• 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.


45rpm releases:

releaseartistartist as shownsongsyear
Rush 2701Close HarmonieersJesus Is On The Main Line b/w Jesus Is The Light Of The World1961
Rush 2702Jubilee HummingbirdsI’m On My Way Home b/w Lead Me Jesus Every Day1961
Rush 2703Norfleet BrothersThe Story Of Martin Luther King, Pt. 1 b/w The Story Of Martin Luther King, Pt. 21961
Rush 2704Wings Of HeavenLook For Me In Heaven b/w I Was Lost1961-62
Rush 2705Clouds Of Joy (of Columbus Ohio)On My Way To Heaven b/w Lord, I’m In Your Care1961-62
Rush 2706Jubilee HummingbirdsHe’ll Understand b/w My Confession1961-63
Rush 2707Excello Gospel SingersNear The Cross b/w Just To Behold His Face1961-63
Rush 2708Space Spiritual SingersYou’ve Got To Move b/w Trouble In My Views1961-63
Rush 2709Gay and Gay Singers, Sister Fannie b/w Donald "Preacher" GayA New World In My View b/w I’ll Wait Till My Change Come1961-63
Rush 2710Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyWhat Is This, Pt. 1 b/w What Is This, Pt. 21961-63
Rush 2711Bailey Singers, HaroldI’m Looking For My Lord b/w Since Jesus Came Into My Heart1961-64
Rush 2712Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyRev. Singing Sammy Lewis and the Harold Bailey SingersI Just Can’t Tell It All b/w Gonna Walk In Jerusalem1961-64
Rush 2713Thomas Singers, MildredGod Can Use You b/w Love Lifted Me1961-64
Rush 2714Bailey Singers, HaroldHave A Little Talk With Jesus b/w I Thank The Lord1961-64
Rush 2716Reed and James Bond, ClarenceA Sinners Prayer b/w The Preacher And The Deacon1961-64
Rush 2717Bailey Singers, HaroldOn A Hill b/w Rock In A Weary Land1961-64
Rush 2719Rodgers, LucyLucy Rogers SingersHe's Been Good b/w The Blood Of Jesus1961-64
Rush 2720Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyI'm Glad About It, Pt. 1 b/w I'm Glad About It, Pt. 21961-64
Rush 2721JubilairesFarther Along b/w Sweeping Through Those Gates1961-64
Rush 2722Faithful WondersGod’s Love Is Everywhere b/w You’ve Got To Move1961-64
Rush 2723Reed, ClarenceTo Far To Turn Around b/w (When I’ve Made) The Last Payment On My Fare1961-64
Rush 403Reed, Clarence(Poet) Clarence ReedBuild Up The Walls b/w When I Have Paid My Fare196?
Rush 606C and H Community SingersHe Came Along (He Opened My Eyes) b/w Be Attitude1968?
Rush 607C and H Community SingersRev. Lannell Hallman and C and H Community SingersJust A Closer Walk With Thee b/w I Thank God1968?
Rush 609C and H Community SingersHe’s (Jesus) Alright b/w He’s Been My Everything1968?


LP release:

releaseartistartist as showntitleyear
Rush LP 2718Tabernacle Baptist Church ChoirLord Guide My Feet1961-64