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GNP CRESCENDO
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1956-1975

Labels

101 - 1956
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118 - 1957
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119 - 1957
121 - 1957
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130 - 1957
134 - 1958
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180 - 1962
  Over the years in the recording industry small independent labels do one of three things:
1). They blossom and bloom to become industry powerhouses (Capitol, Motown).
2). They become sucessful or interesting enough for a larger company to incorporate it into it's own larger system (where interest usually fades).
3). It has it's own little niche but usually is unable to sustain itself and quietly fades away.
GNP (the Crescendo was added later) didn't do any of these things. It's still alive after 56 years !
The label was founded in 1954 by DJ and club owner (the Crescendo in Hollywood) Gene Norman. It initially had built up a strong Jazz and MOR/Pop roster. In 1963 Gene sold off his nightclub to focus solely on the recording industry. At this point the Crescendo name was added. GNP Crescendo's artist roster expanded to cover ALL types of music.
Over the years the label had signed a diversely impressive group of artists, Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Art Tatum (Jazz), Dick Dale (surf), The Mom and Dads (polka), Tito Puente (Latin), Billy Strange (guitar/rock), Limelighters (folk) ,John Mayall, Savoy Brown (Heavy Brit-blues) and their only chartbuster The Seeds (Garage-Psych).
Nowadays the label is primarily focused on re-issues and Sci-Fi Soundtrack albums and is co-owned by Gene's son Neil.
190 - 1963
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320 - 1964
Jump from 199 to 301 in 1963
320 - 1964
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341 - 1965
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387 - 1967
372 - 1966
383 - 1967

 
392 - 1967
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486 - 1974
804 - 1975
Reissues
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Sleeves
Range
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Back
Details
No 1
190 - 1963
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320 - 1964
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   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 2
320 - 1964
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   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 3
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486 - 1974
   Curved top  Inside glued  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to John Villanova and Steve Kolanjian, New York for scans, info and story in this section
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Thanks to Rick Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio for scans and info in this section
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Thanks to Middle-Earth Records for scans in this section
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Thanks to Karl-Heinz Decker, Germany for scans in this section
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Thanks to Hans Jacobs, The Netherlands for scans in this section
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Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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45 Discography for GNP Crescendo Records from Global Dog Productions
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