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Revised 18/10/13

HIT
US Label and Company Sleeves 1962-1969

Labels

No "Compatible"
"Compatible"
"Holiday Hits"
"Holiday Hits"
1 - mar 1962
to
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91 - nov 1963
to
jan 1969
900
to
908
905
Hit Records was based in Nashville, Tennessee. The label specialized in sound-alike cover versions of hit records ans operated from March 1962 to January 1969, issuing about 4 or 5 new singles every month. In 1969 the label name was changed to "Top Pop Hits". Hit Records sold (during the 1962 - 1966 period) about 120,000 to 130,000 copies of every title issued. It was a very successful operation. Unsold disks were sometimes inserted into "Hits of the 60s" sleeves for resale. Every record pressed was sold at some price..none were remaindered. They also had a Country label "Country & Western Hits" also sold out of their own racks.
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1 - mar 1962
to
.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 2
may 1962
to
aug 1962
   Curved top  Inside glued  
Each design after the first two was printed in ten colors. The reason for the color pattern is because  the disks were sold out of racks which had ten places to hold ten disks.  Therefore the phrase Top Ten Tunes. The sightly different cut style means nothing, other than they purchased sleeves from the cheapest supplier.
No 3 a
oct 1962
to
.
 Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 3 b
.
to
.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3 c
.
to
.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 3 d
.
to
.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 3 e
.
to
.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3 f
.
to
.
 
 
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3 g
.
to
.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3 h
.
to
.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3 i
.
to
1969
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3 j
.
to
1969
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 4 a
91 - nov 1963
to
.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 4 b
.
to
.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 4 c
.
to
.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 4 d
.
to
.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 4 e
.
to
.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 4 f
.
to
jan 1965
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 4 g
.
to
jan 1965
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
CUT CORNERS
The "Modern Sound of the Hits" (No 4) sleeves were used starting in Nov 1963 when the singles were issued in compatible stereo. They raised the price 10 cents, but only briefly. They reverted back to 39 cents and cut the 49 cent price corner off the sleeve (example below). By about Apr 1965 they were back to the 39 cent "Music is Fun" (no 3) sleeve which was used for the rest of the run until 1969.

 
No 4 x
jan 1965
to
apr 1965
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
19 C OVERPRINTS
Info from Sam Mathis: While in the Nashville area I met a man who says his after-school job back in the mid-60's was working in the Hit Records warehouse.  He said he did everything from sweeping the floors to packing and labeling boxes of records to be shipped out.  One of his jobs was to re-price returned records using a big rubber stamp with an "X, a star and 19c" on it.  He said small jukebox venders and kids "in-the-know" would stop in the warehouse and purchase these records for the 19 cent price.  Often they were sold for even less if they had sat around the warehouse long enough.  He later took me out to a shed and gave me about a dozen records and a couple of them had the re-priced sleeves.
X 1
.
to
.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
X 2
.
to
.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
HITS of the 60's
Unsold disks were sometimes inserted into "Hits of the 60s" sleeves for resale. 
No 5 a
.
to
.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 5 b
.
to
.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 5 c
.
to
.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 5 d
.
to
.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 5 e
.
to
.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
Christmas sleeves
C 1
900
to
.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
C 2
.
to
908
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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