RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle)

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RCA imprint logo history:
until ca. 1962, RCA Records had used the original lightning bolt logo (eg: as seen in this 1962 release, before transitioning to the newer logo, as seen in this 1963 release) — though wikipedia claims the transition didn't occur till about 1968.
1963–1988: a modernized RCA logo was introduced (shown here as valid from "1977–1988", but actual releases provide evidence it was introduced much earlier)
1988–present: the return to the iconic lightning bolt logo, albeit a slightly revised version of the original, when then parent BMG brought it back into use.

The Radio Corporation of America (est. 1901) did not start producing discs until 1929 when it bought the Victor Talking Machine Company and changed its name. The RCA Victor Company had two main divisions; one manufacturing electrical equipment such as radios and televisions, the other devoted to recordings. The recording branch has been known under various names during its history, but was initially called RCA Victor. The RCA Records imprint was not used until the late 1940s.
The company released the first 45rpm record in 1949 and was subsequently divided into RCA (for pop, rock and country music) and RCA Victor (for blues, world music, and jazz). RCA Red Seal is the renowned classical music label with a reissue sub-label called RCA Gold Seal. Defunct labels from the past include budget labels RCA Camden and RCA Victrola.
In 1955, RCA Records purchased the recording contract of Elvis Presley from Sun Records.
In 1983, 50% of Arista Records was sold to RCA, and two years later, Bertelsmann (the owner of the other 50%) and RCA formed a joint venture which led to the creation of Bertelsmann Music Group (encompassing Arista, Ariola, RCA and Bertelsmann) in 1986.
With the history of RCA in the US, and the distribution power of Bertelsmann in Europe, BMG was one of the most successful music groups from the mid-80s to 2004, when it joined forces with Japanese conglomerate Sony.
RCA Records still exists as an imprint for many original releases, with Legacy issuing much of the RCA back catalogue, all via Sony/BMG's international outposts.

Worldwide distribution network, based on Broadway, NYC. Responsible for national branches of RCA Records (e.g. US, UK, Australia), along with Arista, Jive, and Zomba. Is, in fact, a fully-owned subsidiary of BMG, which has been involved in a joint venture with Sony since August 2004.

As of October 7, 2011, record labels Arista, Jive, and J Records were shut down and their signed artists moved to a restructured RCA Records.

Annotation last modified on 2015-01-25 08:50 UTC.


Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Black and White Serie Vol. 22 Fats Waller Hitherto Unpublished Piano, Vocal, and Conversation (Volume 2) Fats Waller 12" Vinyl 6 730.600 [none]
Home in Oklahoma / A Gay Ranchero Roy Rogers Vinyl 2 48-0011
Qué Rico el Mambo / Mambo No. 5 Pérez Prado 7" Vinyl 2 23-1546
Silbando Mambo / Caballo Negro Pérez Prado Vinyl 2 RCA 23-5301
Lupita / Mi Gallo Pérez Prado Vinyl 2 23-5484
Sing and Rejoice! Dick Leibert 7" Vinyl 8 EPB 3086 [none]
O'Cangaceiro Zé do Norte 7" Vinyl 4 75.368
Carmen Murdered! Spike Jones Suspected Spike Jones and His City Slickers 7" Vinyl 2 EPA 440
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know / Rockabye Boogie The Davis Sisters Vinyl 2
Papa Loves Mambo Perry Como Vinyl 2 47-5857
To Wish You a Merry Christmas: The RCA Victor Family Various Artists Vinyl 12 EPC 1037
Frankie Carl Plays Cole Porter Frankie Carle 2×7" Vinyl 4 + 4 45EP EPB-1064
Heimwee naar Ambon The Amboina Serenaders 7" Vinyl 2 48.113 [none]
Klappermelk met suiker The Amboina Serenaders 7" Vinyl 2 48.117 [none]
Lullaby of Birdland Various Artists 12" Vinyl 12 LPM 1146
Down to Eartha Eartha Kitt Vinyl 12
Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) / Jamaica Farewell Harry Belafonte Vinyl 2 71-066
The Midgets Joe Newman Septet CD 11 743216098729
Strictly Elvis Elvis Presley Vinyl 4 EPA 994
Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti Frutti Elvis Presley 7" Vinyl 2 10214
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Santa Claus Is Back in Town Elvis Presley 10" Shellac 2 RCA 1025 [none]
Island in the Sun / Cocoanut Woman Harry Belafonte Vinyl 2 1007
Lead Man Holler / Haiti Cherie Harry Belafonte Vinyl 2 1035
Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley Vinyl 2 45-RCA-1028
Dizzier and Dizzier Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra 7" Vinyl 4 EJC-1009-1
Tommy Dorsey Tommy Dorsey 7" Vinyl 4 EPA 5007
At the Waldorf Astoria Lena Horne 7" Vinyl 4 EPB-1028-1
HI-FIve The Red Norvo Quintet 7" Vinyl 3 EPC-1420-2
Phil and Quill Phil Woods and Gene Quill 12" Vinyl 12 LPM-1284
When Lights Are Low The Pete Jolly Trio 12" Vinyl 12 LPM-1367 [none]
Freddy Martin at the Cocoanut Grove Freddy Martin and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 12 LPM 1414
The Four Brothers… Together Again! Herb Steward, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff 12" Vinyl 10 LPM-9815-C [none]
New Formulas From the Jazz Lab Gigi Gryce & Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 7 PL 43698
Mary's Boy Child / Eden Was Just Like This Harry Belafonte Vinyl 2 RCA-1022
Lucy’s Door / Judy Drownded (78rpm) Harry Belafonte 10" Vinyl 2 RCA-1033 [none]
Chicago / Austin High School Jazz in Hifi Bud Freeman Vinyl 11
Judy Drownded / Lucy’s Door (45rpm) Harry Belafonte 7" Vinyl 2 45-RCA.1033 [none]
Don't / I Beg of You Elvis Presley 7" Vinyl 2 10388
Don't / I Beg of You Elvis Presley 7" Vinyl 2 45-RCA-1043
Little Bernadette / Danny Boy Harry Belafonte Vinyl 2 1072
The Son of Mary / I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day Harry Belafonte Vinyl 2 1084
The Twelve Days of Christmas / Silent Night Harry Belafonte Vinyl 2 1085
Eso es el amor Los Chakachas 7" Vinyl 4 3-22099
Oh Lonesome Me / Sweet Sweet Girl // Blue Blue Day / Bad Bad Day Don Gibson Vinyl 4 75 458 [none]
Rendezvous Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney 12" Vinyl 10 CAS-2330 [none]
Patricia Pérez Prado and His Orchestra 7" Vinyl 4 EPA 4322 [none]
Riot in Rhythm Henri René & His Orchestra Vinyl 12 LPLM-2002
The Glenn Miller Carnegie Hall Concert Glenn Miller and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 9 LPM-1506-C [none]
Canciones mexicanas Lucha Reyes 12" Vinyl 12 MKL-1120 [none]
El Mejor Mariachi Del Mundo Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán Vinyl 12 MKL /S - 1156
King Creole Elvis Presley 12" Vinyl 11 RD-27088 [none]
At the Waldorf Astoria Lena Horne 12" Vinyl 12 SF-5007
What a Night...With the Chakachas Chakachas (unknown) 12 [none]
Just Come Home / Lonesome Stranger Hugo and Luigi Vinyl 2 47-7639
Calypsoes Sparrow 12" Vinyl 10 LPB-9035 [none]
Love Is a Swingin' Word Sid Ramin Vinyl 12 LSP-1924
Adeste Fideles John McCormack 7" Vinyl 4 RCX 1042, RCX-1042 [none]
Relaxing With Perry Como Perry Como with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra and Henri René & His Orchestra 7" Vinyl 4 RCX 136 [none]
Stuck on You / Fame and Fortune Elvis Presley Vinyl 2
Elvis Is Back! Elvis Presley 12" Vinyl 12 SF 5060 [none]
Dinah / When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful Fats Waller and His Rhythm 7" Vinyl 2 RCA 1189 [none]
G.I. Blues Elvis Presley (unknown) 11 430.335 [none]
A Touch of Tabasco Rosemary Clooney, Pérez Prado 12" Vinyl 12 LPM 2133, LPM-2133
There's a Hole in My Bucket / Chickens Harry Belafonte 7" Vinyl 2 RCA 1247
G.I. Blues Elvis Presley 12" Vinyl 11 SF 5078 [none]
Blue Hawaii (stereo) Elvis Presley 12" Vinyl 14 SF 5115 [none]
Il federale Ennio Morricone Vinyl 9 30-477
La novia / El milagro Antonio Prieto 7" Vinyl 2 37-2056 [none]
The Shortest Distance (Between Two Lips) Cleo Jons Vinyl 2 45-RCA 1229
Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen Neil Sedaka 7" Vinyl 2 47-7957
The Lion Sleeps Tonight / Tina The Tokens 7" Vinyl 2 47-9382 [none]
Vuelve primavera / Rock del Tom Tom / Boogie de la niñera / Corina, Corina Johny Tedesco 7" Vinyl 4 75.676 [none]
Begin the Beguine Léo Marjane 7" Vinyl 4 76.509 [none]
Em Suas Canções Célebres Vicente Celestino Vinyl 12 BBL-1141
Sinä, laulu ja yö / Jo kauan, jo kauan Rauno Lehtinen 7" Vinyl 2 FAS 640
Vos sos un amor... Jolly Land 7" Vinyl 4 LPC-3220 [none]
Stereo Action Goes Broadway Dick Schory Vinyl 12 LSA-2382
For Christmas Seals (aka "Christmas Seal Campaign 1961") Various Artists Vinyl 2 M8R9861
Venere creola Carlo Rustichelli & Piero Umiliani Vinyl 6 PME 30.476 Serie Europa
Quand le film est triste Sylvie Vartan 7" Vinyl 4 76 531 [none]
O Nordeste na voz de Luiz Gonzaga Luiz Gonzaga Vinyl 12 107.007
Dansez le twist avec Sam Cooke (stereo) Sam Cooke 12" Vinyl 12 440.517
Breaking Up is Hard to Do Neil Sedaka Vinyl 2 45 RCA 1298
Cuando calienta el sol Los Hermanos Rigual 7" Vinyl 2 47-9413
Kitaratango / Rakas kuu Annikki Tähti 7" Vinyl 2 FAS 682
Twistin' 'N' Twangin' Duane Eddy 12" Vinyl 12 LPM-2525
En Kväll Med Svend Och Ulrik Svend Och Ulrik 12" Vinyl 14 LPM 9929
La voz de la zafra Mercedes Sosa 12" Vinyl 12 LXA-7009
Legata a un granello di sabbia / Ridi, ridi Nico Fidenco 7" Vinyl 2 PM45 1166 [none]
Twistin’ the Night Away Sam Cooke 7" Vinyl 2 RCA 1277 [none]
Appasionada Sergio Franchi 7" Vinyl 2 RCA 1289 [none]
Outra Vez, Marinês Marinês (unknown) 12
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3 Elvis Presley 12" Vinyl 12 LPM 2765 [none]
Detroit City Bobby Bare Vinyl 12 INTS 1257
Kiss Me Quick Elvis Presley 7" Vinyl 2 47-9452
Our Man From Italy Sergio Franchi 7" Vinyl 4 EPA-9080 [none]
Hava nagilah / Telstar Carola / Laila Halme 7" Vinyl 2 FAS 694
Tädin bossa-nova / Tango poranek Annikki Tähti 7" Vinyl 2 FAS 703
Belafonte at the Greek Theatre Harry Belafonte 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 LSO-6009
Y'All Come Porter Wagoner 12" Vinyl 12 LSP-2706