• Rush Records was located in Chicago, IL and in operation from c. 1961 – 1968. The label also released secular material.
  • The label owner was Henry Rush Jr. who died in 2004 at the age of 67. Click here to see an early photo and here to see the obituary from the Lamar Democrat and Sulligent News.
  • An ad in the Chicago Defender indicated that Rush 2703 by the Norfleet Brothers was recorded and released in 1961. Other sources date this 45 and most Rush releases as from the late 1960’s but that appears to be incorrect. The label’s main series (2700) was probably released before 1965.
  • At one time during its history, Rush was a division of Bandera (see the first of two labels of Rush 601, a release by Little Ben and the Cheers, one of the secular appearances of the Norfleet Brothers) and later of Salem Records (Salem Records is mentioned on the labels of Rush 606 by the C & H Community Singers).
  • The small Audio label was a sub label of Rush, on which one gospel 45 was released (#2801 by the Glory Airs). The R&B Indies also makes a connection with Saint, which could have had the same address as Rush had for some time (two addresses are known for Rush). However, this needs verification. It’s seems more likely that Saint was connected to St. Lawrence (or Saint Lawrence). Both artists on Saint (Lucy Rodgers and the Messiah’s of Glory) were also on St. Lawrence. The numbering (both record numbers and matrix numbers) shows similarity with the St. Lawrence numbers and many sides on both labels seem to have been produced by Monk Higgins, who was probably not involved with the Rush recordings. On the other hand, Lucy Rodgers also had a release on Rush…
  • To further complicate it: Rush, St. Lawrence and Saint were in some way connected to Checker, f.i. some issues on Rush were reissued on Checker and the Lucy Rodgers recordings that ended up on the Saint 45 and on one of the two St. Lawrence 45’s were made during the same sessions that resulted in her Checker LP (#10034). The producer on many Checker sides was (again) Monk Higgins. Of course, the Chess brothers and their crew worked with many smaller labels in the Chicago area.
  • This discography lists all known gospel releases on the Rush label from Chicago, IL.


45'srelease artist artist as shown songs year
1Rush 2701 Close Harmonieers Jesus Is On The Main Line b/w Jesus Is The Light Of The World 1961
2Rush 2702 Jubilee Hummingbirds I’m On My Way Home b/w Lead Me Jesus Every Day 1961
3Rush 2703 Norfleet Brothers The Story Of Martin Luther King, Pt. 1 b/w The Story Of Martin Luther King, Pt. 2 1961
4Rush 2704 Wings Of Heaven Look For Me In Heaven b/w I Was Lost 1961-62
5Rush 2705 Clouds Of Joy (of Columbus Ohio) On My Way To Heaven b/w Lord, I’m In Your Care 1961-62
6Rush 2706 Jubilee Hummingbirds He’ll Understand b/w My Confession 1961-63
7Rush 2707 Excello Gospel Singers Near The Cross b/w Just To Behold His Face 1961-63
8Rush 2708 Space Spiritual Singers You’ve Got To Move b/w Trouble In My Views 1961-63
9Rush 2709 Gay and Gay Singers, Sister Fannie b/w Donald "Preacher" Gay A New World In My View b/w I’ll Wait Till My Change Come 1961-63
10Rush 2710 Lewis, Rev. Singing Sammy What Is This, Pt. 1 b/w What Is This, Pt. 2 1961-63
11Rush 2711 Bailey Singers, Harold I’m Looking For My Lord b/w Since Jesus Came Into My Heart 1961-64
12Rush 2712 Lewis, Rev. Singing Sammy Rev. Singing Sammy Lewis and the Harold Bailey Singers I Just Can’t Tell It All b/w Gonna Walk In Jerusalem 1961-64
13Rush 2713 Thomas Singers, Mildred God Can Use You b/w Love Lifted Me 1961-64
14Rush 2714 Bailey Singers, Harold Have A Little Talk With Jesus b/w I Thank The Lord 1961-64
15Rush 2716 Reed and James Bond, Clarence A Sinners Prayer b/w The Preacher And The Deacon 1961-64
16Rush 2717 Bailey Singers, Harold On A Hill b/w Rock In A Weary Land 1961-64
17Rush 2719 Rodgers, Lucy Lucy Rogers Singers He's Been Good b/w The Blood Of Jesus 1961-64
18Rush 2720 Lewis, Rev. Singing Sammy I'm Glad About It, Pt. 1 b/w I'm Glad About It, Pt. 2 1961-64
19Rush 2721 Jubilaires Farther Along b/w Sweeping Through Those Gates 1961-64
20Rush 2722 Faithful Wonders God’s Love Is Everywhere b/w You’ve Got To Move 1961-64
21Rush 2723 Reed, Clarence To Far To Turn Around b/w (When I’ve Made) The Last Payment On My Fare 1961-64
22Rush 403 Reed, Clarence (Poet) Clarence Reed Build Up The Walls b/w When I Have Paid My Fare 196?
23Rush 606 C and H Community Singers He Came Along (He Opened My Eyes) b/w Be Attitude 1968?
24Rush 607 C and H Community Singers Rev. Lannell Hallman and C and H Community Singers Just A Closer Walk With Thee b/w I Thank God 1968?
25Rush 609 C and H Community Singers He’s (Jesus) Alright b/w He’s Been My Everything 1968?
LP'srelease artist artist as shown title year
1Rush LP 2718 Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir Lord Guide My Feet 1961-64