Early Motown labels and lists

This page gives Early Motown labels and lists of releases under those various labels. LONDON AMERICAN LABEL     Paul Gayton: The Hunch / Hot Cross Buns HLM 8998 – Nov 1959 Paul Gayton Was Issued On A 78 As Well As A 45 first on Anna US Berry gordy’s sister label pre-dating Motown Barrett Strong: … Read more

Mutt & Jeffo

  Jerryo,  Radio Station DJ and the guy with a huge hit at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel with Karate Boo-Ga-Loo, started his own record label of course named JERRYO. The best release on JERRYO was by MUTT & JEFFO a name taken from DELL Comics and an original 1920’s USA cartoon series, also Count Basie made … Read more

The Shrine Records Story

The Shrine Records Story: this is the label label that was allegedly torpedoed by Berry Gordy was started by Berry’s ex wife ‘Miss RAY’ and her new husband Eddie Singleton. To finance the new venture in 1964, Raymona (Berry’s Ex wife) AKA ‘Mother Motown’ pressed hundreds of copies of “My Guy”, by Mary Wells and … Read more

Ahmet Ertegun – Atlantic Records

Ahmet Ertegun – Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun was the founder of Atlantic Records. The son of a Turkish diplomat, his musical tastes ranged from Jazz to Soul, from Ray Charles to Led Zeppelin. He is reported to have co-founded Atlantic Records with the help of a loan he secured from his dentist.  He sold the … Read more

MOTOWN: Berry Gordy and The Darker Side of Motown

Allegedly Berry Gordy, the founder and owner of Motown, was not always Mr Nice guy as far as some of the artists and associates would have you believe. The Motown Museum is situated at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan. Later on Motown left Detroit and their original headquarters in Detroit for L.A. which upsets many … Read more

Raynoma Gordy Singleton – founder of Shrine Records

Raynoma Liles Gordy Singleton – ‘Mother Motown‘ Berry Gordy’s second wife and member of the RAYBER Singers, a backing group that sang on the first record Label that Berry Gordy formed with Raynoma in the late 1950’s. As well as being a singer, she wrote and produced songs in her career. RAYBER was put together … Read more

Action Records (UK)

The Action Records (UK) label is devoted to independent music, including much in the way of soul and northern soul. Starting on a market stall in Blackpool in 1979, they acquired a shop in Preston which is where they are based today. Previously, however, Action Records replace the Sue record label in 1968 and we … Read more


Tamla Motown – the first Black owned record label which went on to produce some of the most memorable soul releases of all time. Many of the most famous artists were signed to them including The Supremes The Four Tops Smokey Robinson and the Miracles The Isley Brothers Martha and The Vandellas 2640 West Grand … Read more

Leonard and Phil Chess

Leonard and Phil Chess Chess Records was founded by Leonard and Phil Chess in the 1940s. These Polish brothers Lejzor and Fiszel Czyz became Leonard and Phil Chess. They had come to the United States from Poland in the late 1920s. In 1947 Leonard Chess was a nightclub owner in Chicago, Macamba night club on Chicago’s … Read more