Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Kings of New Orleans - Design Records

The Kings of New Orleans

1965 Design Records SDLP-213 Stereo / DLP-213 Mono

Side One
1. Sidewalks of New York (Pete Fountain)
2. Jazz Me Blues (Pete Fountain)
3. Royal Garden Blues (Eddie Condon)
4. Indiana (Eddie Condon)
5. The Blues (Jack Teagarden)

Side Two
1. Mighty Lak' A Rose (Jack Teagarden)
2. On the Sunny Side of the Street (Pee Wee Hunt)
3. Lazy Bones (Pee Wee Hunt)
4. Slightly Groovy (Earl Bostic)
5. Bostic Boogie Woogie (Earl Bostic)

Liner Notes:

Pete Fountain
Jack Teagarden
Eddie Condon
Earl Bostic
Pee Wee Hunt

Pickwick International owned a slew of budget labels, including Design Records, Bravo, International Award, Hurrah, and Grand Prix. By 1965, Bravo had been discontinued, but International Award, Design, Hurrah, and Grand Prix were all going strong. Upon closer inspection, part of the reason all three had such a large catalog was that Pickwick was often issuing the exact same album on the different labels, but with different covers and attributed to different artists! Many of the albums listed in the Design Records discography met that fate. Of course, if the artists, like Pete Fountain were well known, the names were consistent from label to label, but for those generic bands, orchestras, and singers, they may be Norman Roye today and Merlin tomorrow.

Credit: Design Album Discography, Part 2: DLP mono and SDLP stereo series (1965-1970)
By Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries

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