HISTORY AND DISCOGRAPHY

 


Short lived record company believed to be based in Los Angeles, circa 1947-1948.

One of many fly-by-night labels started on the West Coast after the war, none of whom had much chance for success and were either hoping to lease a record they cut to a larger outfit or to lease an unissued record FROM another label to put out themselves, as they apparently did with the first sides cut by blues guitarist Pee Wee Crayton. Ultimately their output numbered around a dozen releases, if that, before folding.

There’s virtually no surviving documentation for Gru-V-Tone and so release dates are highly speculative and should not be treated as verifiable.

 
 
GRU-V-TONE RECORDS REVIEWED TO DATE ON SPONTANEOUS LUNACY:
 
 
PERCY MAYFIELD: Jack, You Ain’t Nowhere (6) Gru-V-Tone 101; December, 1947*)
PERCY MAYFIELD: Two Years Of Torture (7) (Gru-V-Tone 102; 1948)