J.V.B./Battle Album Discography
By David Edwards and Mike Callahan
Last update: June 19, 2003
The J.V.B label was started in Detroit Michigan in 1948 by Joe Von Battle. It was located at 3530
Hastings Street, the output of the label was rhythm and blues, gospel and jazz. Joe Von Battle was a
Detroit record shop owner. J.V.B. did issue albums, probably in the late 1950's; many of these albums
were later reissued on the Battle label. The recordings he made of Detroit preacher Rev. C.L. Franklin
were also leased to the Chess label in Chicago. The most collectable album on J.V.B. is number 100
which is the first recordings of Aretha Franklin.
The J.V.B label was replaced by the Battle label in 1962 and operated into 1966. The address on the
label is Bill Grauer Productions, Inc, 235 West 46th Street in New York City. Bill Grauer was the founder
of the Riverside label in 1954, and Riverside Records had the same address. The Riverside address
presumably means that Riverside was the distributor of the Battle label.
The Battle label specialized in gospel, although there were several folk, country, jazz and blues albums
issued. Battle albums of collector interest are the album by Aretha Franklin and her father, the Rev. C.L.
Franklin (BLP-6105) which is actually a reissue of J.V.B. 100, two albums by Detroit bluesman John Lee
Hooker (BLP-6113 and BLP-6114), the album by Memphis Slim (BM-6118) and the album by Memphis
Slim and Willie Dixon (BM-6122). The Mongo Santamaria album Watermelon Man (BS 96120) was for
years the only place to find the original hit version of "Watermelon Man," the label's biggest chart hit, in
stereo. The last albums issued on the label were mostly automobile sound effects.
The J.V.B. label was blue with silver print. "J.V.B." was above the center hole with the Hastings street
address below it.
Battle labels have several variations. The first was issued on both a black label with silver print (see
above), and a red label with black print. On both of these, "Battle" is printed above the center hole within
a pattern of lines that make a cross. On the left perimeter of the label is "HIGH FIDELITY" and on the
right is "MICROGROOVE". At the bottom of the label is "Bill Grauer Productions Inc. New York, N.Y."
Another variation is black with silver print. Again, "Battle" is above the center hole in a cross, but the
"High Fidelity" and "Microgroove" are gone. At the bottom of the label is "ORPHEUM PRODUCTIONS,
INC., NEW YORK CITY". There is also a blue label with plain silver print.
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association with Battle Records, which is currently inactive. Should you be interested in acquiring albums
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instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 1999, 2003 by Mike Callahan.
J.V.B. ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY
Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] Contents
100 - Spirituals - Various Artists [195?] Reissued as Battle 6105 with the same cover
graphics. Recorded during service at New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit Michigan. There is a Fountain
Filled With Blood - Aretha Franklin/Precious Lord, Parts 1 & 2 - Aretha Franklin/You Grow Closer -
Franklin/Never Grow Old - Aretha Franklin/The Angels Keep Watching Over Me - Sammie Bryant/The
Mile - Sammie Bryant/The Lord Will Make A Way, Parts 1 & 2 - Rev. C.L. Franklin/Trying To Get Home,
Parts 1 & 2 - Rev. C.L. Franklin
101 - I, John Saw a New Heaven and a New Earth - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon
by Rev. Franklin.
102 - The Battle of Jericho - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon by Rev. Franklin.
103 - The Handwriting on the Wall - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon by Rev.
104 - Moses and the Burning Bush - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon by Rev.
105 - A Dedicated Mother, Hannah - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon by Rev.
106 - Jesus Met a Woman at the Well - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon by Rev.
107 - Joseph and His Brethren - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon by Rev. Franklin.
108 - Adam and Eve - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon by Rev. Franklin.
109 - Touch the Hem of His Garment - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon by Rev.
110 - He That is Without Sin-Cast the First Stone - Rev. C.L. Franklin [195?] A Sermon
BATTLE ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY
Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] (Chart) Contents
BLP-6101 - John's Vision of a New Heaven - Rev. C.L. Franklin  Reissue of J.V.B.
BLP-6102 - Except I Shall See in His Hands the Print of the Nails - Rev. C.L. Franklin
BLP-6103 - All Things Work Together for the Good to Them That Love God - Rev. C.L.
BLP-6104 - Rock My Soul - Loftonaires 
BLP-6105 - Spirituals - Various Artists  ] Reissue of J.V.B. 100, the cover graphics
are the same as the J.V.B. album. Recorded During Service at New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit
Michigan. There is a Fountain Filled With Blood - Aretha Franklin/Precious Lord, Parts 1 & 2 - Aretha
Franklin/You Grow Closer - Aretha Franklin/Never Grow Old - Aretha Franklin/The Angels Keep
Over Me - Sammie Bryant/The Last Mile - Sammie Bryant/The Lord Will Make A Way, Parts 1 & 2 - Rev.
C.L. Franklin/Trying To Get Home, Parts 1 & 2 - Rev. C.L. Franklin
BLP-6106 - I Hear the Voice - J. Robert Bradley & Rev. C.L. Franklin 
BLP-6107 - Highest Ground - Loftonaires 
BLP-6108 - Why Are Ye Afraid, O Ye of So Little Faith - Rev. C.L. Franklin 
BLP-6109 - I Will Trust In The Lord - Rev. C.L. Franklin, Aretha Franklin, and Sammie
BLP-6110 - Did Not Our Hearts Burn While He Talked By the Wayside - Rev. C.L.
BLP-6111 - How Long Halt Ye Between Two Opinions - Rev. C.L. Franklin 
BLP-6112 - Hannah the Ideal Mother - Rev. C.L. Franklin  Reissue of J.V.B. 105.
BLP-6113 - Blues Man - John Lee Hooker 
BLP-6114 - How Long Blues - John Lee Hooker  Black Snake/How Long
Blues/Wobblin' Baby/She's Long, She's Tall, She Weeps Like A Willow Tree/Pea Vine Special/Tupelo
Blues/I'm Prison Bound//I Rowed A Little Boat/Water Boy/Church Bell Tone/Bundle Up And Go/Good
Mornin', Lil' School Girl/Behind The Plow
BLP-6115 - Paul's Meditation on Immorality - Rev. C.L. Franklin 
BLP-6116 - Grace Made a Change - Rev. Cleophus Robinson 
BLP-6117 - Eternity of the Church - Rev. C.L. Franklin 
BM 6118/BS 96118 - Along with My Friends - Memphis Slim  Rockin' Chair/I Feel
So Good/Plowhand Blues/7 others
BLP-6119 - Jesus Met a Woman at the Well - Rev. C.L. Franklin  Reissue of
BM 6120/BS 96120 - Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaria & His Orchestra  (5-
63, #42) Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York; produced by Bill Grauer Productions.
Man (S)/Funny Money (S)/Cut That Cane (S)/Get The Money (S)/The Boogie Cha Cha Blues (S)/Don't
Bother Me No More (S)//Love Oh Love (S)/Yeh-Yeh (S)/The Peanut Vendor (S)/Go Git It (S)/Bayou
BM 6121/BS 96121 - April in Paris - Don Byas 
BM 6122/BS 96122 - Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon in Paris - Memphis Slim & Willie
Dixon  Rock And Rolling The House/Baby Please Come Home/How Come You Do Me Like
You Do/The Way She Loves A Man/New Way To Love/African Hunch With A Boogie Beat//Shame
Girls/Baby, Baby, Baby/Do De Do/Cool Blooded/Just You And I/Pigalle Love/All By Myself
BM 6123/BS 96123 - Cool Samba - Joao Meirelles & His Bossa Kings  13
BM 6124/BS 96124 - You've Got to Love Everybody! - Rev. Cleophus Robinson 
BM 6125/BS 96125 - Everybody Wants Freedom - Carolina Freedom Fighters 
Everybody Wants Freedom/We Shall Not Be Moved/Woke Up This Morning/others
BM 6126/BS 96126 - Teenage Hootenanny - Millburnaires '63  Blowing In The
Wind/What Have They Done To The Rain?/The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy/Plaisir d'Amour/Take Her
Out Of Pity/Passin' Through//Shenandoah/500 Miles/Our Hands Were Strong/Dona Dona/Joan,
Joan/When She Cries
BM 6127/BS 96127 - One Step Closer - Duncanaires 
BM 6128/BS 96128 - Bluegrass Hootenanny - Lonesome River Boys 
BM 6129/BS 96129 - Mongo at the Village Gate - Mongo Santamaria 
BM 6130/BS 96130 - Hot Rod Caravan - Sound Effects 
BM 6131/BS 96131 - Hot Rods U.S.A - Sound Effects . 
BM 6132/BS 96132 - Cement Roaster - Sound Effects 
BM 6133/BS 96133 - Hot Stuff on Asphalt - Sound Effects 
BM 6134/BS 96134 - Rods and Drags Forever - Sound Effects 
BM 6135/BS 96135 - Chrome on the Range - Sound Effects 
BM 6136/BS 96136 - Dig Out - Sound Effects 
BM 6137/BS 96137 - Sport Car Caravan - Sound Effects 
BM 6138/BS 96138 - Grand Prix-USA - Sound Effects 
BM 6139/BS 96139 - Road Racing America - Sound Effects 
BM 6140/BS 96140 - Cycles Galore - Sound Effects 
BM 6141/BS 96141 - I'm Saved and I Know It - Gable-Airs 
BM 6142/BS 96142 - Someone to Care - Rev. Cleophus Robinson 
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