Loma Records

Loma Records was an American subsidiary record label of Warner Bros. Records managed by Bob Krasnow, then later Russ Regan.[1] Its name was derived from Eloma, a cleared copyright Warner owned.[2]

Loma Records
Parent companyWarner Music Group
Founded1964
FounderMike Maitland
Defunct1968
StatusDefunct
Distributor(s)Warner Bros. Records
GenreSoul, R&B
Country of originUnited States

HistoryEdit

In March 1964, Warner Bros. president Mike Maitland announced the formation of Loma Records. Former promotional man and record producer Bob Krasnow was named the manager of the new label. Maitland explained the purpose of Loma was "an attempt to broaden singles coverage. There's so much product available through outside source, that we can afford to release it on Warner Bros., Reprise and now Loma." The first releases on the label were purchased masters.[2]

R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner were one of the first signings to the label.[3] Their single "Tell Her I'm Not Home" reached the Top 40 on the R&B charts in 1965. Most of the releases on Loma didn't make a big impact on the charts, but in 1967 Linda Jones had two Top 10 R&B hits. Other artists on the roster included the Olympics, J.J. Jackson, Lorraine Ellison, Mighty Hannibal, and Redd Foxx. Most artists on the label didn't make it to LP status until the release of a two-CD set in 1995 called The Best of Loma Records.

Krasnow resigned as the manager of Loma in 1965 and was replaced by Russ Regan.[1] In 1968, Loma's roster and back catalog were absorbed into Warner Bros. In 1995, a compilation of its singles called The Best of Loma Records: The Rise and Fall of a 1960's Soul Label was released.

In 2002, Loma was briefly reactivated for the release of the self-titled CD of the jazz trio Yaya3, which featured drummer Brian Blade, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and keyboardist Sam Yahel.

RosterEdit

Selected discographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • 1966: The Both Sides Of Redd Foxx
  • 1967: The Ike & Tina Turner Show — Vol. 2
  • 1967: Redd Foxx — On The Loose: Recorded Live!
  • 1967: Redd Foxx —"Live" Las Vegas!
  • 1968: Redd Foxx — Foxx-A-Delic

SinglesEdit

Catalog No. Release

date

US US

R&B

Single (A-side, B-side) Artist
2005 Oct 1964 "I'm The Lover Man"

b/w "The Push Push Push"

Little Jerry Williams
2011[4] Feb 1965 108 33 "Tell Her I'm Not Home"

b/w "I'm Thru With Love"

Ike & Tina Turner
2015 May 1965 "Somebody Needs You"

b/w "(I'll Do Anything) Just to Be With You"

Ike & Tina Turner
2016 June 1965 "Soul Jerk (Part 1)"

b/w "Soul Jerk (Part 2)"

Bobby Bennett and The Dynamics
2023[5] Dec 1965 "You Can't Outsmart A Woman"

b/w "That's What's Happening"

Kell Osborne
2026[6] Jan 1966 "Hold On To Your Money"

b/w "Don't You Have Feelings"

Little Joe Cook
2070[7] May 1967 21 4 "Hypnotized"

b/w "I Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby"

Linda Jones
2077[7] Sep 1967 61 8 "What've I Done (To Make You Mad)"

b/w "Make Me Surrender (Baby, Baby Please)"

Linda Jones
2080[8] Oct 1967 "I Got A Good Thing"

b/w "Lies"

Bobby Freeman
2085[7] Dec 1967 93 34 "Give My Love A Try"

b/w "I Can't Stand It"

Linda Jones

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Regan to Head WB Subsidiary". Billboard: 4. October 2, 1965.
  2. ^ a b "New WB Label Stresses Singles" (PDF). Billboard: 3. August 22, 1964.
  3. ^ Silsbee, Kirk (April 19, 2016). "Revisiting Loma Records, the L.A. Soul Label That Launched Ike and Tina Turner". LA Weekly.
  4. ^ "Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles" (PDF). Billboard: 46. May 1, 1965.
  5. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). Billboard: 18. December 11, 1965.
  6. ^ "Spotlight Singles - R&B Spotlights" (PDF). Billboard: 18. February 12, 1967.
  7. ^ a b c "Linda Jones Chart History". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Spotlight Singles - R&B Spotlights" (PDF). Billboard: 10. October 28, 1967.

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