Specialty Records was an American record label founded in Los Angeles in 1945 by Art Rupe. It was known for rhythm and blues, gospel, and early rock and roll, having recorded Little Richard, Guitar Slim, Percy Mayfield, and Lloyd Price. Rupe started the company under the name Juke Box Records but changed it to Specialty when he parted company with a couple of his original partners.
|Parent company||Concord Bicycle Music|
|Genre||Rock, rhythm and blues, gospel|
|Country of origin||U.S.|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
Rupe's daughter restarted the label in the 1980s.
The major producers for the label were Rupe, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, Johnny Vincent and J. W. Alexander. Rupe was known as one of the most honest owners of an independent R&B record company in the 1950s. He was known for paying his artists, recording them well, and allowing some of the wildest R&B to be issued on any label of the day. He was also known for hating payola, but by 1953, "the only way for Specialty to remain competitive was to pay like everybody else."
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