Intriguing record company advertising reached its zenith in the 1950s and 1960s, when the single reigned and labels purchased ads in Billboard, Cashbox, Record World, Record Business, Music Vendor, and other trade publications. Here are a few from the '50s.
Cal Stewart: Your Uncle Josh, Weathervane Press, 1981 We Wanna Boogie: An Illustrated History of the American Rockabilly Movement, HHP Books, 1989 Little Labels--Big Sound (With Rick Kennedy), Indiana University Press, 1999 Too Hot to Handle: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Recording Studios of the 20th Century, HHP Books, 2001 Guitar Towns: A Journey to the Crossroads of Rock 'n' Roll, Indiana University Press, 2002 The Cinncinnati Sound, Arcadia Publishing, 2007 King Records of Cincinnati, Arcadia Publishing, 2009
Randy McNutt is an independent record producer and freelance writer. He is the author of "We Wanna Boogie: An Illustrated History of the American Rockabilly Movement" and "Too Hot to Handle: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Recording Studios of the 20th Century." He founded Home of the Hits 2 to complement his Home of the Hits blog.
Welcome to Home of the Hits, a blog devoted to the record industry of old. It will transport you back to the days when the people who created the hits and the misses were often characters who flourished in a community of creativity. Accountants and lawyers? Relegated to the back room. So enjoy these tales of wacky entrepreneurs, four-track studios, vinyl records, wild-eyed DJs, indie labels, soul men, and rockabilly rebels . . . in Randy McNutt's Home of the Hits.