Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Excellent - Cincinnati, OH

Ray Lunsford
Excellent 310
CP-1078 ~ Blue Grass Blues (Bluegrass Inst.)
CP-1079 ~ Under The Double Eagle (Bluegrass Inst.)
Billboard C&W Review - August 4, 1956

Dunbar Faris
with Gene Muse and J. D. Faris
& The Fox Valley Gang
CP-1287 ~ I Love You Till The End Of The World
CP-1288 ~ You Have Forgotten Me
Released 1957

The Excellent label was owned and operated by Estel Lee Scarborough (stage name, Estel Lee) who worked at the Jimmie Skinner Music Center located at 222 East 5th Street, Cincinnati 2, Ohio. The earliest Excellent releases list the address Box 45, Hooven, Ohio. The majority of the releases list 224 East 5th Street, Cincinnati 2, Ohio which is located right next door to the Jimmie Skinner Music Center. The final address was 2643 Cora Ave., Cincinnati 11, Ohio.

The label included country, bluegrass, sacred and a couple of good rockers by Don Brooks and Launa Gunter. More than half the releases on the label were pressed by Rite Records. Please Click Here for an extensive listing of the Excellent label.

Photos courtesy of Al Turner.

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