HiFi/Arvee/Life Album Discographies
By David Edwards and Mike Callahan
Last update: December 31, 2007

The High Fidelity Recording Company was established in 1956 in Hollywood, California. "Hi-fi" was a popular slang term in the 1950s meaning both the quality of sound, and also the phonograph system used to play records. Referring to the system as a "hi-fi" was gradually replaced by referring to it as a "stereo" system in the 1960s, and "hi-fi" became somewhat out-of-style and sounded "old." Today, of course, even the term "stereo" when used to denote equipment sounds hopelessly out-of-date.

The president of the company was Richard Vaughn. They issued recordings on three different labels, HiFi, Arvee and Orbit, and also "the Life Series" on HiFi, which is usually mistakenly called the "Life" label due to the large logo. The HiFi Label recorded popular, jazz, gospel, sound effects and spoken word, although the albums released on HiFi were primarily jazz and popular with a heavy emphasis on organ records by George Wright and Hawaiian music by Arthur Lyman. In fact, by the standards of the 1990s, most of the output from HiFi would fall neatly under the term "lounge music." Lyman was once a member of the Martin Denny Trio, so if Lyman's and Denny's music sounded similar, there was a good reason. A&R for the label was by Dave Axelrod and Chuck Weed.

The Orbit Label subsidiary was established in 1958. Most of the single releases on Orbit were pop and folk, and we believe that no albums were released on this label. On the singles side, it appeared that not only did HiFi and Orbit share a numbering system, but they shared their cadre of artists as well. Arthur Lyman, George Wright, Scott Engel, and others recording for Orbit seemed to move from that label to HiFi and back again at the whim of the management.

The Arvee Label was formed in 1959. The "Arvee" name was derived from Richard Vaughn, the company president's initials, "R.V." A&R for the Arvee label was by Cliff Goldsmith and Fred Smith, with some production by Marty Cooper and H.B. Barnum. The output of the label was popular music and rhythm and blues, and unlike the HiFi/Orbit artists, Arvee's artists did not do any label hopping to HiFi or Orbit.

The Olympics, 1963 The biggest success of the Arvee label was a rock and roll group called the Olympics. The Olympics had their first hit in 1958 for Si Aronson's Demon Records (of Hollywood, CA) with "Western Movies," a Coasters-type novelty number. The Olympics moved to Arvee in 1959, and had several hits including "Big Boy Pete," "(Baby) Hully Gully," "Little Pedro," and "Dance by the Light of the Moon". The Olympics had three albums on Arvee; the mono versions are scarce, but the stereo versions have all but disappeared.

After the Olympics left Arvee, they had a couple of hits in 1963 on the Tri-Disc label out of Los Angeles ("The Bounce" and "Dancin' Holiday"), produced by Fred Smith, who had done A&R at Arvee. The stereo version of their lone Tri-Disc album is also quite rare, if it exists at all. In 1965, they had a flop on the Loma label with "Good Lovin'," but a year later it was remade into a giant hit by the Young Rascals for Atlantic.

Then, as far as collectors were concerned, the trouble started. In 1966 the Olympics signed with Mirwood, a Los Angeles-based company that also had the Mira and Surrey labels, and posted two hits, "Mine Exclusively" and "Baby Do The Philly Dog." Mirwood was run by Randy Wood, ex-Vee-Jay executive (not the Randy Wood from Dot Records). Wood decided to put out an album on the group, but since he had only two minor hits, opted to re-record the Olympics' old hits from Demon, Arvee, and Tri- Disc to include in an album called Something Old, Something New [Mirwood MS-7003]. These re-recorded versions have been widely available since 1966 for reissue and have been included in a vast majority of the reissues and various artist albums where the Olympics appear, much to the annoyance of collectors. More recently, both Ace (UK) and DCC (US) have tracked down the original Arvee masters to put history straight on their reissues.

The other Arvee hit maker was the Marathons, who scored with "Peanut Butter" in 1961. The Marathons had some, if not total, personnel overlap with the Vibrations on Checker (who had in 1956 been known as the Jayhawks of "Stranded in the Jungle" fame on Flash Records). Checker acquired the "Peanut Butter" master through contract-infringement litigation, and Arvee assembled a new group with that name for subsequent releases, including the album. "Peanut Butter," was a tongue-in-cheek (...sorry) rewrite of the words of the Olympics' "(Baby) Hully Gully." In fact, this wasn't the only time an Olympics hit was rewritten; the Kingsmen's 1965 hit "Jolly Green Giant" was a rewrite of "Big Boy Pete" (written and first recorded by Don & Dewey on Specialty).

The HiFi labels were sold by 1965 to the Everest label (best known for Gloria Lynne's catalog and a raft of grocery-store budget albums), and today remain part of "the Everest Group." Everest continued issuing albums after they acquired HiFi, and did quite well reissuing the Arthur Lyman catalog for several decades.

HiFi was into stereo fairly early, and put out several stereo singles in 1959 on both the HiFi and the Orbit labels. Stereo on all albums is designated by an S before the initial prefix, for example R-411 is monaural, SR-411 is stereo.

The first HiFi label (far left) was silver with black print. The label name was in caps on one line at the top, with "HIFI" in black and "RECORD" in red. Around the bottom of the label was "MANUFACTURED BY HIGH FIDELITY RECORDINGS, INC., 6087 SUNSET BLVD., HOLLYWOOD 28, CALIF." Unlike most labels, whose stereo issues used a special stereo jacket, HiFi stereo issues were designated on the (mono) front jackets with a large silver sticker (near left) that said, "This is an incomparable HiFi Stereo Disc by High Fidelity Recordings, Inc." Most HiFi records used this label for stereo albums; the Life Series used a "STEREO" overprint.

The second label was slightly different for mono (far left) and stereo (near left) versions. Both were silver with black print, and both had "HIFI RECORD" three times around the black edge band, with "HIFI" in silver and "RECORD" in red. Mono labels had the side designation in a large red number running down through the center hole between the two columns denoting songs and publishing information for that side of the LP. Stereo issues had the word "STEREO" in block letters rotated 90 degrees replacing the large number designating the side. The side designation on stereo issues was in small letters at the bottom of the label.

The second label had a counterpart for HiFijazz releases (shown at far left). It was silver with black print, with "hifi jazz" four times around the black edge band of the label, with "hifi" in silver and "jazz" in red. The mono, stereo, and jazz versions of this second label had, in red lettering at the bottom, just inside the black band, "HIGH FIDELITY RECORDINGS, INC., 7803 SUNSET BLVD., HOLLYWOOD". The first label for the Life Series (near left) was red with black print. The "Life" logo was above the center hole in white cursive letters.

When HiFi was sold to Everest Records about 1965, the Life Series label changed to yellow with black print, with the "Life" logo smaller and in a straight line rather than at a slant like on the red labels. Arthur Lyman's Greatest Hits was issued on a gold label with the same design. Interestingly, the reissue of Life 1004 (far left) used the original album title (Percussion Spectacular) on the label, although the jacket used the newer title, "Yellow Bird". Some HiFi issues were also known to have been reissued with this yellow Life label, such as HiFi 721.

The first Arvee label (far left) was orange with black printing. "arvee" in alternating black and orange blocks around the perimeter of the label, with the typical HiFi side designation number down the middle of the label. This label was used on almost all of the Arvee albums. Album A-434 had a different label (near left); it was yellow with black printing, with "arvee" in alternating black and yellow wedges above the center hole. The Arvee albums themselves did not have their own series of release numbers, but were released in the HiFi Records 400 series.

In retrospect, from a collector's standpoint, HiFi/Arvee/Orbit was a blur of different numbering series, labels-within-series-with-other-labels, artists switching labels back and forth, and albums which changed titles. On the other hand, they gave us lounge music and the Olympics' sly humor, which made the label worthwhile for collectors.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with HI-FI or Arvee Records. Should you want to contact HI-FI, or should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 1998, 1999, 2007 by Mike Callahan.


Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] (Chart) Contents

HiFi R/RS-200 Series:

R-201 - Joe Enos Plays Two Pianos - Joe Enos [1956] Jesuita En Chihuahua/(others)

R-202 - Stan Seltzer Piano - Stan Seltzer [2/57] The Way You Look Tonight/(others)

R/SR-203 - Relax With Dave Carlson - Dave Carlson [1958] Lady Is A Tramp/Dave's Blues/St.Louis Blues/Lullaby Of The Leaves/Minute Waltz/Slaughter On 10th Avenue/Carioca/Limehouse Blues/Invitation/Entertainer's Rag/Waltz Medley

R/SR-204 - Carlson Plays the Classics - Dave Carlson [11/59] Polonaise In A Flat/Fantaisie Impromptu/Dance Of Terror/Jeux D'eau/Blue Danube Waltz/Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2/Etude In D Flat/Gnomenreigen/Reflets Dans L'eau/Prelude in G Minor

HiFi R-300 Series:

R-301 - Mitchell Boy's Choir Sings - Mitchell Boy's Choir [1956]

HiFi/Arvee R/SR-400 Series:

HIFI R-401 - Dick Stewart Sings - Dick Stewart [1956]

HIFI R-402 - Mixed Emotions - Dorothy Carless [1956]

HIFI R-403 - Carless Torch - Dorothy Carless [9/56]

HIFI R-404 - Folksongs and Ballads - Terrea Lea [1957] Mary Hamilton/The Turkish Revery/Gently Johnny My Jingalo/Kate Kearney/Turtle Dove/The Chivalrous Shark/Red Rosy Bush/Billy Barlow/(others)

HIFI R/SR-405 - Songs for a Smoke Filled Room - Elsa Lanchester with Remarks by Charles Laughton [9/57]

HIFI R/SR-406 - Songs for a Shuttered Parlor - Elsa Lanchester with Remarks by Charles Laughton [1958]

HIFI R/SR-407 - Time of Desire - Rod McKuen [11/58]

HIFI R/SR-408 - On the Rocks - Surfers [1958] Maki/Leimomi/Papio/Ke Kale Nei Au/I Got Hooked At A Hukilau/Blue Hawaii/Tamure Tamure/Leihi/O' Makala Pua/Nane Wale/Pidgin English Hula/I Will Remember You/Hawaiian War Chank/Waikapu

HIFI R/SR-409 - Songs of Faith - Three Deacons [2/59] The Circuit Riding Preacher/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus/I'm Following Jesus/Where The Seasons Never Change/The Seawalker/Vacation In Heaven/Open Your Heart/Read The Bible Every Day/It Is No Secret/Kneel At The Cross/I Don't Know Why/Shake Hands With Mother Again/Praise God Hallelujah/Face To Face/God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again

HIFI R/SR-410 - Christmas from Hawaii - Surfers [1959] Here Comes Santa In A Red Canoe/Hawaiian Santa/Meli Kalikimaka/Mary's Boy Child/O Holy Night/White Christmas/(others)

HIFI R/SR-411 - The Surfers at High Tide - Surfers [1959] Canadian Sunset/Ebb Tide/Jungle Drums/Beyond The Reef/At High Tide/Poinciana//The Breeze & I/Red Sails In The Sunset/Perfidia/Return To Paradise/Moon Of Manakoora/Legend Of Rain

HIFI R/SR-412 - Here Come the Coachmen - Coachmen [1959] Folk trio made up of Doug Tanner, Don Koss, and Doug Brown. Bald Mountain/Those Brown Eyes/John Hardy/Sally Don't You Grieve/Life's But A Dream/Goin' Down The Road/Boll Weevil/Darlin' Cory/Come Little Donkey/Done Laid Around/Pig Knuckles/Pretty Polly/Marry In The Fall/Everybody Loves Saturday Night

HIFI R/SR-413 - The Split Personality of Paul Gilbert - Paul Gilbert [1961] I Don't Know You, You Don't Know Me/An Evening With The Mayo Brothers/One For The Road/Sex Is Here To Stay/For Every Man There's A Woman/Love Honor And Oh Boy!/Concert For A Couch/Come Fly With Me

HIFI R/RS-414 -

HIFI R/SR-415 - Folk Songs for the 21st Century - Sheldon Allman [1960]

HIFI R/SR-416 - It's Alright with Me - Cathi Hayes [1959]

HIFI R/SR-417 - Tahiti - Surfers [1959] Drums Of Tahiti/My Sweet Sweet/Ulili E/My Wahine And Me/Song Of Old Hawaii/Tiare/Kou Kino Mambo/South Sea Island Magic/Beauty Hula//Kuu Lei/Kalua/Nane Waimea

HIFI R/SR-418 - Christmas Greetings from the Town Pipers - Town Pipers [1959] White Christmas/Joy To The World/The Christmas Song/It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/Santa's On His Way/Come, All Ye Faithful//Jingle Bells/First Noel/Winter Wonderland/O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Let It Snow/Silent Night

HIFI R/SR-419 - Beatsville - Rod McKuen [11/59]

HIFI R/SR-420 - Subways of Boston - Coachmen [1960]

HIFIJazz J/SJ-421 - Jimmy Witherspoon in a Monterey Jazz Festival - Jimmy Witherspoon [10/60] Musicians include Ray Eldrigde, Urbie Green, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Woody Herman, Earl Hines, Vernon Alley, and Mel Lewis. Ain't Nobody's Business/When I Been Drinkin'/No Rollin' Blues/Good Rockin' Tonight/Big Fine Girl

HIFI R/SR-422 - Feelin' the Sprit - Jimmy Witherspoon with Randy Van Horn Singers [1959] Every Time I Feel The Spirit/Deep River/I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray/Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/I Want To Be Ready/Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen/Steal Away To Jesus/Oh, Mary Don't You Weep/Go Down Moses/Time Has Come

Arvee A/SA-423 - Doin' the Hully Gully - Olympics [1960] Baby Hully Gully/What'd I Say/Boo-Dee Green/Big Boy Pete/Stay Away From Joe/The Slop/Private Eye/Dodge City

Arvee A/SA-424 - Dance by the Light of the Moon - Olympics [1961] Dance By The Light Of The Moon/Workin' Hard/Big Chief Little Puss/Stay Where You Are/Peanut Butter [Marathons]//Little Pedro/I'll Never Fall In Love/Dooley/Just Like That [Robins]/Shimmy

HIFIJazz J/SJ-425 - Golden Days - King Pleasure [1960] Vocalist King Pleasure (Clarence Beeks) with Gerald Wiggins, Matthew Gee, Teddy Edwards, Harold Land, Wilfred Middlebrooks, and Earl Palmer. Parker's Mood/Moody's Mood for Love/All Of Me/Don't Worry 'Bout Me/Tomorrow Is Another Day

HIFI Jazz J/SJ-426 - Jimmy Witherspoon at the Renaissance - Jimmy Witherspoon with Jerry Mulligan and Ben Webster [1960] Other musicians include Mel Lewis, Leroy Vinegar, and Jimmy Rowles. Every Day/How Long/Outskirts Of Town/Goin' To Kansas City/Trouble In Mind/St. Louis Blues/Time's Gettin' Tougher Than Tough/C.C. Rider/Roll 'Em Pete/Corrine, Corrina

HIFI R/SR-427 - The Islands Call - Surfers [1961] Keep Your Eyes On The Hands/Puamaiole/Million Moods Over Hawaii/Tahiti Nui/J'Etendre/Blue Hawaii/Sophisticated Hula/Kawohikukapulani/Sand And The Sea/Kaulana/Ha Pua/Pu Pu Hinu Hinu/Far Away Places

Arvee A/SA-428 - Peanut Butter - Marathons [1961] Percy Mercy Of Scotland Yard/You Bug Me Baby/High Blood Pressure/Oink Jones/Tutti Frutti//Peanut Butter/Chicken Spaceman/Nothing In The World/Gee/Tight Sweater

Arvee A/SA-429 - Party Time - Olympics [1961] Mash Them 'Taters/Stomp/Hoochie Coochie Coo/Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha/Poney Time/Party Pooper/Scotch/Madison Time/Save The Last Dance For Me/The Twist

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Arvee A/SA-431 - Country Boy - Pinky Tomlin [1963]

Arvee A/SA-432 - Surfin' Wild - Jim Waller & The Deltas [1963] Surfin' Wild/Exotic/Trippin' At Trestle's/Work Song/Latina/Church Key//Body Wompin'/Surfin'/Surf Walk/Vesuvius/Wakiki Wipeout/"Bal" Beat

Arvee A/SA-433 - Golden Echoes - Various Artists [1962] Baby Hully Gully - Olympics/Mr. Moto - Bel-Airs/Big Boy Pete - Olympics/Freeway - Fugitives/The Slop - Olympics/Lone Prairie Rock - Dudley/Private Eye - Olympics//Peanut ButteR- Marathons/Fugitive - Fugitives/Workin' Hard - Olympics/Little Brown Jug - Olympics/El Pizza - Dudley/Talkin' Trash - Marathons/Shimmy Like Kate - Olympics

Arvee A/SA-434 - Ladies Man - Sammy Jackson [1962] Live Fast/Teen Age Miss/Single And Searchin'/Baby, Come Along With Me/Back To School Blues//Ladies Man/Playin' The Field/I Know/Are You My Baby/Cigareets And Whiskey

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HIFI R/SR-440 - The Gloria Lynne Calendar - Gloria Lynne [1966] January: The Start Of Something Big/February: Let's Fall In Love/March: Wild Is The Wind/April: April In Paris/May: Whispering Grass/June: June Night//July: Out Of This World/August: Bali Hai/September: Autumn Leaves/October: Tis Autumn/November: Sweet Pumpkin/December: On Christmas Day

HiFi 600 Series:

R-601 - Magic Harp - Verlye Mills [1956] Fantasie Impromptu/(others)

R-602 - Band with a Beat - Harry Zimmerman [1956] Sentimental Journey/On Wisconsin/Night Train/Alexander's Ragtime Band/The Breeze And I/I Love A Parade/Washington And Lee Swing/Bugle Boy March/Washington Post March/St. Louis Blues

R-603 - Swingin' Harpsichord - Bruce Prince-Joseph [1957] Cumana/(others)

R-604 - Jazz Erotica - Richie Kamuca [1957] The Things We Did Last Summer/(others)

R-605 - Mr. Z Polkas - Harry Zimmerman [1957] Texas Polka/Pennsylvania Polka/Hoop-Dee-Doo/I Love Louisa/Polka Dot Polka/Spanish Polka/Beer Barrel Polka/Poppa Won't You Dance With Me/Strip Polka/Too Fat Polka

R-606 - Harp with a Billy May Beat - Verlye Mills [1957]

R/SR-607 - Leis of Jazz - Arthur Lyman [1958] Leis Of Jazz/Trigger Fantasy/Lady Is A Tramp/Body And Soul/Gypsy In My Soul/Way You Look Tonight/Lullaby Of The Leaves/On The Street Where You Live/My Funny Valentine/How High The Moon/Lullaby Of Birdland/Aloha Oe

R/SR-608 - Big Dixie - Harry Zimmerman Band [10/58] Tin Roof Blues/12th Street Rag/Darktown Strutters' Ball/That's A-Plenty/Chimes Blues/Tiger Rag/Wabash Blues/Rampart Street Parade/High Society/Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/Basin Street Blues/When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

J/SJ-609 - West Coast Jazz in HiFi - Richie Kamuca and Bill Holman [1959] Way Down Under/Blue Jazz/Angel Eyes/I Hadn't Anyone Till You/Stella By Starlight/Star Eyes/Linger Awhile/Things We Did Last Summer/Fun/Indiana

J/SJ-610 - Boogie and Blues - Aristocats [11/59]

J/SJ-611 - Get Happy with Cappy - Cappy Lewis [1960] Charmaine/Rosalie/They Can't Take That Away From Me/Undecided/C'est Si Bon/Umbrella Man/I Hear Music/Swanee/Pagan Love Song/Imagination/Running Wild/Plenty Of Money

J/SJ-612 - The Fox - Harold Land Quartet [1960] The Fox/MirroR/SR-Mind Rose/One Second Please/Sims A -Plenty/Little Chris/One Down

R/SR-613 -

R/SR-614 -

J/SJ-615 - Something Blue - Paul Horn Quintet [1960] Dun-Dunnee/Tall Polynesian/Mr. Bond/Fremptz/Something Blue/Half And Half

J/SJ-616 - Elmo Hope - Elmo Hope, Frank Butler and Jimmy Bond [1961] B's A- Plenty/Barfly/Eejah/Boa/Something For Kenny/Like Someone In Love/Minor Berty/Tranquility

J/SJ-617 - Cotton Pickin' - Straw Hatters [1961] At The Jazz Band Ball/Tin Roof Blues/South Rampart Street Blues/What's The Use/Nobody's Sweetheart/Tiger Rag/New Orleans/Clarinet Marmalade/Royal Garden Blues/Washington And Lee Swing/When Your Lover Has Gone/When The Saints Go Marching In

J/SJ-618 - Wiggin' Out - Jerry Wiggins, Jackie Mills and Harold Land [1962] Wiggin' Out/Teach Me Tonight/Night In Tunisia/Yes Dove/Don't Get Around Much Anymore/Without a Song

J/SJ-619 - Excitement - Sandy Smith [1963]

HiFi 700 Series:

R-701 - George Wright Plays the Mighty Wurlitzer - George Wright [1956] Jalousie/Dancing Tambourine/Stars And Stripes Forever/Ebb Tide/Caminito/Love For Sale/Boogie/Angelia Mia/Stella By Starlight/Roller Coaster/Boy Next Door/Brazil

R-702 - George Wright Encores - George Wright [1956] Slaughter On Tenth Ave/Tumbling Tumbleweeds/Brazilian Sleigh Bells/Petite Waltz/Quiet Village/Silver Moon/Anna/Sentimental Journey/Chit Chat Polka

R-703 - A Richard Purvis Organ Recital in Grace Cathedral Volume 1 - Richard Purvis [1956]

R-704 - A Richard Purvis Organ Recital in Grace Cathedral Volume 2 - Richard Purvis [1956]

R-705 - Music For Christmas - Richard Purvis [1956]

R-706 - Merry Christmas - George Wright [1956] Toyland/Deck The Halls/Christmas Fantasy/Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy/(others)

R-707 - More George Wright - George Wright [1956] Waltz In Swingtime/That's All/Nice Work If You Can Get It/Edelma/You'll Never Walk Alone/Stars Are The Windows Of Heaven/Galloping Comedians/Bullfighter/Reaching For The Moon/Sanctuary/My Romance/American Bolero

R-708 - George Wright's Show Time - George Wright [5/56] There's No Business Like Show Business/My Funny Valentine/The Lady Is A Tramp/Little Girl Blue/The Man I Love/Just One Of Those Things//Show Boat Medley

R-709 - A Bruce Prince-Joseph's Organ Recital at Columbia University - Bruce Prince- Joseph [1956]

R/SR-710 - George Wright Sound - George Wright [2/57] Chloe/Mood Indigo/Beyond The Sea/Honky Tonk Train/I Love Paris//Baubles, Bangles And Beads/The Whistler And His Dog/When You Wish Upon A Star/Dizzy Fingers

R/SR-711 - Encores, Vol. II - George Wright [1957] Granada/Passion Flower/Got The World On A String/Orchids In The Moonlight/Take Me Out To The Ball Game/Vera Dero/April In Paris/Bahia/Laura/If I Love Again/Pizzicato Polka/Washington Post March

R/SR-712 - George Wright Plays the Conn Electric Organ - George Wright [1957] Madeira/How Come You Do Me Like You Do/Aunt Blanche's Boogie/La Borrachita/Cool Tango/She's Funny That Way/Beer Barrel Polka/Under Paris Skies/That Honky Tonk Melody/Pavanne/Ragging The Scale/Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams/Cactus Polka

R/SR-713 - The Genius of George Wright - George Wright [1957] Espana Cani/If I Had You/Hernando's Hideaway/Around The World/Song Of The Islands/By The Beautiful Sea/Midnight Bells/Wabash Blues/My Lost Melody/Tea For Two/Song Is Ended/Strike Up the Band

R/SR-714 - Hymns that Live - George Wright [1957] Ivory Palaces/Old Rugged Cross/Evening Hymn/Rock Of Ages/Sweet Hour Of Prayer/Nearer My God To Thee/Mighty Fortress/I Would Be True/Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere/I Love To Tell The Story/Abide With Me/Softly And Tenderly/In The Garden/Onward Christian Soldiers

R/SR-715 - George Wright's Impressions of My Fair Lady - George Wright [1/58] Overture/Exit Music/Why Can't The English/Wouldn't It Be Loverly/Rain In Spain/I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face/With A Little Bit Of Luck/Ascot Gavotte/Show Me/I Could Have Danced All Night/Get Me To The Church On Time/On The Street Where You Live

R/SR-716 - George Wright Goes South Pacific - George Wright [1958] Overture/Dites Moi/There Is Nothin' Like A Dame/Honey Bun/Some Enchanted Evening/Bloody Mary/Bali Ha'i/Younger Than Springtime/Happy Talk/This Nearly Was Mine/I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair/I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy

R/SR-717 - Flight to Tokyo - George Wright [1958] Japanese Sandman/It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane/Japanese Sunset/Cherry/Poor Butterfly/Nagasaki/Rickety Rickshaw Man/China Nights/One Fine Day/Kyoto Beguine/Lady Picking Mulberries/Japansy/Japanese Can-Can

R/SR-718 - Roaring Twenties - George Wright [2/59] The Charleston/Song Of The Wanderer/That's A-Plenty/It Happened In Monterey/Toot, Toot, Tootsie/Then I'll Be Happy/You're The Cream In My Coffee//Mississippi Mud/You Do Something to Me/You Were Meant For Me/Laugh, Clown Laugh/I Wanna Be Loved By You/Just A Memory/Varsity Drag

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R/SR-720 -

R/SR-721 - Have Organ, Will Travel - George Wright [1959] Granada/Far Away Places/Istanbul/I Love Paris/Foggy Day/April In Paris/Funiculi Funicula/Londonderry Ari/By The River Sainte Marie/Sabre Dance/Under Paris Skies/Eastern Romance/Veradero/German Medley

R/SR-722 - Unknown Release - Unknown [11/59]

HiFi 800 Series:

R-801 - Quarterlodeons - Jim Hamilton's Hobby in HiFi [1956] Ting-A-Ling/Missouri Waltz/I'd Be Lying/Soy Virgencila/Bringing Home The Bacon/Just Can't Be Bothered/In A Little Rendezvous In Honolulu/Swiss Bells/Ice And Snow March/Old Timer's Medley/Shady Lady/I'll Get By As Long As I Have You/Jig One Step/Burning Of Rome/On The Beach At Bali-Bali/Maine Stein Song

R-802 - Honky Tonk Piano: Sounds from a Bordello - Various Artists [1957] Sing An Old Fashioned Song/If You Were The Only Girl/It Had To Be You/Sweetheart Trails/Lucky Little Devil/Bambalina/Under A Texas Moon/Thank Your Father//There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie/With You/Puttin' On The Ritz/Sonny Boy/Woman In The Shoe/Please/Moon Over Miami/Lights Out

R-803 - Let's Play Bongos! - Jack Burger [5/57] This is a bongos instruction record. Instruments & Introduction/Basic Bongo Pattern/Conga Drum Accompaniment/Single Stroke Roll/Rim Shots/Review//Latin Music Description/Clave & Afro/Simple Accent & Ruff/Bolero & Nanigo Accompaniment/Modern Jazz Accompaniment/Breaks And Mambo Accompaniment

R-804 - The End on Bongos! - Jack Burger [1957] Boulevard Of Broken Dreams/China Nights Mambo/Miserlou/Jordu/Noche En Descalvado/Mambo Burger/Yiddishe Momme Mambo/Negre Setin/Conversar En La Noche/Blue Prelude Chiu Chiu

R/SR-805 - Jazz, 'N Razz Ma Tazz - Georgie's Varsity 5 [1/58] "Georgie's Varsity 5" is George Wright, Sam Weiss, Manny Klein, Luke Rountree, and Sam Cheifetz. Temptation Rag/Black And Blue/Turkish Towel/When My Sugar Walks Down The Street/Diga Diga Do/Old Green River/Aggravation' Papa/When You're Smiling/I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me/Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue/Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now/Dill Pickles/Doin' The New Low Down/Ain't She Sweet

R/SR-806 - Taboo - Arthur Lyman [1958] (5-58, #8) Taboo (S)/Kalua (S)/Ringo Oiwake (S)/Sea Breeze (S)/Misirlou (S)/China Clipper (S)//Sim Sim (S)/Katsumi Love Theme (S)/Caravan (S)/Akaka Falls (S)/Dahil Sayo (S)/Hilo March (S)

R/SR-807 - Hawaiian Sunset - Arthur Lyman [1958] Hawaiian War Chant/Sweet Leilani/King's Serenade/My Tane/Whispering Reef/Song Of The Islands/Hiilawe/My Isle Of Golden Dreams/Mapuana/Waipio/Kawohikukapulani/Ke Kali Nei Au/Harbor Lights

R/SR-808 - Bwana A - Arthur Lyman [1958] Bwana -A/South Pacific Moonlight/Moon Over A Ruined Castle/Waikiki Serenade/La Paloma/Otome San/Canton Rose/Blue Sands/Malaguena/Vera Cruz/Pua Carnation/Colonel Bogey's March

R/SR-809 - Let's Play Congas - Jack Burger [1958] Instructions on playing the congas.

R/SR-810 - T Town! - Los Tres Caballeros [1958?] El Curito Celacruz/Mexican Hat Dance/The Continental/Maracaibo//El Relicario/Espagna Cani/Tico Tico/Cune Enamorada

R/SR-811 - Flamenco Espana - Bernabe De Moron [1959] Sevillanas Trianeras/Sequirilla Gitana Moroneria/Soleares Jerezanas/Mosaico Andaluz/Gitaneria Morsica/Fandango De Alonso/Arualami/Granadina/Alegria Por Fiesta

R/SR-812 - Guitarra de Venezuela - Alirio Diaz [2/59] Recuerdos De La Alhambra/Dos Valses Venezolanos/Guasa/Cancion/Quirpo/Asturias (Levenda)/Dos Canciones Populares Catalanas/Minuet/Pavana Y Folia/Sonata/Gavota/Fuga/Variaciones Sobre Un Tema

R/SR-813 - Legend of Pele - Arthur Lyman Group [1959] Pele/Fire Down Below/Hana Pele/Cumana/Ye Lai Sian/Hana Maui/Scheherazade/76 Trombones/Cubana Chant/Magic Island/Tropical/Fascination

R/SR-814 -

R/SR-815 - Bahia - Arthur Lyman [1959] Bahia/Jungle Jalopy/Caribbean Nights/Bamboo/Return To Me/Tropical/Voodoo/Quiet Village/Happy/Busy Port/Maui Chime/Beyond The Reef/Legend Of The Rain

R/SR-816 - Viva! - Caballeros [1959] The Caballeros are Ruben Guevara (guitar), Eugene Corral (marimba, percussion), Luis Martinez (piano, percussion), and Eddy Banto (accordion). Orgullosa/Fermin/No Sabe/Los Dos/Perdo Name/Alma Llanera/Tus Ojos/Andolucia/Sones Chiapaneros/Sambita/Yo Se Que Te Quero/Cavaquino/Por Que/Oroeion Caribe

R/SR-817 - Steel Drums - Various Artists [1959] Zulu Chant/La Paloma/Jungle Cha Cha Cha/Grass Skirt Cha Cha Cha (I Left Her Behind For You)/Native Mambo/Spur Dance/Fire Down Below/Mary Ann/Out Of My Dreams/Spear Dance Cha Cha Cha

R/SR-818 - Arthur Lyman on Broadway - Arthur Lyman [11/59] Selections From "My Fair Lady"/Selections From "The King And I"//Selections From "South Pacific"/Selections From "Porgy And Bess"

R/SR-819 - Everybody Likes to Cha Cha Cha - René Bloch and His Big Latin Band [1959] Gema Luis Cisneron/I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles/Adios Muchachos/Mi China/Always In My Heart/E' Cha Cha/Harlem Nocturne/Corrazon/De Melon/Cielito Lindo/Glow Worm/Las Chiquillas/Gillette Cha Cha

R/SR-820 -

R/SR-821 -

R/SR-822 - Taboo 2: New Exotic Sounds of Arthur Lyman - Arthur Lyman [1960] Taboo Tu/Ebb Tide/Bablik Ka Rin/Sakura/Moon of Manakoora/Jungle Fantasy/Love Dance/Return to Paradise/Hi Lili Hi Lo/Mangwani Mpulele/Beautiful Kahana/Koni Au I Ka Wai

HiFi 900 Series:

R/SR-901 - Farewell To Steam - Steam Train Sounds [10/58] Last Train Out Of Los Angeles On The Santa Fe/Los Angeles to San Bernardino//Southern Pacific Trains Leaving Santa Barbara/San Bernardino to Barstow, California

HiFi 1000 Series:

HiFi R-1000 - Hifi Variety - Various Artists [5/58] This album was issued in mono only, but was also available in stereo on pre-recorded reel-to-reel tape. It was a sampler of then-current albums. Bolero - George Wright/Strip Polka - Harry Zimmerman/Cumana - Bruce Prince-Joseph/Akaka Falls - Arthur Lyman/The Things We Did Last SummeR- Richie Kamuca/Jesusita En Chihuahua - Joe Enos/The Breeze And I - Harry Zimmerman//Latin Candy - Verlye Mills/Granada - George Wright/China Nights Mambo - Jack Burger/Dill Pickles - Georgie's Varsity Five/The Way You Looked Last Night - Stan Seltzer/Fantasie-Impromptu - Verlye Mills/Toccata - Richard Purvis

The remaining albums in the 1000 series were issued on the "Life Series".

L/SL-1001 - Bongos, Reeds, Brass - Bob Florence Band [1960] Green Eyes/Dream Blues In The Night/It Happened In Monterey/So Rare/Clair De Lune/Button Up Your Overcoat/.Theme From Romeo And Juliet/On The Trail/Poor People Of Paris/Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo/Moonlight On The Ganges

L/SL-1002 - Bongos, Reeds, Brass, Volume 2 - Harry Zimmerman Orchestra [1961] Under Paris Skies/Indian Summer/Carnival Of Venice/Sunday/Vaya Con Dios/Girl That I Marry/On A Little Street In Singapore/Blue Tango/Orchids In The Moonlight/You're The Cream In My Coffee/In My Solitude/Oh, Susanna/Swanee River

L/SL-1003 -

L/SL-1004 - Percussion Spectacular - Arthur Lyman [1961] Original issue features a gatefold cover. Reissued as Yellow Bird without the gatefold cover when that song became a hit (see below). Havah Nagilah (S)/Yellow Bird (S)/Bolero (S)/Autumn Leaves (S)/Arrive Derce [Arrivederci] Roma (S)/Sweet And Lovely (S)//Bamboo Tamboo (S)/Andalusia (S)/Adventures In Paradise (S)/Granada (S)/September Song (S)/John Henry (S)

L/SL-1004 - Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman [1961] (7-61, #10) Original title was Percussion Spectacular (see above). This reissue has regular non-gatefold cover. Havah Nagilah (S)/Yellow Bird (S)/Bolero (S)/Autumn Leaves (S)/Arrive Derce [Arrivederci] Roma (S)/Sweet And Lovely (S)//Bamboo Tamboo (S)/Andalusia (S)/Adventures In Paradise (S)/Granada (S)/September Song (S)/John Henry (S)

L/SL-1005 - Colorful Percussions of Arthur Lyman - Arthur Lyman [1962] Theme From Exodus/Carabunta/Never On Sunday/Blue Hawaii/Rhumba Rhapsody/Red Sails In The Sunset/Wreck Of The John B/Tangi Tika/Geisha Waltz/Moanin'

L/SL-1006 - Command Performance - George Wright [1962] Jalousie/Tenderly/Night And Day/No Two People/I Dream Too Much/Wonderful Copenhagen/Bolero/While We're Young/Eastern Romance/Because You're Mine/Moon Song/Birth Of Passion Waltz

L/SL-1007 - The Many Moods of Arthur Lyman - Arthur Lyman [1962] Sicilian Holiday/Jungle Flower/Anna/Love Theme From El Cid/Babalu/Something Wonderful/March Of The Siamese Children/Pua Moiole/America (from West Side Story)/Ka Anoi/Londonderry Air/Planting Rice

L/SL-1008 - A George Wright Original - George Wright [1963]

L/SL-1009 - I Wish You Love - Arthur Lyman [1963] Reissued as Love For Sale when that song became a hit (see below). Love Song From Mutiny On The Bounty (S)/I Wish You Love (S)/Love For Sale (S)/Pagan Love Song (S)/Love (S)/Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (S)//Love Dance (S)/Secret Love (S)/To You My Love (S)/Sentimental Journey. (S)/When I Fall In Love (S)/It's So Right To Love (S)

L/SL-1009 - Love for Sale! - Arthur Lyman [1963] Reissue of I Wish You Love (see above). Love Song From Mutiny On The Bounty (S)/I Wish You Love (S)/Love For Sale (S)/Pagan Love Song (S)/Love (S)/Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (S)//Love Dance (S)/Secret Love (S)/To You My Love (S)/Sentimental Journey. (S)/When I Fall In Love (S)/It's So Right To Love (S)

L/SL-1010 - Cotton Fields - Arthur Lyman [1963] Jungle Drums/Greensleeves/Walk On The Wild Side/Limbo Rock/This Is My Beloved/Hawaiian War Chant//Cotton Fields/Singing Bamboo/Brazil/Little Girl Blue/Scarlet Ribbons/I Ain't Down Yet

L/SL-1011 - Sweet and Low - George Wright [1963]

L/SL-1012 - Tropical Heat Wave - Rene Paulo [1963]

L/SL-1013 -

L/SL-1014 - Blowin' in the Wind - Arthur Lyman [1963] Railroad/Blowin' In The Wind/Eden's Island/Arri Rang/He's Gone Away/Arthur's Line//Brazilleros/My Coloring Book/Watermelon Man/Fantasia Mexicana/Sweet Someone/Suzy's Waltz

L/SL-1015 - Tibia and Vox - George Wright [1965]

L/SL-1016 - Happy Hammond - Gus Jansen [1964]

L/SL-1017 - Sound of Twelve-String Guitar and Banjo - Folkniks [1964] Studio group produced by Rod McKuen. Musicians include Jimmy Helms, Ray Pullman, Tommy Tedesco, Frank Hamilton, Joe Maphis, Jimmy Bond, Hersh Hamil, and Gene Estes. Don't Think Twice/Autumn To May/Blowin' In The Wind/Greenback Dollar/Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen/Green Green/Walk Right In/Tzena, Tzena, Tzena/Freight Train/The Loner/Town And Country/Good Night Irene

L/SL-1018 - Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) - Arthur Lyman [1963] Silent Night-Joy To The World/Mele Kalikimaka-Jingle Bells/Mary's Boy Child/Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/White Christmas/We Three Kings//Winter Wonderland/Silver Bells/O Holy Night/Sleigh Ride/The Christmas Song/The Little Drummer Boy

L/SL-1019 - Whispering Sands - Rene Paulo [1964] The Wheel Of Fortune/Gravy Waltz/Wagon Wheels/Blue Velvet/(8 others)

L/SL-1020 - Cherry Hill Singers - Cherry Hill Singers [1964]

L/SL-1021 - Troy Walker Recorded Live - Troy Walker [1964]

L/SL-1022 - Seduction - Bill Irwin [1964]

L/SL-1023 - Isle of Enchantment - Arthur Lyman [1964] Isle Of Enchantment/Charade/The High And The Mighty/Swingin' Shepherd/Guantanamera/(others)

L/SL-1024 - Call of the Midnight Sun - Arthur Lyman [1964] Midnight Sun/Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair/Hello Dolly/Hamabe No Uta/Room Without Windows/People/A Maile Lei/The Girl From Ipanema/Day And Night/Black Orchid/500 Miles/Get Me To The Church On Time

L/SL-1025 - Hawaiian Sunset, Volume II - Arthur Lyman [1965]

L/SL-1026 - Presenting Rene Paulo - Rene Paulo [1965]

L/SL-1027 - Polynesia - Arthur Lyman [1965]

L/SL-1028 -

L/SL-1029 -

L/SL-1030 - Arthur Lyman's Greatest Hits - Arthur Lyman [1965] Taboo (S)/Love For Sale (S)/Jungle Drums (S)/Black Orchid (S)/Afro Blue (S)/Bwana-A (S)//Yellow Bird (S)/Cotton Fields (S)/Blue Hawaii (S)/Midnight Sun (S)/Hawaii Tatoo (S)/Pele (S)

L/SL-1031 - Lyman '66 - Arthur Lyman [1965] Lemon Tree/A Tasate Of Honey/Fiddler On The Roof/Dear Heart/Only Yesterday/Medley From Mary Poppins//Kon Tiki/The (Jungle) Cat/The Boy From Laupahoehoe/Waimea Cowboy/Ports Of Paradise/Bird Train

L/SL-1032 - Strange Country - Billy Strange [1966] Possibly a reissue of Horizon 1633.

L/SL-1033 - Shadow Of Your Smile - Arthur Lyman [1966] I'll Remember You/Zorba The Greek/Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)/E Lei Kalelli (The Beach Party)/Sound Of Music Medley: The Sound Of Music-My Favorite Things-Do Re Mi-Climb Every Mountain/Kua Kamehameha/Yesterday/The Shadow Of Your Smile/Kamalani O Keaukaha/Hang On Sloopy

L/SL-1034 - Aloha, Amigo - Arthur Lyman [1966]

L/SL-1035 - Llikai - Arthur Lyman [1967] Ain't No Big Thing/Born Free/Shells/Lahaina Luna/Clair De Lune//Ilikai/The Work Song/Tiny Bubbles/Lara's Theme/I Left My Heart In San Francisco/Upon A Lonely Beach/La Bomba

L/SL-1036 - Arthur Lyman at the Port of Los Angeles - Arthur Lyman [1967]

L/SL-1037 - Latitude 20 - Arthur Lyman [1968]

L/SL-1038 - Aphrodesia - Arthur Lyman [1968]

L/SL-1039 - The Winner's Circle - Arthur Lyman [1968] Those Were The Days/Mrs. Robinson/The Sound Of Silence/Honey/The Look Of Love/Love Is Blue/The Windmills Of Your Mind/With A Little Help From My Friends/Talk To The Animals/Camelot/Sunrise Sunset

L/SL-1040 - Don't Turn Around: Today's Greatest Hits - Arthur Lyman [1968] Everybody's Talking/Good Morning Starshine/(others)


POST-8000 - The Olympics Sing - Olympics [1972] Mirwood versions. Western Movies (E, Mirwood rerecording)/Big Boy Pete (S, Mirwood rerecording)/Shimmy Like Kate (S, Mirwood rerecording)/Dance By The Light Of The Moon (S, Mirwood rerecording)/We Go Together (E)/The Bounce (S, Mirwood rerecording)//Mine Exclusively (S)/(Baby) Hully Gully (S, Mirwood rerecording)/The Duck (E)/Secret Agent (E)/I'll Do A Little More (E)/Baby Do The Philly Dog (E)

CH 56 - Doin' the Hully Gully - Olympics [1982?] Original Arvee versions. White label with red and black print. All tracks mono. Big Boy Pete/Little Pedro/Stay Away From Joe/Big Chief Little Puss/Stay Where You Are/What'D I Say//Private Eye/Baby It's Hot/Dooley/(Baby) Hully Gully/Dodge City/I'll Never Fall In Love/Workin' Hard

CH 123 - The Olympics Meet the Marathons - Olympics & Marathons [1983?] Original Arvee versions. Black label with silver print. All tracks mono. Marathons: C. Percy Mercy Of Scotland Yard/Oink Jones/Chicken Spaceman/Nothing In The World/Gee/Tight Sweater/Talkin' Trash/Peanut Butter//Olympics: Shimmy Like Kate/The Slop/Party Pooper/The Scotch/Mash Them 'Taters/The Stomp/Boo-Dee Green/Dance By The Light Of The Moon


CHCHD 324 - Doin' the Hully Gully/Dance by the Light of the Moon/Party Time - Olympics [1991] The three Arvee LPs on one CD. All tracks mono. (Baby) Hully Gully, Parts 1 & 2/Big Boy Pete/Stay Away From Joe/The Slop/What'd I Say/Boo-Dee Green/Private Eye/Dodge City/Dance By The Light Of The Moon/Workin' Hard/Big Chief Little Puss/Stay Where You Are/Little Pedro/I'll Never Fall In/Dooley/Shimmy Like Kate/Mash Them 'Taters/The Stomp/Hoochie Coochie Coo/Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha/Pony Time/Party Pooper/The Scotch/Madison Time/Save The Last Dance For Me/The Twist

DZS-057 - The Olympics' All-time Greatest Hits - Olympics [1991] Original versions from the various labels. Good Lovin' (M)/Western Movies (M, super clean, surface noise from sound-effects record used at session)/Big Boy Pete (M)/Private Eye (S)/Dance With The Teacher (M)/(Baby) Hully Gully (S)/Dance By The Light Of The Moon (M)/Shimmy Like Kate (M)/Baby It's Hot (M)/The Slop (M)/Ain't No Big Thing (M)/Big Chief Little Foot (M, 2 versions)/Dooley (M)/Stay Away From Joe (M)/Workin' Hard (M)/I'll Never Fall In Love (M)/Scotch (M)/Bye Bye Baby (M)/Little Pedro (M)/Boo-Dee Green (M)/Shame Shame Shame (M)/Dodge City (M)/How Long Will It Take (M)/Peanut Butter [Marathons] (M)/El Pizza [Dudley] (M)

DJZ-613 - The Exotic Sound of the Arthur Lyman Group Featuring Yellow Bird & Taboo - Arthur Lyman [1991] Taboo (S)/China Clipper (S)/Fire Down Below (S)/Cubana Chant (S)/ Kinkajou (S)/Fascination (S)/Ye Lai Sian (S)/ Yellow Bird (S)/Jungle Drums (S)/Love For Sale (S)/Otome San (S)/ Quiet Village (S)/Tropical (S)/Busy Port (S)/Bwana A (S)/Moon Over A Ruined Castle (S)/Arrive Derce Roma (S)/March Of The Siamese Children (S)/Blue Hawaii (S)/Brazillieros (S)/Dahil Sayo (S)/ Leis Of Jazz (S)/Anna (S)/Hava Nagila (S)/Hawaiian Wedding Song (S)

COL-CD-5081 - The Olympics Meet the Marathons: Golden Classics - Olympics & Marathons [1991] Olympics: Big Boy Pete/Dance By The Light Of The Moon/The Slop/Private Eye/Little Pedro/Shimmy Like Kate/(Baby) Hully Gully, Parts 1 & 2/Stay Where You Are; Marathons: Peanut Butter/Talkin' Trash/C. Percy Mercy Of Scotland Yard/High Blood Pressure/Gee/Tight Sweater/Chicken Spaceman/Oink Jones

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