What a Mess This is an attempt at a complete, comprehensive discography of stereo 45s issued in the United States between the years and We welcome additions and corrections. Both the major labels and smaller Independent labels issued stereo 45s. During the years just after stereo was first demonstrated on vinyl disc it had been available on reel-to-reel tape for several years before Audio Fidelity demonstrated the first stereo disc at Times Auditorium in New York City on December 13, , the stereo single was pretty much experimental with about one stereo copy for every several hundred or even a thousand mono copies.
Part of this was due to the higher cost of pressing up these special stereo disks, but also it was due to low demand by listeners. As stereo 45s were not compatible with mono 45s, expensive special stereo equipment was needed, which most households didn't have and couldn't afford. Basically, the general household of the late s and early s simply were not ready for the stereo If the households were not ready for it, neither were the record labels, who scrambled to launch "the next big thing.
How shall we number them? Distribute them? Are they mostly for the new stereo juke boxes, or is there a commercial market?
There was little consistency to the releases across labels. Some companies used the same numbering system as the mono issues with just an "S" added to front or back of the number, or sometimes they couldn't make up their minds. In the case of ABC-Paramount, for example, they started with the S number, tried S for a few issues, then finally settled on S as their numbering format. Other companies had a special numbering system that differed completely from their mono counterparts, such as Dot, who started the series for their stereo 45s, while mono counterparts were in the series.
When a company just added an "S" to the mono counterpart for a stereo issue, it does not follow that all mono numbers from that series were issued in stereo, so the stereo discography often has gaps in the sequence.
Some companies had the same labels as the mono counterparts with a stereo overprint, such as Jamie, while other companies had a special label design for their stereo issues, such as Original Sound.
Some labels, such as Capitol, used the same design but changed colors for the stereo version. Most stereo singles had mono counterparts, but both RCA and Roulette had stereo 45 series with no mono counterparts. And Roulette even changed one of their stereo 45 series to stereo 33s, using a continuation of the same stereo numbering sequence.
What confusion for discographers! Some record companies also printed up custom stereo sleeves for their stereo 45s several examples of stereo sleeves are presented on this page. Apparently, some companies like Warner Bros, shown at right , were caught off guard and used their stereo EP sleeves for early stereo single releases.
Others, like Brunswick, even used the stereo EP blanks for labels below, left. The major labels seem to focus on issuing classical, jazz and adult contemporary popular male or female vocalists on the stereo For example, artists such as Eddie Cochran Liberty , Gene Vincent Capitol , Buddy Knox Roulette , Jimmy Bowen Roulette , and Frankie Lymon Roulette all recorded in stereo for companies that released stereo 45s during this period, and they had single releases during the stereo 45 era, but had no stereo 45s issued.
There were several reasons for this. This was the case for RCA Victor's biggest star Elvis Presley during and , because most of Presley's pre-Army singles had either been recorded in mono or had only been mixed to mono at that time some have been mixed to stereo years later.
There was also research by record companies that indicated that the teenagers of the time didn't have the money or interest that adults had to purchase the stereo 45s. For these reasons, executives generally aimed the fledgling stereo 45s at the adult market, just as they did the stereo albums of the time. Much research has been done since that article, by both Mike and Tom Reed, along with many others whose names appear at the bottom of this page, to bring the discography to its current state.
As we've mentioned, we invite additions and corrections at the link below. In order to be listed, a stereo single had to be issued commercially and in the standard 45 format 7" record with a "big hole". Compact 33 stereo singles and jukebox stereo singles with small hole are covered in part 2 of this discography. Releases outside the United States are added as noted, but the non-US list at the bottom of this discography is not meant to be comprehensive.
Items in the discography below with " U " after the number are unconfirmed as to their actual release. They have been listed in Billboard or other guides as a stereo 45, but we have not verified their actual release. We would appreciate your notifying us if you can verify they actually exist. The Billboard designations of stereo single availability was, shall we say, somewhat less than fastidiously accurate. Whoever did the listings, it was apparently an "other duties as assigned" kind of thing.
Mistakes were made, and once the mistake was made, it followed that song every week until it left the charts; they were never corrected. For example, Columbia, who put out only stereos, was listed some weeks as having stereos. Weeks would go by with no new reporting, then all of a sudden lots of "new" singles would appear. And I suspect that some of the "phantom" stereo singles are mistakes from misreading the reporter's notes.
For example, King Records reported Ruby Wright's "Three Stars" availability as a stereo single it was not indicated as such on the Hot , but the availability being assigned instead to Tommy Dee's bigger hit of the same name.
Ella Fitzgerald's "Mack the Knife" stereo was accidentally reported as a stereo- 45, and on and on. After chasing phantom singles for over 50 years, sometimes you just conclude it was a mistake. That said, because of the really small numbers of each of these singles released, especially starting in , some actual releases may never turn up today.
For that reason, we have not listed the singles with the designation " U " even if we've never seen a copy, unless there is a compelling reason to believe they were not issued.
We have turned up few copies of the stereo 45s of other than those released on RCA or Mercury. Songs noted as " E " in the list below are known to be rechanneled on the stereo single. We would also appreciate notification if any additional songs on stereo 45s are rechanneled. 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 any of these record labels. Should you be interested in acquiring the stereo singles 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 by Mike Callahan. Both sides of the special stereo sleeve are shown at left. The Cliff Richard stereo single "Living Doll" was announced in a pre-release advertisement, but was probably not issued, possibly because the master ABC-Paramount got from England was unexpectedly mono.
The stereo 45 of "Lady Luck" might be the only place to get the song in stereo, but nobody we know has ever found a copy. All the ABC-Paramount stereo singles are quite rare.
Abner Grey label with black print, like Abner stereo LPs. The singles are true stereo. Ace The standard mono label is shown. The single below was reported to Billboard as available as a stereo single, but we have never seen a copy. Ace actually did record in stereo in , so it's not impossible that this could have been a stereo single; we just haven't come across a copy.
Alhambra Yellow label with black print. The single below had two different artists on the two sides of the record. Andex The standard red mono label is shown. Like its sister label, Keen, the stereo single released in was issued on blue vinyl. Atco Blue label with silver print. The version of "Plain Jane" on the stereo 45 is not the same "ping pong" stereo mix on the Bobby Darin album, but a 2-track mix with vocals and instruments separated and reverb added.
A rumor that "Poison Ivy" was also issued on stereo 45 is unsubstantiated. Bel Canto Black label with silver print. These were actually issued before September, , and were considered the first stereo singles by any label. Bethlehem Yellow label with black print or blue label with silver print. The Dick Stabile sides were recorded in , and the single was released on the yellow label. It was also in stereo on an early stereo LP. A constant cymbal brush sounds very much like surface wear on this record, but it is not.
Big Top Black label with silver print. Although the first single was rechanneled, the second is true stereo and very collectable. Furthermore, "Paradise" exists in true stereo from an unknown source, presumed to be a stereo 45, but its existence is unconfirmed.
Brunswick Black label with silver print, like the stereo LPs. Brunswick used the EP stereo label blank for the single, the only one issued by the label. Buena Vista Standard black mono label with silver print shown. The two singles below are from Walt Disney movies. Cameo Orange label with silver print, mono label shown at left.
The single below was listed in some catalogs, but it was unlikely to have been actually released in stereo. Cameo did record some things in stereo as early as , but Bobby Rydell's hit recordings were generally done at Reco Art studios, which only had mono equipment at the time. Capitol The first stereo single releases by Capitol, issued in late April, , had a red label with silver print, with Capitol logo on top.
The label had the same design as the old s purple label, but with a different color. After the first six singles released, SS below, Capitol released two more soon after S, S , then waited until November, , to release three more.
Most or all of the first batch of Capitol stereo 45s were also issued as stereo DJ singles, using a white label with black print. Three more stereo single releases came out in November, They had a gold label with black print, with the Capitol logo on the left side of the center hole. This resembled the new Capitol purple label design introduced about that time. Stereo DJ versions of these three had silver labels with black print.
Carlton Standard tan Carlton label with black print. Special stereo sleeve shown at left. At least some copies of are not marked stereo on the label, but play in true stereo and have "ST" in the runout groove area. Carousel Standard blue Carousel label with silver print:. Chancellor Early issues used the standard early pink Chancellor label with black print: "I'm a Man" has been reported to be a stereo single, but is not confirmed.
Chancellor stereo singles we have heard have all been true stereo. Later Chancellor issues used the new standard black label with silver print. Concert-Disc The Concert-Disc label was gold with black print.
Concert-Disc, located in Wilmette, Illinois, was originally a stereo tape label Concertapes. A May, , advertisement promoted ten stereo 45s drawn from their albums. No artists or song titles were listed.
Colpix Standard gold Colpix label with black print. The single is true stereo. Command Standard grey Command label with black print. Contemporary White label mono copy with black print is shown. Counterpoint The Counterpoint label was dark red with silver print. The single noted that it was "compatible stereo," playing both in stereo and mono. A story in the December 29, Billboard noted that the company said "Both sides have been gimmicked to emphasize stereo sound.
Crest Standard blue mono label with silver print is shown: The single below was reported in Billboard as available on stereo 45, but existence is questionable. The listing may be a mixup due to "Three Stars" by Ruby Wright being reported as available on a stereo single by King Records. The Ruby Wright version charted a few weeks before Billboard started noting stereo singles, so notes on what was available may have been misinterpreted. Decca Black label with silver print, mono label shown.
DeLuxe Blue label with silver print. Dolton Green Dolton label with black print. Dot "Ultra Stereophonic Record" Black label with silver print. First release was January, They could be numbers higher than in the S series, or they may not have been issued at all. The MGM album label from was yellow with black printing. The stereo designations on the record jackets themselves varied as MGM got into this new area. At first, MGM used a square gold foil sticker on the front of the same jacket that was used for the mono albums.
Shortly thereafter, MGM designed a stereo banner for the top of the record jacket for stereo albums. MGM also used the old gold foil sticker on later albums at least as late as when they ran out of mono covers for the stereo records. By , the large banner had been changed to one with two arrows and just "STEREO," which lasted a relatively short time before the banner itself disappeared and just "STEREO" appeared on the upper right corner of the cover.
Ironically, many of these were electronically rechanneled fake stereo, which gave "Sounds great in Stereo" a completely different, and sarcastic, meaning to record collectors. We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography.full condensed blue highlight denotes album pick Filter Discography By Albums Compilations All. Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings ; Bonanza: Harkit Records Find David Rose & His Orchestra discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. Find David Rose & His Orchestra discography, albums and singles on AllMusic.