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Adelphi Records is an American independent record label founded in 1968 by Gene Rosenthal.

History

The label name was crafted by Rosenthal to suggest a combination of the Greek oracle, nearby Adelphi, Maryland, as well as a tip of the hat to a John Fahey song, "The Downfall of the Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill". Extensive field recordings were begun in 1969, including sessions in Chicago, St. Louis, and the Mississippi delta. In the 1970s the label began issuing blues-rock albums that were important to the development of the genre.  Towards the end of the 1970s the label found that its output was more popular in foreign countries than in the United States. Sales growth was particularly marked in 1980.  Musician signings continued into the 1990s and early 2000s.

Recordings

Musicians on that label are (among others) The Nighthawks, Catfish Hodge and Roy Buchanan, (rock); Lenny Breau, Reuben Brown and Richie Cole (jazz);  Yellowman, Big Youth and Toots & the Maytals (reggae); Rev. Gary Davis, Gene Johnson, and Rev. Robert Wilkins (blues and spirituals); plus Nathan Beauregard, Roy Book Binder, Roy Buchanan, R. L. Burnside, Gus Cannon, David Honeyboy Edwards, Paul Geremia, Mississippi John Hurt, Backwards Sam Firk, Skip James, Furry LewisBill Blue, Little Brother Montgomery,] Charles Tyler  and Bukka White (blues), plus Patrick Sky (folk).

Additional Reading about Adelphi Records

Enjoy Chris Richardson's delightful two-part article on the history of Adelphi Records
Silver Spring’s Blues Home: Adelphi Records
Gene Rosenthal & Adelphi Records: Ahead of the Curve