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Collector's Checklists
by Music Librarian Christopher Popa

     Given the unbelievable amount of information which must be gathered, this is a work-in-progress!  Though, as discographers readily admit, it would be a very difficult task to track down every single LP which included music of the big bands, I am satisfied that I at least have documented the major US issues.

     Titles shown, including capitalization and punctuation, mirror the album covers as closely as possible, given space limitations here.

     If I have what is the same label and catalog number but listed seperately, there is some element to merit that, such as a different cover design or wording or color, etc. etc.

     Release dates, where indicated, are generally from Billboard, the Schwann catalog, or from the item itself.  Listings shown in Schwann seem to have been delayed at times, compared to the "official" record company release dates.

     Several record labels have their own peculiarities.
     Most Reader's Digest titles will appear to be out of chronological order, due to their confusing numbering system which re-used basic numbers but with different letter combinations.
     In some cases, such as Columbia's albums of the '70s and '80s, some prefixes have been ignored so that titles will show in numerical order.
     Similarly, in the cases of Columbia House or Columbia Musical Treasuries albums, those are listed in numerical order even though frequently using different prefixes with the numbers.
     Technically, the titles listed as Wing are actually Mercury Wing, but to differentiate them better (and to save a few spaces on each line), I have separated them.

     Even though it was most conspicuously used by RCA, I have added an "e" designation after certain catalog numbers (RCA or not), to indicate albums which are "electronically reprocessed to simulate stereo."

     Anthologies are not yet fully reflected in any individual bandleader's listing.

Van Alexander

Ray Anthony

Louis Armstrong

Desi Arnaz

Gus Arnheim

Georgie Auld

Mitchell Ayres

Charlie Barnet

Blue Barron

Count Basie

Louie Bellson

Tex Beneke

Bunny Berigan

Ben Bernie

Will Bradley

Randy Brooks

Les Brown

Sonny Burke

Henry Busse

Billy Butterfield

Bobby Byrne

Cab Calloway

Frankie Carle

Benny Carter   NEW! OCTOBER 2017

Lee Castle

Carmen Cavallaro   NEW! MAY 2017

Bob Chester

Larry Clinton

Al Cooper (Savoy Sultans)

Del Courtney

Warren Covington

Bob Crosby

Xavier Cugat   NEW! MAY 2017

Al Donahue

Sam Donahue

Dorsey Brothers

Jimmy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey

Eddy Duchin

Sonny Dunham

Billy Eckstine

Roy Eldridge   NEW! SEPTEMBER 2017

Les and Larry Elgart

Duke Ellington

Ziggy Elman

Skinnay Ennis

Maynard Ferguson   NEW! OCTOBER 2017

Shep Fields

Jack Fina

Ted Fio Rito

Ralph Flanagan

Chuck Foster

Jan Garber

Dizzy Gillespie

Benny Goodman

Gray Gordon

Glen Gray (Casa Loma Orchestra)

Jerry Gray

Jimmie Grier

Bobby Hackett

George Hall [ including Dolly Dawn ]

Mal Hallett

Lionel Hampton   NEW! NOVEMBER 2017

Phil Harris

Coleman Hawkins

Erskine Hawkins

Edgar Hayes

Ted Heath   NEW! SEPTEMBER 2017

Neal Hefti

Horace Heidt

Fletcher Henderson [ including Horace Henderson ]

Woody Herman

Tiny Hill

Richard Himber

Earl Hines   NEW! SEPTEMBER 2017

Claude Hopkins

Eddy Howard

Dean Hudson


Ina Ray Hutton

Illinois Jacquet   NEW! SEPTEMBER 2017

Harry James

Jack Jenney

Henry Jerome

Buddy Johnson

Isham Jones

Spike Jones

Louis Jordan

Jimmy Joy

Dick Jurgens

Art Kassel

Sammy Kaye

Hal Kemp

Stan Kenton

Wayne King

John Kirby

Andy Kirk

Gene Krupa   NEW! AUGUST 2017

Kay Kyser

Lester Lanin

Elliot Lawrence

Syd Lawrence

Ted Lewis   NEW! MAY 2017

Enoch Light   NEW! SEPTEMBER 2017

Little Jack Little

Guy Lombardo   NEW! SEPTEMBER 2017

Johnny Long

Vincent Lopez

Jimmie Lunceford

Abe Lyman

Richard Maltby

Ralph Marterie

Freddy Martin

Chico Marx

Frankie Masters

Billy May

Clyde McCoy

Hal McIntyre

Ray McKinley

Jay McShann   NEW! JUN 2017

Glenn Miller

Lucky Millinder (including The Mills Blue Rhythm Band)

Vaughn Monroe

Art Mooney

Russ Morgan   NEW! MAY 2017

Buddy Morrow

Ozzie Nelson

Red Nichols   NEW! SEPTEMBER 2017

Ray Noble

Red Norvo   NEW! JUN 2017

Sy Oliver

Will Osborne

Tony Pastor

Ben Pollack

Teddy Powell

Louis Prima

Boyd Raeburn

Don Redman

Alvino Rey

Tommy Reynolds

Buddy Rich   NEW! MAY 2017

Luis Russell


Jan Savitt

Raymond Scott

Artie Shaw

Bobby Sherwood

Freddie Slack

Muggsy Spanier

Phil Spitalny

Charlie Spivak

Dick Stabile

Bob Strong

Jack Teagarden   NEW! MAY 2017

Claude Thornhill


Orrin Tucker

Tommy Tucker

Rudy Vallee

Various Artists

Charlie Ventura   NEW! MAY 2017

Joe Venuti   NEW! MAY 2017

Jerry Wald

Fats Waller   NEW! MAY 2017

Chick Webb

Ted Weems

Lawrence Welk

Paul Weston

Paul Whiteman

Cootie Williams

Griff Williams

Teddy Wilson

Si Zentner

Bob Zurke

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