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–present: 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.

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 2015-01-25 08:50 .


Black and White Serie Vol. 22 Fats Waller Hitherto Unpublished Piano, Vocal, and Conversation (Volume 2)Fats Waller12" Vinyl6730.600[none]
Home in Oklahoma / A Gay RancheroRoy RogersVinyl248-0011
Qué Rico el Mambo / Mambo No. 5Pérez Prado7" Vinyl223-1546
Silbando Mambo / Caballo NegroPérez PradoVinyl2RCA 23-5301
Lupita / Mi GalloPérez PradoVinyl223-5484
Sing and Rejoice!Dick Leibert7" Vinyl8EPB 3086[none]
O'CangaceiroZé do Norte7" Vinyl475.368
Carmen Murdered! Spike Jones SuspectedSpike Jones and His City Slickers7" Vinyl2EPA 440
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know / Rockabye BoogieThe Davis SistersVinyl2
Papa Loves MamboPerry ComoVinyl247-5857
Somos / Todos a BrasilMario Clavell7" Vinyl260-2415[none]
To Wish You a Merry Christmas: The RCA Victor FamilyVarious ArtistsVinyl12EPC 1037
Frankie Carl Plays Cole PorterFrankie Carle2×7" Vinyl4 + 445EP EPB-1064
Heimwee naar AmbonThe Amboina Serenaders7" Vinyl248.113[none]
Klappermelk met suikerThe Amboina Serenaders7" Vinyl248.117[none]
Lullaby of BirdlandVarious Artists12" Vinyl12LPM 1146
Down to EarthaEartha KittVinyl12
Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) / Jamaica FarewellHarry BelafonteVinyl271-066
The MidgetsJoe Newman SeptetCD11743216098729
Strictly ElvisElvis PresleyVinyl4EPA 994
Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti FruttiElvis Presley7" Vinyl210214
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Santa Claus Is Back in TownElvis Presley10" Shellac2RCA 1025[none]
Island in the Sun / Cocoanut WomanHarry BelafonteVinyl21007
Lead Man Holler / Haiti CherieHarry BelafonteVinyl21035
Jailhouse RockElvis PresleyVinyl245-RCA-1028
Dizzier and DizzierDizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra7" Vinyl4EJC-1009-1
Artie ShawArtie Shaw7" Vinyl4EPA-5006
Tommy DorseyTommy Dorsey7" Vinyl4EPA 5007
At the Waldorf AstoriaLena Horne7" Vinyl4EPB-1028-1
HI-FIveThe Red Norvo Quintet7" Vinyl3EPC-1420-2
Phil and QuillPhil Woods and Gene Quill12" Vinyl12LPM-1284
When Lights Are LowThe Pete Jolly Trio12" Vinyl12LPM-1367[none]
WhisperingLuis Arcaraz and His Orchestra12" Vinyl12LPM-1385-C
Freddy Martin at the Cocoanut GroveFreddy Martin and His Orchestra12" Vinyl12LPM 1414
The Four Brothers… Together Again!Herb Steward, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff12" Vinyl10LPM-9815-C[none]
New Formulas From the Jazz LabGigi Gryce & Donald Byrd12" Vinyl7PL 43698
Mary's Boy Child / Eden Was Just Like ThisHarry BelafonteVinyl2RCA-1022
Lucy’s Door / Judy Drownded (78rpm)Harry Belafonte10" Vinyl2RCA-1033[none]
Girl of My DreamsRonald Binge & His Orchestra12" Vinyl12RD-27042
Chicago / Austin High School Jazz in HifiBud FreemanVinyl11
Judy Drownded / Lucy’s Door (45rpm)Harry Belafonte7" Vinyl245-RCA.1033[none]
Don't / I Beg of YouElvis Presley7" Vinyl210388
Don't / I Beg of YouElvis Presley7" Vinyl245-RCA-1043
Little Bernadette / Danny BoyHarry BelafonteVinyl21072
The Son of Mary / I Heard the Bells on Christmas DayHarry BelafonteVinyl21084
The Twelve Days of Christmas / Silent NightHarry BelafonteVinyl21085
Eso es el amorLos Chakachas7" Vinyl43-22099
Oh Lonesome Me / Sweet Sweet Girl // Blue Blue Day / Bad Bad DayDon GibsonVinyl475 458[none]
RendezvousBing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney12" Vinyl10CAS-2330[none]
PatriciaPérez Prado and His Orchestra7" Vinyl4EPA 4322[none]
Riot in RhythmHenri René & His OrchestraVinyl12LPLM-2002
The Glenn Miller Carnegie Hall ConcertGlenn Miller and His Orchestra12" Vinyl9LPM-1506-C[none]
Canciones mexicanasLucha Reyes12" Vinyl12MKL-1120[none]
El mejor mariachi del mundoMariachi Vargas de TecalitlánVinyl12MKL /S - 1156
King CreoleElvis Presley12" Vinyl11RD-27088[none]
At the Waldorf AstoriaLena Horne12" Vinyl12SF-5007
What a Night...With the ChakachasChakachas(unknown)12[none]
Padrone D' 'O Mare / Per Un Bacio D'AmorCorrado Ei 937" Vinyl247-9261
Rock Party With the Vikings at the Club PepsiThe Vikings12" Vinyl1331,323
Just Come Home / Lonesome StrangerHugo and LuigiVinyl247-7639
CalypsoesSparrow12" Vinyl10LPB-9035[none]
Love Is a Swingin' WordSid RaminVinyl12LSP-1924
Adeste FidelesJohn McCormack7" Vinyl4RCX 1042, RCX-1042[none]
Relaxing With Perry ComoPerry Como with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra and Henri René & His Orchestra7" Vinyl4RCX 136[none]
Stuck on You / Fame and FortuneElvis PresleyVinyl2
Elvis Is Back!Elvis Presley12" Vinyl12SF 5060[none]
Dinah / When Somebody Thinks You're WonderfulFats Waller and His Rhythm7" Vinyl2RCA 1189[none]
G.I. BluesElvis Presley(unknown)11430.335[none]
A Touch of TabascoRosemary Clooney, Pérez Prado12" Vinyl12LPM 2133, LPM-2133
There's a Hole in My Bucket / ChickensHarry Belafonte7" Vinyl2RCA 1247
G.I. BluesElvis Presley12" Vinyl11SF 5078[none]
One Way TicketNeil Sedaka7" Vinyl475 628
Blue Hawaii (stereo)Elvis Presley12" Vinyl14SF 5115[none]
Il federaleEnnio MorriconeVinyl930-477
La novia / El milagroAntonio Prieto7" Vinyl237-2056[none]
The Shortest Distance (Between Two Lips)Cleo JonsVinyl245-RCA 1229
Happy Birthday, Sweet SixteenNeil Sedaka7" Vinyl247-7957
The Lion Sleeps Tonight / TinaThe Tokens7" Vinyl247-9382[none]
Vuelve primavera / Rock del Tom Tom / Boogie de la niñera / Corina, CorinaJohny Tedesco7" Vinyl475.676[none]
Begin the BeguineLéo Marjane7" Vinyl476.509[none]
Em Suas Canções CélebresVicente CelestinoVinyl12BBL-1141
Sinä, laulu ja yö / Jo kauan, jo kauanRauno Lehtinen7" Vinyl2FAS 640
Vos sos un amor...Jolly Land7" Vinyl4LPC-3220[none]
PreciosaLos Once Hermanos Zavala7" Vinyl4LPC-3222
Stereo Action Goes BroadwayDick SchoryVinyl12LSA-2382
For Christmas Seals (aka "Christmas Seal Campaign 1961")Various ArtistsVinyl2M8R9861
Venere creolaCarlo Rustichelli & Piero UmilianiVinyl6PME 30.476 Serie Europa
Quand le film est tristeSylvie Vartan7" Vinyl476 531[none]
C’est une drôle de façonSylvie Vartan et Frankie Jordan7" Vinyl476.562[none]
O Nordeste na voz de Luiz GonzagaLuiz GonzagaVinyl12107.007
Dansez le twist avec Sam Cooke (stereo)Sam Cooke12" Vinyl12440.517
Breaking Up is Hard to DoNeil SedakaVinyl245 RCA 1298
Cuando calienta el solLos Hermanos Rigual7" Vinyl247-9413
Kitaratango / Rakas kuuAnnikki Tähti7" Vinyl2FAS 682
Twistin' 'N' Twangin'Duane Eddy12" Vinyl12LPM-2525
En Kväll Med Svend Och UlrikSvend Och Ulrik12" Vinyl14LPM 9929
La voz de la zafraMercedes Sosa12" Vinyl12LXA-7009
Legata a un granello di sabbia / Ridi, ridiNico Fidenco7" Vinyl2PM45 1166[none]
Twistin’ the Night AwaySam Cooke7" Vinyl2RCA 1277[none]
AppasionadaSergio Franchi7" Vinyl2RCA 1289[none]