Tops Records

Tops Records

Profile:
Also appears as "Tops".
Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1947 as Tops Music Enterprises by Carl Doshay and Sam Dickerman, two "rack jobbers" who sold used jukebox 78 RPM records to grocery stores, drug stores, five-and-dime stores and the like when they decided to enter the record business by recording and releasing "knockoff' cover version records featuring session musicians and vocalists at a list price of 39 cents as opposed to 79 cents from the major labels.

By the mid-1950s, the company, now based in Hollywood, hired Dave Pell as house producer and arranger as the company's success was starting to overwhelm Doshay. It also began recording by then-journeyman artists past their Hit Parade heyday (Lena Horne, Mel Tormé, Pee Wee Hunt, the The Pied Pipers, Kate Smith (2), The Ink Spots) as the 45 RPM single and LP formats began taking hold.

In 1958, Doshay sold the company to Geiger counter manufacturer Precision Radiation Instruments (P.R.I) primarily to ease its tax burdens. Later that year, Tops hired publicist Bob Blythe who promptly ran Tops aground through a series of bad business decisions. A year later, Doshay suffered a heart attack and decided to sell the company for $1 million dollars. Blythe, who wanted to acquire the company to begin with, and a team of investors bought Tops/P.R.I. in 1960. Blythe took over, fired Doshay and overspent the company into bankruptcy. The investor group fired Blythe but it was far too late.

Tops and its catalog were sold to Pickwick International, Inc. and by 1963, its former rival folded the Tops/Mayfair/P.R.I. labels into its own operations.

Use Tops Music Enterprises as company

The address is the same as the later companies of the Bihari Brothers shows. Most likely they acquired this part of the company when they went bankrupt.
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Parent Label:
Contact Info:
5810 So. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles 44, Calif
Sites:
[l54307]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
45-R212 The Christian Chapel Choir A Morning Prayer(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R212 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R235 You Better Not Do That  album cover Rusty Howard / Bob Sandy, The Rhythm Rangers Rusty Howard / Bob Sandy, The Rhythm Rangers - You Better Not Do That(7") Tops Records 45-R235 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R 249 Hearts Of Stone  album cover Gayle Larson, Brian King Gayle Larson, Brian King - Hearts Of Stone(7") Tops Records 45-R 249 US 1954 Sell This Version
45R-250 Isa Ashdown, Mimi Martel And The Rhythmaires, Nat Charles And His Orchestra* Isa Ashdown, Mimi Martel And The Rhythmaires, Nat Charles And His Orchestra* - Open Up Your Heart(7", EP) Tops Records 45R-250 US 1955 Sell This Version
45-R258 Honey Babe  album cover The Toppers (4) / Fred Gibson The Toppers (4) / Fred Gibson - Honey Babe(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R258 US 1955 Sell This Version
45-R263-X45 Ain't That A Shame  album cover Various Ain't That A Shame(7") Tops Records 45-R263-X45 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R271 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Various 4 Hits On Each Record(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R271 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R273 Teen-Age Prayer  album cover Various Teen-Age Prayer (EP) 45-R273 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-R274 Lisbon Antigua  album cover Various Lisbon Antigua(7") Tops Records 45-R274 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-R276 Little Child / The Poor People of Paris / Ninety Nine Years / Tutti Frutti  album cover Various Little Child / The Poor People of Paris / Ninety Nine Years / Tutti Frutti(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R276 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R288 Crazy Arms / I Walk The Line / Searching / I Take The Chance  album cover Hank Smith (2), Rusty Williams (3) And The Nashville Playboys, Betsy Green (2) Hank Smith (2), Rusty Williams (3) And The Nashville Playboys, Betsy Green (2) - Crazy Arms / I Walk The Line / Searching / I Take The Chance(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R288 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R289 Be-Bop-A-Lula / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You // Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl / Allegheny Moon  album cover Various Be-Bop-A-Lula / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You // Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl / Allegheny Moon(7", Comp) Tops Records 45-R289 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R290 Hound Dog  album cover Various Hound Dog(7", Single) Tops Records 45-R290 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R415 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Various 4 Hits On Each Record(7") Tops Records 45-R415 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1001 The Christian Chapel Choir What A Friend Me Have In Jesus(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1001 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1005 One O'Clock Jump / The Honeydripper / Night And Day / Jam Boogie  album cover Various One O'Clock Jump / The Honeydripper / Night And Day / Jam Boogie(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1005 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1006 Dig You Later  album cover Various Dig You Later(7") Tops Records 45-R1006 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1007 Blues Serenade  album cover Various Blues Serenade(7") Tops Records 45-R1007 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R-1009 April In Paris  album cover Al Sack And Orchestra* April In Paris(7", EP, red) Tops Records 45-R-1009 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1010 Al Sack And Orchestra* I Kiss Your Hand, Madame(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1010 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1011 Mexican Hat Dance  album cover Al Sack And Orchestra* Mexican Hat Dance (EP) 45-R1011 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R-1012 Paradise  album cover Al Sack And Orchestra* Paradise(7", EP, red) Tops Records 45-R-1012 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1017 Steel Guitar Rag / New San Antonio Rose  album cover The Rhythm Rangers With Bob Sandy / The Plainsmen (2) The Rhythm Rangers With Bob Sandy / The Plainsmen (2) - Steel Guitar Rag / New San Antonio Rose(7") Tops Records 45-R1017 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1026 Malaguera  album cover Richard Berkman Malaguera(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1026 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1031 Down By The Old Mill Stream  album cover The Four Rhythmaires / Lew Raymond The Four Rhythmaires / Lew Raymond - Down By The Old Mill Stream(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1031 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1032 The Four Rhythmaires And Lew Raymond The Four Rhythmaires And Lew Raymond - While Strolling Through The Park(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1032 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1038 Beverly Laine Begin The Beguine(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1038 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1039 Rodgers & Hart Favorites  album cover Eddie Truman Rodgers & Hart Favorites(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1039 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1040 Eddie Truman Stephen Foster Favorites(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1040 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1041 Various Exactly Like You(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1041 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1044 Mambo #2  album cover Miguelito Valdes & His Orchestra, Tito Rodriguez & His Orchestra Miguelito Valdes & His Orchestra, Tito Rodriguez & His Orchestra - Mambo #2(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1044 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1045 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Nat Charles And Orchestra, Jacinto Roman And His Orchestra Nat Charles And Orchestra, Jacinto Roman And His Orchestra - 4 Hits On Each Record(7") Tops Records 45-R1045 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R3004 Walkin' After Midnight  album cover Various Walkin' After Midnight(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R3004 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R239-49 I Don't Hurt Anymore  album cover Rusty Howard, The Rhythm Rangers Rusty Howard, The Rhythm Rangers - I Don't Hurt Anymore(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R239-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R240-49 Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)  album cover The Four Deals Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R240-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R243-49 Looking Back To See / Go, Boy, Go  album cover Various Looking Back To See / Go, Boy, Go(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R243-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R244-49 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Various 4 Hits On Each Record(7") Tops Records 45-R244-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R246-49 Mimi Martel With The Four Rhythmaires And Lew Raymond And His Orchestra Mimi Martel With The Four Rhythmaires And Lew Raymond And His Orchestra - Mambo Italiano(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R246-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R248-49 Mr. Sandman  album cover The Rhythmaires With Mimi Martel, Ronnie Deauville, The Lew Raymond And Orchestra* The Rhythmaires With Mimi Martel, Ronnie Deauville, The Lew Raymond And Orchestra* - Mr. Sandman(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R248-49 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-R249-49 Hearts Of Stone  album cover Gayle Larson, Brian King Gayle Larson, Brian King - Hearts Of Stone(7") Tops Records 45-R249-49 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-R252-49 Ko Ko Mo  album cover Gayle Lark With The Rhythmaires, Nat Charles And Orchestra Gayle Lark With The Rhythmaires, Nat Charles And Orchestra - Ko Ko Mo(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R252-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R254-49 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Various 4 Hits On Each Record(7") Tops Records 45-R254-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R255-49 That's All Right, Making Believe, Are You Mine, In The Jailhouse Now  album cover Pat Patterson With The Texas Wranglers That's All Right, Making Believe, Are You Mine, In The Jailhouse Now(7", EP, Mono, Styrene) Tops Records 45-R255-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R256-49 Two Hearts  album cover Various Two Hearts(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R256-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R257-49 Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young  album cover Pat Patterson With The Texas Wranglers Pat Patterson With The Texas Wranglers - Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R257-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R261-49 The Hoosier Hot Shots  album cover The Hoosier Hot Shots* The Hoosier Hot Shots(7") Tops Records 45-R261-49 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-R263-49 Ain't That A Shame  album cover Various Ain't That A Shame (EP) 45-R263-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R264-49 Various Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing(7") Tops Records 45-R264-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R265-49 Suddenly There's A Valley / Maybellene  album cover Various Suddenly There's A Valley / Maybellene(7") Tops Records 45-R265-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R266-49 Black Denim Trousers  album cover Various Black Denim Trousers(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R266-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R267-49 The Bible Tells Me So  album cover Various The Bible Tells Me So(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R267-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R269-49 Love And Marriage  album cover Various Love And Marriage (EP) 45-R269-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R270-49 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Bob Sandy With The Rhythm Rangers Bob Sandy With The Rhythm Rangers - 4 Hits On Each Record(7") Tops Records 45-R270-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R272-49 You're Free To Go / Don't Take It Out On Me  album cover Bob Sandy With The Rhythm Rangers Bob Sandy With The Rhythm Rangers - You're Free To Go / Don't Take It Out On Me(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R272-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R274-49 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Unknown Artist 4 Hits On Each Record(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R274-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R275-49 Various Chain Gang(7") Tops Records 45-R275-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R276-49 Various 4 Hits(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R276-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R277-49 Bayou Baby / You And Me  album cover Bob Sandy And The Rhythm Rangers Bob Sandy And The Rhythm Rangers - Bayou Baby / You And Me(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R277-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R278-49 Why Do Fools Fall In Love / No, Not Much // A Tear Fell / I'll Be Home  album cover Various Why Do Fools Fall In Love / No, Not Much // A Tear Fell / I'll Be Home(7") Tops Records 45-R278-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R279-49 Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes  album cover Hank Smith (2) With The Nashville Playboys, Rusty Arnold (2) With The Nashville Playboys Hank Smith (2) With The Nashville Playboys, Rusty Arnold (2) With The Nashville Playboys - Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R279-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R280-49 Juke Box Baby / Rock Island Line // Blue Suede Shoes / Heartbreak Hotel  album cover Various Juke Box Baby / Rock Island Line // Blue Suede Shoes / Heartbreak Hotel(7") Tops Records 45-R280-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R281-49 Hot Diggity  album cover Various Hot Diggity(7", Comp) Tops Records 45-R281-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R283-49 Bob Sandy / Rusty Howard & The Rhythm Rangers Bob Sandy / Rusty Howard & The Rhythm Rangers - Blackboard Of My Heart(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R283-49 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-R285-49 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Scatman Crothers, The Four Fellows, Betsy Gay Scatman Crothers, The Four Fellows, Betsy Gay - 4 Hits On Each Record(7", Single) Tops Records 45-R285-49 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-R286-49 I Almost Lost My Mind  album cover Various I Almost Lost My Mind(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R286-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R290-49 Hound Dog  album cover Various Hound Dog(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R290-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R291-49 You Are The One  album cover Various You Are The One(7") Tops Records 45-R291-49 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-R293-49 Just Walking In The Rain  album cover Various Just Walking In The Rain(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R293-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R293-49 Just Walking In The Rain  album cover Various Just Walking In The Rain(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R293-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R294-49 Green Door / Love Me Tender  album cover Various Green Door / Love Me Tender (EP) 45-R294-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R295-49 Cindy, Oh Cindy  album cover Various Cindy, Oh Cindy(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R295-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R296-49 I've Got A New Heartache  album cover Johnny And Jack Williams, The Nashville Playboys, Johnny Tyler, Jack Williams (5) Johnny And Jack Williams, The Nashville Playboys, Johnny Tyler, Jack Williams (5) - I've Got A New Heartache(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R296-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R297-49 Singing The Blues / A Rose And A Baby Ruth // Mutual Admiration Society / Garden Of Eden  album cover Various Singing The Blues / A Rose And A Baby Ruth // Mutual Admiration Society / Garden Of Eden 45-R297-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R298-49 Love Me  album cover Various Love Me(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R298-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R299-49 Don't Forbid Me  album cover Bobby Milano, Dave Burgess, Scatman Crothers, The Wayne Sisters Bobby Milano, Dave Burgess, Scatman Crothers, The Wayne Sisters - Don't Forbid Me(7", EP, Mono) Tops Records 45-R299-49 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-R401-49 Cinco Robles / Young Love / Blue Monday / Love Is Strange  album cover Lew Raymond Orchestra* With The Toppers (4) Lew Raymond Orchestra* With The Toppers (4) - Cinco Robles / Young Love / Blue Monday / Love Is Strange(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R401-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R402-49 Can I Steal A Little Love  album cover Neil Hunt / Dave Burgess & The Toppers (4) Neil Hunt / Dave Burgess & The Toppers (4) - Can I Steal A Little Love(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R402-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R404-49 Round And Round  album cover Various Round And Round(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R404-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R405-49 Why Baby Why  album cover Neil Hunt, Dave Burgess, Emie Hughes Neil Hunt, Dave Burgess, Emie Hughes - Why Baby Why(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R405-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R412-49 4 Hits !  album cover Various 4 Hits !(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R412-49 Unknown Sell This Version
45-R414-49 Get A Job  album cover Various Get A Job(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R414-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R419-49 Kewpie Doll  album cover Various Kewpie Doll(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R419-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R420-49 4 Hits On Each Record  album cover Various 4 Hits On Each Record(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R420-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1003-49 He Is Mine  album cover The Family Altar Quartet He Is Mine(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1003-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1004-49 Yours And Thine  album cover The Family Altar Quartet Yours And Thine(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1004-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1013-49 Royal Viennese Concert Orchestra The Blue Danube(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1013-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1014-49 Claire De Lune / Polonaise / Minute Waltz / Fantaisie - Impromtu  album cover Sondra Bianca Claire De Lune / Polonaise / Minute Waltz / Fantaisie - Impromtu(7") Tops Records 45-R1014-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1015-49 The Royal Viennese Symphonic Orchestra Warsaw Concerto(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1015-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1019-49 Southern Roses Waltz /Voices Of Spring / Artist's Life / Vienna Life  album cover Royal Viennese Concert Orchestra Southern Roses Waltz /Voices Of Spring / Artist's Life / Vienna Life(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1019-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1025-49  Irving Berlin Hits   album cover The Al Sack Orchestra* / Will Osborne & Orchestra* The Al Sack Orchestra* / Will Osborne & Orchestra* - Irving Berlin Hits (7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1025-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1028-49 Over The Rainbow  album cover Phil Moore At The Piano* Over The Rainbow(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1028-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1030-49 Sidewalks Of New York  album cover Lew "Ace" Raymond* Sidewalks Of New York(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R1030-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1031-49 The Four Rhythmaires / Lew Raymond The Four Rhythmaires / Lew Raymond - Down By The Old Mill Stream(Shellac, 10") Tops Records 45-R1031-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R3003-49 Am I Losing You?  album cover Hank Smith (2) / Tex Cotton, The Nashville Playboys Hank Smith (2) / Tex Cotton, The Nashville Playboys - Am I Losing You?(7") Tops Records 45-R3003-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX100 Christmas Favorites  album cover Tops All-Star Orchestra And Chorus* Tops All-Star Orchestra And Chorus* - Christmas Favorites(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX100 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX112 Humming Bird  album cover Various Humming Bird(7", EP, Comp) Tops Records 45-RX112 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX113 Various I Want You To Be My Baby(7", EP, Comp) Tops Records 45-RX113 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX114 6 Hits On Each Record  album cover Various 6 Hits On Each Record(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX114 US 1955 Sell This Version
45-RX115 Sixteen Tons  album cover Various Sixteen Tons(7", EP, Comp) Tops Records 45-RX115 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX301 Various Hound Dog(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX301 US Unknown Sell This Version

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emdsd9321

October 29, 2017
I am looking very hard at all these Tops 45s & 78s. I am hoping to find a old long lost 4 hit Tops 45 or the same songs on 78 Tops. Sweet little sixteen & Lazy Mary. So far no luck finding this old Tops 45 I use to have. I have seeing some other songs here on Tops Label where I have seeing Hot diggity on 45 & the smae on 78 with the same 4 songs. So My search could turn up on a 78 4 hit songs. Sadly I cannot get lucky enough to find My long lost 45 I had back in 1970. Sellers who have a lot of tops 45s & 78s that have 4 hits on them, If you find on that has Sweet Little Sixteen & Lazy Mary Please do Email Me at soundmaster404@gmail.com I will be so great full if this these two songs are found I will be for ever great full to You. My user name for this site is emdsd9321. Thank you. Jerry