Argo Records

The record label Argo Records was founded in December 1956 as R & B and jazz sublabel of Chess Records. Originally it was called Marterry Records, but the band leader Ralph Marterie raised objections against it, and the name was changed in Argo Records shortly. Producer was Jack Tracy; Argos first big hit was a title that coming from New Orleans Clarence " Frogman " Henry Is not Got No Home in 1956. Among the jazz musicians who released on the label, were Lorez Alexandria, Bess Bonnier, Ahmad Jamal, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sandy Mosse, Cy Touff, Billy Taylor, John Merritt Young and not least the Benny Golson Art Farmer Jazztet with its classic recordings around 1960 / 61st The Rhythm & - blues artists who were released on Argo, were Etta James and the Dells ( Etta James Rocks the House 1964) and Savannah Churchill. One of the producers was Dick LaPalm. 1965 had the name in Cadet Records to be changed because an eponymous label Argo Records in the United Kingdom existed for some time.