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Revised 21/7/11

BLUE BEAT
UK Labels and Company Sleeve 1960-1967

Labels

B 1 - 1960
to
B 3 - 1960
First pressings
B 1 - 1960
to
B 3 - 1960
Later pressings
BB 4 - 1960
to
BB 403 - 1967
Label discontinued
Reissues
The label was started in 1960 by Emile E. Shalit, owner of Melodisc Records Company. 
He placed Sigimund "Siggy" Jackson in charge of the label, with Jackson choosing the name Blue Beat, which was an adaptation of "blues beat", a term for Jamaican blues music.
When the ska rhythm slowed to rocksteady in 1966, Melodisc decided that a new label was needed, and started the FAB label, with no new releases on Blue Beat after 1967. 
The back catalogue continued to sell for several years.
The Blue Beat label was revived in 1972 for the release of John Holt's "OK Fred"  (BB 424).
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Sleeve
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
BB 153 - 1963
to
BB 161 - 1963
. Ref 7  Cut straight  Inside glued  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to Pete Nash, Essex, England for scans in this section
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Thanks to Phil 'ENTHUCOL' Etgart, England for scans and info in this section
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  Repro sleeves available from Big Boppa Records
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