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#45: The Homemade Spivey Label
"Now He's Gone" by Victoria Spivey

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Victoria Spivey was a notable blues queen and recorded extensively in the late 1920s and '30s for Okeh, Victor, Vocalion & Decca. In 1962 she teamed up with jazz historian Len Kunstadt to form the Spivey label. They released 39 titles until her death in the late 1970s.

All the album covers are black and white and have a very distinctive homemade cut and paste look to them. There was also a round of reissues of some titles, noticeable by the pasted on slicks. Most of the LPs, especially the later releases, had a very limited run of just a few hundred copies. Amazingly enough, Spivey was able to recruit many stars from Muddy Waters to Bob Dylan for these projects. At the end I've also included a few of her LPs on other labels.


1001---Buddy-Tate
1001 - Buddy Tate
1002---Victoria-Spivey
1002 - Victoria Spivey
1003---Various
1003 - Various
1004---Victoria-Spivey-etc
1004 - Victoria Spivey, etc.
1005---Mr.-Shortstuff
1005 - Mr. Shortstuff
1006---Victoria-Spivey
1006 - Victoria Spivey
1007---Louis-Metcalf
1007 - Louis Metcalf
1008---Muddy-Waters-Band-me
1008 - Muddy Waters Band members
1009---Various
1009 - Various
1010---Muddy-Waters-Band-me
1010 - Muddy Waters Band members
vol. 2

1011---Various
1011 - Various
1012---Various
1012 - Various
1013---Otis-Spann
1013 - Otis Spann
1014---Victoria-Spivey-etc
1014 - Victoria Spivey, etc.
1016---Willie-Dixon-etc
1016 - Willie Dixon, etc.
1017---Victoria-Spivey-etc
1017 - Victoria Spivey, etc.
1020---Joe-Turner-etc
1020 - Joe Turner, etc.
1022---Eunice-Davis
1022 - Eunice Davis
1023---Victoria-Spivey-Dann
1023 - Victoria Spivey, Danny Russo
1024---Brenda-Bell
1024 - Brenda Bell
1025---Various
1025 - Various
1028-Bill-Dicey.gif
1028 - Bill Dicey
1031---Otis-Spann
1031 - Otis Spann
1037---Brenda-Bell
1037 - Brenda Bell
2001---Victoria-Spivey
2001 - Victoria Spivey
Blues-Documents-BD-2079---V
Blues Documents BD 2079 - Victoria Spivey
Bluesville-BV-1054---Victor
Bluesville BV 1054 - Victoria Spivey
Folkways-FS-3541---Victoria
Folkways FS 3541 - Victoria Spivey

These titles aren't shown:
  • 1015 Various - Spivey Blues Calvalcade
  • 1018 Various - N.Y. Really Has The Blues
  • 1021 Washboard Doc - All Star Blues World
  • 1026 Various - N.Y. Really Has The Blues Vol. 2
  • 1027 Louisiana Red, Brenda Bell - Let Me Tell You A Story
  • 1029 Various - N.Y. Really Has The Blues Vol. 3
  • 1030 Victoria Spivey - Victoria & Her Blues
  • 1032 Brenda Bell - Go Tell My Other Man
  • 1033 Bill Dicey, Holmes Brothers - Operator! Operator!
  • 1034 Larry Johnson, N. Riddles - The DR's Basin Free
  • 1035 Various - N.Y. Really Has The Blues Vol. 4
  • 1038 Andy Story - The Art Of
  • 1039 Nat Riddles, Hilbert - The Art Of Nat Riddles



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