Tops Records

Tops Records

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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.

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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 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 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 The Toppers (4) / Fred Gibson The Toppers (4) / Fred Gibson - Honey Babe(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R258 US 1955 Sell This Version
45-R271 Various Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R271 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R273 Various Teen-Age Prayer(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R273 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-R276 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 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 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 Various Hound Dog(7", Single) Tops Records 45-R290 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-R1006 Various Dig You Later(7") Tops Records 45-R1006 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 Al Sack And Orchestra* Mexican Hat Dance / La Cucaracha / Adios Muchachos / Orchids In The Moonlight(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1011 Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1017 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 Richard Berkman Malaguera(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1026 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1031 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 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-R1044 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-R3004 Various Walkin' After Midnight(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R3004 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R239-49 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 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 Various Looking Back To See / Go, Boy, Go(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R243-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R244-49 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 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-R252-49 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-R256-49 Various Two Hearts(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R256-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R261-49 The Hoosier Hot Shots* The Hoosier Hot Shots(7") Tops Records 45-R261-49 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-R263-49 Various Ain't That A Shame(7") Tops Records 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 Various Suddenly There's A Valley / Maybellene(7") Tops Records 45-R265-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R266-49 Various Black Denim Trousers(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R266-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R267-49 Various The Bible Tells Me So(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R267-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R269-49 Various Love And Marriage(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R269-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R270-49 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 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 Unknown (11) 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-R277-49 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 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 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 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 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 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 Various I Almost Lost My Mind(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R286-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R290-49 Various Hound Dog(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R290-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R291-49 Various You Are The One(7") Tops Records 45-R291-49 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-R294-49 Various Green Door / Love Me Tender (EP) 45-R294-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R295-49 Various Cindy, Oh Cindy(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R295-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R296-49 Various I've Got A New Heartache(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R296-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R297-49 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 Various Love Me(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R298-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R401-49 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 Neil Hunt / Dave Burgess & The Toppers (4) Neil Hunt / Dave Burgess & The Toppers (4) - Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R402-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R404-49 Various Round And Round(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R404-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R405-49 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 Various 4 Hits !(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R412-49 Unknown Sell This Version
45-R414-49 Various Get A Job(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R414-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R419-49 Various Kewpie Doll(7") Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R419-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1019-49 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 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 Phil Moore At The Piano* Over The Rainbow(7", EP) Tops Records 45-R1028-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-R1030-49 Lew "Ace" Raymond* Sidewalks Of New York(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-R1030-49 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX100 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 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 Various 6 Hits On Each Record(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX114 US 1955 Sell This Version
45-RX115 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
45-RX302 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX302 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-RX1010 Tops Orchestra & Choristers White Christmas(7", EP) Tops Records 45-RX1010 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-RX1012 Tops Orch & Choristers* Vocal(7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-RX1012 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-S9 Various Problems / Sixteen Candles / My Happiness / Goodbye Baby / Beep Beep / Bimbombey(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S9 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S10 Various Stagger Lee / It's Only Make Believe / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / Lonesome Town / Tom Dooley / A Lover's Question(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S10 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S13 Various Tops 6 Hits(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S13 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S16 Various I Cried A Tear(7") Tops Records 45-S16 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S19 Various 12 Top Tunes(2x7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S19 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S21 Various 6 Hits On Each Record(7") Tops Records 45-S21 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S22 Various Pink Lace Shoes(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S22 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S30 Various Just A Little Too Much(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S30 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S31 Various 12 Top Tunes(2x7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S31 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S32 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S32 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S33 Various 6 Hits On Each Record(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S33 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S39 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S39 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S39 Various Top Hit Tunes 99c(2x7", EP, Gat) Tops Records, Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S39 US 1960 Sell This Version
45-S45-B The Toppers (4), Various The Toppers (4), Various - Top Hit Tunes(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S45-B USA & Canada 1960 Sell This Version
45-S49 Various Top Hit Tunes(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S49 US 1960 Sell This Version
45-S50 Various Top Hit Tunes(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S50 US 1960 Sell This Version
45-S51 Various Top Hit Tunes(2x7", EP) Tops Records, Tops Records 45-S51 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S53 Various Untitled(7", Comp) Tops Records 45-S53 Unknown Sell This Version
45-S56 Various Untitled(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S56 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S59 The Toppers (4) Various(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S59 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S60 The Toppers (4) Exodus(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S60 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-S61 Various The Watusi(7", EP) Tops Records 45-S61 US Unknown Sell This Version

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emdsd9321

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