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Rondo Record Corporation
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Information: Producers of sound recordings.
The Rondo Record Corporation label was started in Chicago in the late 1940s, with Julius F. Bard as President and Nick Lany as Executive. By far their biggest claim to fame was the 1948 organ smash hit "You Can't Be True, Dear" by Ken Griffin. This particular record was a staple in the carnival/fair/amusement park "merry-go-round" repertoire, as well as roller skating and ice skating rinks.
Rondo released a variety of music from pop to classical. They started issuing 10" albums in the early 1950s, some or all of which were issued on red vinyl. Before 12-inch albums became popular in 1955, they sold the company to Eli Oberstein,
Eli Oberstein died on June 12, 1960, and his son, Maurice, took over operations at the label. In late 1961, the label was sold to Precision Radiation Instruments (PRI), Incorporated, located in Los Angeles.
This lasted a few years (Rondo was known to be reissuing albums at least as late as 1965), then Rondo was down for the count.
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