The Info List - Adelphi Records

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ADELPHI RECORDS is an American independent record label founded in 1968 and incorporated in 1970 by Gene Rosenthal.


* 1 History * 2 Recordings * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links


The label name was crafted by Rosenthal to suggest a combination of the Greek oracle , nearby Adelphi, Maryland
Adelphi, Maryland
, as well as a tip of the hat to a John Fahey song, "The Downfall of the Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill". Extensive field recordings were begun in1964 and expanded to include film documentation beginning in early/mid 1969, including sessions in Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis and the Mississippi delta. In the 1970s the label began issuing Folk, Jazz
& blues-rock albums. the latter were significantly important to the development of that genre. In the mid-1970's two of Adelphi's biggest selling artists were the Nighthawks and the Rosslyn Mountain Boys. Towards the end of the 1970s the label's Sales & growth had significantly expanded particularly marked in the early1980's when Adelphi established it's wholly owned subsidiery Label "Sunsplash Records" predominantly to issue Jamaican Reggae performances from the 1982 Reggae Sunsplash Festival. Musician signings continued into the 1990s and after a short hiatus resumed in the 2000's with studio sessions in New Orleans by Adelphi Artist Ken Swartz Lenny Breau , Reuben Brown and Richie Cole (jazz ); Yellowman , Big Youth and Toots Rev. Gary Davis , Gene Johnson, and Rev. Robert Wilkins (blues and spirituals ); plus Nathan Beauregard , Roy Book Binder , Roy Buchanan , R. L. Burnside
R. L. Burnside
, Gus Cannon , David Honeyboy Edwards , Paul Geremia
Paul Geremia
, Mississippi John Hurt
Mississippi John Hurt
, Backwards Sam Firk , Skip James , Furry Lewis
Furry Lewis
, Bill Blue , Little Brother Montgomery , Charles Tyler and Bukka White