Tempo Records (US)

Tempo Records was a mid-20th century United States based record label headquartered in Hollywood, California. It was run by Irving Fogel.[1][2] Tempo bridged the 78 rpm, 45 rpm and 3313 rpm generations, releasing discs in all three formats.[3]

Tempo's roster included jazz harpist Robert Maxwell,[4] cornetist Doc Evans, clarinetist Sid Phillips, Novachord virtuoso Lloyd Sloop, violinist Joe Venuti, Hammond organist Herb Kern,[5] and pianist Ben Light.[6]

Tempo recorded the version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" that was used as the theme song for the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.[7]

Tempo Records (Impact)

Tempo was also the name of a gospel record label in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were, for at least part of their existence, the contemporary arm of Impact Records, known formally as Tempo/Impact. It was based in Nashville, Tennessee and for a brief time also had a base in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Some musicians who appeared on the Tempo of Kansas City label included the Hawaiians, Sue Ellen Chenault, Otis Skillings and the Couriers.[8]

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  1. "3 Foreign Distribs Lined Up by Temp". Billboard. 4 April 1953. pp. 18–. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  2. Bahrampour, Tara (8 June 2018). "Leo Sarkisian, who brought African music to listeners around the world, dies at 97". Washington Post. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  3. Tempo Upping 45's. Billboard. 4 February 1950. pp. 47–. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. Hollywood. Billboard. 9 December 1950. pp. 17–. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  5. Philco Places 500G Order As Freebies to Distribs. Billboard. 28 April 1951. pp. 16–. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. Light Signs 4-Year Paper with Capitol. Billboard. 1 March 1952. pp. 18–. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  7. Coulter, Bruce (14 November 2015). "Leo and Mary Sarkisian of Tewksbury captured sights and sounds around the globe". Tewksbury Advocate. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  8. "Christian Record Labels of Yesteryear", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-07-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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