45 Single Label Art

When I think of certain some songs I can still see their label spinning while on the turntable. Many singles came in nice picture sleeves and they were cool…but I also liked the record company label art. When I see one and I automatically think of certain artists.

No, they are not in the same league as album cover art but they do bring back a lot of memories. The labels I remember the most are Dial, Capitol, Apple, Motown, Tamla, Epic, MCA, and Elektra but it’s the smaller record labels that had some cool designs like Kama-Sutra, Capricorn, Roulette and Hot Wax.

Here are a few that I remembered and the more I looked the more I found that I remembered. 

Capitol                                               Apple

45 capitolBadfinger - No Matter What (1970, Vinyl) | Discogs

Casablanca                                     Tamla

KISS Concert History Online - Discography - German 7" SinglesMarvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1968, Vinyl) | Discogs

Motown                                        Elektra

The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go (1964, Vinyl) | DiscogsTIDAL · High Fidelity Music Streaming

Casablanca                                      Big Tree

45cat - Kiss - Rock And Roll All Nite (Live Version) / Rock And Roll All  Nite (Studio Version) - Casablanca - USA - NB 850Me and You and a Dog Named Boo by Lobo | Music memories, Songs to sing,  Music songs

Reprise                                           Dial

3 on Billboard | Music memories, Oldies music, Music songsDial Album Discography

Columbia                                        London

Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (1982, Pitman Pressing, Vinyl) | DiscogsEddie Cochran - Weekend (1960, Vinyl) | Discogs

SRC                                                         Epic

Recording Studios of the Pacific Northwest (1940s-1960s) - HistoryLink.orgThe Devil Went Down to Georgia / Rainbow Ride by The Charlie Daniels Band ( Single; Epic; 8-50700): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your  Music

Kama-Sutra                                       Capricorn

Reading between the Grooves: Kama Sutra Records: Uneasy RiderEdwards, Jonathan / Sunshine | Capricorn 45-8021 | Single, 7" Vinyl |  October 1971 | Capricorn, Vinyl, Rock n roll music

RCA                                                    MGM

Use These Tips To Save Big With Coupons | Everybody plays the fool, Classic  album covers, 45 recordsThe Osmonds - The Osmonds 45 RPM Keep On My Side / Yo-Yo - Amazon.com Music

Hot Wax                                            Rare Earth Records

45cat - 100 Proof Aged In Soul - Somebody's Been Sleeping / I've Come To  Save You - Hot Wax - USA - HS 700445cat - Rare Earth - I Just Want To Celebrate / The Seed - Rare Earth - USA  - R 5031F

Soul                                                  Fenton

Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (2012, Vinyl) | DiscogsHighs in the Mid-Sixties: Revue Spotlights West Michigan '60s Garage Bands  and Fenton Records 45s

Philadelphia International           Stax

45 | phonograph record | BritannicaMusicheads Essentials: Stax Records | The Current

Volt                                                         ATCO

The Soul Album: Affirming Otis Redding's Enduring MagnificenceBEE GEES 45rpm New York Mining Disaster 1941 ATCO 6487 | Bee gees,  Disasters, Good music

Elektra                                                   Buddah

Hello, I Love You - WikipediaStereo Singles Project, Part 4

ABC Records                                       Dunhill

45cat - Rhythm Heritage - Theme From S.W.A.T. / I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The  Way You Treated Me) - ABC - USA - ABC-12135The Woolies - Who Do You Love (1966, Vinyl) | Discogs

Roulette                                                 MCA

Maybe / Collage by The Three Degrees (Single; Roulette; R-7079): Reviews,  Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your MusicElton John - Island Girl (1980, Vinyl) | Discogs

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

37 thoughts on “45 Single Label Art”

  1. Nice post. I’m getting to know all the different label designs from attaching pics with every record I write about.

    One thing that annoys me, though, is that every country apart from the UK seems to have had picture sleeves for their singles… Other countries have pics of the band and so on, while in the UK it was boring, standard, label designs. Not sure why…

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    1. Thank you….When I do single reviews I look for the pic of the picture sleeves and it seems like I read something about the UK not having picture sleeves until the mid to late seventies.

      I don’t know why they didn’t have them.

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    1. Yes it has…I do love the vinyl that Bailey has been buying lately…some by old artists (Beatles) and some by new (Foster The People)…love those labels.
      I still have some of my albums and singles.

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      1. LOL…my big sister bought them… my cousin gave me cool 60s singles but my sister bought Osmonds….so that I dont’ like but she also bought Bread singles and albums…I did like them I have to admit.

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      2. LOL… we all went through some kind of phase! Just a stop a long the way.

        You know…since you play music you know what I’m talking about…there were some great musicians on those disco songs…the bass players were great!

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      3. Oh, I’m not going to argue with you about that. There are some disco songs I like, mostly by African American artists.

        Oftentimes, these tunes had great grooves. While perhaps not pure disco, some of Earth Wind & Fire’s music like “September” and “Let’s Groove Tonight” are good examples. Or tunes by Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer, or “Upside Down” by Diana Ross.

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      4. Oh man…September and Let’s Groove Tonight…those are good disco songs. Donna Summer I love man.
        The song Hot Stuff….play that riff on a hard guitar…it sounds great!

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    1. Thanks… many of my cool singles were given to me by a cousin…mostly 60s and 70s…I loved seeing them spin. I did like the Casablanca as well…I also like the yellow and orange Capitol of The Beatles and Beach Boys.


  2. Being a KISS fan I liked the Casablanca label from the 70’s. I was glad to see that when I bought the reissues of KISS ALIVE and Alive 2 that the packaging was right down to the original including the Casablanca labels.

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  3. I agree totally – there was some cool art work and I can still picture most of those labels on records I had! The two that pop out in my mind for artwork are Casablanca and Swan Song; the Elektra caterpillar is really cool too. Have had on my list of “someday projects” (a LONG ways down) doing something like a mural or collage of old 45s for that very purpose, displaying the art… don’t have any really anymore but you can find batches cheap at a lot of used stores and flea markets.

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    1. Oh man! I forgot Swan Song! There are many more than I thought. I also forgot the Stones logo ones.
      That would be really cool. Yea just go to some yard sales and you will probably find some.

      A friend of mine goes to Goodwill and gets them…for like a quarter each and sometimes much cheaper.


  4. I recognize Epic. That was a Michael Jackson label. The tan Casablanca was Donna Summer. Columbia…that reminds me of The Captain & Tennille. RCA Victor…The Guess Who. MGM…Sheb Wooley. ATCO…The Coasters. MCA reminds me of Olivia Newton-John. Dot reminds me of Jimmy Gilmer (Sugar Shack). Not on the list but, A&M reminds me of Styx. IRS…the Go-Go’s.

    Cool post.


      1. Being a Policeman is a thankless job. My uncle was in the Vice Squad…the stories he told me about being undercover were some scary situations….I had nothing but respect for that man…Yea Swat would be tense.

        Like my line of work…IT…I never hear from people unless something is wrong…but the difference is…Im not going to get hurt in my field… you guys see the worse…


  5. I continue to be amazed at the number of comments your posts receive! You write about notable artists and rock classics, which far more people find interesting than the mostly unknown indie artists I write about. But even when I’ve occasionally written about a classic or famous song or album, I get few comments.

    A big percentage of those following my blog are bloggers who write about poetry, films, travel or other non-music subjects, so I suspect that those relative few of them who do hit the “like” button to show support seldom if ever listen to the music I’m writing about. Then there are those music bloggers who follow me on Twitter, but not my actual blog, and never, ever read any of my posts.

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    1. I’m lucky becasue most of my regular followers..I’ve developed a blog friendship with them. I do enjoy the back and forth with people… The first time I posted Big Star I got a lot of…”never heard this before Max” so I waited a while and posted Big Star again…and again…now I get people who actually listen to it.

      You have a much tougher sell than I do…it’s not hard to sell the Beatles daily. I started out trying to post those songs that people had forgotten about…but you run out of those after a while.

      I like reading your posts because not only do you go through the song and describe it…More importantly I can read your enthusiasm with the music. That is the most imporant part to me…that makes me want to listen. You have a good mixture. I do have a few poetry and writing people…they usually only leave a “like.” Like you said…I don’t think they listen. I have to listen to posts becasue who knows what I’m missing?

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  6. A few of these labels made it over to the UK, particularly Stax and London (the latter being rather dull in comparison to Stax) but most of our labels were different from yours, I think. I also connect the image of the label to various songs. Also I loved the EP single sleeves (and often their labels, too, such as the bright pink of Pye records and the Kwyet Kinks EP sleeve. Oh and my favourite EP sleeve – Magical Mystery Tour.


    A guy who I’m in touch with and who reads my blogs and whose photo blog I follow, also has a blog about sleeves and labels. You might like it. He’s designed some sleeves and other stuff over the years, himself (he’s a graphic designer). His name’s Simon Robinson. His sleeve/label blog is here:


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    1. EP’s were never popular over here like over there. Punk bands in the 70s started to come out with them more.

      I love the Magical Mystery Tour…we goot that on the album with a different surrounding.

      I will check out his blog. I love this stuff.

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