MGM Album Discography, Part 17
Stereo Singles and Little LPs

By Mike Callahan
Last update: February 3, 2000

Like many of the record companies of the time, when stereo became a reality in 1958, it appeared for a time that it would sweep the industry and become the new standard. It did, but not as quickly as everyone thought. In late 1958, MGM jumped into the stereo single market by issuing ten stereo singles at once. They then made many of their popular hits over the next year available on special stereo 45rpm records. Adding to the stereo hype, MGM rushed to market with at least one of their stereo singles (SK- 50109) sporting a special picture sleeve which trumpeted that this was the first stereo single. Alas, in the rush, nobody bothered checking for accuracy. It wasn't even the first MGM stereo single, much less the very first stereo single, and the number on the stereo picture sleeve was the mono counterpart, not the special SK-50100 series number MGM used for the stereo singles.

The stereo singles sold poorly to the general public, since very few people owned the stereo equipment needed to play these records in 1959. Most were used in the new stereo jukeboxes and worn out, making them rare today. Collectors view them as oddities, except for those stereo tunes which were not issued on albums or have never showed up in stereo again. Among these is Connie Francis' single of "Plenty Good Lovin'"/"You're Gonna Miss Me," which seems to have been lost to time in stereo. Not all stereo singles were actually true stereo, ironically enough. Connie Francis' "Among My Souvenirs" has never appeared in stereo in any format, and on the stereo single appears electronically rechanneled.

MGM stopped making the 45rpm stereo singles in late 1959. Since the jukeboxes were the main buyers of stereo singles, over the next few years they occasionally put out special stereo EP discs called "Little LPs," which contained 6 songs at 33-1/3rpm for jukebox play. These Little LP records came with a cover like their 12" counterparts, often with the same picture and record number that their larger brethren had. These were issued until about 1963, and discontinued after that.

MGM was one of the first labels to issue a "stereo only" commercial single in 1968, when the industry began switching over to all stereo, about 10 years after the initial stereo craze. The first MGM commercial stereo single was Eric Burdon & the Animals' "Sky Pilot," which was issued as Parts 1 & 2 on the 45.

The original MGM stereo single label was yellow, with "M-G-M" on the top and "SPECIAL STEREO RECORD" in a convex arc beneath the label name above the record hole. In late 1959, when MGM switched their single and album labels from the yellow to the black labels, the stereo singles switched to the regular black labels, also, with "STEREO" to the right of the record hole.

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Number - Artist - Song Titles


SK-50100 - Fran Warren - Sunday Kind Of Love/Don't Let It Break Your Heart

SK-50101 - Morty Craft & His Orchestra - Early Autumn/It's Melody Time

SK-50102 - Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra - Spanish Rock/In A Persian Market

SK-50103 - Maurice Chevalier - Mimi/Louise

SK-50104 - Tommy Edwards - It's All In The Game/Love Is All We Need

SK-50105 - David Rose & His Orchestra - Gigi/The Night They Invented Champagne

SK-50106 - Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra - Flying Home/Cherokee (Indian Love Song)

SK-50107 - Conway Twitty - It's Only Make Believe/I'll Try

SK-50108 - Art Mooney & His Orchestra - Night Train/A Fiddle A Rifle An Axe

Stereo Singles, 1959:

SK-50109 - Joni James - There Goes My Heart/Funny

SK-50110 - Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra - Chief Rocky Boy/Song From "Some Came Running"

SK-50111 - Joni James - There Must Be A Way/Sorry For Myself

SK-50112 - Tommy Edwards - Please Mr. Sun/Morning Side Of The Mountain

SK-50113 - Jaye P. Morgan - Are You Lonesome Tonight/Miss You

SK-50114 - David Rose & His Orchestra - Chief Rocky Boy/Sorry For Myself

SK-50115 - Conway Twitty - The Story Of My Love/Make Me Know You're Mine

SK-50116 - Morgan Brothers - Nola/Guiding Star

SK-50117 - Connie Francis - My Happiness/Never Before

SK-50118 - Jimmy Newman - What'cha Gonna Do/So Soon

SK-50119 - Metropolitan Jazz Quartet - Perfidia/Goin' With Carmen

SK-50120 - Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra - Bistro Bounce/The Old Man And The Sea

SK-50121 - Connie Francis - Lipstick On Your Collar/Frankie

SK-50122 - Tommy Edwards - It's Only The Good Times/My Melancholy Baby

SK-50123 - Art Mooney & His Orchestra - Smile/Sunset To Sunrise

SK-50124 - Andre Previn & David Rose - Like Young/Young Man's Lament

SK-50125 - Conway Twitty - Hey Little Lucy/When I'm Not With You

SK-50126 - Tommy Edwards - I've Been There/I Looked At Heaven

SK-50127 - Jaye P. Morgan - Somebody Else Is taking My Place/Somebody Loves Somebody Wins

SK-50128 - Clyde McPhatter - Twice As Nice/Where Did I Make My Mistake

SK-50129 - Connie Francis - You're Gonna Miss Me/Plenty Good Lovin'

SK-50130 - Conway Twitty - Danny Boy/Halfway To Heaven

SK-50131 - Joni James - Are You Sorry/What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me

After approximately this point, the black label is used instead of the yellow.

SK-50132 - Andre Previn & David Rose - Young And Tender/Too Young To Be True

SK-50133 - Connie Francis - Among My Souvenirs (E)/God Bless America (S)

SK-50134 - Clyde McPhatter - Let's Try Again/Bless You

SK-50135 - Joni James - Little Things Mean A Lot/I Laughed At Love


The following "Little LPs" were issued for jukebox play. They usually had three songs on each side. They used the same numbers as the full-sized albums from which they were taken.

Record Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] Contents

SLM-3776 - My Thanks to You - Connie Francis [1962]

SLM-4058 - The Solid Gold Trumpet of Harry James - Harry James [1962]

SLM-4079 - Country Music Connie Francis Style - Connie Francis [1962]

SLM-4089 - R&B '63 - Conway Twitty [1963]

SLM-4099 - More! More! More! of "The Stripper" and Other Fun Songs for the Family - David Rose & His Orchestra [1963]

SLM-4103 - Desifinado - Pat Thomas [1963]

SLM-4137 - Double Dixie - Harry James & His Big Band [1963]

SLM-4145 - Greatest American Waltzes Sung By Connie Francis - Connie Francis [1963]

SLM-4168 - The Very Best of Hank Williams - Hank Williams [1963]

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