Baton Album Discography
By David Edwards and Mike Callahan Last update: August 31, 2012

Baton was formed by Sol Rabinowitz in 1954 in New York City. The company was located at 108 West 44th Street. Baton recorded rhythm and blues, folk, jazz and gospel.

In June 1959, the name of the label was changed to Sir Records. Sir issued only 45s in 1959 and 1960. Sir Records was acquired by United Telefilm in 1960, who owned the Warwick label. At least one of the Baton albums was re-released on Warwick in 1961, Milt Okun's America's Best Loved Folk Songs (Baton BL-1203).

The first Baton label (far left) was pink with black print, with "Baton" in black script above the center hole. The second Baton label (near left) was dark red with silver print with "Baton" in silver script above the center hole. All records were apparently issued in mono only.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Baton Records, which is currently inactive. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 1999, 2001, 2012 by Mike Callahan.



Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

Baton BL-1200 Main Series:

BL-1201 - Rock 'N Roll: Instrumentals for Dancing the Lindy Hop - Frank "Floorshow" Cully Orchestra/Buddy Tate Orchestra [5/55] Nine O'Clock Express - Frank "Floorshow" Cully Orchestra/Lindy Rock - Frank "Floorshow" Cully Orchestra/Go, Floorshow! - Frank "Floorshow" Cully Orchestra/Bubbles - Frank "Floorshow" Cully Orchestra/Speed Limit - Frank "Floorshow" Cully Orchestra//Sent for You Yesterday - Buddy Tate Orchestra/That Girl - Buddy Tate Orchestra/Fatback and Greens - Buddy Tate Orchestra/Tete-A-Tate - Buddy Tate Orchestra/Skip-A-Page - Buddy Tate Orchestra

BL-1202 - The New Charlie Ventura in Hi-Fi - Charlie Ventura New Jazz Quintet [11/56] Musicians include Charlie Ventura (alto, tenor, baritone horns), Dave Hildinger (piano), Billy Bean (guitar), Richard Davis (bass), and "Mousie" Alexander (drums). Intro-High On An Open Mike/Charlie's Ant/Cry Me A River/Euphoria//Parlay 2/Jazz Roost/Sleep Till Noon/East Of Suez/Bernie's Tune/Bernie's Tune (Ad Lib)

BL-1203 - America's Best Loved Folk Songs - Milt Okun [5/57] Reissued in April, 1961, on Warwick W2011. Cindy/Wanderin'/The Fox/Shenandoah/Rock Island Line/Big Rock Candy Mountain/Casey Jones/On Top of Old Smoky //Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly/Goodnight Irene/Sweet Betsy From Pike/Hush Little Baby/John Henry/Riddle Song (I Gave My Love a Cherry)/Skip to My Lou/Blue Tail Fly

BL-1204 - The Young Moderns - Dave Hildinger [5/57] Recorded November 19, 1956. Penrod/Tom Swift/Lazy Afternoon/Blurb/Play Street//The Switch/Mister Snow/Two Sleepy People/It's You Or No One For Me

BL-1205 - The Alex Kallao Trio in Concert at the University of Ottawa, Canada - Alex Kallao Trio [5/57] Lullaby Of Birdland/Tenderly/Love For Sale/Yesterdays//It's All Right With Me/Lover Man/Bach: Organ Preludes In G-minor/St. Louis Blues

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