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EmArcy Records

EmArcy Records

The classic
drummer logo label

EMARCY was a subsidiary label of Mercury Records, and started when producer Bobby Shad came to the company in 1954. The name EmArcy is created from a phonetic spelling of MRC (Mercury Record Company).

EmArcy also created a logo which became a classic, the cool "drummer logo". The label was soon established as an important jazz label and Bobby Shad signed musicians like Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley and Sarah Vaughan.

Cover photography by Herman Leonard

Unfortunately EmArcy generally did not give credit for the designers or photographers who created the album covers. But the photographer Herman Leonard was regulary hired and his photos are on many of the covers. It has been confirmed by himself.

In mid 1950s EmArcy issued around 50 LPs in the 10" format. It continued with about 200 LPs in the 12" format in the 1950s and some few in the beginning of the 60s. The label became dormant in 1962, when Mercury was bought by Philips. It was revived in the 1980s.

 Clifford Brown: Sweet Clifford   Label: EmArcy EP-1-6112   7" EP 1955

EmArcy Records

 Sarah Vaughan: Images   Label: EmArcy 26005   10" LP 1954   Design: Fred Steffen

 Ben Webster: The Big Tenor   Label: EmArcy 26006   10" LP 1954

 Holiday in Sax   Label: EmArcy 26026   10" LP 1954   Design: Burt Goldblatt

 Charlie Ventura: f.y.i. Ventura   Label: EmArcy 26029   10" LP 1954
 Design and illustration: Burt Goldblatt

 Clifford Brown and Max Roach   Label: EmArcy 26043   10" LP 1954

 Herb Geller Plays   Label: EmArcy 26045   10" LP 1954

 John Williams   Label: EmArcy 26047   10" LP 1954

 Clifford Brown and Max Roach: Study In Brown   Label: EmArcy 36037   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard

 Clifford Brown: Jam Session   Label: EmArcy 36002   12" LP 1954

 Paul Quinichette: Moods   Label: EmArcy 36003   12" LP 1954

 Sarah Vaughan   Label: EmArcy 36004   12" LP 1954   Photo: Herman Leonard

 Clifford Brown with Strings   Label: EmArcy 36005   12" LP 1954

 Helen Merrill   Label: EmArcy 36006   12" LP 1954

 Clark Terry   Label: EmArcy 36007   12" LP 1954   Photo: Herman Leonard

 Clifford Brown and Max Roach Incorporated   Label: EmArcy 36008   12" LP 1954
 Photo: Herman Leonard

 Bud Freeman All Stars: Midnight at Condon´s   Label: EmArcy 36013   12" LP 1955

 Herb and Lorraine Geller   Label: EmArcy 36024   12" LP 1955

 Paul Quinichette: The Vice-Pres   Label: EmArcy 36027   12" LP 1955
 Enlarged reissue of 10" LP from 1954

 Clifford Brown a.o.: Best Coast Jazz   Label: EmArcy 36039   12" LP 1955

 The Herb Geller Sextette   Label: EmArcy 36040   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard

 Eddie Heywood   Label: EmArcy 36042   12" LP 1955

 Cannonball Adderley   Label: EmArcy 36043   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard

 Maynard Ferguson: Dimensions   Label: EmArcy 36044   12" LP 1955

 Presenting Gerry Mulligan Sextet   Label: EmArcy 36056   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard

 Helen Merrill with Strings   Label: EmArcy 36057   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard

 John Williams Trio   Label: EmArcy 36061   12" LP 1956
 Photo: Herman Leonard 

 Cannonball Adderley and Strings   Label: EmArcy 36063   12" LP 1956
 Photo: Herman Leonard

 Terry Gibbs: Vibes on Velvet   Label: EmArcy 36064   12" LP 1956

 Introducing Jimmy Cleveland   Label: EmArcy 36066   12" LP 1956
 Photo: Herman Leonard

 Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street   Label: EmArcy 36070   12" LP 1956

 Patti Page in the Land of Hi-Fi   Label: EmArcy 36074   12" LP 1956

 Max Roach plus Four   Label: EmArcy 36099   12" LP 1957

 Gerry Mulligan: Mainstream of Jazz   Label: EmArcy 36101   12" LP 1956

 Terry Gibbs: Swinging   Label: EmArcy 36103   12" LP 1956
 Photo: Herman Leonard 

 Helen Merrill: Merrill at Midnight   Label: EmArcy 36107   12" LP 1957

 Max Roach: Jazz in 3/4 Time   Label: EmArcy 36108   12" LP 1957
 Photo: Garrett & Howard

 Cannonball Adderley: Sophisticated Swing   Label: EmArcy 36110   12" LP 1957