Peacock Records

Peacock Records

Profile:
Also appears as "Peacock" only. Also consider ABC Peacock as 2nd label for reissues. See Peacock Records (9) for unofficial releases.
For the companies, see Peacock Recording Co. (50s), Peacock Records, Inc. (60s), ABC Records, Inc. (1973-).
The Peacock record label was started in 1949 by nightclub owner, songwriter and talent manager Don Robey. He discovered and managed Peacock's first artist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and built up an impressive roster including Big Mama Thornton, whose original version of "Hound Dog" (later covered by Elvis Presley) was recorded on Peacock.

The label is best known for its gospel music division (whose major acts included The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Sensational Nightingales and The Mighty Clouds Of Joy) whose output soon outnumbered the the label's R&B releases. Robey created the gospel sister label Song Bird (2) sometime around 1964. Though Peacock still issued R&B recordings well into the Sixties, Robey created the Back Beat (2) label in 1957 and used it in tandem with the Duke label (which he initially merged Peacock with in 1952 and gained control of a year later) for R&B material.

On May 23, 1973 Peacock was sold to ABC Records. Robey stayed on as a consultant with ABC supervising reissues from the Peacock/Songbird/Duke/Back Beat catalog until his death on June 16, 1975.

It persevered as the gospel-only ABC Peacock division from 1974 despite the Mighty Clouds of Joy being moved to Dunhill Records (and then the parent ABC label as Dunhill wound down that same year) until ABC Records' sale to MCA Records in late 1978. MCA reissued 100-plus Peacock and Songbird gospel LPs in the early Eighties on with references to Peacock and Songbird eliminated from the covers and new MCA catalog numbers stamped in gold.
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Contact Info:
4104 Lyons Ave., Houston Texas
(original address, defunct)

2809 Erastus St., Houston, Texas
(defunct)

8255 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90048
1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10019
(both ABC Dunhill-era addresses, defunct)
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Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
001 Art Sir Vann*, Earl Stanley And The Stereos* - Cross My Heart / I Don't Wanna Cry Art Sir Vann*, Earl Stanley And The Stereos* Art Sir Vann*, Earl Stanley And The Stereos* - Cross My Heart / I Don't Wanna Cry(7") Vann 001 US Unknown Sell This Version
3 Various - Neuf Negro Spirituals (Gospel Songs) Various Neuf Negro Spirituals (Gospel Songs)(10", Comp) Le Club Français Du Disque 3 France 1953 Sell This Version
51 Various - Negro Spirituals N° 2 (Gospel Songs II) Various Negro Spirituals N° 2 (Gospel Songs II) (Comp) 51 France Unknown Sell This Version
115 "Bobby Blue" Bland And Orchestra* Army Blues / No Blow, No Show(7", Single) Duke 115 US 1953 Sell This Version
122 "Long John" And Orchestra* Crazy Girl / She Used To Be My Woman(7", Single) Duke 122 US 1954 Sell This Version
201 Sunset Travelers* - My Number Will Be Changed / Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty Sunset Travelers* My Number Will Be Changed / Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty (Single) 201 US 1953 Sell This Version
800 Bo Rhambo Combo - Bewitched Bo Rhambo Combo Bewitched(7", Single) Peacock Records 800 US 1958 Sell This Version
1015 The Bivens Specials - What A Great God / Prayer Is The Key The Bivens Specials What A Great God / Prayer Is The Key(7", Promo) Song Bird (2) 1015 US 1964 Sell This Version
1022 The Kansas City Melodyaires - I Know A Man / Be Right With Jesus The Kansas City Melodyaires I Know A Man / Be Right With Jesus(7", Promo) Song Bird (2) 1022 US 1965 Sell This Version
1034 The Valley Wonders - Troubled Heart / God's Gonna Move His Hands The Valley Wonders Troubled Heart / God's Gonna Move His Hands(7") Song Bird (2) 1034 US Unknown Sell This Version
1064 Reverend Oris Mays* - Tribute In Prayer (From A Soldier In Viet Nam) / I've Done What You Told Me To Do Reverend Oris Mays* Tribute In Prayer (From A Soldier In Viet Nam) / I've Done What You Told Me To Do 1064 US Unknown Sell This Version
1070 National Gospel Twins (Brother And Sister)* - What Have I Done / I'm Troubled National Gospel Twins (Brother And Sister)* What Have I Done / I'm Troubled(7", Promo) Song Bird (2) 1070 US Unknown Sell This Version
1077 Ollie Collins, Jr.* - No Need To Cry Ollie Collins, Jr.* No Need To Cry(7") Song Bird (2) 1077 US 1967 Sell This Version
1080 Elite Jewels* - Bedside Of A Neighbor Elite Jewels* Bedside Of A Neighbor(7", Single, Promo) Song Bird (2) 1080 US 1968 Sell This Version
1090 Sons Of The Birds* - Think Of His Goodness Sons Of The Birds* Think Of His Goodness(7") Song Bird (2) 1090 US Unknown Sell This Version
1097 The Fabulous Sweet Brothers* - I'll Make It / God The Creator The Fabulous Sweet Brothers* I'll Make It / God The Creator(7", Promo) Song Bird (2) 1097 US Unknown Sell This Version
1109 Ollie Collins, Jr.* - I'm Going Home Ollie Collins, Jr.* I'm Going Home(7") Song Bird (2) 1109 US Unknown Sell This Version
1116 True Heavenly Spiritual Singers - Going To A Place True Heavenly Spiritual Singers Going To A Place(7", Single, Promo) Song Bird (2) 1116 US Unknown Sell This Version
1134 The Capital City Star Singers - He'll Never Let Go / Live On The Capital City Star Singers He'll Never Let Go / Live On(7", Single, Promo) Song Bird (2) 1134 US Unknown Sell This Version
1148 The Sweet Brothers - Mansion In Paradise (Part 1) The Sweet Brothers Mansion In Paradise (Part 1)(7", Single, Promo) Song Bird (2) 1148 US 1969 Sell This Version
1162 Lane Relation Singers - Judging Someone / Changing World Lane Relation Singers Judging Someone / Changing World(7", Single, Promo) Song Bird (2) 1162 US Unknown Sell This Version
1167 The Jackson Southernairs* - Too Late The Jackson Southernairs* Too Late (Single) 1167 US 1969 Sell This Version
1189 Ollie Collins, Jr.* - Sound Of Music Ollie Collins, Jr.* Sound Of Music(7") Song Bird (2) 1189 US 1974 Sell This Version
1190 Willie Banks And His Southernaires - His Own Willie Banks And His Southernaires His Own(7") Song Bird (2) 1190 US 1974 Sell This Version
1199 The Bonnie Landers Singers - The Devil Stays On My Track The Bonnie Landers Singers The Devil Stays On My Track(7", Promo) Song Bird (2) 1199 US Unknown Sell This Version
1203 Inez Andrews - I'm Free / Lord, Don't Move The Mountain Inez Andrews I'm Free / Lord, Don't Move The Mountain(7", Pro) Song Bird (2) 1203 US 1972 Sell This Version
1204 Supreme Jubilees* - He Woke Me Up This Morning Supreme Jubilees* He Woke Me Up This Morning(7", Single, Promo) Song Bird (2) 1204 US 1972 Sell This Version
1206 Ollie Collins Jr.* The Man I Serve(7") Song Bird (2) 1206 US 1972 Sell This Version
1207 Jean Austin It's A Good Day(7") Song Bird (2) 1207 US 1972 Sell This Version
1208 Holy Disciples* - Trying To Make A Hundred Holy Disciples* Trying To Make A Hundred(7") Song Bird (2) 1208 US 1972 Sell This Version
1209 Christian Soldiers - Running For Jesus / Washed In The Blood Christian Soldiers Running For Jesus / Washed In The Blood(7") Song Bird (2) 1209 US 1972 Sell This Version
1500 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Mercy On Me / Didn't Reach My Goal(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1500 US 1949 Sell This Version
1502 Bea Johnson - Glad You Let Me Go / No Letter Blues Bea Johnson Glad You Let Me Go / No Letter Blues(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1502 US 1950 Sell This Version
1504 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown My Time Is Expensive / Mary Is Fine(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1504 US 1950 Sell This Version
1505 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Boogie Rambler / 2 O'Clock In The Morning(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1505 US 1950 Sell This Version
1506 Skippy Brooks His Piano And His Orchestra* - Across The Country Blues / Skippy Blues Skippy Brooks His Piano And His Orchestra* Across The Country Blues / Skippy Blues(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1506 US 1950 Sell This Version
1508 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown I've Been Mistreated / It Can Never Be That Way(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1508 US 1950 Sell This Version
1510 Silver Cooks - Mr. Ticket Agent / Coming Back Home Silver Cooks Mr. Ticket Agent / Coming Back Home(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1510 US 1949 Sell This Version
1515 Norman Dunlap With The Gondoliers - If This Is Love / You Mean The World To Me Norman Dunlap With The Gondoliers Norman Dunlap With The Gondoliers - If This Is Love / You Mean The World To Me(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1515 US 1950 Sell This Version
1517 Memphis Slim And His Orchestra* - Mean Little Woman / The Girl I Love Memphis Slim And His Orchestra* Mean Little Woman / The Girl I Love(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1517 US 1950 Sell This Version
1526 Iona Wade With Eric Von Schlitz And His Big Six - Take My Number Baby / Come On In Iona Wade With Eric Von Schlitz And His Big Six Iona Wade With Eric Von Schlitz And His Big Six - Take My Number Baby / Come On In(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1526 US Unknown Sell This Version
1536 Original Five Blind Boys* , lead by Archie Brownlee - Amazing Grace / Jesus Gave Me Water Original Five Blind Boys* , lead by Archie Brownlee Original Five Blind Boys* , lead by Archie Brownlee - Amazing Grace / Jesus Gave Me Water(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1536 US 1950 Sell This Version
1537 Elmore Nixon With Henry Hayes And His 4 Kings - My Wish For You / Alabama Blues Elmore Nixon With Henry Hayes And His 4 Kings Elmore Nixon With Henry Hayes And His 4 Kings - My Wish For You / Alabama Blues(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1537 US 1950 Sell This Version
1538 Carl Campbell (3) - Early Morning Blues / Traveling On Carl Campbell (3) Early Morning Blues / Traveling On(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1538 US 1950 Sell This Version
1550 Five Blind Boys Five Blind Boys "Jackson Harmoneers"* Our Father (Which Art In Heaven) / Move In The Room With The Lord 1550 US 1950 Sell This Version
1551 Five Blind Boys* - He's My Rock / I've Got A Right Five Blind Boys* He's My Rock / I've Got A Right(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1551 US 1950 Sell This Version
1552 Original Five Blind Boys* - Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone Original Five Blind Boys* Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone 1552 US 1951 Sell This Version
1552 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1552 US Unknown Sell This Version
1553 Original Five Blind Boys* - World Prayer / How Far Am I From Canaan Original Five Blind Boys* World Prayer / How Far Am I From Canaan 1553 US 1951 Sell This Version
1555 Smilin' Smilin' "Smokey" Lynn* Goin' Back Home / Unfaithful Woman(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1555 US 1951 Sell This Version
1561 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown She Walks Right In / Win With Me Baby(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1561 US 1950 Sell This Version
1568 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Justice Blues / I Live My Life(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1568 US 1951 Sell This Version
1570 Paul Monday, Bill Harvey And Orchestra* - If You Were Mine / Irene's Boogie Paul Monday, Bill Harvey And Orchestra* Paul Monday, Bill Harvey And Orchestra* - If You Were Mine / Irene's Boogie(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1570 US 1951 Sell This Version
1572 Elmore Nixon & His Orchestra You See Me Smiling / A Hep Cat's Advice(Shellac, 10", Single) Peacock Records 1572 US 1951 Sell This Version
1573 Rev. I.H. Gordon And Archie Brownlee With Original Five Blind Boys* / Rev. I.H. Gordon And The Gordonaires - Doctor Jesus / Seek The Lord Rev. I.H. Gordon And Archie Brownlee With Original Five Blind Boys* / Rev. I.H. Gordon And The Gordonaires Rev. I.H. Gordon And Archie Brownlee With Original Five Blind Boys* / Rev. I.H. Gordon And The Gordonaires - Doctor Jesus / Seek The Lord(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1573 US 1951 Sell This Version
1574 Joe Joe "Papoose" Fritz & His Orchestra Summer's Coming On / In Misery(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1574 US 1951 Sell This Version
1575 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Pale Dry Boogie(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1575 US 1951 Sell This Version
1576 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown She Winked Her Eye / Sad Hour(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1576 US 1951 Sell This Version
1577 Walter Brown, Jay McShann's Orchestra* - A B C Blues / The Search Walter Brown, Jay McShann's Orchestra* Walter Brown, Jay McShann's Orchestra* - A B C Blues / The Search(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1577 US 1951 Sell This Version
1579 Smilin Smokey Lynn - Leave My Girl Alone / Straighten Up Pretty Baby Smilin Smokey Lynn Leave My Girl Alone / Straighten Up Pretty Baby(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1579 US 1951 Sell This Version
1580 Original Five Blind Boys* - Coming Home / Mother Don't Worry Original Five Blind Boys* Coming Home / Mother Don't Worry(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1580 US 1951 Sell This Version
1583 Marie Adams, Bill Harvey's Band - I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks / My Search Is Over Marie Adams, Bill Harvey's Band Marie Adams, Bill Harvey's Band - I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks / My Search Is Over(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1583 US 1951 Sell This Version
1584 Bells Of Joy - Let's Talk About Jesus / I'll Work Lord Bells Of Joy Let's Talk About Jesus / I'll Work Lord(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1584 US 1951 Sell This Version
1585 Paul Monday, Bill Harvey's Band - Traveling Through Love / Tired Of This Life I’m Living Paul Monday, Bill Harvey's Band Paul Monday, Bill Harvey's Band - Traveling Through Love / Tired Of This Life I’m Living(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1585 Unknown Sell This Version
1586 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Too Late Baby / Taking My Chances(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1586 US 1951 Sell This Version
1587 Willie Mae Thornton, Bill Harvey's Band - No Jody For Me / Let Your Tears Fall Baby Willie Mae Thornton, Bill Harvey's Band Willie Mae Thornton, Bill Harvey's Band - No Jody For Me / Let Your Tears Fall Baby(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1587 US 1951 Sell This Version
1588 Sister Jessie Mae Renfro - In That Home By And By/He's So Wonderful Sister Jessie Mae Renfro In That Home By And By/He's So Wonderful(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1588 US 1952 Sell This Version
1592 The Christland Singers - Let Me Tell You About My Jesus / I Know My Jesus Is The Light Of The World The Christland Singers Let Me Tell You About My Jesus / I Know My Jesus Is The Light Of The World(Shellac, 10", Single) Peacock Records 1592 US 1952 Sell This Version
1594 Dixie Humming Birds* - What Are They Doing In Heaven Today / Wading Through Blood And Water Dixie Humming Birds* What Are They Doing In Heaven Today / Wading Through Blood And Water(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1594 US 1952 Sell This Version
1595 Sonny Parker, Gladys Hampton's Blues Boys - Money Ain't Everything / Worried Life Blues Sonny Parker, Gladys Hampton's Blues Boys Sonny Parker, Gladys Hampton's Blues Boys - Money Ain't Everything / Worried Life Blues(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1595 US 1952 Sell This Version
1597 Andrew Tibbs Rock Savoy, Rock / Mother's Letter(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1597 US 1952 Sell This Version
1598 The Golden Harp Gospel Singers* - Calling Jesus My Rock / I'll Make It Somehow The Golden Harp Gospel Singers* Calling Jesus My Rock / I'll Make It Somehow(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1598 US 1951 Sell This Version
1599 Christland Singers* - A Few More Days / Peace In The Land Christland Singers* A Few More Days / Peace In The Land(Shellac, 10", Single) Peacock Records 1599 US 1952 Sell This Version
1600 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Baby Take It Easy / Just Got Lucky(7", Single) Peacock Records 1600 US 1952 Sell This Version
1601 Mildred Jones, Bill Harvey's Orchestra - It's Been A Long, Long Time / Love Sick Gal Mildred Jones, Bill Harvey's Orchestra Mildred Jones, Bill Harvey's Orchestra - It's Been A Long, Long Time / Love Sick Gal(Shellac) Peacock Records 1601 US 1951 Sell This Version
1602 Memphis Slim - Living Like A King / Sittin' And Thinkin' Memphis Slim Living Like A King / Sittin' And Thinkin'(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1602 US 1952 Sell This Version
1603 Willie Mae Thornton - Mischievous Boogie / Every Time I Think Of You Willie Mae Thornton Mischievous Boogie / Every Time I Think Of You(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1603 US 1952 Sell This Version
1604 Marie Adams - He's My Man / Alone Marie Adams He's My Man / Alone(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1604 US 1952 Sell This Version
1605 Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy McCracklin Orch.* - My Days Are Limited / She's Gone Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy McCracklin Orch.* Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy McCracklin Orch.* - My Days Are Limited / She's Gone(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1605 US 1952 Sell This Version
1607 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Dirty Work At The Crossroad (Single) 1607 Jamaica 1952 Sell This Version
1609 Al Grey, Al Grey's Orchestra* - Trombone Interlude / Over And Under Al Grey, Al Grey's Orchestra* Al Grey, Al Grey's Orchestra* - Trombone Interlude / Over And Under(7", Single) Peacock Records 1609 US Unknown Sell This Version
1610 Marie Adams - Sweet Talking Daddy / My Song Marie Adams Sweet Talking Daddy / My Song(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1610 US 1953 Sell This Version
1612 Willie Mae Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton* Hound Dog / Night Mare (Single) 1612 US 1953 Sell This Version
1612 Willie Mae Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton* Hound Dog (Single) 1612 US 1956 Sell This Version
1613 Gwen Johnson - New Orleans / Never Again Gwen Johnson New Orleans / Never Again(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1613 US 1953 Sell This Version
1614 Marie Adams - Ain't Car Crazy / I'm The Bluest Gal In Town Marie Adams Ain't Car Crazy / I'm The Bluest Gal In Town(Shellac, 10", Single) Peacock Records 1614 US 1953 Sell This Version
1615 Jimmy McCracklin And His Band - Share And Share Alike Jimmy McCracklin And His Band Share And Share Alike(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1615 US 1953 Sell This Version
1616 "Little Richard"*, Deuces Of Rhythm* And Tempo Toppers* "Little Richard"*, Deuces Of Rhythm* And Tempo Toppers* - Ain't That Good News / Fool At The Wheel 1616 US 1953 Sell This Version
1617 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Boogie Uproar / Hurry Back Good News 1617 US 1953 Sell This Version
1618 Gladys Hill, Al Grey All Stars - Prison Bound / Don't Touch My Bowl Gladys Hill, Al Grey All Stars Gladys Hill, Al Grey All Stars - Prison Bound / Don't Touch My Bowl(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1618 US 1953 Sell This Version
1619 Clarence Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Please Tell Me Baby / Gate Walks To Board(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1619 US 1953 Sell This Version
1620 Sonny Parker With Gladys Hampton's Blues Boys - Disgusted Blues / She Sets My Soul On Fire Sonny Parker With Gladys Hampton's Blues Boys Sonny Parker With Gladys Hampton's Blues Boys - Disgusted Blues / She Sets My Soul On Fire (Single) 1620 1953 Sell This Version
1621 Willie Mae Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton*, Kansas City Bell & Orchestra, Bill Harvey's Orchestra Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton*, Kansas City Bell & Orchestra, Bill Harvey's Orchestra - Cotton Picking Blues / They Call Me Big Mama 1621 US 1953 Sell This Version
1622 Jimmy Swan (5), Plummer Davis & Orchestra* - Laughing, Laughing Blues / Hey Now Baby, Hey Jimmy Swan (5), Plummer Davis & Orchestra* Jimmy Swan (5), Plummer Davis & Orchestra* - Laughing, Laughing Blues / Hey Now Baby, Hey(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1622 US 1953 Sell This Version
1624 Pete Pete "Guitar" Lewis Going Crazy / Back Door Troubles(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1624 US 1952 Sell This Version
1625 Johnny Otis Orch.* - Young Girl / Rock Me Baby Johnny Otis Orch.* Young Girl / Rock Me Baby(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1625 US 1952 Sell This Version
1626 Willie Mae Thornton - I Ain't No Fool Either / The Big Change Willie Mae Thornton I Ain't No Fool Either / The Big Change (Single) 1626 US 1953 Sell This Version
1626 Big Mama Thornton - I Ain't No Fool Either/The Big Change Big Mama Thornton I Ain't No Fool Either/The Big Change(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1626 US 1953 Sell This Version
1627 Joe Fritz, Johnny Otis Band - Honey, Honey / The Woman I Love Joe Fritz, Johnny Otis Band Joe Fritz, Johnny Otis Band - Honey, Honey / The Woman I Love(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1627 US 1953 Sell This Version
1628 Tempo Toppers* - Always Tempo Toppers* Always (Single) 1628 US 1954 Sell This Version