Crown Records (2)

Crown Records (2)

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Also appears as "Crown" only. For unofficial releases, see Crown Records (7).
Crown Records was a budget label of Saul and Jules Bihari, who owned the Modern, RPM and Kent labels. It started in December, 1953 and continued until 1969, earning itself the reputation of the king of the junk record labels. Aside from endlessly reissuing and repackaging the legitimate Modern and RPM hits including the B.B. King material, what Crown had to offer was musical junk food on plastic plates (i.e. cut-rate children's, classical, Broadway and big band cover version, generic and sound-alike pop and R&B albums).

The covers usually fell apart almost instantly. LP's were shipped out with NO inner paper liners, thus splitting covers. The cheaply-made records sounded worn right out of the package. Plagued with more than the typical pressing flaws, noise can be heard and bumps seen on most LP's. Crown was far too cheap to issue promotional copies (special labels or not)...if they ever gave any away.

The one nod to class was that the early stereo albums on this label were often issued on red vinyl. The stereo numbering did not correspond to the mono numbering for about the first 250 albums.

The first Crown label was black with silver print. This was replaced in the early 1960s by a black label with the logo in block multi-color letters. By 1964, the same design was used but the label had changed to grey with black printing, discarding the colors in the logo. Later in the decade, a logo with stylized "CROWN" lettering and a three-pointed crown above was used, again in grey with black print. By around 1967, the label became black with white print, with "CROWN RECORDS" curving around the top of the label and a stylized script logo beneath it.
After the creation of United Superior Records in 1969, part of the catalogue was reissued on United Records (11), at first with United/Superior labels, then also on United (9) labels.
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9317 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City, Calif. U.S.A.
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
19 Best Of Hank Williams  album cover Johnny Williams & The Singing Cowboys Best Of Hank Williams(7", EP, Fle) Crown Records (2) 19 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
45X100 Lullaby / Roseland Boogie  album cover Vido Musso And His Orchestra Lullaby / Roseland Boogie(7") Crown Records (2) 45X100 US 1953 Sell This Version
45X101 Your Feet's Too Big / I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In  album cover Willard McDaniel And His Orchestra Your Feet's Too Big / I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45X101 US 1953 Sell This Version
45X102 Hum Bug / There Is No Greater Love  album cover Joe Houston And His Orchestra* Hum Bug / There Is No Greater Love(7") Crown Records (2) 45X102 US 1954 Sell This Version
45X104 Brand Me With Your Kisses  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy Brand Me With Your Kisses (Single) 45X104 US 1954 Sell This Version
45x106 I Made A Vow / Double Crossin Baby  album cover The Robins I Made A Vow / Double Crossin Baby(7") Crown Records (2) 45x106 US 1954 Sell This Version
45X107 The Curse Of An Aching Heart / My Sin  album cover Willard McDaniel And His Orchestra The Curse Of An Aching Heart / My Sin(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45X107 US 1954 Sell This Version
45X110 Musso's Boogie  album cover Vido Musso And His Orchestra Musso's Boogie(7") Crown Records (2) 45X110 US 1954 Sell This Version
45X112 Don, Dick & Jimmy The Last Time(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45X112 US 1954 Sell This Version
45x116 Hawaiian War Chant / Ol' Man River  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy Featuring Dick Rock* Hawaiian War Chant / Ol' Man River(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x116 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-X120 All I Do Is Rock / Key To My Heart  album cover The Robbins* All I Do Is Rock / Key To My Heart(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45-X120 US 1954 Sell This Version
45X123 Manuel Armenta And His Orchestra Riffin / Armentalude(7") Crown Records (2) 45X123 US Unknown Sell This Version
45x124 Chan-Go/Sweet Georgia Brown  album cover Eddie Gomez Chan-Go/Sweet Georgia Brown(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x124 US Unknown Sell This Version
45x125 That's What I Like  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy That's What I Like (Single) 45x125 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x126 Cherry Pie / Tick Tock  album cover The Bel-Aires (12) Cherry Pie / Tick Tock(7") Crown Records (2) 45x126 US 1954 Sell This Version
45x129 Baby Be Good / Only A Fool   album cover Willard McDaniel And His Orchestra Baby Be Good / Only A Fool (7") Crown Records (2) 45x129 US 1954 Sell This Version
45x130 Flat Top Boogie / Power House Boogie  album cover Vido Musso And His Orchestra Flat Top Boogie / Power House Boogie(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x130 US 1954 Sell This Version
45x131 The Touch Of Your Lips / (Where Do I Go?) I Go To You  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy The Touch Of Your Lips / (Where Do I Go?) I Go To You(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x131 US 1954 Sell This Version
45x132 Slow But Sure  album cover Kay Brown Slow But Sure(7") Crown Records (2) 45x132 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x134 All I Ever Did Was Love You / Oo-Wah  album cover The Nickabobs Feat. Nick Therry, Lew Raymond Orch.* The Nickabobs Feat. Nick Therry, Lew Raymond Orch.* - All I Ever Did Was Love You / Oo-Wah(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x134 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x136 My Greatest Mistake  album cover Williard McDaniel And His Orchestra* My Greatest Mistake(7") Crown Records (2) 45x136 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x138 Make Yourself Comfortable  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy Make Yourself Comfortable(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x138 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x139 Melody Of Love  album cover Jimmy Cook (2) Melody Of Love(7") Crown Records (2) 45x139 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x141 Looking At The World Through Rose Colored Glasses / Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?  album cover Nick Lucas Looking At The World Through Rose Colored Glasses / Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?(7") Crown Records (2) 45x141 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x142 The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) / Love, Love, Love  album cover Lee Winters The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) / Love, Love, Love(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x142 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x144 Solitude / Gypsy In My Soul  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy Solitude / Gypsy In My Soul(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x144 US 1955 Sell This Version
45X147 Don, Dick 'N Jimmy* Nobody Likes To Cry(7") Crown Records (2) 45X147 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x148 Song And Dance / Two Miles Out Of Tucson  album cover Kay Brown Song And Dance / Two Miles Out Of Tucson(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x148 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x149 You Told Me Lies  album cover Jeanne Young You Told Me Lies(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45x149 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x151 I Love That Song / Dreamboat  album cover The Three Debs With Johnny Tuba Quartet / Johnny Tuba Quartet The Three Debs With Johnny Tuba Quartet / Johnny Tuba Quartet - I Love That Song / Dreamboat(7") Crown Records (2) 45x151 US 1955 Sell This Version
45X152 Make Me A Present Of You / This Little Piggie Went To Market  album cover Don, Dick 'N Jimmy* Make Me A Present Of You / This Little Piggie Went To Market(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45X152 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x155 True Love Is Knockin' At My Door  album cover Martha Tilton, Charles "Bud" Dant Orchestra* Martha Tilton, Charles "Bud" Dant Orchestra* - True Love Is Knockin' At My Door(7") Crown Records (2) 45x155 US 1955 Sell This Version
45X158 Love Is A Many Spendored Thing  album cover Don, Dick 'N Jimmy* Love Is A Many Spendored Thing(7", Single) Crown Records (2) 45X158 US 1955 Sell This Version
45x161 Come On Honey / You'll Never Have To Stand Alone  album cover The Voices Of Don Ralke* Come On Honey / You'll Never Have To Stand Alone(7") Crown Records (2) 45x161 US 1956 Sell This Version
100 Lullaby / Roseland Boogie  album cover Vido Musso And His Orchestra Lullaby / Roseland Boogie(Shellac, Single) Crown Records (2) 100 US 1953 Sell This Version
101 Your Feet's Too Big / I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In  album cover Willard McDaniel And His Orchestra Your Feet's Too Big / I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In(Shellac, 10") Crown Records (2) 101 US 1953 Sell This Version
104 A Toast To Tommy And Jimmy Dorsey  album cover The Dorsey Orchestra A Toast To Tommy And Jimmy Dorsey(LP, Comp, Red) Crown Records (2) 104 US Unknown Sell This Version
104 Brand Me With Your Kisses / Angela Mia  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy Brand Me With Your Kisses / Angela Mia(Shellac, 10") Crown Records (2) 104 US 1954 Sell This Version
106 I Made A Vow / Double Crossin Baby  album cover The Robins I Made A Vow / Double Crossin Baby(10") Crown Records (2) 106 US 1954 Sell This Version
107 The Curse Of An Aching Heart / My Sin  album cover Willard McDaniel And His Orchestra The Curse Of An Aching Heart / My Sin(Shellac, 10") Crown Records (2) 107 US 1954 Sell This Version
110 Musso's Boogie / Sing Sing Sing  album cover Vido Musso And His Orchestra Musso's Boogie / Sing Sing Sing(10") Crown Records (2) 110 US 1954 Sell This Version
111 Dreaming Of The Ladies Of The Moon  album cover The Original Jubalaires* Dreaming Of The Ladies Of The Moon(Shellac, 10", Mono) Crown Records (2) 111 US 1954 Sell This Version
112 The Last Time / The Piano Players  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy The Last Time / The Piano Players(Shellac, 10") Crown Records (2) 112 US 1954 Sell This Version
117 If I Had My Life To Live Over / Yesterday  album cover Willard McDaniel And His Piano* If I Had My Life To Live Over / Yesterday (Single) 117 US 1954 Sell This Version
125 That's What I Like / You Can't Have Your Cake And Eat It Too  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy That's What I Like / You Can't Have Your Cake And Eat It Too(10") Crown Records (2) 125 US 1954 Sell This Version
129 Baby Be Good / Only A Fool   album cover Willard McDaniel And His Orchestra Baby Be Good / Only A Fool (Shellac, 10") Crown Records (2) 129 US 1954 Sell This Version
131 The Touch Of Your Lips / (Where Do I Go?) I Go To You  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy The Touch Of Your Lips / (Where Do I Go?) I Go To You(10") Crown Records (2) 131 US 1954 Sell This Version
131 Don, Dick & Jimmy (Where Do I Go?) I Go To You (Shellac, 10") Crown Records (2) 131 US Unknown Sell This Version
133 I'm Yours Anytime / I'm The Child  album cover Julie Sutton I'm Yours Anytime / I'm The Child(Shellac, 10") Crown Records (2) 133 US 1954 Sell This Version
134 All I Ever Did Was Love You / Oo-Wah  album cover The Nickabobs Featuring Nick Therry The Nickabobs Featuring Nick Therry - All I Ever Did Was Love You / Oo-Wah(Shellac, 10") Crown Records (2) 134 US 1954 Sell This Version
138 Make Yourself Comfortable / Songs From Desiree  album cover Don, Dick & Jimmy Make Yourself Comfortable / Songs From Desiree(10") Crown Records (2) 138 US 1955 Sell This Version
142 The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) / Love, Love, Love  album cover Lee Winters The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) / Love, Love, Love(Shellac, 10", Single) Crown Records (2) 142 US 1955 Sell This Version
147 B.B. King Wails  album cover B. B. King And His Orchestra* B.B. King Wails (Album) 147 US 1958 Sell This Version
150 Sing Along  album cover Unknown Artist Sing Along(LP, Red) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) 150 US Unknown Sell This Version
153 If You Were Here Tonight / Look What You're Doin' To Me  album cover Three Debs*, The Debs* Three Debs*, The Debs* - If You Were Here Tonight / Look What You're Doin' To Me (Single) 153 US 1955 Sell This Version
154 A Tribute To Hank Williams  album cover Johnny Williams & The Singing Cowboys A Tribute To Hank Williams(LP, Mono, Red) Crown Records (2) 154 US 1959 Sell This Version
162 Kings Of Dixieland (Vol. 2)  album cover Unknown Artist Kings Of Dixieland (Vol. 2)(LP) Crown Records (2) 162 Unknown Sell This Version
166 La Tino Cha Cha Cha  album cover Tino La Tino And His Orchestra La Tino Cha Cha Cha(LP, Red) Crown Records (2) 166 US 1959 Sell This Version
184 Sounds Of A Thousand Strings Schubert  album cover Schubert* / Karl Jergens - Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* Schubert* / Karl Jergens - Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* - Sounds Of A Thousand Strings Schubert(LP, Mono, Gre) Crown Records (2) 184 US 1960 Sell This Version
206 Coleman Hawkins  album cover Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra Coleman Hawkins(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 206 US Unknown Sell This Version
209 Latin Hurricane  album cover Los Cinco Caballeros Latin Hurricane (Album) 209 US 1965 Sell This Version
270 Organ Encores  album cover Chris Christian (5) Organ Encores(LP, Album) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) 270 US Unknown Sell This Version
441 Louis Martinelli & The Continentals (8) Louis Martinelli & The Continentals (8) - Arriverderci Roma(LP, Album) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) 441 US Unknown Sell This Version
444 The Best Of Bluegrass  album cover Kentucky Mountain Boys The Best Of Bluegrass(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 444 US Unknown Sell This Version
490 In The Miller Mood  album cover Members Of The Glenn Miller Orchestra In The Miller Mood(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 490 USA & Canada 1969 Sell This Version
5005 Spring Fever  album cover Don, Dick 'N Jimmy* Spring Fever(LP, Album) Modern Records (2), Crown Records (2) 5005 US 1957 Sell This Version
5006 Blows All Night Long  album cover Joe Houston Blows All Night Long(LP, Mono, RP) Crown Records (2) 5006 US Unknown Sell This Version
5007 The Swingin'st  album cover Vido Musso The Swingin'st (Album) 5007 US 1956 Sell This Version
5031 Calypso Trinidad  album cover Louis Polliemon, Lord Preston Epps* Louis Polliemon, Lord Preston Epps* - Calypso Trinidad(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 5031 US 1957 Sell This Version
5038 12 Top Hits  album cover Unknown Artist 12 Top Hits(LP) Crown Records (2) 5038 US 1959 Sell This Version
5045 The Fantabulous Kings Of Dixieland  album cover Kings Of Dixieland The Fantabulous Kings Of Dixieland(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 5045 US Unknown Sell This Version
5046 I'm In The Nude For Love  album cover Jon Trevanni And His Continental Orchestra* Jon Trevanni And His Continental Orchestra* - I'm In The Nude For Love(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 5046 US Unknown Sell This Version
5049 Joy To The World  album cover Ivan Dittmars Joy To The World(LP, Album, RE) Crown Records (2) 5049 US Unknown Sell This Version
5051 Bob Savage Carries The Torch  album cover Bob Savage Bob Savage Carries The Torch(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) 5051 US Unknown Sell This Version
5055 Polka Parade  album cover Alex Pulaski And The Polka Dots Alex Pulaski And The Polka Dots - Polka Parade(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) 5055 US 1958 Sell This Version
5057 Great American Folk Songs  album cover Paul Sykes (2) Great American Folk Songs(LP) Crown Records (2) 5057 US 1958 Sell This Version
5058 Swings The Boogie  album cover Pete Johnson And Hadda Brooks Pete Johnson And Hadda Brooks - Swings The Boogie (Album) 5058 US 1958 Sell This Version
5060 Fury Of The Brave Bulls  album cover Luis Jimenez* Fury Of The Brave Bulls(LP) Crown Records (2) 5060 US 1958 Sell This Version
5062 Various The Music Man(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 5062 US Unknown Sell This Version
5063 The Blues  album cover B. B. King* The Blues (Album) 5063 US 1958 Sell This Version
5064, CLP5064 Gigi  album cover Various Gigi(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 5064, CLP5064 US 1958 Sell This Version
5065 Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 and 2  album cover Vienna Pro Arte Orchestra Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 and 2(LP) Crown Records (2) 5065 US Unknown Sell This Version
5067 International Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite(LP) Crown Records (2) 5067 US 1958 Sell This Version
5068 Plays A Tribute To Glenn Miller -  In The Miller Mood  album cover Les Howard And His Orchestra Plays A Tribute To Glenn Miller - In The Miller Mood(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 5068 US Unknown Sell This Version
5069 The Gay 90's  album cover Johnny O'Toole And His "Naughty, Naughty Band" The Gay 90's (Album) 5069 US 1958 Sell This Version
5071 Capriccio Espagnol / Don Juan  album cover Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, Bavarian Arte Orchestra Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, Bavarian Arte Orchestra - Capriccio Espagnol / Don Juan(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 5071 US Unknown Sell This Version
5083 Kiddie's Christmas  album cover Various Kiddie's Christmas(10", Album) Crown Records (2) 5083 US Unknown Sell This Version
5084 Hymns  album cover Johnny Cole And The Robert Evans Chorus Johnny Cole And The Robert Evans Chorus - Hymns(LP) Crown Records (2) 5084 US Unknown Sell This Version
5115 B.B. King Wails  album cover B. B. King And His Orchestra* B.B. King Wails (Album) 5115 US 1959 Sell This Version
5117 Sing Along  album cover The Sing-A-Long Gang Sing Along(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) 5117 US Unknown Sell This Version
5121 A Tribute To Hank Williams  album cover Johnny Williams & The Singing Cowboys A Tribute To Hank Williams(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) 5121 US 1959 Sell This Version
5149 Beethoven's 5th Symphony   album cover Karl Jergens, The Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* Karl Jergens, The Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* - Beethoven's 5th Symphony (LP) Crown Records (2) 5149 US Unknown Sell This Version
5154 Franz Schubert, Karl Jergens, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* Franz Schubert, Karl Jergens, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* - Unfinished Symphony / Symphony #3(LP) Crown Records (2) 5154 Unknown Sell This Version
5155 Polka Party  album cover Sig Kawolski And The Magic Strings Polka Party(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) 5155 US Unknown Sell This Version
5175 Pee Wee Crayton  album cover Pee Wee Crayton Pee Wee Crayton (Album) 5175 US Unknown Sell This Version
5188 My Kind Of Blues  album cover B. B. King* My Kind Of Blues (Album) 5188 US 1961 Sell This Version
5189 Exotic Percussion  album cover Milt Raskin Exotic Percussion(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) 5189 1961 Sell This Version
5200 Volume 5  album cover Kings Of Dixieland Volume 5(LP) Crown Records (2) 5200 US Unknown Sell This Version
5211 Camp Fire Sing-A-Long  album cover The Sing-A-Long Gang Camp Fire Sing-A-Long(LP) Crown Records (2) 5211 US Unknown Sell This Version
5220 Modern Jazz Greats Vol. 2  album cover Continental Jazz Octette* Modern Jazz Greats Vol. 2(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) 5220 US 1961 Sell This Version

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DarioSmagata

DarioSmagata

January 18, 2020
Legend has it that this label used to melt down unsold stock of other records, labels and all, to get the vinyl they used for pressing. Hence why their records are always bumpy and sound like garbage - the vinyl is full of bits of paper!