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 presevered 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.
Sublabels
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)
Sites:
[l71637]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
3 Neuf Negro Spirituals (Gospel Songs)  album cover Various Neuf Negro Spirituals (Gospel Songs)(10") Le Club Français Du Disque 3 France 1953 Sell This Version
51 Negro Spirituals N° 2 (Gospel Songs II)  album cover Various Negro Spirituals N° 2 (Gospel Songs II)(10") Le Club Français Du Disque 51 France Unknown Sell This Version
115 Army Blues / No Blow, No Show  album cover Bobby Bland Army Blues / No Blow, No Show(7", Single) Duke 115 US 1953 Sell This Version
201 My Number Will Be Changed / Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty  album cover Sunset Travelers* My Number Will Be Changed / Yes, Yes, I've Done My Duty(Shellac, 10") Duke 201 US 1953 Sell This Version
800 Bewitched  album cover Bo Rhambo Combo Bewitched(7", Single) Peacock Records 800 US Unknown Sell This Version
1167 Too Late  album cover The Jackson Southernairs* Too Late 1167 US Unknown Sell This Version
1199 The Devil Stays On My Track  album cover The Bonnie Landers Singers The Devil Stays On My Track(7", Promo) Song Bird (2) 1199 US Unknown Sell This Version
1500 Mercy On Me / Didn't Reach My Goal  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Mercy On Me / Didn't Reach My Goal(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1500 US 1949 Sell This Version
1502 Glad You Let Me Go / No Letter Blues  album cover Bea Johnson Glad You Let Me Go / No Letter Blues(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1502 US 1950 Sell This Version
1504 My Time Is Expensive / Mary Is Fine  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* My Time Is Expensive / Mary Is Fine(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1504 US 1949 Sell This Version
1505 Boogie Rambler / 2 O'Clock In The Morning  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Boogie Rambler / 2 O'Clock In The Morning(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1505 US 1949 Sell This Version
1508 I've Been Mistreated / It Can Never Be That Way  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* I've Been Mistreated / It Can Never Be That Way(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1508 US 1949 Sell This Version
1517 Mean Little Woman / The Girl I Love  album cover Memphis Slim And His Orchestra* Mean Little Woman / The Girl I Love(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1517 US 1950 Sell This Version
1536 Amazing Grace / Jesus Gave Me Water  album cover 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 Unknown Sell This Version
1537 My Wish For You / Alabama Blues  album cover 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
1550 Our Father (Which Art In Heaven) / Move In The Room With The Lord  album cover 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 He's My Rock / I've Got A Right  album cover Original Five Blind Boys* He's My Rock / I've Got A Right (Single) 1551 US 1950 Sell This Version
1552 Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone  album cover Original Five Blind Boys* Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone 1552 US 1951 Sell This Version
1553 World Prayer / How Far Am I From Canaan  album cover Original Five Blind Boys* World Prayer / How Far Am I From Canaan 1553 US 1951 Sell This Version
1555 Smilin' "Smokey" Lynn* Goin' Back Home / Unfaithful Woman(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1555 US 1951 Sell This Version
1561 She Walks Right In / Win With Me Baby  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* She Walks Right In / Win With Me Baby(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1561 US 1950 Sell This Version
1568 Justice Blues / I Live My Life  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Justice Blues / I Live My Life(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1568 US 1951 Sell This Version
1573 Doctor Jesus / Seek The Lord  album cover 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 Summer's Coming On / In Misery  album cover Joe "Papoose" Fritz & His Orchestra Summer's Coming On / In Misery(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1574 US 1951 Sell This Version
1575 Pale Dry Boogie  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Pale Dry Boogie(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1575 US 1951 Sell This Version
1576 She Winked Her Eye / Sad Hour  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* She Winked Her Eye / Sad Hour(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1576 US 1951 Sell This Version
1577 A B C Blues / The Search  album cover 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
1580 Coming Home / Mother Don't Worry  album cover Original Five Blind Boys* Coming Home / Mother Don't Worry(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1580 US 1951 Sell This Version
1583 I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks / My Search Is Over  album cover 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 Let's Talk About Jesus / I'll Work Lord  album cover Bells Of Joy Let's Talk About Jesus / I'll Work Lord(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1584 US 1951 Sell This Version
1586 Too Late Baby / Taking My Chances  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Too Late Baby / Taking My Chances(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1586 US 1951 Sell This Version
1587 No Jody For Me / Let Your Tears Fall Baby  album cover 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 In That Home By And By/He's So Wonderful  album cover 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 Let Me Tell You About My Jesus / I Know My Jesus Is The Light Of The World  album cover 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 What Are They Doing In Heaven Today / Wading Through Blood And Water  album cover Dixie Humming Birds* What Are They Doing In Heaven Today / Wading Through Blood And Water(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1594 US Unknown Sell This Version
1595 Money Ain't Everything / Worried Life Blues  album cover 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
1599 A Few More Days / Peace In The Land  album cover Christland Singers* A Few More Days / Peace In The Land(Shellac, 10", Single) Peacock Records 1599 US 1952 Sell This Version
1600 Baby Take It Easy / Just Got Lucky  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Baby Take It Easy / Just Got Lucky(7", Single) Peacock Records 1600 US 1952 Sell This Version
1602 Living Like A King / Sittin' And Thinkin'  album cover Memphis Slim Living Like A King / Sittin' And Thinkin'(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1602 US 1952 Sell This Version
1603 Mischievous Boogie / Every Time I Think Of You  album cover Willie Mae Thornton Mischievous Boogie / Every Time I Think Of You(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1603 US 1952 Sell This Version
1604 He's My Man / Alone  album cover Marie Adams He's My Man / Alone(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1604 US 1952 Sell This Version
1605 My Days Are Limited / She's Gone  album cover 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 Dirty Work At The Crossroad  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Dirty Work At The Crossroad (Single) 1607 Jamaica 1952 Sell This Version
1610 Sweet Talking Daddy / My Song  album cover Marie Adams Sweet Talking Daddy / My Song(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1610 US 1953 Sell This Version
1612 Hound Dog / Night Mare  album cover Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton* Hound Dog / Night Mare 1612 US 1953 Sell This Version
1612 Hound Dog  album cover Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton* Hound Dog(7", Single, Mono, RE) Peacock Records 1612 US Unknown Sell This Version
1613 New Orleans / Never Again  album cover Gwen Johnson New Orleans / Never Again(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1613 US Unknown Sell This Version
1615 Share And Share Alike  album cover Jimmy McCracklin And His Band Share And Share Alike(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1615 US 1953 Sell This Version
1616 Ain't That Good News / Fool At The Wheel  album cover The Deuces Of Rhythm Ain't That Good News / Fool At The Wheel(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1616 US Unknown Sell This Version
1617 Boogie Uproar / Hurry Back Good News  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown*, Al Grey All Stars Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown*, Al Grey All Stars - Boogie Uproar / Hurry Back Good News(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1617 US 1953 Sell This Version
1618 Prison Bound / Don't Touch My Bowl  album cover 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 1956 Sell This Version
1619 Please Tell Me Baby / Gate Walks To Board  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown*, Al Grey All Stars Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown*, Al Grey All Stars - Please Tell Me Baby / Gate Walks To Board(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1619 US 1953 Sell This Version
1620 Disgusted Blues / She Sets My Soul On Fire  album cover 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 Cotton Picking Blues / They Call Me Big Mama  album cover Big Mama Thornton Cotton Picking Blues / They Call Me Big Mama(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1621 US 1953 Sell This Version
1625 Young Girl / Rock Me Baby  album cover Johnny Otis Orch.* Young Girl / Rock Me Baby(10") Peacock Records 1625 US 1952 Sell This Version
1626 I Ain't No Fool Either / The Big Change  album cover Willie Mae Thornton I Ain't No Fool Either / The Big Change(7", Single) Peacock Records 1626 Unknown Sell This Version
1626 I Ain't No Fool Either / The Big Change  album cover Willie Mae Thornton I Ain't No Fool Either / The Big Change(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1626 US Unknown Sell This Version
1627 Honey, Honey / The Woman I Love  album cover 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 (Single) 1628 US Unknown Sell This Version
1631 I’m Gonna Latch On / You’re Gone From Me   album cover Marie Adams I’m Gonna Latch On / You’re Gone From Me (Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1631 US Unknown Sell This Version
1632 I Smell A Rat / I've Searched The Whole World Over  album cover Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton*, Johnny Otis Band Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton*, Johnny Otis Band - I Smell A Rat / I've Searched The Whole World Over(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1632 US 1952 Sell This Version
1632 I Smell A Rat / They Call Me Big Mama  album cover Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton* I Smell A Rat / They Call Me Big Mama(7", RE, Unofficial) Peacock Records, Peacock Records 1632 US Unknown Sell This Version
1633 The Midnight Hour / For Now So Long  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* The Midnight Hour / For Now So Long(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1633 US 1954 Sell This Version
1636 Shake It / I Won't Be Your Fool No More  album cover Johnny Otis And His Orchestra Shake It / I Won't Be Your Fool No More(10", Single) Peacock Records 1636 US 1954 Sell This Version
1637 Okie Dokie Stomp  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Okie Dokie Stomp 1637 US 1954 Sell This Version
1638 Mr. Thrill / Mis-Used Woman  album cover Mildred Jones Mr. Thrill / Mis-Used Woman(10") Peacock Records 1638 US Unknown Sell This Version
1639 Hear My Story / The Cheater  album cover Jimmy McCracklin And His Orchestra Hear My Story / The Cheater(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1639 US 1952 Sell This Version
1639 The Cheater / Hear My Story   album cover Jimmy McCracklin and His Orchestra The Cheater / Hear My Story (Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1639 US 1954 Sell This Version
1640 Joe "Papoose" Fritz*, Bill Harvey & His Orch.* Joe "Papoose" Fritz*, Bill Harvey & His Orch.* - Cerelle / If I Didn't Love You So(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1640 US 1954 Sell This Version
1641 A Trumpet Blows Away The Blues / Young Boy  album cover Gwen Johnson A Trumpet Blows Away The Blues / Young Boy(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1641 US 1954 Sell This Version
1642 Stop Hoppin' On Me / Story Of My Blues  album cover Big Mama Thornton Stop Hoppin' On Me / Story Of My Blues(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1642 US 1954 Sell This Version
1646 My Destination / The Shape I'm In  album cover Marie Adams My Destination / The Shape I'm In(10") Peacock Records 1646 US 1955 Sell This Version
1649 In Memory (A Tribute To Johnny Ace) / Boom Diddy Wa Wa  album cover Marie Adams Featured With Johnny Otis Orchestra* / Johnny Otis Orchestra* Marie Adams Featured With Johnny Otis Orchestra* / Johnny Otis Orchestra* - In Memory (A Tribute To Johnny Ace) / Boom Diddy Wa Wa(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1649 US 1955 Sell This Version
1650 The Fish / Laugh, Laugh, Laugh  album cover Willie M. Thornton* The Fish / Laugh, Laugh, Laugh(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1650 US 1955 Sell This Version
1653 Gate's Salty Blues / Rock My Blues Away  album cover Clarence Brown And Orchestra Gate's Salty Blues / Rock My Blues Away(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1653 US 1955 Sell This Version
1654 Willie Mae Thornton Tarzan And The Dignified Monkey / How Come(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1654 US 1955 Sell This Version
1655 Waterproof / Yes, That's My Baby  album cover The Scamps (4) Waterproof / Yes, That's My Baby(10") Peacock Records 1655 US 1955 Sell This Version
1658 Little Richard's Boogie / Directly From My Heart To You  album cover Little Richard, Johnny Otis' Band* Little Richard, Johnny Otis' Band* - Little Richard's Boogie / Directly From My Heart To You(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1658 US 1956 Sell This Version
1660 Darling, Depend On Me / Don't Let It End This Way  album cover Elmore Morris Darling, Depend On Me / Don't Let It End This Way 1660 US 1956 Sell This Version
1661 Shirley Jean / Gamblin' Woman  album cover Big Walter* Shirley Jean / Gamblin' Woman(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1661 US 1955 Sell This Version
1662 September Song / Ain't That Dandy  album cover Gatemouth Brown* September Song / Ain't That Dandy 1662 US 1956 Sell This Version
1663 Rock And Roll Bells / All Over, Goodbye  album cover Louis Jones (2) Rock And Roll Bells / All Over, Goodbye 1663 US 1956 Sell This Version
1664 Concerto To The Blues / Love You (Til The End Of Time)  album cover Tommy Mosley Concerto To The Blues / Love You (Til The End Of Time)(7") Peacock Records 1664 US 1956 Sell This Version
1668 Elmore Morris Indeed I Do(10") Peacock Records 1668 US 1956 Sell This Version
1669 Just Looking For A Home / You're The One I Need  album cover Big Walter And His Thunderbirds Just Looking For A Home / You're The One I Need(7") Peacock Records 1669 US Unknown Sell This Version
1670 There Goes The Mailman / O-Ho-O-Yeh (What The Heck)  album cover Arthur Prysock There Goes The Mailman / O-Ho-O-Yeh (What The Heck)(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1670 US 1956 Sell This Version
1673 Maybe I'm Right / I Love My Baby  album cover Little Richard Maybe I'm Right / I Love My Baby(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1673 US 1957 Sell This Version
1681 Just Like A Dog / My Man Called Me  album cover Willie Mae Thornton Just Like A Dog / My Man Called Me(7", Single, Promo) Peacock Records 1681 US Unknown Sell This Version
1683 I Need Your Loving / The Swinging Thing  album cover Jimmy McCracklin And His Blues Blasters I Need Your Loving / The Swinging Thing(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1683 US 1958 Sell This Version
1688 All I Hear (Is Get Your Homework Done) / Alpha Omega  album cover The Checker Dots All I Hear (Is Get Your Homework Done) / Alpha Omega 1688 US 1959 Sell This Version
1690 Go Go Jumbo / Chinatown Rock  album cover Kenneth Deal Go Go Jumbo / Chinatown Rock(7") Peacock Records 1690 US 1960 Sell This Version
1692 Swingin' The Gate  album cover Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown* Swingin' The Gate(7") Peacock Records 1692 US 1959 Sell This Version
1696 Slop Time / Gate's Tune  album cover Gatemouth Brown* Slop Time / Gate's Tune(7", Single, Mono) Peacock Records 1696 US 1960 Sell This Version
1697 Gonzo / Cool Turkey  album cover James Booker Gonzo / Cool Turkey(7", Single) Peacock Records 1697 US 1960 Sell This Version
1700 He's My Friend / Stop Right Now (It's Praying Time)  album cover Bells Of Joy He's My Friend / Stop Right Now (It's Praying Time)(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1700 US 1952 Sell This Version
1701 God Leads Little Children / Precious Memories  album cover Original Five Blind Boys* God Leads Little Children / Precious Memories(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1701 US 1952 Sell This Version
1703 I Want To Be More Like Jesus / I Just Can't Keep From Crying  album cover The Stars Of Hope I Want To Be More Like Jesus / I Just Can't Keep From Crying(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1703 US Unknown Sell This Version
1704 Will He Welcome Me There / A Soldier Not In Uniform  album cover Sensational Nightingales* Will He Welcome Me There / A Soldier Not In Uniform(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1704 US Unknown Sell This Version
1705 I Know I've Been Changed / Trouble In My Way  album cover Dixie Humming Birds* I Know I've Been Changed / Trouble In My Way(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1705 US 1952 Sell This Version