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BLUE THUMB
US Labels and Company Sleeve 1969-1978

Labels

Independent
Independent
Capitol distribution
Independent
BLU 101 - 1969
to
BLU 114 - 1969
BLU 111 - 1969
7116 - 1970
to
7122 - 1971
BTA 200 - 1971
to
BTA 205 - 1971
Blue Thumb Records was founded in 1968 by Bob Krasnow, along with former A&M Records executives Tommy LiPuma and Don Graham. Krasnow had been in the record business for a number of years, working as a promotion man for King Records and also working for Buddah/Kama Sutra Records. Blue Thumb was originally intended to be the name of Captain Beefheart's band, but Bob didn't think the name was right for the group. However, he choose the name for his label, and the rest is history.
 Gulf and Western's Famous Music Group took over distribution in mid-1971, and then they bought the label outright in 1972. Late in 1974, the Famous Music record labels were sold to ABC Records. ABC kept the Blue Thumb imprint active (mostly for albums by the Pointer Sisters and the Crusaders) until ABC sold its labels to MCA Records in 1979. MCA then discontinued the Blue Thumb label.
Famous Music Corp.
Famous Music Corp.
ABC Blue Thumb
BTA 211 - 1972
to
BTA 248 - 1974
BTA 208 - 1972
to
BTA 255 - 1974
Chisa Records (8 issues)
BTA 254 - 1974
to
BTA 278 - 1978
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Sleeve
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
BTA 254 - 1974
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 Curved top   Inside glued   
No 2
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BTA 278 - 1978
   Curved top   Inside glued   
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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...Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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45 Discography for Blue Thumb Records from Global Dog Productions
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