Top 10 DeLuxe Records

One day in 1955, Syd Nathan called Henry Stone in Miami and said, “Drive up to Macon and check on this guy with the “Please, Please, Please” that I heard about and sign him to DeLuxe.”

Nathan had called his other cronie Ralph Bass and told him the same thing, except Bass was in Alabama when he got the call so he got there first and signed James Brown to Federal Records.

It’s part of why Henry called Nathan “An early genius.” The other side of the coin is that the King Records empire was a family corporation, and the family always got paid first.

So despite the best intentions of both Nathan and Henry, their partnership in the DeLuxe label ended with a near fist fight in a Cincinnati office. Luckily they went to court and made a settlement instead. Either way, DeLuxe put out a lot of great music in a pretty short time, and a nice chunk of it from the streets of Miami and the back roads of Florida. But also from the streets of Ohio, where Henry found Otis Williams and The Charms singing on a street corner. Their “Hearts Of Stone” was a million seller back when that was a new phenomenon (for independent records).

 

10.  Rouse Brothers – Flop Eared Mule b/w Home Brew Rag
Style – Traditional
Genre – Country and Western
Date: 1954
Format: 10″

 

 

9. Bill Robinson And The Quails
Style: Doo Wop
Year: 1954
Format: 10″

 

 

8. Five Jets – Crazy Chicken
Style: R&B
Year: 1954

 

 

7. Jimmy Hartley – Don’t Drop It
Style: Rockabilly
Genre: Rock
Year: 1954
Format: 10″

 

 

 

 

jimmy hartly dont drop it 78

6. Artist: Jimmy Hartley
Label: De Luxe
Country: USA
Catalogue: 2023
Date: 1954
Format: 10″

 

5. The Blue Dots – Don’t Do That Baby
Style: R&B
Genre: R&B
Year: 1954

 

 

 

 

3. The Four Speeds – The Girls Back Home
Style: rockin’
Genre: R&B
Format: 10″
Year: 1954

 

 

2. The Charms – Two Hearts, Two Kisses
Style: R&B
Genre: Pop
Date: 1954
Format: 10″

 

 

1. The Charms – Hearts of Stone
Style: R&B
Genre: Pop
Date: 1954
Format: 10″

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