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Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. In the US, its name and logo are now only used on back catalogue, country releases, and re-issues.

Mercury Records was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. They were a major force in jazz and blues, classical music, rock and roll, and country music recordings. Early in the labels history, Mercury opened two pressing plants, one in Chicago and the other in St. Louis, Missouri. With the use of automatic presses and providing 24-hour turnaround, they went into direct competition with major recording labels such as Columbia, Decca, and RCA Victor.

By hiring two promoters, Tiny Hill and Jimmy Hilliard, they penetrated the pop market with names such as Frankie Laine, Vic Damone and Patti Page.

In 1947 Jack Rael, a musician and publicist/manager, persuaded Mercury to let Patti Page (whom he managed) record a song that had been planned to be done by Vic Damone, “Confess.” The budget was too small for them to hire a second singer to provide the “answer” parts to Page, so at Rael’s suggestion she did both voices. This became the first documented example of “overdubbing,” and Patti Page became one of the artists best known for the use of this technique.

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  • bopblitzkrieg

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only [13]

    July 2014
  • ruanLastfm

    Change Shiny Toy guns main pic please!!!

    November 2012
  • fullyaliv3

    please let the fans decide what should be the main pic for Shiny Toy Guns. thank you. [8]

    October 2012
  • Silverhawk33

    please let the fans decide what should be the main pic for Shiny Toy Guns. thank you. [7]

    October 2012
  • ruanLastfm

    Shiny Toy Guns picture is old and stale. Please remove.

    May 2012
  • guivandrade

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only [12]

    May 2012
  • ThatsWade

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only [11]

    April 2012
  • anaferrera

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only [10]

    April 2012
  • natalia_as

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only [9]

    February 2012
  • CHBtash

    Change main pic for Shiny Toy Guns. Come on!!! [2]

    February 2012
  • CHBtash

    please let the fans decide what should be the main pic for Shiny Toy Guns. thank you. [5]

    February 2012
  • DrumBogdan

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only. [8]

    February 2012
  • LostInMyMind101

    HEY, your unchangeable new pic for Shiny Toy Guns is broken. That ugly one with Sisely's foot is back up. Maintenance, please.

    February 2012
  • rollingCat

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only. [7]

    November 2011
  • anaferrera

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only. [6]

    October 2011
  • cintiamv

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only. [5]

    September 2011
  • LostInMyMind101

    Fuck You.

    August 2011
  • ruanLastfm

    Change main pic for Shiny Toy Guns. Come on!!!

    July 2011
  • opp31337

    copy pasta

    July 2011
  • Pickoleo

    PLEASE change the main pic for One Night Only. [4]

    June 2011
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