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GRAPEVINE
UK Labels and Company Sleeve 1977-2006

Labels

GRP 100 - jun 1977
to
GRP 147 - jun 1980
Label discontinued
RED 1 - 1979
to
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GK2 45 111 - 2001
to
GK2 45 161 - 2006
Grapevine was the brainchild of John Anderson, a Glasgow-born soul collector exiled in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. John built up an impressive contact list, including a Philadelphian named Bernie Binnick, who’d worked at Swan Records in the 60s. In 1977, the two men founded the Grapevine label. One of Anderson’s keenest customers was influential Northern Soul DJ Richard Searling, who worked in RCA’spromotions department in Manchester. Searling persuaded his bosses that Grapevine could help them capitalise on a brand of music impossible to create in-house. Grapevine had found a distributor and manufacturer. Searling’s role as a DJ was vital, in spinning the label’s forthcoming attractions to ready-made audiences at all-nighters. He’d play a new discovery at the Wigan Casino, and within two months, it would be available on Grapevine.
In 2000, the label was re-launched as Grapevine 2000.
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Sleeve
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
GRP 100 - 1977
to
GRP 147 - 1980
RCA distribution
 Cut staight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
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