - Please Have Mercy / Take A Look At Me(7", Single, Mono, Promo) "X" 4X-0105 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0106 Shannon Sisters, Neal Hefti And His Orchestra* Shannon Sisters, Neal Hefti And His Orchestra* - Guilty Shadows / I'm Sincere(7") "X" 4X-0106 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0107 Light's On / Light's On Foster  album cover Ben Light And His Lightning Fingers Light's On / Light's On Foster(7", EP, Promo) "X" 4X-0107 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0108 I Miss You So / On Bended Knee  album cover Eddie Fontaine I Miss You So / On Bended Knee (Single) 4X-0108 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0110 Sweetie, Sweet, Sweet Sue  album cover Vince Carson (2) Sweetie, Sweet, Sweet Sue(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0110 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0111 This I Give To You / I Worship You  album cover 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-0114 He's In Love With You / Mississippi River Shuffle  album cover Terry Fell And The Fellers He's In Love With You / Mississippi River Shuffle(7") "X" 4X-0114 US 1954 Sell This Version
4X-0115 Today I Picked Roses  album cover The Geer Sisters Today I Picked Roses(7", Single) "X" 4X-0115 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0116 It's Been Said  album cover Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five It's Been Said (Single) 4X-0116 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0119 Crazy Doll  album cover The Wilder Brothers (2) Crazy Doll(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0119 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0122 Something to Remember Me By  album cover Jan Strickland Something to Remember Me By(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0122 US Unknown Sell This Version
4X-0125 Heart / Too Many Heartaches  album cover Norman Brooks Heart / Too Many Heartaches(7", Single, Mono, Promo) "X" 4X-0125 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0126 No More Love  album cover Sandy Stewart (2) With The Excels (4) And Lou Stein's Quintet Sandy Stewart (2) With The Excels (4) 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 Rollin' Stone / I'm Through Chasing After You  album cover Eddie Fontaine Rollin' Stone / I'm Through Chasing After You (Single) 4X-0128 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0129 Roberta Lee Stay On The Right Side, Sister(7", Single, Promo) "X" 4X-0129 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0130 Hey! Good Lookin'!  album cover The Norman Petty Trio Hey! Good Lookin'! (Single) 4X-0130 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0134 So Long / You Should Have Told Me  album cover The Three Chuckles So Long / You Should Have Told Me(7") "X" 4X-0134 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0135 High Tide Boogie  album cover Richard Maltby And His Orchestra High Tide Boogie 4X-0135 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0136 Heartbreaking / In My Heart  album cover Pearl Eddy Heartbreaking / In My Heart(7", Promo) "X" 4X-0136 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0137 Hard To Get  album cover Gisele MacKenzie Hard To Get 4X-0137 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0139 What Do You See In Her? / I Love You, Yes, I Do  album cover 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 Hondo Chi Wutsi  album cover The Back Bay Boys Hondo Chi Wutsi 4X-0141 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0142 Need Your Lovin' / Just Me And You  album cover Peppermint Harris Need Your Lovin' / Just Me And You(7", Promo, Roc) "X" 4X-0142 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0143 Truly, Truly / 'Tis Night  album cover The Laurels (2) Truly, Truly / 'Tis Night 4X-0143 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0145 Daniel Boone  album cover Dick Lee (3) Daniel Boone(7") "X" 4X-0145 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0146 Shepherd Boy / At Sundown  album cover Russ Carlyle Shepherd Boy / At Sundown (Single) 4X-0146 US 1955 Sell This Version
4X-0147 Silver Fizz / Cuba Libre  album cover 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