Researching further - I believe the Finer Arts orange label - and perhaps even the grey "DJ" copy I have posted here - are examples of the very earliest Finer Arts labels - which appears to be mid 1961 - The fancier logo obviously followed later but probably not in 1961
45 Cat's mission to post every 45 will be a challenge indeed - Be interesting to see where the total stands in about 5 more years - Going to bust my hump as long as I can to do my part - Years are fleeing for us old timers - The truth is the Finer Arts 1000 series probably are not until mid 60's or close to mid 60's (in spite of White Doo Wop and other sites) but fun to stir things up - That site is so absolutely loaded with Posts it is beyond comprehension.
Wow! An excellent site indeed. I just love how for every record that reached the national top 100 there were thousands of regional records that were not heard beyond their own states or cities, and then within that structure you have thousands more records that were only really circulated at a local level. Which makes me wonder, once again, just what percentage of all records released were ever actually mentioned in Cashbox and Billboard. Meanwhile I'll enjoy myself reading about this very specific East Side Los Angeles scene.
Came across this additional information on "You Found That Eastside Sound regarding the Doug (Salma) and Freddy (Ruiz) - and their 1961 recording with the Pyramids on Finer Arts - This places FA 1000 series - as thought - in the early 1960's - 2000 series no doubt was mid 1960's.
The internet is a wonderful place and all the connections are doing my head in. Just checked the 6201 Santa Monica address and it turns out to be the home of Alco Research & Engineering, mentioned on numerous occasions by W.B.lbl. I strayed into several old newspaper accounts of a disastrous fire in the building in 1950, resulting in the death of the local fire chief, but also destroying 250,000 finished 78s, including apparently Specialty and Discovery labels.
I would hazard a guess that the orange label was the original with the 6201 Santa Monica, L.A. address (lotsa music-related businesses seem to have worked out of there over the years). Grey labels with Denver address are possibly second pressings from a year or so later?? Pic of Doug & Freddy (a Los Angeles group) at the whitedoowopcollector site but I've misplaced the URL
Another Finer Arts effort produced by Gary Paxton of Skip and Flip fame (he was Flip). Gary produced several sides for Finer Arts label owner Morey Bernstein - more on the Pop side of the label - This one was released from Hollywood where Gary resided - And this release does not even carry the Denver "Glencoe" address.