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SPECIALTY
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1951-1985

Labels

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No line
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Reissues from
late 1960s and 1970s
300 - 1951
to
499 - 1954
526 - 1954
to
607 - 1957
608 - 1957
to
690 - 1960
691 - 1964
to
693 - 1964
694 - 1970
to
700 - 1972
719 - 1972
to
746 - 1985
Identical labels,
but thinner vinyl
than the originals
500-525 were used for 78 rpm issues from 1946-1948. 701-718 were used for Country & Western issues from 1949-1953.
A Gospel series ran at least from 892 to 924
Specialty Records was founded by Art Rupe in Los Angeles in 1944. 
Specialty was very selective in what it recorded.  Jazz, rhythm & blues, gospel, and rock & roll were about all that was released on the label. 
By 1960, Rupe had grown tired of the record business and closed down the label.
He invested his money in oil and real estate and effectively gave up the music business for many years,
but kept the Specialty office in Hollywood open just to sell his existing stock of records. 
In 1968, Rupe reactivated the label and much of the old material was reissued.
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
.
to
around 600 - 1957
Large hole
8508 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood 46, Calif.
 Cut notch  Glued bottom/right
No 2
around 600 - 1957
to
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Small hole
8508 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood 46, Calif.
 Curved top  Inside glued (!)  
No 3
.
to
.
8508 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood 46, Calif.
. Ref 143  Curved top  Inside glued  
No 4
.
to
690 - 1960
Address moved to the front
8508 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood 46, Calif.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 5
694 - 1970
to
.
8300 Santa Monica Blv.
West Hollywood, 
CA 90069
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 Curved top  .Inside glued  
No 6
.
to
733 - 1973
® Added
8300 Santa Monica Blv.
West Hollywood, 
CA 90069
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   Curved top .Inside glued  
No 7
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to
.
Sleeve not available
for scan
 
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Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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  Repro sleeves available from Big Boppa Records
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45 Discography for Specialty Records from Global Dog Productions
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