Like I Do – Great British Record Labels: Oriol


Oriole Records’ somewhat convoluted history began in the mid 1920s, which actually makes them one of the UK’s earliest record labels, although they had periods of inactivity during the 30s and 40s. They were entirely unrelated to the American Oriole label. The Oriole imprint was resurrected again in 1950, initially with a se­ries of UK and European Jazz 78s, which were soon augmented by licensed-in recordings from the American Mercury label. The same year they opened their own state-of-the-art pressing plant and warehouse in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, and they soon began to get ‘overspill’ pressing work from the bigger, established British record companies. Meanwhile, their deal with Mercury provided success with releases by artists like Frankie Laine, Patti Page, Georgia Gibbs, Vic Damone and Billy Daniels, and by the mid 50s Oriole were actively recording home-grown artists in search of their own hits, which successes are where this compilation is derived from. Click sleeve or this link to be taken to our shop and the full track listing.