Crown label

by Emrah Erken

Crown is a typical Great Depression label. I used to have some Joel Shaw (Gene Cardos) records on Crown. In my opinion, they don't sound that bad.

Gene Cardos, who had a contract with Victor, recorded on Crown under the name of the practically unknown Joel Shaw. Very nice stuff! I have kept only an unissued test of "Call Of The Freaks":

The same orchestra recorded under the name "The Harlem Wildcats" on Varsity.

One notable artist on Crown is Charley Palloy, which is not his real name. Here is "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime", a version I prefer even to the one by Bing:

Both, Charley Palloy and Joel Shaw were issued on CD:


Posted on Jun 7, 2010, 2:53 PM

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