Karen Records


Compiled by LG Nilsson, Seabear Studios, Stockholm, Sweden

First commercial silver & blue label design
Karen 1526A label scan
Second yellow and red label design
Karen 1539A label scan
First white promotional label design
Karen 1533ADJ label scan
Karen was one of four labels owned by Ollie McLaughlin. The other three were Moira, Carla and Ruth. All four labels were named after his daughters except Ruth. Karen was the largest label with a real mess in the numbering system! Most records were distributed by Acto
LABEL NUM S ARTIST TITLE DATE
Karen 0016 A Capitols Dog And Cat 1963
Silver lettering on blue label.
Karen 0016 B Capitols The Kick 1963
Karen M 106 A Belita Woods 1968
Karen M 106 B Belita Woods Grounded 1968
Promo copies released with Karen logo by mistake! Record released commercially as Moira 106.
Karen K 106 A Jimmy 'Soul' Clark Soul 1968
Record sometimes listed as Karen 100 because of matrix number C 100. Silver lettering on blue label. His real name is Eugene Cheatham.
Karen K 106 B Jimmy 'Soul' Clark I Blew A Good Thing 1968
Record sometimes listed as Karen 100. Matrix number C 101.
Karen 113 A Billy Wells Outer Realm Lotsa Papa (Part 1) 1968
Karen 113 B Billy Wells Outer Realm Lotsa Papa (Part 2) 1968
Karen 313 A Barbara Lewis My Heart Do Dat Da 1961
Karen 313 B Barbara Lewis The Longest Night Of The Year 1961
Karen 314 A Classics Elmo 1962
Karen 314 B Classics Twistin' 62 1962
Karen 315 A El Baron Haunting Eyes 1962
Karen 315 B El Baron You Done Me Wrong 1962
Karen 316 A The Classics Noahís Ark 1963
Karen 316 B The Classics The Wheel Of Love 1963
Karen 317 A -No Artist Decided- - No title planned - -
Karen 317 B -No Artist Decided- - No title planned - -
Karen 318 A Antoinetts Ronny Boy 1963
Karen 318 B Antoinetts Double Timing Lover 1963
Karen 319 A Sharon McMahan Love Is Wonderful 1964
Karen 319 B Sharon McMahan Here Comes That Boy I Love 1964
Karen 320 A Grant Higgins The Way I Feel 1964
Also released on Limelight Y-3036-A.
Karen 320 B Grant Higgins Shame Shame 1964
Also released on Limelight Y-3036-B.
Karen 321 A Mat Lucas The M.C. Twine (Motor City) Pt. 1 1965
Karen 321 B Mat Lucas The M.C. Twine (Motor City) Pt. 2 1965
Karen 322 A Rod Jordan Donít Judge Me On The Outside 1965
Rod Jordan is actually Grant Higgins!
Karen 322 B Rod Jordan I Live In A Castle 1965
Karen 524 A Matt Lucas Baby You Better Go-Go 1965
Karen 524 B Matt Lucas My Tune 1965
Karen 1524 A Capitols Cool Jerk 1966
The 1500-series was distributed by Atco Records.
Karen 1524 B Capitols Hello Stranger 1966
Also released by Deon Jackson on Carla 803K 2526-B, Riley Hampton on Carla 101-A, Sharon McMann on Karen 803K 1525-A and Quickest Way Out on Karen 717-B.
Karen 1525 A Capitols I Got To Handle It 1966
Karen 1525 B Capitols Zig-Zagging 1966
Karen 803K 1525 A Sharon McMann Hello Stranger 66 1966
Sharon McMahan misspelled on label, please look below. Also released by Deon Jackson on Carla 803K 2526-B, Riley Hampton on Carla 101-A, Capitols on Karen 1524-B and Quickest Way Out on Karen 717-B.
Karen 803K 1525 B Sharon McMann Got To Find Another Guy 1966
Karen 1526 A Capitols We Got A Thing Thatís In The Groove 1966
Karen 1526 B Capitols Tired Running From You 1966
Karen 1527 A Ad Libs Every Boy And Girl 1966
Karen 1527 B Ad Libs Think Of Me 1966
Karen 1528 A - No Artist Decided - - No title planned - -
Karen 1528 B - No Artist Decided - - No title planned - -
Karen 1529 A - No Artist Decided - - No title planned - -
Karen 1529 B - No Artist Decided - - No title planned - -
Karen 1530 A - No Artist Decided - - No title planned - -
Karen 1530 B - No Artist Decided - - No title planned - -
Karen 1531 A Soul Twins Mr Pitiful 1967
Karen 1531 B Soul Twins Searching For My Baby 1967
Same record also released on Karen 1537 A & B.
Karen 1532 A - No Artist Decided - - No title planned - -
Karen 1532 B - No Artist Decided - - No title planned - -
Karen 1533 A Soul Twins Quick Change Artist 1967
Karen 1533 B Soul Twins Give The Man A Chance 1967
Karen 1534 A Capitols Patty Cake 1967
Karen 1534 B Capitols Take A Chance On Me Baby 1967
Karen 1535 A Soul Twins Just One Look 1967
Karen 1535 B Soul Twins Itís Not What You Do, Itís The Way That You Do It 1967
Karen 1536 A Capitols Cool Pearl 1967
Karen 1536 B Capitols Donít Say Maybe Baby 1967
Karen 1537 A Capitols Afro Twist 1968
Karen 1537 B Capitols Cool Jerk '68 Instrumental 1968
Two different records issued on same number.
Karen 1537 A Soul Twins Mr. Pitiful 1968
Karen 1537 B Soul Twins Searching For My Baby 1968
Same record also released on Karen 1531 A & B.
Karen 1538 A Jimmy Delphs Donít Sign The Paper Baby (I Want You Back) 1968
Karen 1538 B Jimmy Delphs Almost 1968
Released earlier on Carla 2535-B and later by Betty Lavette on Karen 1540-A.
Karen 1539 A Jimmy (Soul) Clark If I Only Know Then (What I Know Now) 1968
Also released on Moira 101-A.
Karen 1539 B Jimmy (Soul) Clark Do It Right Now (Instrumental) 1968
Also released on Moira 101-B.
Karen 1540 A Betty Lavette Almost 1968
Also released by Jimmy Delphs on Carla 2535-B and Karen 1538-B.
Karen 1540 B Betty Lavette Love Makes The World Go Round (Instrumental) 1968
Vocal version released by Deon Jackson on Carla 803K 2526-A and Carla 2526-A.
Karen 1541 A Jimmy Delphs Mrs. Percy Please Have Mercy 1968
Karen 1541 B Jimmy Delphs Feels Like Summerís Coming On 1968
Karen 1542 A Richard (Popcorn) Wylie Rosemary, What Happened 1968
Karen 1542 B Richard (Popcorn) Wylie Rosemary, What Happened (Instrumental) 1968
Karen 1543 A Capitols Soul Brother, Soul Sister 1968
Karen 1543 B Capitols Ainít That Terrible 1968
Karen 1544 A Betty Lavette What Condition My Condition Is In 1969
Karen 1544 B Betty Lavette Get Away 1969
Karen 1545 A Betty Lavette Hey Love 1969
Karen 1545 B Betty Lavette A Little Help From My Friends 1969
The Lennon-McCartney song "With A Little Help From My Friends". Slightly changed title.
Karen 1546 A Capitols When Youíre In Trouble 1969
Also released on Karen 1549-B.
Karen 1546 B Capitols Soul,Soul 1969
Karen 1547 A Marvin Sims Sweet Thang 1969
Karen 1547 B Marvin Sims Your Love Is So Wonderful 1969
Karen 1548 A Betty Lavette Ticket To The Moon 1969
Karen 1548 B Betty Lavette Let Me Down Easy 1969
Karen 1549 A Capitols I Thought She Loved Me 1969
Karen 1549 B Capitols When Youíre In Trouble 1969
Also released on Karen 1546-A.
Karen 1550 A Jimmy Delphs Am I Losing You 1969
Karen 1550 B Jimmy Delphs Love, I Want You Back 1969
Karen 1551 A Volumes Am I Losing You 1970
Karen 1551 B Volumes Ainít Gonna Give You Up 1970
Karen 714 A Billy Slayback Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry) 1973
Karen 714 B Billy Slayback Move Over Baby (Instrumental) 1973
The 700 series was shared between Karen and Carla. Karen 700 releases were designed with silver lettering on blue label.
Carla 715 A Richard (Popcorn) Wylie Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry) 1973
Carla 715 B Richard (Popcorn) Wylie Move Over Baby (Instrumental) 1973
Karen 716 A Percy And Them Sing A Sad Song 1973
Karen 716 B Percy And Them Sing A Sad Song (Instrumental) 1973
Karen 717 A Quickest Way Out Tick Tock Baby (It's A Quarter To Love) 1974
Karen 717 B Quickest Way Out Hello Stranger 1974
Also released by Deon Jackson on Carla 803K 2526-B, Riley Hampton on Carla 101-A, Sharon McMann on Karen 803K 1525-A and Capitols on Karen 1524-B.
Carla 718 A Compacts Thatís How My World Began 1974
Carla 718 B Compacts Why Canít It Be Me 1974
Second white promotional label design
Karen 1542ADJ label scan
3D logo and red label design, early series
Karen 318A label scan
Different blue and silver label design
Karen K1525A1 label scan