Thursday, August 2, 2012

Orbit With Me

October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite. That's was the start of a craze. At such extent that Irwin Zucker jokingly devised a parody of Top Ten :

Billboard (December 16, 1957)
Hollywood – Now that we’re concerned with satellites, sputniks and the like, disk promotion man Irwin Zucker figures ther’s gotta be an « Outer Space Top Ten» To help the Martian d.j. programming, Zucker compiled the following list :

1 The Last Time I Saucer Paris
2 Ol’ Rocket Chair’s Got Me
3 It’s Moon In January
4 Don’t Satellite Under The Apple Tree
5 How Comet You Do Me Like You Do, Do, Do ?
6 Martian Thru Georgia
7 You’re Getting To Be An Orbit With Me
8 Oh, How I Missile You Tonight
9 I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Space
10 My Sphere Lady
There was an explosion of new space-themed label names, among them, Orbit.

I've collected here pictures of the different Orbit labels that I can find. Only one picture for each label.

Detroit, Michigan

Eugene, Oregon
The Orbit Sound "Heard 'Round The World"

Detroit, Michigan

Williamson, West Virginia

Glendale, California
Pre-Sputnik (early fifties)

Hollywood, California
"The Sound That Out Of This World". Pop label launched by Richard Vaughn's High Fidelity Recordings in 1958.

M-G-M Records subsidiary

Name changed to Cub when, according to Billboard (April 7, 1958) it was learned by MGM that there were four other labels on the market employing the Orbit name.

Hollywood, California

unknown address


DeKalb, Texas

Nashville, Tenn.

unknown location

Nashville, Tenn., eighties

New-York City, 1964

Houston, Texas

Starday Custom Series

Frederick, Maryland

Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1962

unknown location

Macon, Georgia

Hunstville, Alabama

St. Joseph, Missouri - 1961

Syracuse, New York, seventies

241 W. 82nd St., Los Angeles, Calif.

Detroit, Michigan - 1976

282 11th Avenue, Newark, New Jersey

Rochester, New York, 1958

Centerport, New York - 1978

And finally :

Almost Orbit. A Bobby Towers production.



  1. Nice selection thanks for sharing

  2. Sean Downey, singer of "You Let Go" on the MGM-iteration of Orbit Records (shown above), tried to follow in the footsteps of his father, one of the most legendary Irish tenors of the 1920s and 1930s.

    Sean later made a bigger name for himself on television when he coopted his dad's name and began billing himself as Morton Downey, Jr.