4 Star

4 Star (U.S.A.) / 1948

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Design: A well-designed and legible logo, and printed in the popular 1950s colour combination: silver and red.

History: A post-war label that had great success in the 1950s and lasted into the 1980s. Evidently a promotional record, distributed to disc jockeys in hopes of their playing them. This practice led to the 'payola' scandal (payola: a combination of the words 'pay' and 'Victrola') in which DJs were bribed to promote certain records, which brought down the career of high-flying rock 'n' roll DJ Alan Freed. Label scan courtesy of collector Kjell Thorsen of Norway. Alternate colour scan below courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "The company name is missing at 11 o'clock on the surround. It also seems that the masters were 'recycled,' as to be seen on the runout (below) with two numbers dashed out."

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