I’m a music historian and record collector based in the UK and a periodic visitor to the Bay Area and always on the lookout to discover 45’s and related that I have never come across before.

I have been a fan and a collector of music from the Bay Area especially soul and related after being a regular visitor to the famous Wigan Casino Northern Soul venue in the late 1970’s and venues thereafter and with this discovering so many great 45’s from the area.

This is my new website and all additions and updates will now be added to this website going forward. My original website www.stanleyandbianca.com remains on-line and is dedicated to the recording history of (Little) Stanley Lippitt and Lady Bianca (Thornton).




If you have any information, did you produce, work in the studio or record anything from the 1950's onwards or work for the local radio station or in a local record store, have copies of original music posters or photos or just have memories of the times especially the 50's to the 80’s, I would be keen to make contact with you. Please do let me know by contacting me through the Contact Form

Also if you are aware of any corrections or updates please do contact me through the Contact Form and would value this information as will assist in the development of this database and the information for others as a research tool.

Mark Oliver




My thanks go out to the many collectors and vinyl enthusiasts from around the Globe who have over the years helped in developing this extensive database of Bay Area discographies provided on the site.



Andy Gallagher,

Christian Peintner,

Ray Astbury,

Jeff Beckman,

Justin Torres,

Adey Pierce,

Stanley Lippitt,

Bianca Thornton,

Warren Foster (Fos-Glo Records),

Dick Vance Jnr (Vance Records),

Fred Cohn (Action, Vir-Cap, D & C Records),

Robert Troutt (Chain Reaction, El Domingoes, Mystics and the Inticers),

Charles Shortridge & William Wigfall (Lyrics)

Dick Lee (DeFenders & Brymers),

Steve Ehrat (Soultons),

Hank Jones,


Deric Mahaney,

Arno Konings (www.slystonebook.com),

John Idem,

Doree & Darla Miles (Canary Records)

Ruben Villasenor,

Randy Thagard,

Joe Frizzi,

and all myspace friends: www.myspace.com/bayarea45



All Music Guide To The Blues (Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stehen Thomas Erlewine) Backbeat Books.

American Premium Record Guide (Les Docks) Krause Publications.

American Record Label Directory And Dating Guide 1940-1959 (Galen Gart) Big Nickel Publications.

Blues Discography - 1943 to 1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath) Eyeball Productions Inc.

Blues Discography - 1971 to 2000 (Robert Ford & Bob McGrath) Eyeball Productions Inc.

Collecting Rare Records (Lou Silvani) Times Square Records.

Discography of Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'N Roll Vocal Groups - 1945 to 1965 (Robert D. Ferlingere).

Essential Northern Soul Price Guide (Tim Brown & Martin Koppel) Goldmine (Soul Supply) Limited.

Goldmine Standard Catalogue of Rhythm & Blues Records (Tim Neely) Krause Publications.

Gospel Discography - 1943 to 1970 (Cedric J. Hayes & Robert Laughton) Eyeball Productions Inc.

Group Collector's Record Label Guide (Jeff A. Kreiter).

Group Collector's Record Price Guide (Jeff A. Krieter).

Manship's USA Rare Soul Price Guide (John Manship) John Manship Records.

R & B Indies (Bob McGrath) Eyeball Productions Inc.

Rockin' Records (Jerry Osborne) Osborne Enterprises Publishing.

Single Artist Groups and R&B Duets (Michael J. Sweeney).

Soul Discography (Bob McGrath) Eyeball Productions Inc.

Soul Harmony Singles 1960-1990 (Jeff Beckman, Jim Hunt, Tom Kline) Three-on-Three Publishing.

The Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press.

The A-Z Of Record Labels (Brian Southall) Sanctuary Publishing Limited.

They Could Have Been Bigger Than EMI (Joachim Gaertner) Pure Pop For Now People.

If These Halls Could Talk - A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios (Heather Johnson) Thomson Course Technology PTR.

DB Sound Engineering Magazine. Sagamore Publishing Company Inc.

Colin Dilnot - Writer & Music Consultant UK