(special thanks to Andrew Brown for his contributions to this page)
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THE HUEY MEAUX LABELS
Eccentric Cajun barber, disc jockey and jive talker Huey P. Meaux had been
in the record business since the late fifties, but his operation really
started picking up around 1964. He purchased his own recording studios in
Pasadena the next year from the profits generated by "She's About a Mover,"
and soon was cranking out 45s as fast as they could be pressed. Unlike most
record men of his day, Meaux was not content just to have one or two labels;
instead, his releases were issued under a dizzying variety of names such as
Pacemaker, Pic 1, Tribe, Ventural, Capri, Shane, Tear Drop, and many more,
though nearly all of his rock output was on one of the aforementioned. Most
of these labels were discontinued in 1967.
Singer Bob Steffek had several impressive singles on his label between early
1967 and 1969, most notably the Lavender Hour, Satori, and the Cellar
Owned by oil man and manager of the Fanatics, Richard Ames, Tantara started
in April, 1966, releasing nine singles and one LP before folding in late
1969. The Moving Sidewalks' singles and LP are the most coveted; the rest of
the label's output, by the Fanatics, Magic Ring, and Gary Smith are mostly
typical pop sounds of the day.