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

Temptations – Cloud Nine

This was written by Motown writers Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, who had written earlier Temptations hits “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” and “Just My Imagination.” Love the bass in this song.

This was a new sound for The Temptations. It was psychedelic soul-funk similar to Sly & the Family Stone, rather than the earlier smooth Soul they were known for. The song peaked at #6 in the Billboard 100 in 1969.

The Temptations all together had 4 number 1 hits, 15 Top Ten hits, and 53 songs in the Billboard 100.

This was the first Motown song to win a Grammy. It won for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance By A Duo Or Group, Vocal Or Instrumental in 1968.

From Songfacts


This was the first Temptations song recorded with new lead singer Dennis Edwards. David Ruffin, their original leader, was fired after he missed a gig. Ruffin became very difficult to work with when Motown refused to bill the group as “David Ruffin and The Temptations,” as they had done with “Diana Ross and The Supremes.”

The lyrics could be interpreted to be about drugs, which would go against The Temptations clean-cut image. They knew Whitfield and Strong didn’t do drugs, however, so they didn’t have a problem with the lyrics.

This was the first Motown song to use a wah-wah pedal. A white guitarist named Dennis Coffey brought it to a Motown workshop and played it for Whitfield while he was arranging this song. Whitfield loved the way it worked and had Coffey join the Motown house band when they recorded the track.

Whitfield used Coffey on many more sessions, including the seminal track “War.” Coffey, who had a hit on his own with “Scorpio,” considers his work on “Cloud Nine” some of his best. “It’s kicking major ass,” he told Songfacts. “That groove was so funky it’s amazing.”

Whitfield and Strong wrote this shortly after the songwriting team of Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown. Holland/Dozier/Holland wrote many of the hits for the label, so it was a big boost for Motown when Whitfield and Strong stepped up and wrote another hit.

The week after this was released, Motown head Berry Gordy released Marvin Gaye’s version of “Heard It Through The Grapevine,” which until then he refused to release because he did not think it was a hit.

Cloud Nine

Oh ho, ho ho ho, ooh, hoo
Childhood part of my life, it wasn’t very pretty
You see, I was born and raised in the slums of the city
It was a one room shack that slept ten other children besides me
We hardly had enough food or room to sleep
It was hard times
Needed something to ease my troubled mind
Listen, my father didn’t know the meaning of work
He disrespected mama, and treated us like dirt
I left home, seekin’ a job that I never did find
Depressed and downhearted I took to cloud nine
I’m doin’ fine, up here on cloud nine
Listen one more time I’m doin’ fine, up here on cloud nine
Folks down there tell me
They say, give yourself a chance son, don’t let life pass you by
But the world of reality is a rat race where only the strongest survive
It’s a dog eat dog world, and that ain’t no lie
Listen, it ain’t even safe no more to walk the streets at night
I’m doin’ fine, on cloud nine
Let me tell you about cloud nine

Cloud nine, you can be what you wanna be
(Cloud nine) you ain’t got no responsibility
And ev’ry man, ev’ry man is free
(Cloud nine) and you’re a million miles from reality
I wanna say I love the life I live
And I’m gonna live the life I love up here on cloud nine
I, I, I, I, I, I I’m riding high
On cloud nine, you’re as free as a bird in flight
(Cloud nine) there’s no diff’rence between day and night
(Cloud nine) it’s a world of love and harmony
(Cloud nine) you’re a million miles from reality

Cloud nine, you can be what you wanna be
Cloud nine you ain’t got no responsibility
Cloud nine, and ev’ry man in this world is free
(Cloud nine) and you’re a million miles from reality
(Cloud nine) you can be what you wanna be