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Nashboro Records was an American gospel label principally active in the 1950s and 1960s.

Nashboro was founded in Nashville, Tennessee by Ernie Lafayette Young (1892-1977), who was the owner of a record store, Ernie's Record Mart, and sponsor of a weekly hit parade show on radio station WLAC. In 1951, Young founded Nashboro to issue gospel records, and the following year also created Excello Records to release secular music, especially R&B and blues acts.[1]

Nashboro became a prolific issuer of Southern gospel groups, and Young frequently signed gospel acts from competing labels after they had folded. Some of the groups were backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section in the studio.[1]

Young died in 1977, by which time Nashboro was increasingly reissuing out of its back catalogue rather than issuing new material. The label's catalogue was sold to AVI Entertainment in 1979,[2] MCA Records in 2000, and Hip-O shortly thereafter.[1] Relatively little of it has seen reissue, though in 2014 Tompkins Square Records released a four-CD compilation of Nashboro artists.[3]

Nashboro was one of several labels to have its catalog of master recordings destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[4]



  1. ^ a b c Robert Darden, "Nashboro Records". W.K. McNeil, ed. Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music. Routledge, 2013, pp. 270-271.
  2. ^ Lichtman, Irv (September 1, 1979). "American Variety Acquires Nashboro". Billboard. p. 3. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  3. ^ I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983. Tompkins Square Records, 2014. Includes essay about label by Opal Louis Nations.
  4. ^ Rosen, Jody (2019-06-11). "The Day the Music Burned". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-02.