Lute Records and its affiliated labels, Trans-World, Marsh and Kammy were owned and presided over by Al Kavelin. One of the earliest releases on Lute Records was its most successful. “Alley Oop” by the Hollywood Argyles topped the Cash Box and Billboard charts in July of 1960. Its initial release sold well in excess of 1 million copies internationally.
Although not enjoying the same level of success as “Alley Oop,” subsequent releases reflected Kavelin’s choice of artists and repertoire, and rendered some great pop music—particularly in the genres of R&B, Doo-Wop and Novelties.
The producers, arrangers and instrumentalists that supported Lute’s various artists were the best of the best. Consider a partial list: Producers – Ron Barrett, Marshall Leib, Sonny Bono; Arrangers – Jack Nitzsche, H.B. Barnum, Don Ralke; Drums – Earl Palmer, Hal Blaine, Sharky Hall, Stix Hooper; Bass – Harper Cosby, Red Callender; Keyboards – Ernie Freeman, Gaynel Hodge; James Carmichael; Guitars – Rene Hall, Arthur G. Wright, Al Vescovo; Tenor Sax – Plas Johnson; Background Singers: The Blossoms.
Although many of these tracks have been reconfigured and marketed “six ways from Sunday” over the last 40 years, the re-launch of Lute Records offers digital re-masters of the original releases under the supervision of Frank Kavelin, Al’s son (pictured above).
In the coming months and years, Lute Records will be releasing new product in the genres of soul, jazz, smooth jazz, gospel and novelties. Expect the same quality, musicianship and passion that Lute Records stands for.