Luniverse started life as "Universe," with the issue of the Buchanan and Goodman single "Flying
Saucer" in 1956. Due to the prior existence of a label with that name, the name was quickly
changed to "Luniverse" and and "L" crudely drawn in on the first pressings of the singles.
There was only one known album (a Del Vikings album) issued on the label. The album was recorded as a nine-song acappella demo tape by Pittsburgh deejay Barry Kaye in 1956, which eventually got them signed to the tiny Pittsburgh-based Fee Bee label. When "Come Go With Me" started selling in 1957, FeeBee leased the record to Dot and the group (who were constantly changing personnel due to military commitments) had a top-10 record. Kaye decided to cash in on his audition tape, and overdubbed instruments and gave the tape to Luniverse, who released it. Dot sued, and the record was withdrawn. Today, original copies (which have only eight tracks) are quite collectible, although some 1970s reproductions exist (with ten tracks) which are worth much less. The original albums also are constructed with a "slick" on the front cover, that is, a paste-on color sheet, while the reproductions do not.
The Luniverse label was yellow with black print.
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 Luniverse Records. 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 1997, 2000, 2003 by Mike Callahan.