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IMPERIAL
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1950-1970

Labels (popular)

137-139 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles 4
6425 Hollywood 
Boulevard, Hollywood 28
137-139 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles 4
Hollywood,
Calif., U.S.A.
45 5058 - 1950
to
45 5272 - 1954
45 5251 - 1953
to
X 5353 - 1955
X 5309 - 1954
X 5357 - 1955
to
X 5461 - 1957
Colour varies from red to brown
Imperial Records was formed by Lew Chudd in 1946 in Los Angeles, California. In 1947, Lew Chudd started a popular record series consisting of rhythm and blues recordings. Imperial was famous for recordings of rhythm & blues and early rock & roll artists like Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson. In 1962 Chudd bought Aladdin Records and Minit Records was acquired in 1963. Imperial was sold to Liberty Records in 1964.
In 1968, Transamerica Corporation, who owned United Artists, bought the Liberty/Imperial Labels and merged them with UA.
The artists signed after 1967 were weak chart performers and In 1970, most of the Imperial artists
were transferred to Liberty, and by 1971 Imperial Records had ceased to exist 
Imperial was licensed to London Records in the UK
137-139 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles 4
6425 Hollywood 
Boulevard, Hollywood 28
6425 Hollywood 
Boulevard, Hollywood 28
Hollywood,
Calif., U.S.A.
6000 Series 1951-1952
Square Dance
40000 Series 1953
X 40005 - jul 1953
X 3001 - 1955
X 3002 - 1955
X 3003 - jul/aug 1955
End of series
X 7001 - apr 1956
X 7002 - jan 1957
X 7003 - feb 1957
X 7004 - mar 1957
End of series
The Directory of American 45 rpm records lists Imperial 7003 as by Two Ton Baker -  tracks "Click Clack/Don´t let me down", different from this note.
The record was issued in the Moppet label.
but with "The Froggy Song" on the B-side.
However, this note and this ad tells something else.
..®
No address
© Imperial Records, Inc.
Hollywood U.S.A.
® Imperial Records, Inc.
Hollywood U.S.A.
®A Subsidiary of®
Liberty Records
X 5463 - 1957
to
5999 - mid 1963
X 5511 - 1958
to
5719 - 1960
Occasionally
5685 - 1960
to
5805 - 1962
Occasionally
66000 - mid 1963
to
66005 - 1963
A Subsidiary of Liberty
A Division of Liberty
Liberty/UA Inc.
66003 - 1963
to
66145 - 1965
66153 - 1966
to
66383 - 1969
66385 - 1969
to
66453 - 1970
Label discontinued
The Golden Series
Reissues
The Golden Series
Reissues
The Golden Series
Reissues
The Golden Series
Reissues
001
to
020
014
to
070
066
"The Golden Series"
missing
54001
to
54070
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Labels (country)
137-139 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles 4
137-139 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles 4
6425 Hollywood 
Boulevard, Hollywood 28
45 8104 - 1951
to
45 8223 - early 1954
45 8188 - 1954
 45 8236 - 1954
to
X 8308 - 1956
Hollywood,
Calif., U.S.A.
 
 X 8311 - 1956
to
,
X 8316 - 1958
to
X 8329 - 1960
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1950
to
1954
Imperial Record Co.
Los Angeles, Calif.
 Cut notch  Glued bottom/left  
No 2
1954
to
.
Imperial Records
Hollywood California
   Cut notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 3
.
to
.
Imperial Records
Hollywood California
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 4
.
to 
.
Imperial Records
Hollywood California
 Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 5
.
to 
1957
Imperial Records
Hollywood California
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 6
1957
to
.
Imperial Records, Inc.
Hollywood, Calif., U.S.A.
.  Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 7
.
to
1961
Imperial Records, Inc.
Hollywood, Calif., U.S.A.
   Slightly curved top  Inside glued  
No 8
1961
to
.
Albums from 1960-1961
Identifed albums (all):
9107 - 1960
9112 - 1960
9116 - 1960
9117 - 1961
9121 - 1960
9122 - 1960
9124 - 1961
9125 - 1961
9127 - 1960
9130 - 1960
9133 - 1960
9135 - 1960
9136 - 1961
9137 - 1961
9138 - 1961
9144 - 1961
   Cut straight/notch   Inside glued   
No 9
.
to
.
Albums from 1960-1961
Identifed albums (all):
9107 - 1960
9112 - 1960
9116 - 1960
9117 - 1961
9121 - 1960
9122 - 1960
9124 - 1961
9125 - 1961
9127 - 1960
9130 - 1960
9133 - 1960
9135 - 1960
9136 - 1961
9137 - 1961
9138 - 1961
9144 - 1961
   Cut straight  Inside glued   
No 10
.
to
.
Albums from 1961-1962
Identifed albums (all):
9152 - 1961
9153 - 1961
9157 - 1962
9159 - 1961
9161 - 1961
9162 - 1961
9163 - 1961
9164 - 1961
9166 - 1962
9167 - 1962
9168 - 1962
9169 - 1962
9170 - 1962
9171 - 1962
9172 - 1962
9186 - 1962
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 11
.
to
5999 - mid 1963
Albums from 1961-1962
Identifed albums (all):
9152 - 1961
9153 - 1961
9157 - 1962
9159 - 1961
9161 - 1961
9162 - 1961
9163 - 1961
9164 - 1961
9166 - 1962
9167 - 1962
9168 - 1962
9169 - 1962
9170 - 1962
9171 - 1962
9172 - 1962
9186 - 1962
   Cut straight  Inside glued   
No 12
66000 - mid 1963
to 
.
Grey print
Green circle
"Printed in U.S.A." low
   Cut notch  Inside glued  
No 13
.
to 
.
Black print
Green circle
"Printed in U.S.A." low
   Curved top  Inside glued   
No 14
.
to 
66144 - 1965
Purple print
Green circle
"Printed in U.S.A." low
.  Curved top  Inside glued   
No 15
66153 - 1966
to
66247 - may 1967
Brown circle
"Printed in U.S.A."
high - far right
.  Curved top  Inside glued   
No 16
May 1967
to
.
Golden circle
"Printed in U.S.A."
above "C" in INC
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 17
.
to
.
Golden circle
"Printed in U.S.A."
above "C" in INC
   Curved top   Inside glued  
No 18
.
to
.
Golden circle
"Printed in U.S.A."
above "C" in INC
   Curved top   Inside glued  
No 19
.
to
66448 - 1970
Golden circle
"Printed in U.S.A."
far right (front)
"Printed in U.S.A."
above "N" in INC (back)
   Curved top   Glued left/right  
No 20
.
to
66453 - 1970
Entertainment From Transamerica
Corporation
   Curved top  Inside glued  
Reissues
R 1
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   Curved top  Inside glued  
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45 Discography for Imperial Records from Global Dog Productions
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