Record Companies & Recording Studios

Sam Cooke

At the age of thirty-three, on December 11th 1964, Sam Cooke was shot and killed at the Hacienda Motel, in Los Angeles. This article is posted on December 11th 2020 in his memory. Samuel Cook was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1931. He was the fifth of eight children born to Charles […]

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OKeh Records

OKeh Records was founded by Otto K. E. Heinemann, a German-American, who set up a recording studio and pressing plant in New York City and started the label in 1918.  A landmark OKeh release OKeh released mainly music by dance and jazz bands, until a blues singer, Mamie Smith, became the first African […]

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Brunswick Records

The association of the Brunswick name with popular music goes back a long way. Brunswick-Balke-Collender, a company based in Iowa, was a manufacturer of pianos and sports equipment, that began trading in 1845. In 1916 they began making phonographs and then records too. In 1930, they sold their record business to […]

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