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Revised 27/9/12

SMASH
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1961-1989

Labels

Chicago, Illinois
U.S.A.
A division of
Mercury Record Corp.
Smash Records - Vendor:
Mercury Record Corp...
Chicago, Illinois
U.S.A.
S 1700 - 1961
to
S 1702 - 1961
S 1705 - 1961
to
S 1787 - 1962
S 1773 - 1962
to
S 2041 - 1966
S 1929 - 1964
Numbering system also used by Fontana and other small labels
Smash Records was founded in 1961 as a subsidiary of Mercury Records, by Mercury executive Shelby Singleton and run by Singleton with Charlie Fach. Fach took over after Singleton left Mercury in 1966. Its recording artists included Bruce Channel, Roger Miller, The Left Banke, Bill Justis and Jerry Lee Lewis.
A dispute with King Records led James Brown to release all of his band's instrumental recordings between 1964 and 1967 on Smash. Smash also released three of Brown's vocal recordings.
Smash shared the numbering system for their singles with other labels that they distributed.
No Mercury reference
Mercury Logo
Mercury Logo
No Mercury reference
S 2143 - 1966
to
S 2142 - 1967
S 2143 - 1968
to
S 2263 - 1970
Label discontinued
S 1965
STEREO
All stereo releases issued later thanthe hit versions.
Y 2005 - 1965
Vendor: Mercury
Distributed by Phonodisc
Distributed by Mercury
Distributed by PolyGram
S 1401
to
S 1415
Reissues
by Mercury
Reissues
by PolyGram in the 1970s
Reissues
by Mercury in the 1980s
Reissues
by PolyGram 1989
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
S 1700 - 1961
to
.
One line of text
 Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 2
.
to 
S 1769 - 1962
One line of text
. Ref 142  Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3
S 1773 - 1962
to
S 2142 - 1967
Two lines of text
.  Curved top  Inside glued  
No 4
S 2143 - 1968
to
S 2263 - 1970
Mercury logo
One line of text
   Curved top   Glued left/right  
Reissues
R 1
S 1401
to
S 1415
This sleeve is a plastic bag that held the record in a white sleeve inside. 
   -  -   
R 2
1989
© 1989 PolyGram Records
STDSTIMEPCEVOI
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
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Contact for corrections
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Thanks to Ben Silverman, Silverton, Oregon for scans in this section
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  Repro sleeves available from Big Boppa Records
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45 Discography for Smash Records from Global Dog Productions
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