Hull Records : The Vocal Group Recordingscompiled by JCMarion


In the autumn of 1955 , former Herald Records executive Blanche (Bea) Kaslin formed her own company called Hull Records. The new company was headquartered near (but not in) the world famous Brill Building on Broadway in New York City. The new company maintained their nautical references by naming their music publishing arm Keel Music. The new company jumped right in with the R & B vocal group style with the very first release by The Heartbeats on # 711 which gave the new label a quick hit record and start the ball rolling. Here is a discography of Hull's vocal group recordings.

711 - The Heartbeats : Crazy For You / Rockin-'n-Rollin-'n-Rhythm-'n-Blues-'n

713 - The Heartbeats : Darling How Long / Hurry Home Baby

716 - The Heartbeats : People Are Talking / Your Way

717 - The Avons : Our Love Will Never End / I'm Sending S.O.S.

718 - The Miller Sisters : Please Don't Leave / Do You Wanna Go

720 - The Heartbeats : A Thousand Miles Away / Oh Baby Don't

721 - The Beltones : I Talk To My Echo / Off Goof

722 - The Avons : Baby / Bonnie

723 - The Sparks : Danny Boy / Run Run Run

724 - The Sparks : Fingers / Adreann

725 - Joan & Joy : You're My Prescription / My Lover Has Left Me

726 - The Avons : You Are So Close To Me / Gonna Catch You Nappin

727 - The Legends : The Legend Of Love / Now I'm Telling You

728 - The Avons : What Will I Do / Please Come Back

730 - The Desires : Let It Please Be You / Lena

731 - The Avons : On The Island / What Love Can Do

732 - The Elegants : Little Boy Blue / Get Well Soon

733 - The Desires : Set Me Free / Rendezvous With You

735 - The Monotones : Reading The Book Of Love / Dream

736 - The Miller Sisters : Just Wait And See / Black Pepper (instrumental by Leo Price)

740 - Shep & The Limelights : Daddy's Home / This I Know

742 - Shep & The Limelights : Ready For Your Love / You'll Be Sorry

743 - The Monotones : Tattle Tale / Daddy's Home But Momma's Gone

744 - The Avons : Whisper Softly / If I Just Had My Baby

747 - Shep & The Limelights : Three Steps From The Altar / Oh What A Feeling

748 - Shep & The Limelights : Who Told The Sandman / Our Anniversary

750 - The Miller Sisters : Don't You Forget (with Jeannie) / Roll Back The Rug And Twist

751 - Shep & The Limelights : What Did Daddy Do? / Teach Me To Twist

752 - The Miller Sisters : I Cried All Night / Holly Golly

753 - Shep & The Limelights : Gee Baby What About You / Everything's Gonna Be Alright

754 - The Avons : A Girl To Call My Own / The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side

756 - Shep & The Limelights : Remember Baby / The Monkey

757 - Shep & The Limelights : Stick By Me / It's All Over Now

759 - Shep & The Limelights : Steal Away / For You My Love

760 - Jackie & The Starlights : I Still Remember / I Cried My Heart Out

761 - Shep & The Limelights : It's Easy To Remember/ Why Won't You Believe Me

767 - Shep & The Limelights : Why Did You Fall For Me / I'm All Alone

770 - Shep & The Limelights : You Better Believe / Party For Two

772 - Shep & The Limelights : In Case I Forget / I'm Hurting Inside

By looking at the list of records released by Hull, you can see the great body of work by lead singer James Sheppard on the label, first with The Heartbeats and then with Shep & The Limelights. He remains one of the most prolific vocal group lead singers in the history of the music. Another salute should be given to Al Browne who supervised, arranged, produced, and provided the backing musicians on so many sessions for Hull Records.

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