Gotham gospel discography (1947-58)


Gotham gospel

  • The Gotham Record Corp. was located in Philadelpia, PA although the label started in New York City (1946), where it had a brief stay. Sam Goode and Ivin Ballen were the proprietors. Apart from gospel, the label released various other genres.
  • The 600 and 700 series were exclusively destined for gospel releases.
  • 45’s in the 600 and most of the 700 series have numbers starting with a 7, thus indicating it was a 7 inch release.  Later issues in the 700 series do not show this, which could mean the record was not issued in the 78rpm format. I’ve omitted this prefix from the listing.
  • Early 45rpm singles may have been released later than the 78rpm issues.
  • There seems to be some confusion about the last releases on the label. According to some sources the label quit the scene in 1956, but other sources give 1957 and 1958 as the release (or recording) dates of some of these last issues. I have followed the information given in the Gospel Discography (Laughton/Hayes) which dates the last Gotham session in 1958 (Zion Harmonizers, May 27, 1958). Most of these late issues feature earlier recorded material.
  • Most of the releases by Earl Hines (Prof. J. Earl Hines and his Goodwill Singers) were also issued on Deluxe and Sacred.
  • Gotham 600 (Blue Jay Singers) was also released on Aristocrat 3500 and Harlem 1027.
  • This page lists all known Gotham gospel releases; 45 & 78rpm singles plus one LP release.


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