Tribe Records was a London subsidiary run by record producer Huey P. Meaux. It
operated from 1963 to 1968. Their most successful artist was the Sir Douglas Quintet, who hit with
"She's About A Mover" [Tribe 8308] in April, 1965, the song eventually reaching #13. The followup
single, "The Rains Came" [Tribe 8314] also made the top 40, topping out at #31 in early 1966.
Subsequent offerings on Tribe failed, but the Sir Douglas Quintet returned to the charts in early 1969
with "Mendocino" [Smash 2191, #27]. Band leader Doug Sahm followed with successful solo albums
and with Freddy Fender in a group called the Texas Tornados.
Tribe issued only one album, a collection of Sir Douglas Quintet sides for the label, but there were several other artists signed to the label who issued singles. These included Big Sam, Joey Long, Tommy Lee, Jean Knight (who years later had a huge hit on Stax with "Mr. Big Stuff"), Lots A Poppa, Doty Roy, Sammy Jay, the Trashmen (who earlier had hit with "Surfin' Bird"), singer-songwriter Barbara Lynn (who had many chart hits previously for the Jamie label, including the classic "You'll Lose A Good Thing"), Jesse Lankford, Leo O'Neill, and the Conservatives.
|The Tribe album label (far left) was light blue with black print, with the logo at the top. The usual singles label (near left) was grey with a red logo at the top.|
|There were some variations on the usual singles label, such as shown far left. The corresponding promo label (near left) was white with black print.|
|Tribe also issued promo copies on white labels with black print with no graphics (far left). A reissue label was gold with the usual graphics (near left)|
|Promotional copies were also issued using London's multicolor orange promo blank, both with and without the Tribe logo.|
Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents
Tribe 37000/47000 Main Series:
TR 37001/TRS 47001 - The Best Of The Sir Douglas Quintet - Sir Douglas Quintet
 She's About A Mover/Beginning Of The End/The Tracker/You're Out Walking The Streets
Tonight/It Was In The Pines/In The Jailhouse Now//Quarter To Three/It's A Man Down There/The Rains
Came/Please Just Don't Say No/We'll Take Our Last Walk Tonight/Walking The Streets