Argo Records

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For the British label, see Argo Records (UK).

Argo Records was started in December of 1955 to accommodate some of the rapidly growing recording activity at Chess Records.[1] Originally the label was called Marterry, but bandleader Ralph Marterie objected, and within a couple of months the imprint was renamed Argo.[2] Argo become well known for its jazz offerings and jazz performers affiliated with the label included Ahmad Jamal, James Moody, King Fleming, Sonny Stitt and the Ramsey Lewis Trio.[3]

Argo offered a variety of music, including pop, blues, and even calypso. Argo's first big hit was by New Orleans performer Clarence "Frogman" Henry, whose classic "Ain't Got No Home" came out in 1956.[4] By 1960, major rhythm and blues performers on the label included Etta James and The Dells.[5]

Argo changed its name in 1965 to Cadet Records when the company discovered that an Argo Records already existed in the UK.[6] (See the Cadet article for a list of some of the Argo/Cadet recording artists.)

Argo Records discography[edit]

Jazz Series (1956-1965)[edit]

Catalog numberTitleArtist
LP-601Melodies by Al HibblerAl Hibbler
LP-602Chamber Music of the New JazzAhmad Jamal
LP-603Flute 'n the BluesJames Moody
LP-604Lonely OnePinky Winters
LP-605Without SauceDick Lane's Quartet
LP-606Doorway to DixieCy Touff, Miff Mole and Mike Simpson
LP-607Norman Simmons TrioNorman Simmons
LP-608ZootZoot Sims Quartet
LP-609Chicago SceneIra Schulman, Sandy Moose and Eddie Baker
LP-610Count 'Em 88Ahmad Jamal
LP-611Ramsey Lewis and his Gentle-men of SwingRamsey Lewis
LP-612Young John YoungJohn Young Trio
LP-613Moody's Mood for LoveJames Moody
LP-614Chubby's BackChubby Jackson
LP-615Dick Lane QuartetDick Lane Quartet
LP-616Chet ChatsChet Roble
LP-617Time on My HandsSeymour and His Heartbeat Trumpet
LP-618Many MoodsAl Russ Orchestra
LP-619My MemoriesMelavano and Orchestra
LP-620Out on a Limb with Clark TerryClark Terry
LP-622Jazz ExponentsJazz Exponents
LP-623MAXMax Roach Quintet
LP-624Johnny GriffinJohnny Griffin Quartet
LP-625I'm Entitled to You!!Chubby Jackson
LP-626Cookin'Paul Gonsalves
LP-627Ramsey Lewis and his Gentle-men of JazzRamsey Lewis
LP-628At the Pershing: But Not for MeAhmad Jamal Trio
LP-629Sonny StittSonny Stitt
LP-630The Colorful Strings of Jimmy WoodeJimmy Woode
LP-631Swinging the LoopVito Price
LP-632Theme for the Tall OneBess Bonnier Trio
LP-633This Is Me, J. C. HeardJ. C. Heard and Orchestra
LP-634Lateef at CranbrookYusef Lateef
LP-6352:38 A.M.Ralph Sharon Quartet and Friend
LP-636Ahmad Jamal Trio Volume IVAhmad Jamal Trio
LP-637Last Train from OverbrookJames Moody
LP-638Portfolio of Ahmad JamalAhmad Jamal Trio
LP-639Relaxin' with Sandy MosseSandy Mosse
LP-640Marian McPartland at the London HouseMarian McPartland
LP-641Touff AssignmentCy Touff
LP-642Lem Winchester and the Ramsey Lewis TrioLem Winchester and Ramsey Lewis
LP-643Red Rodney ReturnsRed Rodney
LP-644Breakin' It UpBarry Harris Trio
LP-645An Hour with the Ramsey Lewis TrioRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-646Jamal at the PenthouseAhmad Jamal
LP-647[Unissued]Will Green
LP-648James MoodyJames Moody
LP-649Remember the OldiesVarious Artists
LP-650Taylor Made JazzBilly Taylor
LP-651Holiday of the RivieraCaesar Giovannini
LP-652Where There's Fire... There's Smokey Stover and his Original FiremenSmokey Stover's Original Firemen
LP-653The Last of the Big PlungersAl Grey and The Basie Wing
LP-654Blue LouThe Lou McGarity Big Eight
LP-655A Night at the VanguardThe Kenny Burrell Trio
LP-656Fanfare of HitsVarious Artists
LP-657JazzHerb Pilhofer Trio
LP-658Richard's AlamacThe Richard Evans Trio
LP-659The Legend of BixMetropolitan Jazz Octet
LP-660Mighty HighMilt Buckner
LP-661Burnin'Sonny Stitt
LP-662Happy MoodsAhmad Jamal Trio
LP-663Early in the MorningLorez Alexandria with the Ramsey Lewis Trio
LP-664Meet the JazztetArt Farmer and Benny Golson
LP-665Stretching OutRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-666Hey! It's James MoodyJames Moody
LP-667Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing, Volume 2Ahmad Jamal
LP-668The Music of Quincy JonesBenny Bailey, Joe Harris, Åke Persson and the Quincetet
LP-669Introducing Roland KirkRoland Kirk and Ira Sullivan
LP-670Please Mr. Organ PlayerMilt Buckner
LP-671The Ramsey Lewis Trio in ChicagoRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-672Big City SoundsArt Farmer and Benny Golson
LP-673Listen to the Ahmad Jamal QuintetAhmad Jamal
LP-674JubileeSmokey Stover's Original Firemen
LP-675Home Cookin'Richard Evans Trio
LP-676PlaytimeBuddy Rich and His Buddies
LP-677The Thinking Man's TromboneAl Grey
LP-678ArtArt Farmer
LP-679Moody with StringsJames Moody
LP-680More Music from the SoilRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-681Take a Number from 1 to 10Benny Golson
LP-682Sing No Sad Songs for MeLorez Alexandria
LP-683Sonny Stitt at the D. J. LoungeSonny Stitt
LP-684The Jazztet and John LewisJohn Lewis, Art Farmer and Benny Golson
LP-685Ahmad Jamal's AlhambraAhmad Jamal
LP-686Never on SundayRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-687Sound of ChristmasRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-688The Jazztet at BirdhouseArt Farmer and Benny Golson
LP-689Al Grey and the Billy Mitchell SextetAl Grey and Billy Mitchell
LP-690Dorothy AshbyDorothy Ashby
LP-691All of YouAhmad Jamal
LP-692Themes and ThingsJohn Young Trio
LP-693The Sound of SpringRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-694Deep RootsLorez Alexandria
LP-695Another BagJames Moody
LP-696Look Out! Look Out!Red Holt
LP-697Dig Him!Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt
LP-698Just JugGene Ammons
LP-699Just for KicksEldee Young and Company
LP-700Snap Your FingersAl Grey and Billy Mitchell
LP-701Country Meets the BluesRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-702Midnight MoodMilt Buckner
LP-703Ahmad Jamal at the BlackhawkAhmad Jamal Trio
LP-704Soul Cookin'Thornel Schwartz and Bill Leslie
LP-705Bossa NovaRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-706Blues on the Other SideMike Mainieri Quartet
LP-707BreakthroughGene Shaw Quintet
LP-708Trumpet CalienteDon Goldie
LP-709Rearin' BackSonny Stitt
LP-710Diggin' the ChicksBill Leslie
LP-711Night SongAl Grey and Billy Mitchell
LP-712MacanudoAhmad Jamal
LP-713A Touch of PepperJohn Young
LP-714Soul MerchantSam Lazar
LP-715Pot LuckRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-716FreeBenny Golson Quartet
LP-717Basie Is Our BossFrank Foster
LP-718Having a BallAl Grey
LP-719PoincianaAhmad Jamal
LP-720For Swingers OnlyLorez Alexandria
LP-721French Cookin'Budd Johnson
LP-722The MessageIllinois Jacquet with Kenny Burrell
LP-723Barefoot Sunday BluesRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-724Signifyin'Lou Donaldson
LP-725Great DayJames Moody
LP-726Debut in BluesGene Shaw
LP-727Ready and WillingHerman Foster
LP-728Here's LoveHank Jones
LP-729World of TravelJimmy Grissom
LP-730Move on OverSonny Stitt
LP-731Boss BoneAl Grey
LP-732Bach to the BluesRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-733Naked City ThemeAhmad Jamal
LP-734Possum HeadLou Donaldson
LP-735Desert WindsIllinois Jacquet
LP-736Ya! Ya!Budd Johnson
LP-737FantabulousOliver Nelson and his Orchestra
LP-738PerceptionArt Farmer
LP-739Mo' RockBaby Face Willette
LP-740Comin' on StrongJames Moody
LP-741The Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Bohemian CavernsRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-742Summer DawnSahib Shihab
LP-743Carnival SketchesGene Shaw
LP-744My Main ManSonny Stitt with Bennie Green
LP-745More Sounds of ChristmasRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-746Bosses of the BalladIllinois Jacquet
LP-747Cole SlawLou Donaldson
LP-748Off the WallBudd Johnson
LP-749Behind the 8 BallBaby Face Willette
LP-750You Better Believe MeRamsey Lewis Trio with Jean DuShon
LP-751The Roar of the GreasepaintAhmad Jamal
LP-752CoolRune Ofwerman's Piano
LP-753Testifyin' TimeBunky Green
LP-754SpectrumIllinois Jacquet
LP-755Choice! The Best of the Ramsey Lewis TrioRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-756Cookin' the BluesJames Moody
LP-757The In CrowdRamsey Lewis Trio
LP-758ExtensionsAhmad Jamal
LP-759Musty RustyLou Donaldson

Pop/Blues/Folk Series (1961-1965)[edit]

Catalog numberTitleArtist
LP-4000The Eyes of LoveOsborne Smith
LP-4001Johnny Hamlin QuintetJohnny Hamlin Quintet featuring Marci Miller
LP-4002Space FlightSam Lazar
LP-4003At Last!Etta James
LP-4004Misty NightKing Fleming Trio
LP-4005The Three SoulsThe Three Souls
LP-4006Morris Grants Presents JUNKVarios Artists
LP-4007Drum SumBuck Clarke Quintet
LP-4008Drums, Drollery And DrivelProfessor Paradiddle
LP-4009You Always Hurt the One You LoveClarence Henry
LP-4010Brilliant! The Trumpet of Don GoldieDon Goldie
LP-4011The Second Time AroundEtta James
LP-4012Dodo's Back! The Return of Dodo MarmarosaDodo Marmarosa
LP-4013Etta JamesEtta James
LP-4015PlaybackSam Lazar
LP-4016For the First TimeShelley Moore
LP-4017Brown GalBonnie Graham
LP-4018Etta James Sings for LoversEtta James
LP-4019Stand By!King Fleming Trio
LP-4020House Warmin'!Howard McGhee and the Blazers
LP-4021The Buck Clarke SoundBuck Clarke
LP-4022Let Me In/Music, Music, MusicThe Sensations
LP-4023The Campus Singers at the Fickle PickleThe Campus Singers
LP-4024I'm on My WayWillie Wright
LP-4025Etta James Top TenEtta James
LP-4026The Blues, Volume 1Various Artists
LP-4027The Blues, Volume 2Various Artists
LP-4028Cheer Up Me LadsThe Outsiders
LP-4029Martin Yarbrough ShowcaseMartin Yarbrough
LP-4030Folk SwingerDean DeWolf
LP-4031Folk Festival of the BluesVarious Artists
LP-4032Etta James Rocks the HouseEtta James
LP-4033Road of BlueThe Campus Singers
LP-4034The Blues, Volume 3Various Artists
LP-4035High Tide: The Folk Songs of Dean DeWolfDean DeWolf
LP-4036Dangerous Dan ExpressThe Three Souls
LP-4037The Soul of Blues HarmonicaShakey Horton
LP-4038Composer's ChoiceJohnny Nash
LP-4039Make Way for Jean DuShonJean DuShon
LP-4040The Queen of SoulEtta James
LP-4041Dick Williams Kids Sing for Big People (and Little People Too)Dick Williams
LP-4042The Blues, Volume 4Various Artists
LP-4043Mixed MoodsMartin Yarbrough
LP-4044Soul SoundsThe Three Souls
LP-4045The Real George KirbyGeorge Kirby
LP-4047Jammin' with the WindjammersThe Windjammers

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edwards, D & Callahan, M. The Chess Story, accessed September 12, 2012
  2. ^ Cohodas, Nadine (2000). Spinning Blues into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records. New York: St. Martins.
  3. ^ Edwards, D & Callahan, M. Argo Album Discography, Part 1: Jazz Series (1956-1965), accessed September 12, 2012
  4. ^ "Clarence "Frogman" Henry Biography by Bill Dahl". Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Edwards, D & Callahan, M. Argo Album Discography, Part 2 (1961-1965): Pop/Blues/Folk Series, accessed September 12, 2012
  6. ^ Brack R. Chess 'Withdraws' Argo Name, Billboard 9 Oct 1965 pp8-10

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