SUN
OZ Labels and Company Sleeves 1970-1981

Labels

NK 3510 - 1970
to
1981
K 8397 - 1981
From 1970, The Shelby Singleton Organization out of Nashville Tennessee, owners of the legendary SUN label from Memphis, started releasing records in Australia through Festival on its SSS International and the SUN label. Sun was for records by Orion, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash re-issues. Shelby Singelton was also trying to fool people with an Elvis soundalike (Jimmy Ellis) by not putting any artist name on the label (NK 4833 - 1972) .
In Australia, Festival had distribution rights, but EMI had the rights to the back catalogue. Elvisí Sun material was released on RCA. Sun material during the 1960ís was released on London. During the mid 1970s Festival spent considerable time and money on prosecutions on owners of import record shops selling overseas copies of their labels, one of them being the SUN label. However, prosecutions on the Sun label fell through owing to the fact that the shop owners were selling legal re-issues which Festival didnít have the rights to. EMI allowed their sale. This cost Festival a lot of money and embarrassment and contributed to its downfall. Nobody had any sympathy for Festival, and music import laws were changed so that imports were allowed but only through local suppliers.
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Sleeves
Range
Front
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Details
No 1
K 3510 - 1970
to
1971
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No 2
1971
to
1972
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No 3
1972
to
1977
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For different colors
see Festival Group
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   Cut straight/cut corners  Inside glued  
No 4
1977
to
1981
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For different colors
see Festival Group
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   Cut straight  Inside glued