RCA Victor

~ Label

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

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateCatalog#Barcode
Take me out to the ball gameHaydn Quartet10" Shellac1
  • -1908-09-09
Don't Bring Lulu / Waitin' for the MoonJan Garber & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
19661[none]
Cross-Words Between Sweetie and Me / Who Loved You Best?Jan Garber & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
19708[none]
I'm Walking Around In Circles/For My SweetheartArt Landry’s Orchestra10" Shellac2
  • US1926-06-30
20126
Frankie And Johnnie / Abdul Abulbul AmirFrank Crumit10" Shellac2
20715[none]
Princeton University Band (With Vocal Refrain)The Princeton University BandVinyl3
20355[none]
Ain't Misbehavin' / Sweet Savannah SueFats WallerVinyl2
22108
Ain'tcha? / I Have to Have YouHelen Kane10" Shellac2
22192[none]
The Promise True and Grand / I Am in the Heavenly WayBukka White10" Vinyl2
38615[none]
Paganini Etude in E Flat Major / Danse ExcentriqueВладимир Самойлович Горовиц10" Shellac2
1468
Como aniyo al dedo / CriollitaOrquesta Típica VictorShellac2
47358[none]
Just a Gigolo / Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (and Dream Your Troubles Away)Bing Crosby10" Shellac2
22701[none]
Just a Gigolo / Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (and Dream Your Troubles Away) (credits Harry Barris)Bing Crosby10" Shellac2
22701[none]
The New 'Frisco Train / The Panama LimitedBukka WhiteVinyl2
23295
Evenin' / Harlem HospitalityCab CallowayVinyl2
24414
El día que me quieras / Volvió una nocheCarlos GardelVinyl2
32458[none]
Violin Concerto in D MinorJean Sibelius; Jascha Heifetz, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas BeechamDigital Media3
DM 309
Love Me or Leave Me / Exactly Like YouThe Benny Goodman TrioVinyl2
25406
I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby / Limehouse BluesQuintette du Hot Club de FranceVinyl2
A-1204[none]
I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby / Limehouse BluesQuintette du Hot Club de FranceVinyl2
JA-856[none]
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm / Slumming on Park AvenueRay Noble and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
25507[none]
Sweet LeilaniSwing & Sway with Sammy KayeVinyl2
47-3076
A Fine Dinner / Body and SoulColeman HawkinsVinyl2
20-2539
Concerto for Cootie / Me and YouDuke Ellington & His OrchestraVinyl2
  • US1940-03-15
Polka Dots and Moonbeams / I'll Be Seeing YouFrank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey & His OrchestraVinyl2
26539-A
Tuxedo Junction / Star DustGlenn Miller and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1754[none]
We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together / It's DreamtimeVaughn MonroeVinyl2
20-2095
Indian Summer / The One I LoveTommy Dorsey and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-2446
Special Delivery Stomp / Summit Ridge DriveArtie Shaw and His Gramercy FiveVinyl2
20-4111
Adios, Mariquita Linda / FrenesiArtie Shaw And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
26542[none]
Runnin’ Wild / Dinah’s BluesMlle. Dinah Shore10" Shellac2
27303[none]
Flamingo / The Girl in My Dreams Tries to Look Like YouDuke Ellington & His Orchestra10" Vinyl2
27326
Piano Concerto No. 2 In C MinorСергей Васильевич Рахманинов5×12" Shellac2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2
DM-58[none]
Take the "A" Train / The Sidewalks of New YorkDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra10" Shellac2
27380
Daddy / Two Hearts That Pass in the NightSwing and Sway with Sammy Kaye10" Shellac2
27391[none]
Moonglow / My Blue HeavenArtie Shaw and His Orchestra / Artie Shaw and His Gramercy 510" Shellac2
27405[none]
The Waltz You Saved for Me / I'm Forever Blowing BubblesWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
27450
I Love You Truly / La GolondrinaWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
27451
Alice Blue Gown / (When Your Heart's on Fire) Smoke Gets in Your EyesWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
27453
Wayne King Waltzes, Volume 2"The Waltz King" And His Orchestra4×10" Shellac2 + 2 + 2 + 2
P-171
Dolores / I TriedFrank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey OrchestraVinyl2
It's Always You / Birds of a FeatherFrank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / Connie HainesVinyl2
It Might Have Been / Daisy MayHal McIntyre And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
  • US1942-04-01
20-1599
The Man I Love / Where or WhenLena Horne10" Shellac2
  • US1942-04-03
27818 A, 27818 B[none]
Moon Mist / The "C" Jam BluesDuke Ellington & His OrchestraVinyl2
27856
(I’ve Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo / At LastGlenn Miller and His Orchestra10" Vinyl2
27934[none]
The Bells of St Mary's / You Can Cry on Somebody Else's ShoulderCharlie Spivak and His OrchestraWax Cylinder2
20 1791[none]
Somewhere a Voice Is Calling / Well, Git It!Tommy Dorsey & His OrchestraVinyl2
27887
I Can't Get Started / Frankie and JohnnieBunny Berigan and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
420-0075[none]
A Boy in Khaki, a Girl in Lace / In the Blue of EveningTommy Dorsey & His OrchestraVinyl2
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me / Chlo-eDuke Ellington & His OrchestraVinyl2
20-1547
I'm Beginning to See the Light / Don't You Know I CareDuke Ellington & His OrchestraVinyl2
20-1618
Sleigh Ride in July / Like Someone in LoveDinah ShoreVinyl2
20-1617
I Didn't Know About You / I Ain't Got Nothing but the BluesDuke Ellington & His OrchestraVinyl2
20-1623
Rum and Coca-Cola / There! I’ve Said It AgainVaughn Monroe and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1637[none]
On the Moon‐BeamVaughn Monroe, His Orchestra, Quartet and Chorus5×10" Shellac2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2
  • US1945-10-13
20-1703, 20-1704, 20-1705, 20-1706, 20-1707, P-142[none]
Till the End of Time / (Did You Ever Get) That Feeling in the MoonlightPerry Como and The SatisfiersWax Cylinder2
20 1709[none]
Autumn Serenade / Some Sunday MorningHal McIntyre And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1711
I'm Just a Lucky So and So / The Wonder of YouDuke Ellington & His Orchestra10" Vinyl2
20-1799
All Alone / Say It With MusicWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
  • US1946-03-04
20-1897
Pretty Penny / Spring RainWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1862
Hot JazzBunk Johnson And His New Orleans Band4×10" Shellac2 + 2 + 2 + 2
HJ-7
The Whiffenpoof Song / Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-BopTex Beneke With The Glenn Miller Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1859
It's Nobody's Fault but My Own / Knocking at Your DoorHarmie Smith & The Southern Swingsters10" Shellac2
20-1869
Big Road Blues / Won't Be a Fool No MoreBig Maceo10" Shellac2
20-1870[none]
You're an Old Lady / Early in the MorningSonny Boy WilliamsonVinyl2
20-1875
The Glow-Worm / Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)Spike Jones and His City Slickers / Spike Jones and His Wacky Wakakians10" Shellac2
20-1893[none]
What'll I Do / Alexander's Ragtime BandWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1899
Não Bate Nele / Calango Da LacraiaLuiz Gonzaga10" Vinyl2
80-0423
A Cole Porter ReviewDavid Rose & His Orchestra4×10" Shellac2 + 2 + 2 + 2
P 158[none]
Always / Blue SkiesWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1896
Remember / A Pretty Girl Is Like a MelodyWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1898
So Glad You’re Mine / Ethel MaeArthur “Big Boy” Crudup10" Shellac2
20-1949[none]
After Hours / It's Full or It Ain't No GoodErskine Hawkins and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1977[none]
What Is Life Without Love / Be Sure There's No MistakeEddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys10" Shellac2
20-2058[none]
A Hubba Hubba Hubba / Here Comes Heaven AgainPerry Como with Russ Case and His OrchestraWax Cylinder2
20 1750[none]
In The Mood / Sunrise SerenadeGlenn Miller and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-1753[none]
To Each His Own / You Put a Song in My HeartFreddy Martin and His Orchestra10" Vinyl2
20-1921
If I'm Lucky / One More Vote (from the film "If I'm Lucky")Perry Como with Russ Case and His OrchestraWax Cylinder2
20 1945[none]
Reckless Rider Blues / Look on Yonder WallJazz Gillum10" Shellac2
20-1974[none]
Endie / Do You Know What It Means to Miss New OrleansLouis ArmstrongVinyl2
20-2087
A Closer Walk With Thee / High SocietyBunk Johnson and His New Orleans Band10" Shellac2
40-0127
52nd Street Theme / Night in TunisiaDizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra10" Vinyl2
40 0130[none]
Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas MusicPerry Como4×10" Shellac2 + 2 + 2 + 2
P-161[none]
Open the Door, Richard! / Me and the BluesCount Basie and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-2127[none]
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain / I'll Trade All My Tomorrows (For Just One Yesterday)Elton Britt and The Skytoppers10" Shellac2
20-2145[none]
Hoodo Hoodo / Sonny Boy's Cold ChillsSonny Boy Williamson10" Shellac2
20-2184[none]
Crudup’s After Hours / That’s All RightArthur “Big Boy” Crudup10" Shellac2
20-2205[none]
I Couldn't Believe It Was True / It's a SinEddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys10" Shellac2
20-2241[none]
Rainbow Mood / DardanellaThe Herbie Fields Quintet10" Shellac2
20-2274
Je vous aime / The Church in the ValleyWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-2289
Someday You'll Be Sorry / Fifty-Fifty BluesLouis Armstrong & His All-Stars10" Shellac2
  • US1947-06-10
20-2530
Kentucky / I'm Going To Write To Heaven (For I Know My Daddy's There)The Blue Sky Boys10" Shellac2
20-2296[none]
I Don't Know It / That's Your Red WagonArthur “Big Boy” Crudup10" Shellac2
20-2387[none]
Corrine Blues / New Bad Luck BluesTampa RedVinyl2
20-2432
Come Back to Sorrento / Chinese LullabyHerbie Fields Quintet10" Shellac2
20-2581
Song of the Islands / In Apple Blossom TimeWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-2096
Mexicali Rose / Maria ElenaWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-2097
Carolina Moon / The Anniversary WaltzWayne King And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
20-2098
Laura / When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the TubaSpike Jones & His Other Orchestra with The City Slickers / Spike Jones & His Other Orchestra feat. Joe "Country" Washburne10" Shellac2
20-2118[none]