Castle Records

Castle Records (U.S.A.) / c. 1945

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Design: A tightly-packed design that makes efficient use of the available space. The strong, block-serif lettering used for the label name matches the castellated design of the castle walls. The checker-pattern stroboscopic border does not continue all the way around the label, perhaps rendering it ineffective.

History: Thanks to Bill Boslaugh of the U.S.A. for the following info: "My understanding is that Castle Records was a vanity label for the recordings of Portland, Oregon's Castle Jazz Band, for maybe six or seven years in the very late 1940's and early 1950s. CJB was one of the West Coast's three or four traditional jazz bands during that time. In addition to the Castle label, they opened their own venue, the Castle Jazz Club, in nearby Gladstone, Oregon. Castle's leader was the banjo player Monte Ballou, whose first claim to fame was finding what has been characterized as the rarest 78 rpm jazz record in existence, the only known copy of King Oliver's 'Zulu's Ball' on Gennett. The story is that he came across the record in a Salvation Army store in Alabama in 1944." Record kindly donated by collector Ed Wolk of Canada.

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