Challenge

Challenge

Profile:
Record label founded in 1957 by a quartet of investors headed by silver screen cowboy Gene Autry (initials "GA" appears on the early logo). The label was started by Gene Autry with some encouragement from Joe Johnson, a former law student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Autry had wanted to call the label "Champion Records" for his wonder horse, but Decca Records already owned the name, even though it had been retired. "Challenge meant that we were going to challenge Decca and all the others", said Johnson, "and it was an answer to the challenge of not being able to use Champion". It began in March, 1957. In October 1958, Gene Autry sold his controlling 56 per cent share to Johnson and Johnny Thompson. Most notable for The Champs, The Knickerbockers, Wynn Stewart and Micky Dolenz (just prior to being cast for The Monkees) releasing singles on this label. Gary Usher was also contracted to the label and released songs under the names of The Four Speeds (2) and The Sunsets (2).
For unofficial releases, see Challenge (3). For company credits, see also Challenge Records (10) or Challenge Records, Inc..

For the US shellac label, see Challenge (2).
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
45-HL-1336 Tequila / Train To Nowhere  album cover The Champs Tequila / Train To Nowhere(7", Single) London Records 45-HL-1336 Australia 1958 Sell This Version
45-HL 1394 Tequila Twist   album cover The Champs Tequila Twist (7") London Records 45-HL 1394 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
45-HL 1416 That's All I Want From You / Caterpillar Stroll  album cover The Champs That's All I Want From You / Caterpillar Stroll(7", M/Print) London Records 45-HL 1416 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
45 - HL 1457 Mr. Cool / That Did It  album cover The Champs Mr. Cool / That Did It(7", Jukebox) London Records 45 - HL 1457 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
45-HL 1477 The Champs Nik Nak 45-HL 1477 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
45-HL 1555 The Champs Luci Della Grande Città (Bright Lights, Big City)(7", Single, Jukebox) London Records 45-HL 1555 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
45-HL 8715 Chariot Rock  album cover The Champs Chariot Rock(7") London Records 45-HL 8715 Italy 1958 Sell This Version
45-HL 9052 ‎Too Much Tequila  album cover The Champs ‎Too Much Tequila(7") London Records 45-HL 9052 Italy 1960 Sell This Version
45-HLH 12 The Champs Sombrero / The Shoddy Shoddy(7", Single) London Records 45-HLH 12 India Unknown Sell This Version
45-HLH 8811 Beatnik / Gone Train  album cover The Champs Beatnik / Gone Train (Single) 45-HLH 8811 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-HLH 8864 Caramba / Moonlight Bay  album cover The Champs Caramba / Moonlight Bay (Single) 45-HLH 8864 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-HLH 8982 Tennessee Waltz  album cover Jerry Fuller Tennessee Waltz(7", Single) London Records, London American Recordings 45-HLH 8982 UK 1959 Sell This Version
45-HLH 9052 Too Much Tequila  album cover The Champs Too Much Tequila(7", Single) London Records 45-HLH 9052 India 1960 Sell This Version
45-HLH 9506 Tequila Twist /Limbo Rock  album cover The Champs Tequila Twist /Limbo Rock (Single) 45-HLH 9506 UK 1962 Sell This Version
45-HLH 9539 Experiment In Terror / La Cucaracha  album cover The Champs Experiment In Terror / La Cucaracha(7", Single) London Records, London American Recordings 45-HLH 9539 UK 1962 Sell This Version
45-HLH 9604 Limbo Dance  album cover The Champs Limbo Dance(7", Single) London Records 45-HLH 9604 India 1962 Sell This Version
100 How The Time Flies / Shutters And Boards  album cover Jerry Wallace How The Time Flies / Shutters And Boards(7", Single, RE) Challenge 100 US 1966 Sell This Version
101 Primrose Lane   album cover Jerry Wallace Primrose Lane (7", Single, RE) Challenge 101 US Unknown Sell This Version
103 Lies / Heart And Soul  album cover The Knickerbockers / Jan And Dean* The Knickerbockers / Jan And Dean* - Lies / Heart And Soul(7", Single, RE) Challenge 103 US Unknown Sell This Version
500 Back In L.A.  album cover The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Back In L.A. (Single) 500 US 1969 Sell This Version
501 Til The Dawn  album cover The Preachers (2) Til The Dawn (Single) 501 US 1969 Sell This Version
502 Woman Enough / Some Kind Of Fever (Pray For Rain)  album cover Maxine Sellers Woman Enough / Some Kind Of Fever (Pray For Rain) 502 US 1969 Sell This Version
503 Pierre Andre & The Golden Leaves Here Comes Love Again(7", Mono, Promo) Challenge 503 US 1969 Sell This Version
504 Sugaree (Sugar Every Day And Night Girl)  album cover Keith Colley Sugaree (Sugar Every Day And Night Girl)(7", Promo) Challenge 504 US Unknown Sell This Version
613 Great Dance Hits  album cover The Champs Great Dance Hits (Album) 613 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
1009 No Back Door To Heaven  album cover Gene Autry No Back Door To Heaven(7", Single) Challenge 1009 US 1957 Sell This Version
1012 Teen Queen  album cover Huelyn Duvall Teen Queen(7", Single, RE) Challenge 1012 US Unknown Sell This Version
1013 So Tough / What'cha Gonna Do?  album cover Kuf-Linx* So Tough / What'cha Gonna Do? (Single) 1013 US 1957 Sell This Version
1014 Shadow Street / She Got Eyes  album cover Kip Tyler Shadow Street / She Got Eyes(7") Challenge 1014 US 1957 Sell This Version
1015 The Fella That Looks Like Me / Live A Little  album cover Prince Patridge The Fella That Looks Like Me / Live A Little(7", Single) Challenge 1015 US 1957 Sell This Version
1016 Train To Nowhere / Tequila  album cover The Champs Train To Nowhere / Tequila (Single) 1016 US 1958 Sell This Version
1018 Maybelle / Take This Love  album cover Dave Burgess Maybelle / Take This Love (Single) 1018 US 1958 Sell This Version
1423 The Cowboy / Little Lonely Summer Girl  album cover The Lords Of London The Cowboy / Little Lonely Summer Girl(7", Single, Promo) Domain 1423 US 1965 Sell This Version
2000 For Children Of All Ages  album cover Peanut Butter Conspiracy* For Children Of All Ages (Album) 2000 US 1969 Sell This Version
2002 Greatest Hits  album cover Jerry Wallace Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Challenge 2002 US 1969 Sell This Version
2003 Here Comes Love Again  album cover Pierre Andre (2) & The Golden Leaves Pierre Andre (2) & The Golden Leaves - Here Comes Love Again(LP) Challenge 2003 US 1969 Sell This Version
2513 Great Dance Hits  album cover The Champs Great Dance Hits(LP, Album) Challenge 2513 US 1962 Sell This Version
5.572 High On Love / Stick With Me  album cover The Knickerbockers High On Love / Stick With Me(7", Single) London Records 5.572 Belgium 1966 Sell This Version
5.613 Wishful Thinking  album cover The Knickerbockers Wishful Thinking(7", Single, Mono) London Records 5.613 Belgium 1967 Sell This Version
9104 Shy Away / Heavenly  album cover Jerry Fuller Shy Away / Heavenly(7", Single) Challenge 9104 US 1961 Sell This Version
9107 Life's A Holiday  album cover Jerry Wallace Life's A Holiday (Single) 9107 US 1961 Sell This Version
9109 Son-In-Law / I'll Wait  album cover The Blossoms Son-In-Law / I'll Wait (Single) 9109 US 1961 Sell This Version
9109 Son-In-Law / I'll Wait  album cover The Blossoms Son-In-Law / I'll Wait(7", Single, Styrene) Challenge 9109 US 1961 Sell This Version
9110 Margie Rayburn Cast A Little Spell On Me / Here I Am(7", Promo) Challenge 9110 US 1961 Sell This Version
9111 Heart And Soul / Midsummer Night's Dream  album cover Jan And Dean* Heart And Soul / Midsummer Night's Dream (Single) 9111 US 1961 Sell This Version
9112 Careless Love / Let Me Know  album cover Jan Howard Careless Love / Let Me Know(7") Challenge 9112 US Unknown Sell This Version
9113 Sombrero / The Shoddy Shoddy  album cover The Champs Sombrero / The Shoddy Shoddy (Single) 9113 US 1961 Sell This Version
9114 Guilty Of Loving You  album cover Jerry Fuller Guilty Of Loving You (Single) 9114 US 1961 Sell This Version
9115 Scratchin' / Tears  album cover The Fleas Scratchin' / Tears 9115 US 1961 Sell This Version
9116 Cantina / Panic Button  album cover The Champs Cantina / Panic Button (Single) 9116 US 1961 Sell This Version
9117 Eyes (Don't Give My Secret Away) / Lonesome  album cover Jerry Wallace Eyes (Don't Give My Secret Away) / Lonesome (Single) 9117 US 1961 Sell This Version
9118 Ed Townsend's Boogie Woogie (Part I) / Ed Townsend's Boogie Woogie (Part II)  album cover The Ed Townsend Orch.* Ed Townsend's Boogie Woogie (Part I) / Ed Townsend's Boogie Woogie (Part II)(7", Promo) Challenge 9118 US 1961 Sell This Version
9119 Framed, Convicted & Condemned / Moon River  album cover The Fuller Brothers Framed, Convicted & Condemned / Moon River(7", Promo) Challenge 9119 US Unknown Sell This Version
9120 Wanted, One Girl  album cover Jan And Dean* Wanted, One Girl (Single) 9120 US 1961 Sell This Version
9121 Big, Big Love / One More Memory  album cover Wynn Stewart Big, Big Love / One More Memory (Single) 9121 US 1961 Sell This Version
9122 Write Me A Letter  album cover The Blossoms Write Me A Letter 9122 US Unknown Sell This Version
9123 I Know  album cover Le Roy Parker* I Know(7", Single, Promo) Challenge 9123 US 1961 Sell This Version
9125 Bring It On Back To Me  album cover Jan Howard Bring It On Back To Me(7") Challenge 9125 US 1961 Sell This Version
9126 Puppeteer / Puppet Serenade  album cover Polly Puppet And Her Friends Puppeteer / Puppet Serenade (Single) 9126 US 1961 Sell This Version
9127 Racer  album cover Al Hurricane And The Night Rockers Racer(7", Single) Challenge 9127 US 1961 Sell This Version
9128 The Place Where I Cry / Poor Little Heart  album cover Jerry Fuller The Place Where I Cry / Poor Little Heart (Single) 9128 US 1961 Sell This Version
9129 And Then Came Love / Little Bitty Dave  album cover Ed Townsend And Then Came Love / Little Bitty Dave(7", Single) Challenge 9129 US 1961 Sell This Version
9130 Rollin' River  album cover Jerry Wallace Rollin' River(7", Single, Mono) Challenge 9130 US Unknown Sell This Version
9131 Tequila Twist / Limbo Rock  album cover The Champs Tequila Twist / Limbo Rock (Single) 9131 US 1961 Sell This Version
9132 Wake Up Sleeping Beauty  album cover Jerry Fuller Wake Up Sleeping Beauty (Single) 9132 US 1962 Sell This Version
9133 Doggone It / Desire  album cover The Trophies (2) Doggone It / Desire 9133 US 1961 Sell This Version
9134 Holy Mack'rel / Teacher Drives Me Crazy  album cover Prentice Moreland Holy Mack'rel / Teacher Drives Me Crazy (Single) 9134 US 1962 Sell This Version
9135 The Cherokee Stomp / Uprisin'  album cover The Cherokees (3) The Cherokee Stomp / Uprisin' (Single) 9135 US 1961 Sell This Version
9137 Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes  album cover The Parisian Sextet Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes (Single) 9137 US 1962 Sell This Version
9138 Big Talking Jim / The Search Is Over  album cover The Blossoms Big Talking Jim / The Search Is Over(7", Single, Promo) Challenge 9138 US 1962 Sell This Version
9139 Mr. Lonely  album cover Jerry Wallace Mr. Lonely (Single) 9139 US 1962 Sell This Version
9140 The Champs Experiment In Terror / La Cucaracha (Single) 9140 US 1962 Sell This Version
9141 Vaya Con Dios  album cover The Ginos Vaya Con Dios (Single) 9141 US 1962 Sell This Version
9143 What A Country  album cover Champs* What A Country(7", Promo) Challenge 9143 US 1962 Sell This Version
9145 Ballad Of The Midnight Special / Gallow Tree  album cover Fuller Bros. (2) Ballad Of The Midnight Special / Gallow Tree(7", Promo) Challenge 9145 US 1962 Sell This Version
9146 Nobody But You / You Made Me Fall  album cover Marty Balin Nobody But You / You Made Me Fall(7", Single, Promo) Challenge 9146 USA & Canada 1962 Sell This Version
9147 Magic Moment / Fat Girls  album cover The Neons (4) Magic Moment / Fat Girls(7", Promo) Challenge 9147 US 1962 Sell This Version
9149 Peg O' My Heart / I Laughed So Hard I Cried  album cover The Trophies (2) Peg O' My Heart / I Laughed So Hard I Cried(7", Single, Promo) Challenge 9149 US 1962 Sell This Version
9150 Carolyn Daye Fragile(7", Promo) Challenge 9150 US 1962 Sell This Version
9151 Baby Elephant Walk / Theme From "My Geisha"  album cover Parisian Sextet* Baby Elephant Walk / Theme From "My Geisha"(7", Promo) Challenge 9151 US 1962 Sell This Version
9152 You'll Never Know  album cover Jerry Wallace You'll Never Know(7") Challenge 9152 US 1962 Sell This Version
9153 Wish For You, Want For You, Wait For You  album cover Jimmy Seals* Wish For You, Want For You, Wait For You(7", Single) Challenge 9153 US 1962 Sell This Version
9154 Chubby Aint Chubby No More  album cover Prentice Moreland Chubby Aint Chubby No More(7", Promo) Challenge 9154 US 1962 Sell This Version
9155 Loversville / Don't Look Back   album cover Wynn Stewart Loversville / Don't Look Back (Single) 9155 US 1962 Sell This Version
9156 I Specialize In Love / You Are The One  album cover Marty Balin I Specialize In Love / You Are The One (Single) 9156 US 1962 Sell This Version
9157 Tears, Tears, Tears / Hat Time  album cover Metronomes (2) Tears, Tears, Tears / Hat Time(7", Single, Promo, Styrene) Challenge 9157 US 1962 Sell This Version
9158 Each Night  album cover Rochell & The Candles With Johnny Wyatt Rochell & The Candles With Johnny Wyatt - Each Night 9158 US 1962 Sell This Version
9158 Each Night / Turn Her Down  album cover Rochell & The Candles Each Night / Turn Her Down(7", RE) Challenge 9158 US Unknown Sell This Version
#9159 Tijuana Border (Wolverton Mountain)  album cover El Clod Tijuana Border (Wolverton Mountain) (Single) #9159 US 1962 Sell This Version
#9160 Everybody's Searchin' / The Day After Forever  album cover Bobby Wood Everybody's Searchin' / The Day After Forever #9160 US 1962 Sell This Version
9162 Limbo Dance / Latin Limbo  album cover The Champs Limbo Dance / Latin Limbo 9162 US 1962 Sell This Version
9163 Bill Fuller I Can't Get Angry(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Challenge 9163 Unknown Sell This Version
9164 Donna On My Mind  album cover Wynn Stewart Donna On My Mind 9164 US 1962 Sell This Version
9166 Measure My Love For You b/w Six to Midnight  album cover Skip Kerr Measure My Love For You b/w Six to Midnight(7", Single, Promo) Challenge 9166 US 1962 Sell This Version
9167 Cross My Heart  album cover Leroy Parker (3) Cross My Heart(7", Single, Promo) Challenge 9167 US 1962 Sell This Version
9168 One-Stop / Scramble  album cover Bob Summers One-Stop / Scramble (Single) 9168 US 1962 Sell This Version
9169 Lots Of Luck / That Is Love  album cover Norm Forrest Lots Of Luck / That Is Love(7", Single) Challenge 9169 US 1962 Sell This Version
#9170 Felicia  album cover The Trophies Felicia(7", Single) Challenge #9170 US Unknown Sell This Version
9170 Felicia  album cover The Trophies (2) Felicia(7", Promo) Challenge 9170 US 1962 Sell This Version
9171 Shutters And Boards / Am I That Easy To Forget  album cover Jerry Wallace Shutters And Boards / Am I That Easy To Forget 9171 US 1962 Sell This Version