RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)

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RCA imprint logo history:
until ca. 1962, RCA Records had used the original lightning bolt logo (eg: as seen in this 1962 release, before transitioning to the newer logo, as seen in this 1963 release) — though wikipedia claims the transition didn't occur till about 1968.
1963–1988: a modernized RCA logo was introduced (shown here as valid from "1977–1988", but actual releases provide evidence it was introduced much earlier)
1988–2015: the return to the iconic lightning bolt logo, albeit a slightly revised version of the original, when then parent BMG brought it back into use.
2015–present: RCA Records retires the lightning bolt logo, and revives the modernized RCA logo it had previously used from 1963–1988

The Radio Corporation of America (est. 1901) did not start producing discs until 1929 when it bought the Victor Talking Machine Company and changed its name. The RCA Victor Company had two main divisions; one manufacturing electrical equipment such as radios and televisions, the other devoted to recordings. The recording branch has been known under various names during its history, but was initially called RCA Victor. The RCA Records imprint was not used until the late 1940s.
The company released the first 45rpm record in 1949 and was subsequently divided into RCA (for pop, rock and country music) and RCA Victor (for blues, world music, and jazz). RCA Red Seal is the renowned classical music label with a reissue sub-label called RCA Gold Seal. Defunct labels from the past include budget labels RCA Camden and RCA Victrola.
In 1955, RCA Records purchased the recording contract of Elvis Presley from Sun Records.
In 1983, 50% of Arista Records was sold to RCA, and two years later, Bertelsmann (the owner of the other 50%) and RCA formed a joint venture which led to the creation of Bertelsmann Music Group (encompassing Arista, Ariola, RCA and Bertelsmann) in 1986.
With the history of RCA in the US, and the distribution power of Bertelsmann in Europe, BMG was one of the most successful music groups from the mid-80s to 2004, when it joined forces with Japanese conglomerate Sony.
RCA Records still exists as an imprint for many original releases, with Legacy issuing much of the RCA back catalogue, all via Sony/BMG's international outposts.

Worldwide distribution network, based on Broadway, NYC. Responsible for national branches of RCA Records (e.g. US, UK, Australia), along with Arista, Jive, and Zomba. Is, in fact, a fully-owned subsidiary of BMG, which has been involved in a joint venture with Sony since August 2004.

As of October 7, 2011, record labels Arista, Jive, and J Records were shut down and their signed artists moved to a restructured RCA Records.

Annotation last modified on 2022-06-08 10:27 UTC.


Home in Oklahoma / A Gay RancheroRoy Rogers7" Vinyl2
Qué rico el mambo / Mambo No. 5Pérez Prado y Su Orquesta10" Shellac2
Silbando mambo / Caballo negroPérez PradoVinyl2
RCA 23-5301
Lupita / Mi GalloPérez PradoVinyl2
Sing and Rejoice!Dick Leibert7" Vinyl8
  • -1951
EPB 3086[none]
A Beggar for Your Love / TrademarkPorter Wagoner10" Vinyl2
O'CangaceiroZé do Norte7" Vinyl4
Spike Jones Kids the ClassicsSpike Jones and His City Slickers7" Vinyl4
EPA 415, EPA - 415
Carmen Murdered! Spike Jones SuspectedSpike Jones and His City Slickers7" Vinyl2
EPA 440
Moonlight Serenade / In the MoodGlenn Miller And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
St. Louis Blues March / American PatrolGlenn Miller And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
The Nearness of YouGlenn Miller And His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
Papa Loves MamboPerry ComoVinyl2
Somos / Todos a BrasilMario Clavell7" Vinyl2
To Wish You a Merry Christmas: The RCA Victor FamilyVarious ArtistsVinyl12
EPC 1037
Chee chee oo chee / Dat is pas je wareDe Windmolens, Truus Koopmans, Dick Doorn7" Vinyl2
Tony Scott SeptetTony Scott Septet7" Vinyl4
45EP EPA-596
Frankie Carl Plays Cole PorterFrankie Carle2×7" Vinyl4 + 4
45EP EPB-1064
Heimwee naar AmbonThe Amboina Serenaders7" Vinyl2
Klappermelk met suikerThe Amboina Serenaders7" Vinyl2
Glenn Miller and His OrchestraGlenn Miller And His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
A72V 0013
Jazz Moderne N°5Tony Scott Septet7" Vinyl4
A 75.255
Lullaby of BirdlandVarious Artists12" Vinyl12
LPM 1146
Down to EarthaEartha KittVinyl12
  • -1955
En liten aning / Kyss mej på måndagTowa Carson Med Arne Domnerus' Orkester10" Shellac2
R 515
Que Sera Sera / "Hon" Och "Han"Towa Carson Med Arne Domnérus Orkester10" Shellac2
R 516
Levensliedjes, Volume 1Jules de Corte10" Vinyl10
Levensliedjes, Volume IIJules de Corte10" Vinyl10
130.151 L.P.
De vogels / Wij leven vrijJules de CorteShellac2
The Bitter With the Sweet / GrapevineBilly Eckstine with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orch. and Chorus7" Vinyl2
La panse / Als ik dat van te voren geweten hadTruus Koopmans met De Windmolens o.l.v. Johnny Holshuysen7" Vinyl2
Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) / Jamaica FarewellHarry BelafonteVinyl2
Mijn gitaar en ikTruus Koopmans7" Vinyl4
The Touch of Tony ScottTony Scott and His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
EPA 941, EPA-941
Singing Down the LaneJim Reeves7" Vinyl4
1001 Nighters, 1Ralph Flanagan and His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
EPC 1274-1
Never No Mo' BluesJimmie Rodgers12" Vinyl12
Glenn Miller Plays Selections From The Glenn Miller Story and Other HitsGlenn Miller12" Vinyl12
RD.27068, RD‐27068[none]
The Ames BrothersThe Ames BrothersVinyl12
The MidgetsJoe Newman SeptetCD11
  • -1956
Strictly ElvisElvis PresleyVinyl4
EPA 994
Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti FruttiElvis Presley7" Vinyl2
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Santa Claus Is Back in TownElvis Presley10" Shellac2
RCA 1025[none]
Island in the Sun / Cocoanut WomanHarry BelafonteVinyl2
Japanese Sandman / Giannina MiaConnee Boswell7" Vinyl2
Japanese Sandman / Giannina MiaConnie Boswell7" Vinyl2
Lead Man Holler / Haiti CherieHarry BelafonteVinyl2
Jailhouse RockElvis PresleyVinyl2
Kalenda Rock / The Drummer and the CookHarry Belafonte7" Vinyl2
Moonlight Serenade / In the MoodGlenn Miller And His Orchestra7" Vinyl2
La Boheme: Che Gelida Manina / L'Africana: O ParadisoJussi Björling7" Vinyl2
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter / Last Night on the Back PorchBing Crosby With Bob Scobey's Frisco Band10" Shellac2
De kleine bank in 't parkTruus Koopmans, Dick Doorn7" Vinyl4
Dizzier and DizzierDizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
Bing With a Beat, Vol. IIBing Crosby With Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band7" Vinyl4
EPA 2-1473
Bunny BeriganBunny Berigan and His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
Artie ShawArtie Shaw7" Vinyl4
Tommy DorseyTommy Dorsey7" Vinyl4
EPA 5007
At the Waldorf AstoriaLena Horne7" Vinyl4
This Is Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra7" Vinyl4
EPBT 3017-1, EPBT-3017-1
HI-FIveThe Red Norvo Quintet7" Vinyl3
Party Night at Joe'sJoe Reisman And His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
EPC 1476-1, EPC-1476-1
In HIFIThe New Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Ray McKinley7" Vinyl4
Jim ReevesJim Reeves7" Vinyl4
Que Sera SeraTowa Carson med Arne Domnérus Orkester7" Vinyl4
EPS 70
Phil and QuillPhil Woods and Gene Quill12" Vinyl12
When Lights Are LowThe Pete Jolly Trio12" Vinyl12
A String of Swingin' PearlsVarious Artists12" Vinyl16
A String of Swingin' PearlsVarious Artists12" Vinyl16
LPM 1373 C, LPM-1373-C
WhisperingLuis Arcaraz and His Orchestra12" Vinyl12
Freddy Martin at the Cocoanut GroveFreddy Martin and His Orchestra12" Vinyl12
LPM 1414
GavernRune Öfwerman Trio12" Vinyl10
The Four Brothers… Together Again!Herb Steward, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff12" Vinyl10
Tango for to / SönnavindsvalsenNora Brockstedt10" Shellac2
NA 1081
New Formulas From the Jazz LabGigi Gryce & Donald Byrd12" Vinyl7
PL 43698
Den stängda dörren / Tro mig älsklingTowa Carson, Arne Domnérus Orkester10" Shellac2
R 525
Mary's Boy Child / Eden Was Just Like ThisHarry BelafonteVinyl2
Lucy’s Door / Judy Drownded (78rpm)Harry Belafonte10" Vinyl2
Girl of My DreamsRonald Binge & His Orchestra12" Vinyl12
Chicago / Austin High School Jazz in HifiBud FreemanVinyl11
Judy Drownded / Lucy’s Door (45rpm)Harry Belafonte7" Vinyl2
Don’t / I Beg of YouElvis Presley7" Vinyl2
Don’t / I Beg of YouElvis Presley7" Vinyl2
Duke Ellington Presents Al HibblerAl Hibbler With Duke Ellington And His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
Little Bernadette / Danny BoyHarry BelafonteVinyl2
The Son of Mary / I Heard the Bells on Christmas DayHarry BelafonteVinyl2
The Twelve Days of Christmas / Silent NightHarry BelafonteVinyl2
Harlem SuiteDuke Ellington / Duke Ellington And His Orchestra7" Vinyl2
Eso es el amorLos Chakachas7" Vinyl4
Stay / Little SerenadeThe Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra7" Vinyl2
Hoor je die nachtegaal / We gaan een zondag fijn uit rijdenTruus Koopmans begeleid door De Windmolens o.l.v. Johnny Holshuysen7" Vinyl2
Ned. Songfestival 1958Truus Koopmans7" Vinyl2
Hè! Hè! ('k ben blij dat ik weer thuis ben) / Samen in een bootjeDe Windmolens O.l.v. Johnny Holshuysen met zang van Truus Koopmans7" Vinyl2
Jazz de Poche N°14Fletcher Henderson Et Son Orchestre7" Vinyl4
Oh Lonesome Me / Sweet Sweet Girl // Blue Blue Day / Bad Bad DayDon GibsonVinyl4
75 458[none]
RendezvousBing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney12" Vinyl10
PatriciaPérez Prado and His Orchestra7" Vinyl4
EPA 4322[none]
Girls I Have KnownJim Reeves7" Vinyl4
EPB 1685-1
The Touch of Eddie HeywoodEddie Heywood7" Vinyl4
South PacificRodgers & HammersteinVinyl16
LOC-D 2000-C[none]