RCA Victor

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Annotation

Formed in 1929 when Radio Corporation of America (est. 1901) bought the Victor Talking Machine Company.
During the Second World War, ties with their Japanese affiliate JVC were severed - nowadays, Victor Entertainment remains a JVC subsidiary.
Until 1957, all RCA-Victor records were distributed by EMI.

Victor's sister label, RCA records wasn't set up until the late 1940's when it was thought an imprint for pop/rock/country records - as opposed to the classical records that had until then been most popular - was required.

With the birth of rock n' roll, (and the signing of Elvis Presley) RCA Records' sales far exceeded those of Victor, but it has survived to the modern day as an imprint for blues, world music, jazz, and musicals.
When RCA sold all its record labels to Bertelsmann in 1986, this label was re-organised into the RCA Victor label group, consisting of the RCA Victor, Windham Hill and Bluebird labels. The company was further re-organised when Sony/BMG began their joint venture in August 2004.

Catalog Numbers

78RPM albums

  • M- series: manual change: disc 1 A/B; disc 2 A/B; disc 3 A/B
  • DM- series: auto changer: sides A in disc order, then sides B in reverse disc order. (1A, 2A, 3A, 3B, 2B, 1B)
  • AM- series: alternative auto changer: sides A in disc order, then sides B in disc order (1A, 2A, 3A, 1B, 2B, 3B)

1940–ca. 1973

beginning with the introduction of the 45-RPM, prefix was added:

  • 20-: 78-RPM, 10-in.(?)
  • 21-: 78-RPM, 10-in.(?)
  • 47-: 45-RPM, 7-in.
  • 48-: 45-RPM, 7-in.

1950–ca. 1974

  • LM: Long-playing Monaural (12-in. 33⅓, mono)
  • LSC: Long-playing Stereophonic Classical (12-in. 33⅓, stereo)

1969–ca. 1973

  • 74-: Stereo 45-RPM, 7-in.

ca. 1973–

The first character is a letter indicating the master tape source.

  • A: RCA Victor
  • C:
  • F:
  • L:
  • V:

The second character is a letter indicating the label or category or type of music.

  • B: Broadway(?)
  • F: Folk(?)
  • H:
  • P: Pop(?)
  • R: Red Seal (classical)
  • Y:

The third character is a letter indicating the format.

  • B: 7-in. (?)
  • D: SQ quadraphonic 33⅓ 12-in.
  • L: Stereo(?) 33⅓ 12-in. (“LP”)

The fourth character is a number indicating the number of discs

  • 0: single
  • 1…n: number of discs
Annotation last modified on 2013-04-12 21:21 UTC.

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Don't Bring Lulu / Waitin' for the Moon Jan Garber & His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 19661 [none]
Cross-Words Between Sweetie and Me / Who Loved You Best? Jan Garber & His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 19708 [none]
I'm Walking Around In Circles/For My Sweetheart Art Landry's Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20126
Princeton University Band (With Vocal Refrain) The Princeton University Band Vinyl 3 20355 [none]
Ain't Misbehavin' / Sweet Savannah Sue Fats Waller Vinyl 2 22108
The Promise True and Grand / I Am in the Heavenly Way Bukka White 10" Vinyl 2 38615 [none]
The New 'Frisco Train / The Panama Limited Bukka White Vinyl 2 23295
Evenin' / Harlem Hospitality Cab Calloway Vinyl 2 24414
El día que me quieras / Volvió una noche Carlos Gardel Vinyl 2 32458 [none]
Violin Concerto in D Minor Jean Sibelius; Jascha Heifetz, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham Digital Media 3 DM 309
Love Me or Leave Me / Exactly Like You The Benny Goodman Trio Vinyl 2 25406
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm / Slumming on Park Avenue Ray Noble and His Orchestra 10" Vinyl 2 25507 [none]
Sweet Leilani Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye Vinyl 2 47-3076
Moments musicaux, Op. 94, Nos. 1-6, D.780 Franz Schubert; Artur Schnabel Vinyl 6 M 684
In the Mood / Tuxedo Junction The Glenn Miller Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20-1565
A Fine Dinner / Body and Soul Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 2 20-2539
Concerto for Cootie / Me and You Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Vinyl 2
Polka Dots and Moonbeams / I'll Be Seeing You Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 26539-A
We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together / It's Dreamtime Vaughn Monroe Vinyl 2 20-2095
Indian Summer / The One I Love Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 20-2446
Special Delivery Stomp / Summit Ridge Drive Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five Vinyl 2 20-4111
Runnin’ Wild / Dinah’s Blues Mlle. Dinah Shore 10" Shellac 2 27303 [none]
Flamingo / The Girl in My Dreams Tries to Look Like You Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 10" Vinyl 2 27326
Dust Bowl Ballads Woody Guthrie 2×Vinyl 6 + 6 P-27
Take the "A" Train / The Sidewalks of New York Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 27380
Tuxedo Junction / A String of Pearls Glenn Miller and His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20-1552 [none]
Johnson Rag / Chattanooga Choo Choo The Glenn Miller Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20-2410 [none]
Moonglow / My Blue Heaven Artie Shaw 10" Shellac 2 27405 [none]
Dolores / I Tried Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Vinyl 2
It's Always You / Birds of a Feather Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / Connie Haines Vinyl 2
Moon Mist / The "C" Jam Blues Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 27856
(I’ve Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo / At Last Glenn Miller and His Orchestra 10" Vinyl 2 27934 [none]
The Bells of St Mary's / You Can Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra Wax Cylinder 2 20 1791 [none]
Somewhere a Voice Is Calling / Well, Git It! Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 27887
A Boy in Khaki, a Girl in Lace / In the Blue of Evening Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Vinyl 2
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me / Chlo-e Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 20-1547
I'm Beginning to See the Light / Don't You Know I Care Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 20-1618
Sleigh Ride in July / Like Someone in Love Dinah Shore Vinyl 2 20-1617
I Didn't Know About You / I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 20-1623
Rum and Coca-Cola / There! I’ve Said It Again Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20-1637 [none]
Till The End of Time / (Did You Ever Get )That Feeling In The Moonlight Perry Como and The Satisfiers Wax Cylinder 2 20 1709 [none]
I'm Just a Lucky So and So / The Wonder of You Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 10" Vinyl 2 20-1799
Big Road Blues / Won't Be a Fool No More Big Maceo Vinyl 2 20-1870
You're an Old Lady / Early in the Morning Sonny Boy Williamson Vinyl 2 20-1875
What Is Life Without Love / Be Sure There's No Mistake Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys 10" Shellac 2 20-2058 [none]
A Hubba Hubba Hubba / Here Comes Heaven Again Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra Wax Cylinder 2 20 1750 [none]
To Each His Own / You Put a Song in My Heart Freddy Martin and His Orchestra 10" Vinyl 2 20-1921
If I'm Lucky / One More Vote (from the film "If I'm Lucky") Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra Wax Cylinder 2 20 1945 [none]
Ethel Mae / So Glad You're Mine Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup 10" Vinyl 2 20-1949
Reckless Rider Blues / Look on Yonder Wall Jazz Gillum Vinyl 2 20-1974 [none]
Endie / Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans Louis Armstrong Vinyl 2 20-2087
That's All Right / Crudup's After Hours Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup Vinyl 2 20-2205
Open the Door, Richard! / Me and the Blues Count Basie and his Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20-2127 [none]
I Couldn't Believe It Was True / It's a Sin Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys 10" Shellac 2 20-2241 [none]
I Don't Know It / That's Your Red Wagon Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup Vinyl 2 20-2387
Corrine Blues / New Bad Luck Blues Tampa Red Vinyl 2 20-2432
Don't Bother to Cry / I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys 10" Shellac 2 20-2332 [none]
I'm Glad / Sold Down the River The Blue Sky Boys Vinyl 2 20-2380
The Stars Will Remember / Ballerina Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20-2433 [none]
I'd Rather Have Jesus / King of All Kings George Beverly Shea Vinyl 2 20-4626
Swiss Girl / Potter Polka Lawrence Duchow and his Red Raven Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 25-1099 [none]
I Couldn't Believe It Was True / It's a Sin Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys 7" Vinyl 2 58-0039 [none]
Allegro (1947 original Broadway cast) Richard Rodgers 5×Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 K 11
Sweethearts (1947 studio cast) Victor Herbert 4×Other 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 K-6 [none]
Brigadoon (1947 original Broadway cast) Lerner & Loewe 5×Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 K7
Sea Shanties Leonard Warren 10" Vinyl 8
Summit Ridge Drive / Cross Your Heart Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five 10" Shellac 2 26763 [none]
Katie May / Boy Friend Blues Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup Vinyl 2 20-2989
Manteca / Cool Breeze Dizzy Gillespie Vinyl 2 20-3023
Hey Mama - Everything's All Right / Chicago Blues Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup Vinyl 2 20-3261
Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long, Long Way) / My Daddy Is Only a Picture Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar 10" Shellac 2 20-3013 [none]
Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away / A Heart Full of Love (For a Handful of Kisses) Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar 10" Shellac 2 20-3174 [none]
Melancholy Minstrel / Red Roses for a Blue Lady Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 20-3319
Kalle Pe Polka / Suitor's Waltz Six Fat Dutchmen 10" Shellac 2 25-1110 [none]
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight / The Drunkard's Son Hank Snow Vinyl 2 21-0303
Texarkana Baby / Bouquet of Roses Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy And His Guitar 7" Vinyl 2 48-0001 [none]
'A' – You're Adorable / When Is Sometime? Perry Como 10" Shellac 2 20-3381-B [none]
'A' – You're Adorable / When Is Sometime? Perry Como 7" Vinyl 2 47-2899 [none]
There's Not a Thing (I Wouldn't Do for You) / Don't Rob Another Man's Castle Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar 7" Vinyl 2 48-0042 [none]
When Things Go Wrong With You (It Hurts Me Too) / Come on If You're Coming Tampa Red Vinyl 2 22-0035
Nobody's Child / One Rose Hank Snow Vinyl 2 48-0147
Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) / Single Saddle Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20-3411 [none]
Moanin' the Blues / How Would You Know Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 20-3430
In the Middle of the Night / Awful Natural Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 20-3526
(There's a) Bluebird on Your Windowsill / I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts Freddy Martin and His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 20-3554 [none]
There's No Tomorrow / A Thousand Violins Tony Martin 10" Shellac 2 20-3582 [none]
Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) / Blue Them Blues Away Juanita Hall Vinyl 2 20-3603
I Can't Get Started / The Prisoner's Song Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra 10" Vinyl 2 20-4094 [none]
The Waltz of Regret / Bonaparte's Retreat Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys Vinyl 2 21-0111
In the Middle of the Night / Awful Natural Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra Vinyl 2 47-3005
Anytime / What a Fool I Was Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy And His Guitar 7" Vinyl 2 48-0002 [none]
I'm Throwing Rice (At the Girl That I Love) / Show Me the Way Back to Your Heart Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar 7" Vinyl 2 48-0080 [none]
The Echo of Your Footsteps / One Kiss Too Many Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar 7" Vinyl 2 48-0083 [none]
Mama and Daddy Broke My Heart / Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar 7" Vinyl 2 48-0150 [none]
Sleigh Ride / Serenata Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orchestra Vinyl 2 49-0515
Robert Frost Reading His Own Poems: Record 1 Robert Frost 10" Vinyl 9 E1-LCB-1941, E1-LCB-1942 [none]
Cowboy Classics Sons of the Pioneers 3×7" Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2 WP 168
The Three Suns Present Your Christmas Favorites The Three Suns Vinyl 6 WP 250
With This Ring I Thee Wed / I'm Moving On Hank Snow Vinyl 2 48-0328
Kentucky Babe / Old Fashioned Love (orange vinyl) The Four Tunes 7" Vinyl 2 50-0085 [none]