American Brunswick Values

this page first published by John Wright, 6 Dec 1997
last update 14 Mar 2012vintage@r2ok.co.uk

Note: I lived in US for a time but I have limited knowledge of US labels and current values. If you are American then Tim Gracyk is your expert and you can gain valuable information at:

Tim's main page Tim's value tips Tim's selling tips

The 'Brunswick' Label

The first green label Brunswicks from 1916 are very rare, but the popular music black labels and celebrity purple labels are common in record collections. Values quoted below are typical prices paid at a British record fair stall where the stall-holder knows the demand for music and records. American readers could translate these values directly to $ values as a guide.
For example:

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Cat. No.Band or
Artiste
Issue
Date
Typical
Value
Comments
2083Bennie Kreuger's
Orch
19214.00hot solos
2115Green Brothers
Novelty Band
19211.00prominent xylophone
2263Carl Fenton's
Orch
19221.00dull titles
2412Isham Jones
Orch
19234.00great trumpet solo
2436Cottonpickers19236.00two hot sides
2442Margaret Young19234.00very good vocals
2576Bennie Kreuger
Orch
19242.00not hot, comedy vocal duo
2581Mound City
Blue Blowers
19242.00very popular novelty jazz group of the time
2599Gene Rodemich
Orch
19245.00good jazzy titles
2611Al Jolson with
Isham Jones Orch
19244.00good Jolson titles
2788Ray Miller
Orch
19246.00probably Mole and Trumbauer
3094Six Jumping Jacks19263.00hot playing, but novelty/comedy
3373King Oliver and his
Dixie Syncopators
192630.00much sought jazz
3460Fletcher Henderson
Orch
19276.00jazz
3507Wendell Hall19273.00one side very nice vocal
3922Bessie Brown192810.00blues
4373Red Nichols
Five Pennies
19294.00jazz
6038Jungle Band19316.00Ellington jazz
6196Cab Calloway
Orch
19316.00jazz,
Cab vocals
6291Boswell Sisters19322.00popular female group
6852Bing Crosby19341.00common Bing record
7608Fred Astaire19362.00songs from film
Re-issues: 1944
80019Montana Taylor(1929)5.00jazz piano
recordings
80039King oliver/
Dewey Jackson
(1926)5.00classic jazz
80042Albert Wynn's
Creole Jazz Band
(1928)5.00jazz
80062Louis Armstrong's
Red Onion Jazz Babies
(1924)5.00early Louis titles

These records are only examples of what kind of values are put on some of US Brunswick's popular vocal and jazz/dance records. There will be some records by the same artistes worth more or less, depends on the quality of the music and on how many copies of the records were sold.


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