Atlas (15)

Atlas (15)

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US label, active in the 1940s.
Record label active from 1942-1948, based in Hollywood, CA, 6253 Hollywood Blvd., Room 401.
Formerly Premier Record Co. The prefixes of their catalogue numbers mirrored the artist name. Early involvement of Art Rupe who, with Bob Scherman , ran the company
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
FL-107 Maureen / Melancholy Madeline  album cover Johnny Moore's Three Blazers Maureen / Melancholy Madeline(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) FL-107 US 1945 Sell This Version
FL-141 Heartaches / Confessin'   album cover Frankie Laine, Sam Furman's Orchestra Frankie Laine, Sam Furman's Orchestra - Heartaches / Confessin' (Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) FL-141 Unknown Sell This Version
FL-142 Coquette / It Ai'nt Gonna Be Like That  album cover Frankie Laine Coquette / It Ai'nt Gonna Be Like That(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) FL-142 US 1947 Sell This Version
FL-148 Oh! Lady Be Good / You Can Depend On Me  album cover Frankie Laine, Paul Dunlap Orchestra* Frankie Laine, Paul Dunlap Orchestra* - Oh! Lady Be Good / You Can Depend On Me(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) FL-148 US 1947 Sell This Version
FL-156 Moonlight In Vermont / Roses Of Picardy  album cover Frankie Laine, Paul Dunlap Orchestra* Frankie Laine, Paul Dunlap Orchestra* - Moonlight In Vermont / Roses Of Picardy(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) FL-156 US 1948 Sell This Version
FL-158 Blue Moments / Sometimes I'm Happy  album cover Frankie Laine Accompanied By Paul Dunlap Orchestra* Frankie Laine Accompanied By Paul Dunlap Orchestra* - Blue Moments / Sometimes I'm Happy(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) FL-158 US Unknown Sell This Version
JA-139 Weary Blues / Sam The Boogie Woogie Man  album cover Johnny Alston And His Orchestra* Weary Blues / Sam The Boogie Woogie Man(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) JA-139 US 1946 Sell This Version
KC-100 F. S. T. / My Lips Remember Your Kisses  album cover King Cole Trio* F. S. T. / My Lips Remember Your Kisses(Shellac, 10", RE) Atlas (15) KC-100 US 1945 Sell This Version
KC-106 Got A Penny / Let's Pretend  album cover King Cole Trio* Got A Penny / Let's Pretend KC-106 US 1945 Sell This Version
LJ-122 Jump The Boogie / Shufflin' Boogie  album cover Luke Jones (3) With Joe Alexander's Highlanders Luke Jones (3) With Joe Alexander's Highlanders - Jump The Boogie / Shufflin' Boogie(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) LJ-122 US 1946 Sell This Version
LJ-122 Graveyard Blues / Shufflin' Boogie  album cover Luke Jones (3) With Joe Alexander's Highlanders Luke Jones (3) With Joe Alexander's Highlanders - Graveyard Blues / Shufflin' Boogie(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) LJ-122 US 1946 Sell This Version
LJ-123 Worryin' Anyhow Blues / Jump The Boogie  album cover Luke Jones (3) With Joe Alexanders Highlanders* Luke Jones (3) With Joe Alexanders Highlanders* - Worryin' Anyhow Blues / Jump The Boogie(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) LJ-123 US 1946 Sell This Version
LJ-135 She's My Baby / Midnight Blues  album cover Luke Jones And His Five Joes She's My Baby / Midnight Blues(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) LJ-135 US 1947 Sell This Version
LJ-143 Boogieology / Say Hello To Miss Brown  album cover Luke Jones And His Orchestra* Boogieology / Say Hello To Miss Brown(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) LJ-143 US 1947 Sell This Version
LJ-155 Why Do I Get Those Blues / Take The "U" Car  album cover Luke Jones And His Orchestra* Why Do I Get Those Blues / Take The "U" Car(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) LJ-155 US 1948 Sell This Version
OM-107 Fugue In C Major / Melancholy Madeline  album cover Oscar Moore With The Three Blazers* Oscar Moore With The Three Blazers* - Fugue In C Major / Melancholy Madeline(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) OM-107 US 1945 Sell This Version
OM 124 Maureen / Nightfall  album cover Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, Oscar Moore On Guitar* Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, Oscar Moore On Guitar* - Maureen / Nightfall(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) OM 124 US 1946 Sell This Version
RM-108 Texas Home / Molly Darlin'  album cover Red Murrell And Orchestra Texas Home / Molly Darlin'(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) RM-108 US 1945 Sell This Version
RM 113 That's All / Hide Your Face  album cover Merle Travis / Red Murrell And Orchestra Merle Travis / Red Murrell And Orchestra - That's All / Hide Your Face(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) RM 113 US 1945 Sell This Version
RM-120 Sittin' Here Alone Feeling Blue / Little Darlin' (I'm Sick And Tired Of You)  album cover Red Murrell And His Ozark Playboys Sittin' Here Alone Feeling Blue / Little Darlin' (I'm Sick And Tired Of You)(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) RM-120 US 1946 Sell This Version
RM 121 Steel Guitar Rag / I Learned My Lesson Too Late  album cover Red Murrell And His Ozark Play Boys* Steel Guitar Rag / I Learned My Lesson Too Late RM 121 US 1946 Sell This Version
RM 126 Walking The Floor Over You / Broomstick Buckaroo  album cover Red Murrell And His Ozark Playboys Walking The Floor Over You / Broomstick Buckaroo(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15), Atlas (15) RM 126 US 1946 Sell This Version
RM 127 Baby Girl / Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along  album cover Red Murrell And His Ozark Playboys Baby Girl / Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15), Atlas (15) RM 127 US 1946 Sell This Version
VA 111 Oh, What A Polka / I Can't Make Up My Mind  album cover The Four Vagabonds Oh, What A Polka / I Can't Make Up My Mind(Shellac, 10") Atlas (15) VA 111 US 1945 Sell This Version

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doctorreggae

doctorreggae

October 24, 2016
Boogieology:
The Atlas Records Story
By George O'Leary
Acrobat Music Ltd is one of the finer distributors in the U.K. and one which brings you the essential series Jukebox Hits covering all the early great Blues/R&B stars. Here they really dig deep to present much of the brief library of singles to emanate from the short-lived and generally obscure West-Coast label, Premier/Atlas Records. In 1942 songwriter Robert Scherman (e.g., All For You, a 1943 hit by Nat "King" Cole and A Fellow On A Furlough, a 1944 hit for both Phil Hanna and Al Sack's Orchestra) launched the Premier Record Company whose main claim to fame is that it was briefly the home of the legendary King Cole Trio. Two singles were cut by the Trio at Premier, and here you get two sides, F.S.T. (Fine, Sweet, and Tasty) composed by Scherman, and Got A Penny Benny.

In 1944 Premier evolved into Atlas Records in partnership with Art Rupe, who would later launch Juke Box/Specialty Records, and although in existence to 1948 it would never boast a national hit single. But that in no way detracts from the fine music recorded there, which basically focused on three styles - the cocktail-bar soft jazz sound, the blues/boogie woogie/shuffle preference of the many "jump" bands in existence then, and the Texas-Oklahoma-born Western Swing. As you will hear for yourself, it was the inability to promote beyond the confines of their home-base that precluded registering a national hit, and not the music.

When The King Cole Trio bolted for the greener pastures of Johnny Mercer's Capitol Records, their guitarist, Oscar Moore, suggested to Scherman and Rupe that they might consider the similar-style trio fronted by his older brother John, also a jazz guitarist, along with Eddie Williams and Charles Brown who together functioned as Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. Scherman agreed, but on the condition that Oscar be involved as well, and that's why some of the releases were billed as Oscar Moore's Three Blazers. That soon changed however as Johnny was notoriously independent and, in fact would go on to record 19 hit singles from 1945 to 1955 - none for Atlas.

The jump artists are headed by the band of saxophonist/clarinetist Luke Jones, who once played with Lionel Hampton and Roy Milton, and which includes boogie pianist Betty Hall Jones, trumpeter/vocalist Red Mack, bass player Chuck Barksdale and blues shouter deluxe George Vann. Alternately billed as Luke Jones & His Five Joes, Luke Jones & His Orchestra, or Luke Jones with Joe Alexander's Highlanders, a couple of releases were also credited to Red Mack & His Orchestra. The vocal group, The Four Vagabonds (lead John Jordan, bass Ray Grant - who also plays guitar - first tenor Robert O'Neal and baritone Norval Taborn), date back to 1933 and, in 1943, they had three hit singles for Bluebird. Here you get the only sides they recorded during their brief stay with Atlas in 1946. Another brief stay was that of Frankie Laine who sings Maureen with the backing of Johnny Moore's Three Blazers.

As for Western Swing, here you get both Red Murrell & His Ozark Playboys and Merle Travis who, ironically, would also head to Capitol after a short time with Atlas.

The sound quality is quite good considering the age and obscurity of these cuts, and there's a 6-page insert written by Dave Penny. A collector's delight. The complete list of tracks is included in the Comment section below.