Golden Tone Album Discography
By Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries
Last update: January 2, 2007

Golden Tone was an mid-1960s subsidiary of Precision Radiation Instruments (PRI), Incorporated, the company that owned the Tops label. Golden Tone was used primarily as a reissue label for previously released material on the Tops label, usually in abridged form by deleting some songs. Golden Tone later was used to reissue albums on the Acorn and Evon labels, two of Rondo's subsidiaries that P.R.I. acquired in the early 1960s. Golden Tone was a budget label in every (negative) sense of that word. The word "cheap" comes to mind, as everything seemed to be recycled, including the vinyl, the cover photos, and even the record jackets! Photo at right shows a multiple recycling job: The photo of the Artie Shaw LP was recycled from an earlier unrelated Tops album (Tops L-1569), the music recycled from an earlier Tops release (1755/9755) and the record jacket was recycled from an Ultraphonic/Golden Tone Christmas reissue (51500) for which they apparently had excess jackets and just pasted the new slick over the old. Add in the recycled vinyl and, well, you get the picture.

The original series on Golden Tone was the C4000 (mono)/14000 (stereo) series, but later Golden Tone, Mayfair, Rondo, and perhaps other labels reissued the Tops albums on their own label with the same Tops catalog numbers, so Golden Tone albums can be found in the 9500 series, for example.

The Golden Tone label was black with silver print, with a silver band around the edge of the label and the label name on two lines within a shield at the top of the band. Some early mono issues were pressed with "High Fidelity" in the shield on top instead of "Golden Tone," making the label name ambiguous at best.

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 Golden Tone Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (all of which are out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2002, 2003 by Mike Callahan.



Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

C 4000/14000 Series:

Note: GoldenTone C4001 was actually a series of records, each called America's Top Tunes, packaged in a generic cover with a circular opening so the record titles could be seen. The records themselves were numbered C4001-x1, C4001-x2, etc. (where "x" is the side of the record, either "A" or "B"). For convenience, we have omitted the record side designation from the listings below. We have located the following records in the 4001 series, but there were obviously others, since the numbers we have seen go to 14 at least. These were compilations of the singles put out on the Tops label.

C4001-9 - America's Top Tunes - Various Artists [1959] Stagger Lee - Herb Winters & Hi Tones/It's Just A Matter Of Time - Bob Waters/Charlie Brown - Hi Tones/Petite Fleur - Hi Tones/Alvin's Harmonica - Danny Palmer & Hi Tones//Peter Gunn Theme - Hi Tones/Tragedy - Jimmy Baker/There'll Never Be Anyone Else But You - Jack Daniels/Hawaiian Wedding Song - Larry King/I've Had It - Dick Goddard

C4001-14 - America's Top Tunes - Various Artists [1959] Waterloo - Hi Tones/Lonely Boy - Tim Garner & Hi Tones/The Battle Of New Orleans - Frank Gray & Hi Tones/There Goes My Baby - Bob Farrell & Hi Tones/My Heart Is An Open Book - Larry Palmer & Hi Tones//Just A Little Too Much - Tony Sadler & Hi Tones/What A Difference A Day Makes - Lynn Davis & Hi Tones/Lipstick On Your Collar - Jane Lewis & Hi Tones/Tiger - Ronnie Stevens/Lavender Blue - Bob Irving & Hi Tones

Note: Regularly numbered series starts with C4002:

C4002/14002 - Music from the Movies - Mayfair All Star Orchestra [196?] Cover has a photo of Rita Hayworth. Around The World/I Could Write A Book/The Anniversary Waltz/Manhattan/Long Ago And Far Away/Funny Valentine/Some Enchanted Evening/June Is Busting Out All Over

C4003/14003 - Western Favorites - Jim Malloy & His Range Riders [196?] Cool Water/Tumbling Tumbleweeds/Deep In The Heart Of Texas/Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle/Home On The Range/Red River Valley/El Rancho Grande/Pistol Packin' Mama/A Cowboy Has To Sing/(others)

C4004/14004 - Roaring 20's - Bunny Maddox & His Old-Time Charleston Band [196?] Side By Side/Sweet Sue, Just You/I Love A Banjo/Sugar Blues//Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/Back Home Again In Indiana/Mississippi Mud/The Sheik of Araby

C4005/14005 - Jerry Gray Plays Glenn Miller Favorites - Jerry Gray & His Orchestra [196?] String Of Pears/Tuxedo Junction/Crew Cut/V Hop//Sweet Eloise/Moonlight Cocktails/Little Brown Jug/Sunrise Serenade

C4006/14006 -Polka Party - Steve Wolchek & His Polka Kings

C4007/14007 -Nutcracker Suite

C4008/14008 -

C4009/14009 -Joe "Fingers" O'Shay Plays Honky Tonk Piano - Joe "Fingers" O'Shay [196?] When You Wore A Tulip/While Strolling Through The Park One Day/Sweet Rosie O'Grady/My Pony Boy/The Band Played On/I'm A Rambling Wreck From Georgia Tech-I've Been Working On The Railroad//Wabash Cannonball/Down By The Old Mill Stream/My Wild Irish Rose/Nellie Was A Lady/Skip To My Lou/In The Evening By The Moonlight/My Old Kentucky Home/Red River Valley

C4010/14010 - Organ Favorites - Don Thompson

C4011/14011 -

C4012/14012 - Hawaiian Favorites - Harry Richards & His Islanders [196?] Hawaiian Paradise/Goodnight Kuu Ipo/Siluouette Hula/Sweet Leilani//Song Of The Islands/Luau Song/To You Sweethart Aloha/South Sea Island Magic

C4013/14013 - Strauss Waltzes

C4014/14014 - Echoes from Italy and France

C4015/14015 - Kiddie Favorites - Mayfair Choristers & Orchestra [196?] The Farmer In The Dell/Pop! Goes The Weasel/To Market To Market/Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe/Where Has My Little Dog Gone/Pat-A-Cake//London Bridge Is Falling Down/The Bear Went Over The Mountain/Georgie Porgie/Humpty Dumpty/I've Been Working On The Railroad/Sing A Song of Sixpence

C4016/14016 - Latin Dance Party - Rodriguez & His Orchestra [196?] Goza Cha Cha/Mambo #5/Brazil/Asi Asi//Baia/Tico Tico/Adios/Las Suegras

C4017/14017 -

C4018/14018 - Classic Favorites [196?]

C4019/14019 -

C4020/14020 -

C4021/14021 - Dixieland - Various Artists [196?] Jazz Me Blues - Matty Matlock & His Dixie Men/Bayou Blues - Morty Corb & His Dixiemen/Baby Won't You Please - Morty Corb & His Dixiemen/South - Morty Corb & His Dixiemen/Sugar Foot Strut - Matty Matlock & His Dixie Men/Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider - Matty Matlock & His Dixie Men/Blues My Naughty Sweety Gave To Me - Matty Matlock & His Dixie Men/Oh, Didn't He Ramble - Matty Matlock & His Dixie Men

C4022/14022 - Tommy Dorsey Favorites - Pied Pipers

C4023/14023 - Oklahoma & South Pacific - Al Weber & Mayfair Symphonette Orchestra [196?] Oh, What A Beautiful Morning/People Will Say We're In Love/The Surrey With The Fringe On Top/Oklahoma//Bali Ha'i/Some Enchanted Evening/A Wonderful Guy/There Is Nothing Like A Dame

C4024/14024 - The Fabulous Ink Spots - Ink Spots Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall/Blueberry Hill/With My Eyes Wide Open/When The Saints Go Marching In//The Gypsy/You Always Hurt The One You Love/Whispering Grass/I'm Making Believe

C4025/14025 - Christmas Favorites - George Mather with International Chorus and Orchestra [196?] Silent Night/Deck The Halls/Good King Wenceslaus/Joy To The World/It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/Hark, The Herald Angels Sing//The First Noel/Twas The Night Before Christmas/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Away In A Manger/O, Come All Ye Faithful/Jingle Bells

C4026/14026 -

C4027/14027 - Kiddie Favorites, Volume II

C4028/14028 - Around the World in 80 Days - Carlton Miller [196?] Around The World/Passepartout/Paris Arrival/Sky Symphony/Invitation To A Bullfight/Entrance Of The Bull March//India Countryside/The pagoda Of Pillagi/Temple Of Dawn/Prairie Sail Car/Around The World

C4029/14029 -

C4030/14030 - Ray Eberle Plays Glenn Miller - Ray Eberle [196?] In The Mood/Skylark/Little Brown Jug/Blue Champagne//Tuxedo Junction/Deep Purple/A String Of Pearls/Sunrise Serenade

C4031/14031 -

C4032/14032 - The Incomparable Lena Horne - Lena Horne

C4033/14033 - Strauss Waltzes - Lionel Atkins & New London Symphony Orchestra [196?] The Blue Danube/Southern Roses Waltz/Wine, Women And Song/Emperor Waltz/Artist's Life//Voice Of Spring/Tales From The Vienna Woods/Pizzicato Polka/Morning Paper's Waltz/Waltz Dream

C4034/14034 - My Fair Lady - Al Weber's Orchestra & Chorus [196?] Overture/Wouldn't It Be Loverly/I'm An Ordinary Man/With A Little Bit Of Luck/Ascot Gavotte/I Could Have Danced All Night/I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face/Get Me To The Church On Time/On The Street Where You Live

C4035/14035 - Gigi - Gordon Fleming Orchestra [196?] Mary Tyler Moore on cover. Overture/Thank Heaven For Little Girls/The Parisians/She Is Not Thinking Of Me/The Night They Invented Champagne//I Remember It Well/Say A Prayer For Me Tonight/I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore/Gigi/Finale

C4036/14036 - Eddie Duchin Favorites - Al Lerner Orchestra

C4037/14037 - The Ink Spots, Volume 2 - Ink Spots

C4038/14038 - A Swingin' Affair - Billy Daniels [196?] The Touch Of Your Lips/Baby Won't You Please Come Home/All Or Nothing At All/Heartaches/I Miss You So//I've Found A New Baby/Perfidia/Can't Get Out Of This Mood/East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)/I've Got The World On A String

C4039/14039 -

C4040/14040 - Echoes from Spain - Nestor Amaral and His Continentals [1960?] El Relicario/Malaguena/Amapola/Granada/La Corida//Espana Cani/La Virgen De La Macarena/Danza/Ay, Ay, Ay/Gitanerias

C4041/14041 - March Favorites - Continental Marching Band

C4042/14042 - Cha Cha Cha - Raoul Martinez & His Orchestra

C4043/14043 - Waltz Favorites - 77 Strings Orchestra [196?] Skater's Waltz/Danube Waves/The Most Beautiful Girl In The World/Over The Waves/It's A Grand Night For Singing//Wunderbar/Beautiful Dreamer/Merry Widow Waltz/Falling In Love With Love/Fascination

C4044/14044 - Everybody Sing - Fireside Gang

C4045/14045 - Dance Party with Johnny Desmond - Johnny Desmond

C4046/14046 - Cowboy Favorites - Sons of the Purple Sage with Linna Shane [196?]

C4047/14047 -

C4048/14048 - A Tribute to the Great Al Jolson - Will Harris [196?] Rockabye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody/What'll I Do/Easter Parade/Shine On Harvest Moon/Cuddle Up A Little Closer//Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie/When You Were Sweet Sixteen/Anniversary Song/Ida/Ma Blushin' Rosie

C4049/14049 - Rhumba Favorites

C4050/14050 - Cha Cha Favorites

C4051/14051 - Cole Porter Favorites

C4052/14052 - Sing Along with the Busy Beavers - Busy Beavers

C4053/14053 - Favorites - Stephen Foster

C4054/14054 - Nearer My God To Thee - John Allen & Chapel Choir [196?] Lord I'm Coming Home/God Be With You Until We Meet Again/Take Time To Be Holy/Sweet Peace The Gift Of God's Love/Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere/I Need Thee Every Hour//Now The Day Is Over/Whispering Hope/Nearer My God To Thee/His Eye Is On The Sparrow/Jesus Savior Pilot Me/What A Friend We Have In Jesus

C4055/14055 - Barber Shop Favorites - Golden Gate Four [196?] In The Good Old Summertime/Clementine/Home On The Range/Old MacDonald's Farm/Little Annie Rooney/Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen/I've Been Workin' On The Railroad//There Is A Tavern In The Town/Swing Low Sweet Chariot/While Strolling Through The Park One Day/Beautiful Dreamer/For He's A Golly Good Fellow/Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair/Cradle Song

C4056/14056 -

C4057/14057 -

C4058/14058 - Latin Carnival - Al Stephano & His Trio [196?] Magic Is The Moonlight/En El Cafetal/Green Eyes/El Cumbanchero/La Mona//La Cucaracha/Cuanto Le Gusta/Salud, Dinero Y Amor/Isle Of Capri/La Panse

C4059/14059 - Big Band Sounds - Earle Spencer & Other Great Bands [196?]

C4060/14060 -Wah Hoo! - Hoosier Hot Shots [196?] My Blue Heaven/Wah-Hoo/Meet By The Ice House Willie/Them Hillbillies Are Mountain Williams Now/I Like Bananas/Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)/Mister Sandman

C4061/14061 - Bongo Cha Cha Cha - Jack Costanzo [196?] Mira Como Los Pollos/Jarochito/Rabo E Mula/Silencio//Quiere/Atu/Que Dichoso Es/Nana Secre

C4062/14062 -

C4063/14063 - Special Request Album - Martha Tilton & Curt Massey [196?] Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/Take Me in Your Arms/Girl Of My Dreams/I'll Walk Alone//I Love The Guy/Lonesome Road/My Sweetheart's The Man In The Moon/Cielito Lindo

C4064/14064 - The Kirby Stone Four - Kirby Stone Four [196?] Alexander's Ragtime Band/They All Laughed/This Heart for Sale/Ballin the Jack/I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now//How Deep Is the Ocean/I Told You I Loved You/Happy Little Island/A Foggy Day/Clyde

C4065/14065 - Kraft Television Theatre: Profile in Music - Wladimir Solinski

C4066/14066 - The Devil Is a Woman - Herb Jeffries

C4067/14067 - The Explosive Betty Reilly - Betty Reilly

C4068/14068 - Jazz Jackpot - Various Artists Artists include the Ronny Lang All Stars, the George Wetting Jazz Trio, the Barney Bigard Quintet, and the Lion's Jazz Band.

C4069/14069 -

C4070/14070 - Square Dances

C4071/14071 - Brazil - Nestor Amaral & His Continentals [196?]

C4072/14072 -

C4073/14073 -

C4074/14074 -

C4075/14075 -

C4076/14076 -

C4077/14077 - Come Dance with Us

C4078/14078 -

C4079/14079 -

C4080/14080 -

C4081/14081 -

C4082/14082 -

C4083/14083 -

C4084/14084 -

C4085/14085 - Jim "Clancey" O'Toole at the Upright - Jim O'Toole

C4086/14086 -

C4087/14087 - Banjo & Percussion - Allie Roman & His Percussion Pickers [196?] Ring The Banjo/Bill Bailey/Oh Susannah/Rings On My Fingers/Comin' Through The Rye//In The Good Old Summertime/Arkansas Traveler/Stars And Stripes Forever/Man On The Flying Trapeze/Rosie

C4092/14092 - Twist - Steven Garrick & His Party Twisters [1962] The copy we have seen has a mono album in a stereo sleeve. Psychoanalystwist/Sister's A Twister/Intimitwist/A Twist Of Lemon/Ten Cents A Twist/Astrotwist//Strictly Informal Twist/Don't Holler On Me Twist/Thou Shalt Not Untwist/Doublemint Twist/Chalah Twist/Scientwist

C4093/14093 - Her Nibbs! - Georgia Gibbs [196?] The One I Love/Fool That I Am/The Things We Did Last Summer/You Keep Coming Back Like A Song/Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams//Feudin' And Fightin'/Necessity/How Are Things In Glocca Morra/Willow Road/So Would I

C 4094/14094 - The Three Suns in Orbit - Three Suns [196?] Out of This World (E)/Barcarolle (E)/Five Minutes More (E)/Chop Sticks (E)/Do You Love Me (E)//Oh Marie (E)/Chopin Dance (E)/All Through The Day (E)/I Love An Old Fashioned Song (E)/Dream (E)

C 4095/14095 - Your TV Dance Party - Lawrence Welk [1963?] Doll Dance/Kitten On The Keys/Josephine/Down Home Rag/Canadian Capers/Everything I've Got//Champagne Time/Loch Lomond [label says "Loch Lomand"]/Listen To The Mocking Bird/Scarf Dance/Rustic Dance

C 4096/14096 - In a Magenta Haze - Duke Ellington [196?]

C 4097/14097 - Swingin' Down in Dixie - Jack Teagarden [196?] The Blues/Sophisticated Lady/Shine/Aunt Hager's Blues//King Porter Stomp/Hindustan/Mighty Lak' A Rose/Beer Barrel Polka

C 4098/14098 - Mr. Clarinet - Artie Shaw [196?] Cover photo is recycled from Tops 1569, musical content recycled from Tops 1755. The Hornet (E)/How Deep Is The Ocean (E)/The Glider (E)/Anniversary Song (E)//I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (E)/My Heart Belongs To Daddy (E)/I've Got You Under My Skin (E)/Guilty (E)

Mayfair Reissue Series:
The following albums are reissues of the same albums and numbers on the Mayfair label, but these usually have a song or two abridgement.

9582 - Show Time! - Kirby Stone Four [196?] How Deep Is The Ocean/Happy Little Island/Clyde/Alexanders Rag Time Band/They All Laughed/Ballin' The Jack/I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

9587 - Holiday in Brazil - Nestor Amaral & His Continentals [196?] Brazil/P'ra Que Discutir/Currupaco/Porte Alegre//Ba Tu Ca Da/Tico Tico/Baia/Bamba No Samba

9609 - James Melton Sings Cole Porter and George Gershwin - James Melton [196?] Arranged and conducted by Hugo Montenegro. Easy To Love/In The Still Of The Night/So In Love/I Love Paris/A Woman Is A Sometime Thing/Summertime/Love Walked In/I Got Plenty O' Nuthin'

9615 - Prelude to a Kiss - Mel Tormé [196?] Vocal introductions used on Tops 1615/9615 are edited off.

9628 - Hymns - Johnny Desmond [196?]

9632 - Big Hits from Columbia Pictures - Hollywood Grand Studio Orchestra [196?] Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth are pictured on the cover.

9641 - Gershwin: Porgy & Bess Featuring Great Broadway Stars - John T. Williams & Hollywood Grand Studio Orchestra [196?]

9644 - Dance to the Music of Billy Daniels - Billy Daniels & Rhythm Rockers [196?]

9654 - The Flirty 30s - Lew Raymond & His Orchestra [196?]

9655 - Beatrice Kay Sings Gay '90s - Beatrice Kay with Gerald Dolin & Eligibles [196?] There are actually two versions of this album on Golden Tone. The first (shown at right) is actually the intact Mayfair 9655S, on yellow vinyl, inside a Mayfair jacket, but with a gold sticker with the Golden Tone Logo on it pasted over the Mayfair logo on the front. The second version (shown at left), pressed on black vinyl and with song titles on the front, has one less song and a slightly different playing sequence, as follows. Mention My Name In Sheboygan (S)/After The Ball Is Over (S)/Medley: Bicycle Built For Two (Daisy Belle)-While Strolling Through The Park One Day-The Sidewalks Of New York (S)/She's More To Be Pitied Than Censured (S)/The Band Played On (S)//Hello Ma Baby (S)/My Mother Was A Lady (S)/Bill Bailey (S)/Medley: You Tell Me Your Dream And I'll Tell You Mine-In The Evening By The Moonlight-Sweet Rosie O'Grady (S)/She May Have Seen Better Days (S)

9656 - The Best of Old Broadway - Lew Raymond & His Orchestra [196?]

9658 - Cowboy Songs for Little Buckaroos - Champ Butler [196?] Big Rock Candy Mountain/Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie/Medley: Red River Valley-Down In The Valley-Home On the Range/Windy Bill/Wabash Cannonball/Cowboy's Lament/The Old Chisolm Trail/Billy Venero/Medley: Skip To My Lou-She'll Be Comin' Around The Mountain-She Wears A Yellow Ribbon-Yellow Rose of Texas

The following albums were reissues of albums originally on the Acorn label. Some or all of these still had the Acorn logo as well as the Golden Tone logo.

Acorn/Golden Tone 617 - Dance in Dorsey Style - Maurice Rene [196?] Song Of India/Dark Eyes/(others)

Acorn/Golden Tone 626 - The National Emblem March - Harry Smith & Grenadiers Band [196?] National Emblem March/Colonel Bogey/(others)

Acorn/Golden Tone 655 - Latin Favorites in Percussion - Amadeus & His Percussionists [196?]

Acorn/Golden Tone 658 - Hawaiian Holiday - Lani Scott [196?] Hawaiian Holiday/Sleepy Sea/Hawaiian War Chant/Luana/Aloha Sweetheart/Hawaiian Starlight/Moari's Farewell/(others)

Acorn/Golden Tone 664 - Piano Percussion in Rhythm - Arthur Cohen [196?]

Acorn/Golden Tone 665 - Stereo Sound Spectacular - Hudson [196?]

In addition, Golden Tone is known to have reissued items on the Evon label and the Ultraphonic label.

Ultraphonic/Golden Tone 51500 - Christmas Music for the Winter Season - ? [196?] Reissue of Ultraphonic 51500. [196?] Silent Night, Holy Night/Adeste Fidelis/The First Noel/O Little Town Of Bethlehem/We Three Kings Of Orient Are/Hark The Herald Angels Sing/It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/Angels We Have Heard On High/Jingle Bells/White Christmas/March Of The Toys/Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Toyland/

Evon/Golden Tone 304 - Hello Hawaii - Hawaiian Islanders [196?] Hawaiian War Chant/Moana Chimes/I Found A Little Grass Skirt/Malahine Mele/South Sea Moon/Ke Ahi Kuu Ipo//Hilo (Hawaiian March)/Ua Like No A Like/Sacred Hula/On The Beach At Waikiki/Luana/Aloha Oe

Evon/Golden Tone 328 - The Three Suns Play - 3 Suns [196?] Midnight Time/Busy Holiday/Romantic/Barcarolle/Chopin Dances//Love Jumped Up/Flower Dance/Bizet Melody/Chop Sticks/Everybody Loves My Baby, My Baby

Thanks to Toby Levy.

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