Dootone

Dootone (U.S.A.) / c. 1954

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Design: The name on the label is 'Dootsie Williams Publications,' and the Dootone label name is appropriate for the 'Doo-wop' sound of the Penguins. Another silver on burgundy colour combination, very popular in the 1950s.

History: A small black-owned label in Los Angeles that landed a huge one-hit wonder with the Penguins' "Earth Angel" (which was originally designated as the 'B' side to 'Hey Senorita,' below). Ironically, success brought severe problems to the company. Its finances became overextended because of the time lapse between manufacturing huge quantities of records for sales outlets before revenues flowed back. Alternate colour scan (below) courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.




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