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Commodore Record Co., NY, USA.

From Rust [R]: The Commodore Music Shop of 136 East 42nd Street, New York City, entered the record business in the spring of 1938 when its owner, Milt Gabler, issued the first red label items for the jazz connoisseur. The ten-inch records were numbered 500 upwards, with Ďa handful' of 12-inch issues numbered 1500 upwards. The recordings of the first issues were done by the American Record Corporation.

Artists: Eddie Condon, the Chicago guitarist, was a feature; one session had Fats Waller sitting in on piano. Jelly Roll Morton was another well known artist. According to Rust, Ďa most desireable record' is that of Billie Holiday singing the most morbid Strange Fruit. Bud Freeman did a parody on Noel Coward on his tenor (I'd like to hear that!), pianisty Joe Bushkin is recored. 

Reissues: Commodore 78s were reissued in the 1960s on the Mainstream label, and also on a revived Commodore label. There seems to be some connection with the Vogue label also as per J0066, VOGUE RECORDS. Made in England. Commodore Records,N.Y. Original Issue General 4005
V.2122  (CMR2572). DON'T YOU LEAVE ME HERE   (Morton). Jelly Roll Morton   Piano and vocal
V.2122  (CMR 2565). KING PORTER STOMP  (Morton)  Jelly Roll Morton. Piano solo.

Records in collection:

J0045 sc4 COMMODORE Commodore Record Co., NY, USA. Classics in Swing   December 1939.
590A  (R2566).  WININ' BOY BLUES  (Morton). Jelly Roll Morton. Vocal and piano.
590B  (R2564).  MISTER JOE  (Morton). Ibid.
 

J0063 c3 COMMODORE.  Commodore Record Co. Ltd, NY, USA. 
Classics in Swing.  [Recorded]  December, 1939
588A  (R2579).  MICHIGAN WATER BLUES  (Morton)  Jelly Roll Morton  Vocal and Piano
588B  (R2571).  THE NAKED DANCE  (Morton)  Jelly Roll Morton  A Piano Solo