American; a label revered by enthusiasts of the modern forms of Jazz. Blue Note was started in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. At first the company concentrated on traditional 'Hot' Jazz and Boogie Woogie, but during the late '40s and early 50s it embraced Be-Bop with enthusiasm, making many historically important recordings by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Miles Davis. Producer Rudy van Gelder was responsible for the sound of much of the company's output in the late '50s and the '60s; his engineering is reported to be as important and revolutionary as the music. That period featured records by such luminaries as Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, and many more.  Herbie Hancock, who was to have considerable chart success in the Jazz/Rock/Funk area later in his career, joined the label in the mid-'60s. By this time Blue Note was providing more commercial jazz, aimed at a wider audience, but it also provided for lovers of Avant-Garde and Free-Form Jazz via LPs by Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, among others.  Blue Note was acquired by Liberty in 1965; Lion retired in 1967, and Wolff died in 1971. United Artists bought Liberty in 1969, and with it Blue Note; a further change of ownership took place in 1978, when the United Artists companies were snapped up by EMI. Blue Note languished until 1985, at which point it was relaunched as part of EMI Manhattan, for new recordings as well as reissues. In Britain Blue Note was mainly an albums label; it did however release a few singles. 'Last Tango In Paris' by Marlena Shaw, and Donald Byrd's, 'Black Byrd', appeared in 1973 with a blue-and-white-halved label; their catalogue numbers were taken from the United Artists series.  Another couple of blue-and-white-labelled singles came out in 1975, with a catalogue numbers in the BNX W-600s); presumably their numbers were the original American ones. In October 1975 Blue Note singles were given their own BNXW-7000 series and a new all-blue label in 1975; from mid '76, while keeping the same label design, they went back to sharing a UP-36000 catalogue sequence with those of United Artists. When Blue Note was revived in the mid '80s its label design imitated that of the 78 r.p.m. era.   Manufacture and distribution in the '70s were mainly by EMI, over here, though the style of the matrix number of the Bobbi Humphrey single indicates a Phonogram pressing.  Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

70 Donaldson Lou Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky BLUE NOTE SBN 1956
73 Marlena Shaw Last Tango In Paris BLUE NOTE  UP 35517
73 Donald Byrd Black Byrd BLUE NOTE  UP 35564
76 Marlena Shaw It'S Better Then Walking Out BLUE NOTE  UP 36125
76 Marlena Shaw Love Has Gon Away BLUE NOTE  UP 36163
76 Klugh Earl I Heard It Through The Grapevine BLUE NOTE  UP 36251
76 Klugh Earl Cry A Little While BLUE NOTE  UP 36441
76 Laws Ronnie All For You BLUE NOTE  UP 36481
79 Laws Ronnie Always There BLUE NOTE  UP 36497
79 Sidney Bechet Summertime BLUE NOTE  UP 36535
74 Byrd Donald Flight Time BLUE NOTE  BNXW 623
74 Humphrey Bobbi Fun House BLUE NOTE  BNXW 624
73 Byrd Donald Blackbird BLUE NOTE  BNXW 7001
76 Mcrae Carmen Who Gave You Permission BLUE NOTE  BNXW 7002
76 Byrd Donald Changes Makes You Want To Hustle BLUE NOTE  BNXW 7003
76 Laws Ronnie Always There BLUE NOTE  BNXW 7004
76 Marlena Shaw It'S Better Then Walking Out BLUE NOTE  UPS 10

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