Imperial [CA]

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA.
OWNER(s): Lew Chudd
TIMESPAN: 1940s...
MISC NOTES: Although Imperial had a long history of its own stretching back into the 1940s and '50s, by the early 1960s it had been purchased by and become a subsidiary of Liberty Records Los Angeles, CA.

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Bootleg reproduction of Aladdin 45-3453

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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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A-SIDE COMPOSER: Shades
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Commador Music Corp.

B-SIDE COMPOSER: Shades
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Commador Music Corp.

MISC NOTES: Recorded 1955.02.09

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FORMAT: vinyl disc
SIZE: 7" / 10"
SPEED: 45rpm / 78rpm
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[HEAR IT HERE] "I Know......."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNcimSApxFU

[HEAR IT HERE]  "My Dream........."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNcimSApxFU

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Recorded 1955.02.09

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MISC NOTES: Recorded 1955.02.09

LOCATION: LA
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FORMAT: vinyl disc
SIZE: 7" / 10"
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MISC NOTES: Recorded 1956.01.06

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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7" / 10"
SPEED: 45rpm / 78rpm
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[HEAR IT HERE] "So Long....."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D-N70hNqAA

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: R.H. Seymour
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: W. Gold & E. Ray
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MISC NOTES: Recorded 1956.01.06

LOCATION: LA
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SIZE: 7" / 10"
SPEED: 45 rpm / 78 rpm
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"Imperial did take in some charity cases. The Wailers' "Tall Cool One" was a 1959 hit on Golden Crest Records, but the lp was released on Imperial in 1963." (1964) [Liberty Records A History of the Recording Company and Its Stars, 1955 - 1971
Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly 1993 pg. 193]

 

Side One
1. Tall Cool One (Dangel - Greek)
2. Seattle (Dangel)
3. Hokey (Dance Game Song. No Other Info.)
4. Louie, Louie (Berry)
5. Doin' The Seaside (Wailers)
6. We're Going Surfin' (Dangel - Morrill - Ormsby)

Side Two
1. Frenzy (Burk - Morrill - Dangel)
2. Shake Down  (Roberts - Dangel)
3. Party Time U.S. A. (Ormsby)
4. Tough Walk (Morrill - Ormsby)
5. Isabella (Writer Unknown)
6. Mashi (Ormsby - Morrill - Burk)

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FORMAT:disc
SIZE:12"
SPEED:33 1/3 rpm
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On the label the album # is LP - 9262. Herein the LP prefix has been dropped for cataloging purposes.

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1963/'64 Cataloged, but never pressed/released as a single. The two songs did, however, appear on 1964 Imperial album Tall Cool One (LP - 9262)

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SIZE:7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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MISC NOTES: Artist name on label = DON LEE WILSON

Novelty tunes with Wilson doing voice impression of tv's "The Real McCoys" actor Walter Brennan

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SIZE:7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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1.) A - B promo disc. White label background. Black numerals and lettering. audition record

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A-SIDE COMPOSER:Charles
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B-SIDE COMPOSER:Wilson - Bogle - Edwards - Wagner
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MISC NOTES:

Both of these recordings were remakes. "Mashi" was a redo of Etiquette #2 while "On The Rocks" was a re-cutting of "Tall Cool One" using the tune's original name. The 45 did well enough to spawn the album "Tall Cool One" [Imperial LP - 9262] The album featured a mish-mash of previously recorded/released tracks.

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FORMAT :disc
SIZE:7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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[HEAR IT HERE] "On The Rocks"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0L_lDpxlzg

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1.) A - B promotional disc. White label with black numerals and lettering. AUDITION RECORD horizontal to left of spindle hole.

2.) A - B retail disc. Black label with colorization. While numerals and lettering.

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A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:May/June, l964
A-SIDE COMPOSER:J. Ormsby - K. Morrill - M. Burke
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B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:May/June, l964
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B-SIDE PUBLISHER:The Wailers

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LOCATION: Seattle
RECORDING PERSONNEL: Nancy Claire (vocals);
RECORDING STUDIO: Commercial Productions
RECORDING ENGINEER: Lyle Thompson (engineer); Pat O' Day (producer)

FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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[HEAR IT HERE...] "Death Of An Angel'

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1.) Promotional A -B disc. White label background with black lettering. AUDITION RECORD spelled vertically to right of Imperial logo on left of spindle hole.

2.) Retail A - B disc. Black label background  with white and purple accents to left of spindle hole.

A-SIDE MATRIX: IM - 5979
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A-SIDE COMPOSER: Curtis Williams
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Dootsie Williams Pub. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: IM- 5980
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: Doris Woods - Donald Woods
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Limax Music Inc. (BMI)

MISC NOTES: Christensen was associated with Dolton Records during their Los Angeles years. Liberty owned Dolton Records. Liberty also owned Imperial Records.

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SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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Artist name appears as Don Lee Wilson

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1.) A - B promo disc. White label background. Black logo, numerals and lettering.
AUDITION RECORD vertical to left of spindle hole.

2.) A - B retail disc. Black label background. White IR IMPERIAL  logo left center of spindle hole. White space above. Pink space below. Silver numerals and lettering except "A subsidiary of Liberty Records........." in white arced along lower edge of label.

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: Jeff Barry - Ben Raleigh
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: Don Wilson
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MISC NOTES: Artist name on label = DON LEE WILSON

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SIZE:7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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Known Label Designs:
1.) A - B promo disc. White label background. White IR logo left center of spindle hole. Black numerals and lettering. AUDITION RECORD  spelled out vertically left of spindle hole.

2.) A - B retail disc. Predominately black label background with silver numerals/lettering.

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: Don Wilson
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: Leonard Lee
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MISC NOTES:

Although these titles appear in the Imperial catalog, the late Ellen Ogilvy, mother of Jimmy "Hanna" Ogilvy - and one of the founders/owners of Seattle's Seafair-Bolo Records on which these tunes first separately appeared - "Busybody" [B - 747] & "Moonlight In Vermont [B - 737] -  always insisted that Imperial never pressed or released this disc.

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