Cadet Records

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Cadet Records was an American record label, started as Argo Records in 1955 as the jazz subsidiary of Chess Records. Argo changed its name in 1965 to Cadet to avoid confusion with the similarly named label in the UK.[1] Cadet stopped releasing records around 1974, when its artists were moved to Chess.

There was also Cadet Concept Records, for rock and more adventurous music, such as the Rotary Connection, and the experimental psychedelic Electric Mud album by Muddy Waters. The label also had a Top 20 hit in 1968 with the single "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" by the British band Status Quo through a licensing arrangent with Pye Records in London. A St. Louis band known as The Truth aka The Acid Sette were signed and recorded for this label under the guidance of Abner Spector.

The masters are now owned by Universal Music.

Cadet album discography (1965-1975)[edit]

Continuation of the Argo 600 Jazz Series[edit]

Catalog numberTitleArtist
LPS-754SpectrumIllinois Jacquet
LPS-755Choice! The Best of the Ramsey Lewis TrioRamsey Lewis Trio
LPS-756Cookin' the BluesJames Moody
LPS-757The In CrowdRamsey Lewis Trio
LPS-758ExtensionsAhmad Jamal
LPS-759Musty RustyLou Donaldson
LPS-760Inter-ActionSonny Stitt and Zoot Sims
LPS-761Hang On Ramsey!Ramsey Lewis Trio
LPS-762The KnackInterpreters
LPS-763Smoking with WillisWillis Jackson
LPS-764RhapsodyAhmad Jamal with Strings
LPS-765The WailerSonny Cox
LPS-766Playin' for KeepsBunky Green
LPS-767Gotta Travel OnRay Bryant Trio
LPS-768Rough House BluesLou Donaldson
LPS-769Man at Work - Reissue of Argo LP-655Kenny Burrell
LPS-770Soul in the NightSonny Stitt and Bunky Green
LPS-771Swingin' - Reissue of Argo LP-611.Ramsey Lewis Trio
LPS-772The Tender GenderKenny Burrell
LPS-773Go Power!Illinois Jacquet
LPS-774Wade in the WaterRamsey Lewis
LPS-775Raising the RoofOdell Brown and Organ-izers
LPS-776Paint It BlackThe Soulful Strings
LPS-777Heat WaveAhmad Jamal
LPS-778Lonesome TravelerRay Bryant
LPS-779Have Yourself a Soulful Little ChristmasKenny Burrell
LPS-780The Latinization of Bunky GreenBunky Green
LPS-781Slow FreightRay Bryant
LPS-782The Movie AlbumRamsey Lewis
LPS-783Gene Ammons Makes it Happen - Reissue Of Chess LP 1442Gene Ammons
LPS-784Mood to Be WooedVarious Artists
LP-785Jug and Sonny - Edited Reissue Of Chess LP 1445Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt
LPS-786Standard EyesAhmad Jamal
LPS-787Goin' Down HomeDon Patterson
LPS-788Mellow YellowOdell Brown and the Organ-izers
LPS-789Blowing in the WindLou Donaldson
LPS-790Goin' LatinRamsey Lewis
LPS-791Feature SpotEldee Young and Red Holt
LPS-792Cry YoungAhmad Jamal with Voices
LPS-793The Ray Bryant TouchRay Bryant
LPS-794Dancing in the StreetRamsey Lewis
LPS-795Ain't Doing Too B-A-D, BadBobby Bryant Sextet
LPS-796Groovin' with the Soulful StringsThe Soulful Strings
LPS-797InvolvementJohn Klemmer Quartet
LPS-798Ode to 52nd StreetKenny Burrell
LPS-799Up Pops Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis
LPS-800DuckyOdell Brown and the Organ-izers
LPS-801Take a Bryant StepRay Bryant
LPS-802Tell MamaEtta James
LPS-803Out of Different BagsMarlena Shaw
LPS-804There IsThe Dells
LPS-805Another ExposureThe Soulful Strings
LPS-806Brand New MorningFrank D'Rone
LPS-807The Bright, the Blue and the BeautifulAhmad Jamal with Voices
LPS-808And We Were LoversJohn Klemmer Quartet with Strings
LPS-809Afro-HarpingDorothy Ashby
LPS-810Her Point of ViewClea Bradford
LPS-811Maiden VoyageRamsey Lewis
LPS-812The Natural ThingBrother Jack McDuff
LPS-813The Peace-MakerHarold Land Quintet
LPS-814The Magic of ChristmasThe Soulful Strings
LPS-815Lou Donaldson at His BestLou Donaldson
LPS-816Yusef Lateef - Reissue of Argo LP 634Yusef Lateef
LPS-817Getting Our Thing TogetherBrother Jack McDuff
LPS-818Up Above the RockRay Bryant
LPS-819Light My FireWoody Herman
LPS-820Back By Demand: The Soulful Strings in ConcertThe Soulful Strings
LPS-821Mother Nature's SonRamsey Lewis
LPS-822The Dells Musical Menu: Always TogetherThe Dells
LPS-823Odell Brown Plays Otis ReddingOdell Brown
LPS-824The Dells' Greatest HitsThe Dells
LPS-825Dorothy's HarpDorothy Ashby
LPS-826UpchurchPhil Upchurch
LPS-827Another VoyageRamsey Lewis Trio
LPS-828The Third CupEddie Fisher Quintet
LPS-829Love Is BlueThe Dells
LPS-830Sound RayRay Bryant
LPS-831Gin and OrangeBrother Jack McDuff
LPS-832Etta James Sings FunkEtta James
LPS-833The Spice Of LifeMarlena Shaw
LPS-834String FeverThe Soulful Strings
LPS-835Heavy ExposureWoody Herman
LPS-836The Piano PlayerRamsey Lewis
LPS-837Like It Is, Like It WasThe Dells
LPS-838Free DeliveryOdell Brown
LPS-839The Best of Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis
LPS-840The Way I FeelPhil Upchurch
LPS-841The Rubaiyat of Dorothy AshbyDorothy Ashby
LPS-842Fried BuzzardLou Donaldson
LPS-843Shades of BrownShades of Brown
LPS-844Them ChangesRamsey Lewis
LPS-845WoodyWoody Herman
LPS-846Soulful Strings Play Gamble and HuffThe Soulful Strings
LPS-847Losers WeepersEtta James
LPS-848Eddie Fisher & the Next Hundred YearsEddie Fisher

Continuation of the Argo 4000 Blues Series[edit]

Catalog numberTitleArtist
LP-4046Bob Hope on the Road to VietnamBob Hope
LPS-4047Jammin' with the WindjammersThe Windjammers
LPS-4048Feeling GoodJean DuShon
LPS-4049Tough!Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers
LPS-4050Fred Wacker Big Band Swings CoolFred Wacker Big Band
LP-4051The Blues, Volume 5Various Artists
LPS-4052I'm So Good That I Don't Have to Brag!Shel Silverstein
LPS-4053Weary TravelerKing Fleming
LP-4054Drain My BrainShel Silverstein
LPS-4055Call My NameEtta James
LP-4056I Cried for YouJohnny Watson
LP-4057Carryin' OnMilt Trenier and Micki Lynn
LP-4058Fighting BackGreig McRitchie Band

GRT consolidated Chess/Cadet album discography (1971-1975)[edit]

In 1971 Chess Records was purchased by General Recorded Tape, aka GRT Corporation, which consolidated both the Chess and Cadet labels into a single labeling number sequence.[2]

Catalog numberTitleArtist
Chess CH-50001Another DimensionBo Diddley
Chess CH-50002Message to the YoungHowlin' Wolf
Chess CH-50003Etta James Sings Big Ones [Unissued?]Etta James
Cadet CA-50004Freedom MeansThe Dells
Cadet CH-50005Great Female Soul VocalistsVarious Artists
Cadet Concept CC-50006Hey LoveThe New Rotary Connection
Cadet CA-50007Occasional RainTerry Callier
Chess CH-50008San Francisco DuesChuck Berry
Cadet CA-50009Mystical LadyShirley Scott
Cadet Concept CC-50010Oh What a Lovely WarColonel Bagshot
Cadet CA-50011Swahili StrutBobby Bryant Sextet
Chess CH-50012Muddy Waters Live at Mister Kelly'sMuddy Waters
Chess CH-50013Greatest HitsLittle Milton
Chess CH-50014Power and LightPower & Light
Chess CH-50015Live and Cookin'Howlin' Wolf
Chess CH-50016Where it All BeganBo Diddley
Cadet CA-50017The Dells Sing Dionne Warwick's Greatest HitsThe Dells
Chess CH-50018Basic SoulKoko Taylor
Cadet CA-50019What Color Is LoveTerry Callier
Cadet CA-50020The GrooverRamsey Lewis
Cadet CA-50021Sweet as Funk Can BeThe Dells
Cadet 2CA-50022The Best of the Soulful StringsThe Soulful Strings
Chess CH-50023Can't Git No Grindin'Muddy Waters
Cadet CA-50024Check This OutJack McDuff
Cadet CA-50025Lean on MeShirley Scott
Cadet CA-50026Mr. BojanglesSonny Stitt
Chess 2CH-50027This Is My StorySonny Boy Williamson
Chess CH-50029The London Bo Diddley SessionsBo Diddley
Chess 2CH-50030The Golden Age of Rhythm and BluesVarious Artists
Chess CH-50031Love More Than PrideLaura Lee
Chess CH-50032Ghettos of the MindBama the Village Poet
Chess 2CH-50033Fathers and SonsMuddy Waters
Cadet CA-50034Teardrops in the RainJohnny Nash
Cadet 2CA-50035InspirationAhmad Jamal
Cadet CA-50036SuperstitionShirley Scott
Cadet CA-50037Give Your Baby a Standing OvationThe Dells
Cadet 2CA-50038It Was a Very Good YearRay Bryant
Cadet 2CA-50039I Cover the WaterfrontSonny Stitt
Chess CH-50040Come and Get MeKim Tolliver
Cadet CA-50041I Just Can't Help MyselfTerry Callier
Chess CH-50042Etta James aka Only a FoolEtta James
Chess CH-50043BioChuck Berry
Cadet CA-50044Songs for Ageing ChildrenDave Van Ronk
Chess CH-50045The Back Door WolfHowlin' Wolf
Cadet CA-50046The DellsThe Dells
Chess CH-50047Big Bad BoBo Diddley
Cadet CA-50048While My Guitar Gently WeepsJimmy Ponder
Cadet CA-50049AtlantisDaniel Salinas
Cadet CA-50051The Fourth DimensionJack McDuff
Cadet CA-50052In the CutRay Bryant
Chess CH-50053You Can All Join InThe Violinaires
Cadet 2CA-50058Solid IvoryRamsey Lewis
Cadet CH-50059Cross My HeartBilly Stewart
Cadet CA-50060SatanSonny Stitt
Chess 2CH-60000Laugh TimeMoms Mabley and Pigmeat Markham
Cadet CA-60001Back to the RootsRamsey Lewis
Cadet 2CA-60002Charlie Parker Memorial ConcertVarious Artists
Cadet 2CA-60003Rock BottomVarious Artists
Chess 2CH-60004PeachesEtta James
Chess 2CH-60005Got My Own Bag of TricksBo Diddley
Chess 2CH-60006McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy WatersMuddy Waters
Cadet 2CA-60007Ha' MercyLou Donaldson
Chess CH-60008The London Howlin' Wolf SessionsHowlin' Wolf
Chess 2CH-60009Moms and PigmeatMoms Mabley and Pigmeat Markham
Cadet 2CA-60010Everything 'Bout Sax and FluteJames Moody
Chess 2CH-60011Mad Man's BluesJohn Lee Hooker
Chess 2CH-60012Chicago Blues AnthologyVarious Artists
Chess CH-60013The London Muddy Waters SessionsMuddy Waters
Chess 2CH-60014Boss Blues HarmonicaLittle Walter
Chess 2CH-60015Blues Rock Cookbook: Montreux FestivalVarious Artists
Chess 2CH-60016Chester Burnette A.K.A. Howlin' WolfHowlin' Wolf
Cadet 2CA-60017The Heatin' SystemJack McDuff
Cadet 2CA-60018InsideRamsey Lewis
Cadet 2CA-60019Cool Cookin'Kenny Burrell
Chess CH-60020The London Chuck Berry SessionsChuck Berry
Cadet CA-6002112 X 6 The Hard WayVarious Artists
Cadet CA-6002212 X 6 The Easy WayVarious Artists
Chess 2CH-60023Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Volume 2Chuck Berry
Cadet CA-6002412 X 6 Volume 3Various Artists
Cadet CA-6002512 X 6 Volume 4Various Artists
Chess 2CH-60026London Revisited with Howlin' Wolf and Muddy WatersHowlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters
Cadet CA-60027The Dells vs. The DramaticsThe Dells/The Dramatics
Chess 2CH-60028Chuck Berry's Golden Decade, Volume 3Chuck Berry
Chess CH-60029Come a Little CloserEtta James
Cadet CA-60030The Mighty, Mighty DellsThe Dells
Chess CH-60031"Unk" in FunkMuddy Waters
Chess CH-60032Chuck BerryChuck Berry
Cadet CA-60033Got to Get Your OwnReuben Wilson
Chess CH-60034American GypsyAmerican Gypsy
Chess CH-60035The Muddy Waters' Woodstock AlbumMuddy Waters
Chess CH-60036The Dells Greatest Hits, Volume 2The Dells
Chess CH-60037Black Caucus ConcertVarious Artists
Cadet 2CA-60038Early VisionsGene Ammons
Cadet CA-60039Magnetic FeelJack McDuff
Cadet CA-60040Never Can Say GoodbyeSonny Stitt
Chess CH-60042Music to Make Love BySolomon Burke
Cadet CA-60044We Got to Get Our Thing TogetherThe Dells

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard - Google Books. 1965-10-09. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  2. ^ Callahn, M. and Edwards, D. GRT Consolidated Chess/Cadet Album Discography (1971-1975), Both Sides Now Publications, accessed October 19, 2012