Crown Records (2)

Crown Records (2)

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US label, also appears as "Crown" only.
For unofficial releases, see Crown Records (7).

Crown Records was a innovation of the California-based Bihari family (brothers Lester, Joe, Saul, Jules) who owned Modern, Flair and RPM , all great solid independent labels, as well as the budget label Custom, Kent, United Superior, and Riviera.

It started in December, 1953 and continued until 1972, 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 1961 by a black label with the logo in block multi-color letters. By early 1962, the same design was used but the label had changed to grey with black printing, discarding the colors in the logo. In late 1969, a logo with stylized "CROWN" lettering and a three-pointed crown above was used, again in grey with black print.

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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Crown Records
Los Angeles, CA
9317 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, Calif.
U.S.A.
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Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
CLP 5174 Harmonica Hot Shots - Harmonica Favorites Harmonica Hot Shots Harmonica Favorites(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5174 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5175 Pee Wee Crayton - Pee Wee Crayton Pee Wee Crayton Pee Wee Crayton (Album) CLP 5175 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5176 Members Of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra* - A Salute To Tommy Dorsey Members Of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra* A Salute To Tommy Dorsey(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5176 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5176 Members Of The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra* The Era Of Tommy Dorsey(LP, Comp) Crown Records (2) CLP 5176 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5177 Sounds Of A Thousand Strings - Gypsy Love Songs Sounds Of A Thousand Strings Gypsy Love Songs(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5177 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5179 Sterling Blythe - Sterling Blythe Sings Sterling Blythe Sterling Blythe Sings(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5179 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5180 Woody Herman - The New Swingin' Herman Herd Woody Herman The New Swingin' Herman Herd (Album) CLP 5180 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5181 Coleman Hawkins - Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra (Album) CLP 5181 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5182 Kings Of Dixieland - Volume Four Kings Of Dixieland Volume Four(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5182 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5183 Chubby Jackson And His Orchestra*, Maria Marshall - Chubby Jackson Discovers Maria Marshall Chubby Jackson And His Orchestra*, Maria Marshall Chubby Jackson And His Orchestra*, Maria Marshall - Chubby Jackson Discovers Maria Marshall(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5183 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5184 Los Cinco Caballeros - Latin Hurricane Los Cinco Caballeros Latin Hurricane(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5184 US 1965 Sell This Version
CLP 5186 Johnny Williams And The Playboys - A Salute to Hank Williams Johnny Williams And The Playboys A Salute to Hank Williams(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) CLP 5186 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5187 Jesse Belvin - The Unforgettable Jesse Belvin Jesse Belvin The Unforgettable Jesse Belvin CLP 5187 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5188 B. B. King* - My Kind Of Blues B. B. King* My Kind Of Blues (Album) CLP 5188 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5188 Woody Herman - The New Swingin' Herman Herd Woody Herman The New Swingin' Herman Herd(LP, Promo) Crown Records (2) CLP 5188 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5189 Milt Raskin - Exotic Percussion Milt Raskin Exotic Percussion(LP, Album, RE) Crown Records (2) CLP 5189 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5190 Sounds Of A Thousand Strings - The Heart of Spain: Volume 2 Sounds Of A Thousand Strings The Heart of Spain: Volume 2(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5190 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5191 The Polynesians - Beautiful Hawaii The Polynesians Beautiful Hawaii (Album) CLP 5191 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5192 Jimmy Witherspoon - Sings The Blues Jimmy Witherspoon Sings The Blues (Album) CLP 5192 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5193 Percussion All Stars - Predominant Percussion Percussion All Stars Predominant Percussion(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5193 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5194 Gregg Smith Singers - Christmas Carols From Around The World Gregg Smith Singers Christmas Carols From Around The World CLP 5194 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5195 The Voices Of Christmas - Sing Along - Christmas Carols The Voices Of Christmas Sing Along - Christmas Carols (Album) CLP 5195 US 1960 Sell This Version
CLP 5196 Fred Kirby - Christmas Favorites Fred Kirby Christmas Favorites(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5196 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5197 Charlie Owens & The Sensational Ink Spots* - Sensational Ink Spots Charlie Owens & The Sensational Ink Spots* Sensational Ink Spots CLP 5197 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5198 George Liberace And His Orchestra - Hawaiian Paradise George Liberace And His Orchestra Hawaiian Paradise(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5198 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5199 Karl Jergens , Conducting The Mighty Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* - Gaité Parisienne Karl Jergens , Conducting The Mighty Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* Karl Jergens , Conducting The Mighty Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra* - Gaité Parisienne(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5199 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5200 Kings Of Dixieland - Volume 5 Kings Of Dixieland Volume 5(LP) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5200 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5201 Jim Day - Organ Favorites Jim Day Organ Favorites(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5201 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5202 Various - More Of The Oldies And Goodies Various More Of The Oldies And Goodies (Comp) CLP 5202 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5203 Joe Houston - Wild Man Of The Tenor Sax Joe Houston Wild Man Of The Tenor Sax(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5203 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5204 Rudy Vallee - Is This Your Rudy Vallee? Rudy Vallee Is This Your Rudy Vallee?(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5204 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5205 The Sing-A-Long Gang - Drink-A-Long Sing-A-Long The Sing-A-Long Gang Drink-A-Long Sing-A-Long (Album) CLP 5205 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5206 The Polynesians - Hawaii Calling The Polynesians Hawaii Calling CLP 5206 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5207 Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Swings Coleman Hawkins The Hawk Swings (Album) CLP 5207 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5209 Etta James - Miss Etta James Etta James Miss Etta James (Album) CLP 5209 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5210 Rev. Ulric George, The Jubilee Singers - Spirituals Rev. Ulric George, The Jubilee Singers Rev. Ulric George, The Jubilee Singers - Spirituals(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) CLP 5210 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5212 Continental Jazz Octette* - Modern Jazz Greats Continental Jazz Octette* Modern Jazz Greats (Album) CLP 5212 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5213 Various - Oldies & Goodies Country And Western Vol. 1 Various Oldies & Goodies Country And Western Vol. 1 (Comp) CLP 5213 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5214 The Hawaiians - Vacation In Hawaii The Hawaiians Vacation In Hawaii(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) CLP 5214 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5215 The Polka Dots - Polka Time The Polka Dots Polka Time(LP, Album, Mono, M/Print) Crown Records (2) CLP 5215 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5216 Percussion All Stars - Velvet Brass And Percussion Percussion All Stars Velvet Brass And Percussion(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5216 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5217 The Princeton Trio - Full Color High Fidelity The Princeton Trio Full Color High Fidelity(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5217 USA & Canada 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5218 Sounds Of A Thousand Strings - Golden American Waltzes Sounds Of A Thousand Strings Golden American Waltzes(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5218 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5219 The Sing-A-Long Gang Sing-A-Long Party Songs / Naughty Sing-A-Long Songs(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5219 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5219 The Sing-A-Long Gang - Naughty Sing-A-Long Songs The Sing-A-Long Gang Naughty Sing-A-Long Songs(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5219 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5220 Continental Jazz Octette* - Modern Jazz Greats Vol. 2 Continental Jazz Octette* Modern Jazz Greats Vol. 2(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5220 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5221 The Ink Spots - More Ink Spots The Ink Spots More Ink Spots CLP 5221 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5222 Various - Oldies & Goodies Country And Western Vol.II Various Oldies & Goodies Country And Western Vol.II(LP, Comp) Crown Records (2) CLP 5222 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5223 Sounds Of A Thousand Strings - Musical Memories Sounds Of A Thousand Strings Musical Memories(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) CLP 5223 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP-5224 Lightning Hopkins* - Sings The Blues Lightning Hopkins* Sings The Blues (Comp) CLP-5224 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5226 Smokey Hogg - Smokey Hogg Sings The Blues Smokey Hogg Smokey Hogg Sings The Blues CLP 5226 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5227 Various - Rock 'N Roll Party Oldies And Goodies Various Rock 'N Roll Party Oldies And Goodies(LP, Comp, Mono) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5227 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5229 The Crazy Guy - Honky Tonk Piano Vol. 3 The Crazy Guy Honky Tonk Piano Vol. 3(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5229 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5230 B.B. King - More B.B. King B.B. King More B.B. King (Album) CLP 5230 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5230 B.B. King - Singin' The Blues / More B.B. King Singin' The Blues / More(CD, Album, RE) State Of Art (2), Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5230 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
CLP 5231 Tony Allen And The Night Owls - Rock 'n Roll With Tony Allen And The Night Owls Tony Allen And The Night Owls Rock 'n Roll With Tony Allen And The Night Owls(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5231 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5232 John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker Sings The Blues John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker Sings The Blues (Album) CLP 5232 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5233 Rex Wells - Western Songs And Gunfighter Ballads Rex Wells Western Songs And Gunfighter Ballads (Album) CLP 5233 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5234 Etta James - The Best Of Etta James Etta James The Best Of Etta James(LP, Comp) Crown Records (2) CLP 5234 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5235 The Rounders (3) - Square Dance With Call The Rounders (3) Square Dance With Call(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5235 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5236 Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Sister Rosetta Tharpe Sister Rosetta Tharpe Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Album) CLP 5236 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5237 Rudy Macias And His Charanga Orchestra* - Pachanga If You Please Rudy Macias And His Charanga Orchestra* Pachanga If You Please (Album) CLP 5237 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5238 Various - Blues: Oldies And Goodies Various Blues: Oldies And Goodies (Comp) CLP 5238 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5240 Howling Wolf* - Howling Wolf Sings The Blues Howling Wolf* Howling Wolf Sings The Blues (Album) CLP 5240 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5241 Various - Oldies & Goodies: Country And Western Vol. 3 Various Oldies & Goodies: Country And Western Vol. 3(LP, Comp) Crown Records (2) CLP 5241 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5242 Kings Of Dixieland - Kings Of Dixieland Volume 6 Kings Of Dixieland Kings Of Dixieland Volume 6 (Album) CLP 5242 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5243 Various - Oldies & Goodies Country And Western Vol. 4 Various Oldies & Goodies Country And Western Vol. 4(LP, Comp, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5243 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5244 Jimmy McCracklin - Twist Jimmy McCracklin Twist (Album) CLP 5244 US 1961 Sell This Version
CLP 5245 Teddy Reynolds And The Twisters - The Twist Teddy Reynolds And The Twisters The Twist (Album) CLP 5245 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5246 Joe Houston - Doin' The Twist Joe Houston Doin' The Twist CLP 5246 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5247 Jimmy Beasley - Twist With Jimmy Beasley Jimmy Beasley Twist With Jimmy Beasley (Album) CLP 5247 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5248 B.B. King - Twist With B.B. King B.B. King Twist With B.B. King CLP 5248 US 1963 Sell This Version
CLP 5249 Various - Peppermint Twist: The Twisters Various Peppermint Twist: The Twisters (Comp) CLP 5249 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5250 Etta James - Twist With Etta James Etta James Twist With Etta James (Comp) CLP 5250 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5251 Steve Douglas And The Rebel Rousers - Twist With Steve Douglas And The Rebel Rousers Steve Douglas And The Rebel Rousers Twist With Steve Douglas And The Rebel Rousers(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5251 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5252 Joe Houston - Twisting In Orbit Joe Houston Twisting In Orbit(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5252 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5253 Joe Barragan* - Twist Party Joe Barragan* Twist Party(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5253 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5254 Steve Douglas And The Rebel Rousers - Popeye Twist And Stomp Steve Douglas And The Rebel Rousers Popeye Twist And Stomp(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5254 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5255 Mike Adams And The Red Jackets - Twist Contest Mike Adams And The Red Jackets Twist Contest (Album) CLP 5255 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5256 Chris Christian (5) - Organ Rhapsody Chris Christian (5) Organ Rhapsody(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5256 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5257 Earl Krause - Ragtime Piano Earl Krause Ragtime Piano(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5257 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5258 Eddie Dean - Hillbilly Heaven Eddie Dean Hillbilly Heaven (LP, Mono) Crown Records (2), Sage Records (4) CLP 5258 USA & Canada 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5259 The Polka Dots - Happy Polka Time The Polka Dots Happy Polka Time(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) CLP 5259 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5260 Sounds Of A Thousand Strings - Just For Listening Sounds Of A Thousand Strings Just For Listening(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5260 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5261 Manuel Rivera And His Orchestra - Latin Dances And Rhythms Manuel Rivera And His Orchestra Latin Dances And Rhythms(LP, Album) Crown Records (2) CLP 5261 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5263 Kings Of Dixieland - Kings Of Dixieland - Vol. 7 Kings Of Dixieland Kings Of Dixieland - Vol. 7(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5263 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5264 Doye O'Dell - Country Time Doye O'Dell Country Time(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5264 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5265 The Polynesians - Lovely Hawaii The Polynesians Lovely Hawaii(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5265 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5266 The Frontiersmen - Country Jamboree The Frontiersmen Country Jamboree(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5266 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5267 Raul Esquivel Orchestra - Beautiful Tangos Raul Esquivel Orchestra Beautiful Tangos(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5267 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5268 Kay Starr And The Gerald Wiggins Trio - Kay Starr And The Gerald Wiggins Trio Kay Starr And The Gerald Wiggins Trio Kay Starr And The Gerald Wiggins Trio - Kay Starr And The Gerald Wiggins Trio(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5268 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5271 The Polynesians - Hawaiian Paradise The Polynesians Hawaiian Paradise(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5271 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5273 Joe Houston - Rockin And Rollin Joe Houston Rockin And Rollin(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5273 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5275 Erroll Garner And The Maxwell Davis Trio* - Erroll Garner And The Maxwell Davis Trio Erroll Garner And The Maxwell Davis Trio* Erroll Garner And The Maxwell Davis Trio* - Erroll Garner And The Maxwell Davis Trio(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5275 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP-5276 Larry Caldwell With Speedy Price And The Saddle Tramps - The Country Gentlemen Larry Caldwell With Speedy Price And The Saddle Tramps Larry Caldwell With Speedy Price And The Saddle Tramps - The Country Gentlemen(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP-5276 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5277 Bill Riley* - Harmonica And The Blues Bill Riley* Harmonica And The Blues(LP) Crown Records (2) CLP 5277 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5278 Wardell Gray - Way Out Wardell Wardell Gray Way Out Wardell(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Crown Records (2) CLP 5278 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5279 The Sundowners (18) - Folk Songs The Sundowners (18) Folk Songs(LP, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5279 US 1962 Sell This Version
CLP 5281 The Crazy Guy* - Razz Ma Tazz Ragtime Piano The Crazy Guy* Razz Ma Tazz Ragtime Piano(LP, Album, Hi-) Crown Records (2) CLP 5281 US Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 5282 Wally Fernez - Latin Heat Wave Wally Fernez Latin Heat Wave(LP, Album, Mono) Crown Records (2) CLP 5282 US Unknown Sell This Version

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tickertom

tickertom

August 19, 2023
When STEREO first came out the vinyl records were red to draw attention to the NEW format. Over at Both Sides Now (site), they mention that sand was added to the vinyl pellets to make it go farther. This resulted in records that were bumpy right out of the new sleeve. It is an interesting read.
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!