Vocalion (2)

Vocalion (2)

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This label began as Aeolian Vocalion in 1917, and became "Vocalion" when the "Aeolian" was dropped from their name in 1921. In November 1924 the label was acquired by Brunswick Records. In April 1930, Warner Bros. Pictures bought Brunswick and, for a time, managed the company themselves. In December 1931, however, Warner Bros. licensed the entire Brunswick and Vocalion (2) operation to the American Record Corporation (ARC). Vocalion produced the only recordings of the influential blues artist Robert Johnson in 1936 and 1937.
In December 1938 ARC was bought by the Columbia Broadcasting System, which discontinued production of Brunswick and Vocalion (2) in 1940. Vocalions were reissued on Columbia Records' recently revived Okeh label with the same catalog numbers. The discontinuance of Vocalion voided the lease arrangement Warner Bros. had made with the American Record Corporation (ARC) back in 1931, and Warners re-acquired all pre-1931 master recordings of Brunswick and Vocalion (2), which they promptly sold outright to Decca. All post-1931 Brunswick and Vocalion masters were retained by Columbia Broadcasting System (Columbia/CBS)!

In the late 1950s, Decca resurrected Vocalion as a budget label for back-catalog reissues. It was active until 1973 when parent label Decca was merged along with Kapp Records and UNI Records to create MCA Records. Some of the LPs on this label remained in print well after 1973 on either MCA or Coral, a former Decca subsidiary label reactivated as a budget reissue label (which was quickly renamed MCA Coral) soon after the consolidation of the MCA-owned labels.

The label was also revived for a short time in the 1960s in the U.K. (Vocalion (3)). In 1997, the label was again revived (Vocalion) for a new series of compact discs produced by Mike Dutton of Dutton Laboratories Ltd of Watford, England (also see Dutton Epoch).

Note: Do not confuse with either the 1960s Decca Records (UK) sublabel Vocalion (3) or the current UK-based reissue label operated by Dutton Laboratories as Vocalion.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
4 Benny Carter And His Orchestra Featuring Benny Carter Benny Carter And His Orchestra Featuring Benny Carter - Swingin' At Maida Vale / Nightfall(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 4 UK Unknown Sell This Version
5 Benny Carter And His Orchestra Featuring Benny Carter Benny Carter And His Orchestra Featuring Benny Carter - These Foolish Things / Swingin' The Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 5 UK Unknown Sell This Version
9 Chicago Rhythm Kings* Bald Headed Mama(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 9 UK Unknown Sell This Version
15 Taft Jordan And The Mob* Featuring Teddy Wilson Taft Jordan And The Mob* Featuring Teddy Wilson - Devil In The Moon / Louisiana Fairy Tale(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 15 UK Unknown Sell This Version
519 Hal Kemp And His Orchestra I Was Saying To The Moon / On A Typical Tropical Night(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 519 UK Unknown Sell This Version
565 Larry Adler Smokin' Reffers / I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 565 UK Unknown Sell This Version
570 Nat Lewis And His Dance Band Amy(Shellac, 8") Broadcast (2) 570 UK Unknown Sell This Version
587 The Clevelanders, The New Yorkers (2) The Clevelanders, The New Yorkers (2) - The Free And Easy / Ro-Ro-Rollin' Along(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 587 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
610 Nat Lewis And His Dance Band Let Me Sing And I'm Happy / If I Had A Girl Like You(Shellac, 8") Broadcast (2) 610 UK 1929 Sell This Version
653 Maurice Cole Concerto Op. 16, A Minor(Shellac, 10", Single) Vocalion (2) 653 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
685 Chick Bullock And His Orchestra If I Had A Girl Like You / What's The Use(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 685 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
1008 The Chicago Hottentots All Night Shags / Put Me In The Alley(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1008 US 1926 Sell This Version
1014 King Oliver And His Dixie Syncopators* Jackass Blues / Deep Henderson(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1014 US 1926 Sell This Version
1016 Della* And Gene Collins Della* And Gene Collins - Sadie Green (The Vamp Of New Orleans) / I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (Just Rolling Along, Just Rolling Along)(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1016 US 1926 Sell This Version
1023 Cotton Belt Quartet Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1023 US 1927 Sell This Version
1045 Jazz Baby Moore & Co.* Pistol Paul's Sermon / Morning Prayer(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1045 US Unknown Sell This Version
1060 Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards Idle Hour Special / 47th Street Stomp(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1060 US Unknown Sell This Version
1061 Blind Joe Taggart Just Beyond Jordan / Take Your Burden To The Lord(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1061 US 1927 Sell This Version
1077 Duke Ellington And His Kentucky Club Orchestra Immigration Blues / The Creeper(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1077 US 1927 Sell This Version
1086 Duke Ellington And His Kentucky Club Orchestra Song Of The Cotton Field / New Orleans Low Down(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1086 US 1927 Sell This Version
1088 Clarence Williams And His Washboard Band* P. D. Q. Blues / Cushion Foot Stomp(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1088 US 1927 Sell This Version
1090 William Francis (3) And Richard Sowell William Francis (3) And Richard Sowell - John Henry Blues / Roubin Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1090 US 1927 Sell This Version
1093 The Guitar Evangelist (Edward W. Clayborn)* Let That Lie Alone / Jesus Will Make It All Right(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1093 US 1927 Sell This Version
1094 Henry Thomas "Ragtime Texas"* John Henry / Cottonfield Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1094 US 1927 Sell This Version
1101 Bert (Snake-Root) Hatton* Down In Black Bottom / Freakish Rider Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1101 US 1927 Sell This Version
1109 Rev. Sister Mary Nelson The Royal Telephone/Judgement(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1109 US 1927 Sell This Version
1111 Furry Lewis Rock Island Blues / Everybody's Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1111 US 1927 Sell This Version
1112 King Oliver And His Dixie Syncopators* Willie The Weaper / Black Snake Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1112 US 1927 Sell This Version
1132 Furry Lewis Good Looking Girl Blues / Billy Lyons And Stack O'Lee(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1132 US 1928 Sell This Version
1137 Henry Thomas "Ragtime Texas"* The Fox And The Hounds / Red River Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1137 US 1927 Sell This Version
1138 Henry Thomas "Rag Time Texas"* The Little Red Caboose(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1138 US 1928 Sell This Version
1139 Henry Thomas "Rag Time Texas"* Shanty Blues / Woodhouse Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1139 US 1928 Sell This Version
1153 Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra Doin' The Frog / Red Hot Band(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1153 US 1928 Sell This Version
1155 Jim Jackson (2) Jim Jackson’s Kansas City Blues-Part 3 / Jim Jackson’s Kansas City Blues-Part 4(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1155 US 1928 Sell This Version
1181 Jimmy Blythe Alley Rat / Sweet Papa(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1181 US 1928 Sell This Version
1185 Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra Four Or Five Times / Every Evening (I Miss You)(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1185 US 1928 Sell This Version
1193 Lulu Jackson Careless Love Blues / You're Going To Leave The Old Home, Jim!(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1193 US 1928 Sell This Version
1198 Cow Cow Davenport / Cow Cow Davenport And Ivy Smith Cow Cow Davenport / Cow Cow Davenport And Ivy Smith - Cow Cow Blues / State Street Jive(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1198 US 1928 Sell This Version
1204 Junie C. Cobb And His Grains Of Corn Endurance Stomp / Yearning And Blue(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1204 US 1928 Sell This Version
1214 Leroy Carr Mean Old Train Blues / Low Down Dirty Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1214 US 1928 Sell This Version
1216 Georgia Tom / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom Georgia Tom / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom - Grievin' Me Blues / It's Tight Like That(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1216 US 1928 Sell This Version
1219 The Southern Plantation Singers De's Bones Gwine Rise Again / My Lord Delivered Daniel(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1219 US 1928 Sell This Version
1222 Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers Seeking For Me / There Was No Room At The Hotel(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1222 US 1928 Sell This Version
1230 Henry Thomas "Ragtime Texas"* Bull Doze Blues / Old Country Stomp(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1230 US 1929 Sell This Version
1244 Tampa Red, "The Guitar Wizard"* With George Tom* Tampa Red, "The Guitar Wizard"* With George Tom* - Chicago Moan Blues / It's Tight Like That-Part 2(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1244 US 1929 Sell This Version
1245 "Pine Top" Smith* Pine Top Blues / Pine Top's Boogie Woogie(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1245 US 1929 Sell This Version
1253 Cow Cow Davenport / Cow Cow Davenport And Ivy Smith Cow Cow Davenport / Cow Cow Davenport And Ivy Smith - Chimin' The Blues / Alabama Strut(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1253 US 1929 Sell This Version
1257 Frankie Half Pint Jaxon* Fan It / How Can I Get It?(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1257 US 1929 Sell This Version
1270 Alex Hill* Stompin' 'Em Down / Tack Head Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1270 US 1929 Sell This Version
1285 Frankie Half Pint Jaxon* Let's Knock A Jug / Can't You Wait?(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1285 US 1929 Sell This Version
1295 Jim Jackson (2) Foot Achin' Blues / Love Sick Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1295 US 1929 Sell This Version
1403 Beale Street Washboard Band Forty And Tight / Piggly Wiggly(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1403 US 1929 Sell This Version
1432 Leroy Carr With Scrapper Blackwell Leroy Carr With Scrapper Blackwell - Christmas In Jail - Ain't That A Pain / Prison Cell Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1432 US 1929 Sell This Version
1442 Garfield Akers Cottonfield Blues Part I - Part II(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1442 US 1930 Sell This Version
1450 Georgia Tom, Tampa Red And Frankie Jaxon / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom Georgia Tom, Tampa Red And Frankie Jaxon / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom - Kunjine Baby / Corrine Corrina(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1450 US Unknown Sell This Version
1463 Walter Page And His Original Blue Devils* Blue Devil Blues / Squabblin'(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1463 US Unknown Sell This Version
1467 Lee Green If I Get Drunk Whose Gonna Carry Me Home / Dud-Law Joe(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1467 US Unknown Sell This Version
1468 Henry Thomas Lovin' Babe / Charmin' Betsy(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1468 US Unknown Sell This Version
1469 Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* / Tampa Red And Georgia Tom - Mrs. Baker's Blues / Worried Man Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1469 US Unknown Sell This Version
1476 Memphis Minnie Bumble Bee / I'm Talking About You(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1476 US Unknown Sell This Version
1481 Garfield Akers Dough Roller Blues - Jumpin' and Shoutin' Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1481 US 1930 Sell This Version
1500 Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie - What Fault You Find Of Me?(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1500 US Unknown Sell This Version
1508 Kansas City Kitty And Georgia Tom Kansas City Kitty And Georgia Tom - The Doctor Blues / You Got That Stuff(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1508 US Unknown Sell This Version
1512 Memphis Minnie I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits / Mister Tango Blues(Shellac, 10", Single) Vocalion (2) 1512 US 1930 Sell This Version
1534 Kansas City Kitty And Georgia Tom Kansas City Kitty And Georgia Tom - Room Rent Blues / Show Me What You Got(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1534 US Unknown Sell This Version
1538 Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"* The Dirty Dozen No. 2 / I. C. Moan Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1538 US 1930 Sell This Version
1540 Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band* You Rascal You / She Can Love So Good 1540 US Unknown Sell This Version
1556 Memphis Minnie I'm Talkin' 'Bout You No. 2 / Bumble Bee No. 2(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1556 US Unknown Sell This Version
1564 The Kentucky Jug Band* Hard Hustlin' Blues / Walking Cane Stomp(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1564 US Unknown Sell This Version
1585 Leroy Carr Big House Blues / New How Long How Long Blues-Pt. 2(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1585 US Unknown Sell This Version
1587 Alabama Washboard Stompers Who Stole The Lock / Rockin' Chair(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1587 US Unknown Sell This Version
1631 Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe - I Called You This Morning / Plymouth Rock Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1631 US Unknown Sell This Version
1654 Tampa Red, Georgia Tom Tampa Red, Georgia Tom - Georgia Hound Blues / New Strangers Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1654 US Unknown Sell This Version
1655 "Funny Paper" Smith* Hoppin' Toad Frog / Hungry Wolf(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1655 US Unknown Sell This Version
1661 Tampa Red Down In Spirit Blues / Stop and Listen Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1661 US Unknown Sell This Version
1672 Peetie Wheatstraw (The Devil's Son-In-Law)* Six Weeks Old / C And A Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1672 US 1931 Sell This Version
1697 Alabama Washboard Stompers You Can Depend On Me / Pepper Steak(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1697 US Unknown Sell This Version
1704 Jelly Jaw Short Snake Doctor Blues / Bare Foot Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1704 US 1932 Sell This Version
1706 Tampa Red Reckless Man Blues / You Can't Get That Stuff No More(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1706 US 1932 Sell This Version
1714 Eddie & Sugar Lou's Hotel Tyler Orchestra Sorrowful Blues / Sympathetic Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1714 US Unknown Sell This Version
1722 Big Bill* Bull Cow Blues / How You Want It Done(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1722 US 1933 Sell This Version
1723 Eddie & Sugar Lou's Hotel Tyler Orchestra Love Song Blues / Cruel Mama Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 1723 US Unknown Sell This Version
02529 Bill Carlisle Don't Marry The Wrong Woman / Barnyard Tumble(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02529 US Unknown Sell This Version
02530 Fisher Hendley And His Carolina Tar Heels* Peek-A-Boo / Greasy Possum(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02530 US Unknown Sell This Version
2541 Clarence Williams And His Orchestra Beer Garden Blues / Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me)(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 2541 US 1933 Sell This Version
02554 Ashley And Foster* Times Ain't Like They Used To Be 02554 US Unknown Sell This Version
02565 Kessinger Brothers Josh And I / Brownstown Girl(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02565 US 1929 Sell This Version
02566 Kessinger Brothers Kanawha County Rag / West Virginia Special(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02566 US Unknown Sell This Version
2571 Irving Aaronson And His Commanders Good Night, Little Girl Of My Dreams / Moonlight Down In Lovers' Lane(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 2571 US Unknown Sell This Version
02576 Ashley And Foster* Rising Sun Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02576 US Unknown Sell This Version
02594 Boa's Pine Cabin Boys Hurry Johnny, Hurry / I Like To Go Back In The Evening (To That Old Sweetheart Of Mine)(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02594 US Unknown Sell This Version
2602 Clarence Williams And His Orchestra For Sale (Hanna Johnson's Big Jack Ass)(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 2602 US Unknown Sell This Version
02604 W. Lee O'Daniel And His Light Crust Doughboys* W. Lee O'Daniel And His Light Crust Doughboys* - On To Victory Mr. Roosevelt / In The Fall Of '29(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02604 US 1933 Sell This Version
2610 Joseph Robechaux And His New Orleans Rhythm Boys* After Me The Sun Goes Down / Why Should I Cry For You.(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 2610 US 1933 Sell This Version
02611 Ashley And Foster* Bay Rum Blues / Sideline Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02611 US Unknown Sell This Version
2616 Clarence Williams And His Orchestra Swaller-Tail Coat / Looka There, Ain't She Pretty(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 2616 US Unknown Sell This Version
02639 Taylor And Walker / Hensley, Taylor And Walker Taylor And Walker / Hensley, Taylor And Walker - Bad Boy / It's Hard To Make Gertie(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02639 US Unknown Sell This Version
2643 Fred Stone And His Orchestra My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 2643 US Unknown Sell This Version
02650 Bertha Lee Yellow Bee / Mind Reader Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02650 US Unknown Sell This Version
02651 Charlie Patton* Poor Me / 34 Blues(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 02651 US 1934 Sell This Version

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April 3, 2014
The Vocalion labels need some attention. I thought I would weigh in. I know the (US) label has a unique history, but at the point 'Vocalion was resurrected in the late 1950s by Decca (US)', (from Wikipedia); From that point the releases share the same parent company. The releases that state "A product of Decca" (usually with logo) should be added to Vocalion (3). It just seems that it would clean it up, as there are titles in (3) that belong in (2) (presently) and also need to remove the Dutton 'Vocalion' titles from (3). In my opinion the Vocalion (2) should be for Shellac releases only (and stated as such). Move the (label) images (2) to (3) and use the shellac label logo(s) only.