JAZZ Vinyl Labels – MERCURY


Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. They were a major force in jazz and blues, classical music, rock and roll, and country music recordings.
Early in their history, Mercury opened two pressing plants, one in Chicago and the other in St. Louis, Missouri.

The company released an enormous number of recordings under the Mercury label as well as its subsidiaries (Blue Rock Records, Cumberland Records, Emarcy Records, Fontana, Limelight Records, Philips Records, Smash Records and Wing Records). In addition, they leased and purchased material by independent labels and redistributed them.
Under their own label, Mercury released all kinds of recordings from classical music to psychedelic rock. However, its subsidiaries focused on their own specialized categories of music.

In 1961 the Dutch company, Philips, signed an exchange agreement with Mercury, and Philips subsequently bought Mercury and its subsidiary labels to expand its US base. In 1962 Philips merged its record operations with Deutsche Grammophon to become PolyGram in the early 1970s.

Under PolyGram, Mercury absorbed Casablanca Records, in 1982 and primarily became a rock/pop label with KISS, The Scorpions, Tears For Fears and Def Leppard. In the late 1990’s PolyGram merged with Universal Music, under the reorganization, Mercury became split into an imprint of the “new” Island Def Jam Music Group (combining Island and Def Jam) for pop releases and a stand-alone country label, Mercury Nashville Records. The “pop” division of Mercury under Island Def Jam and its artists were later absorbed completely into Island Def Jam Records, with the logo being used for reissued material only.


Jazz mercury mono 1

Jazz mercury mono 2

Jazz mercury stereo 1 pg
Mercury Mono – 1st pressing
Mercury Mono – 2nd pressing
Mercury Stereo – 1st pressing

Jazz mercury vendor black

Jazz mercury stereo 1 blue

Mercury Stereo Vendor Label
Mercury Stereo – 1st label, blue colour

Jazz emarcy mono

Jazz emarcy mono 2

Jazz mercury swing
Emarcy Jazz mono Label (another Mercury Jazz Brand Name)
Emarcy Jazz (mono Label) – 2nd label
Mercury Swing Long Playing High Fidelity mono Label

Jazz mercury stereo 2

Jazz mercury vendor red

Jazz mercury vendor orange
Mercury Label, red background and wordings “MERCURY” in white
as left-hand side label, but this is “Vendor Label”, at bottom right with the wordings VENDOR: MERCURY RECORD CORPORATION
Mercury Vendor – 2nd Label, Orange background, “MERCURY” in black, VENDOR: MERCURY RECORD CORPORATION in black at the bottom

Jazz mercury vendor green

Jazz mercury 3

Mercury Vendor Label, at the position of 10 o’clock with wordings as “For Broadcasting Only Not For Sale” and “VENDOR: MERCURY RECORD CORPORATION” at the bottom
Mercury Late Reissue Label