In the mid-sixties of the previous century collecting music became a main hobby for teenagers and older people who could afford to buy more new stuff every week. Record companies discovered the importance of corporate identity, ongoing series of albums and 7″ singles and even used postorder to sell all these ‘hot’ platters. The American company Bell Records was the main influence on this development. They went to record the hits of the moment in a cheap way using B-artists to cover them. In Europe there were companies like Gala International (named Gala Des Variétés in France), Avenue Recordings and in Holland and Belgium The Populaire Platen Kring. All their 7″ EP’s played on 33RPM and in most cases contained six or eight tracks by one or more artists. For example reading the liner notes on a British release on Avenue Records tells us: ‘In the space of weeks an unknown group shot No.1 in the Hit Parades all over the world with a fantastic song called “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”. Here on our Avenue 41 Record you will hear a faithful reproduction of this chartbusting hit along with great versions of “There Goes My Everything”, “Okay!”, “Carrie Anne”, “Finchley Central” and “What Good Am I?”, all of which are barn-storming their way in the hit parade’.
The ones produced by The Populaire Platen Kring had less sleeve info, so it’s just guessing where they originate from. “Beat, Beat, Beat!” by John Wallis & His Big Band has even 8 tracks, so is in fact a mini-album. “Thunderball” by Martha Rose with Jean Claudric and his Orchestra cashes in on the succes of the movie with the same name and “Hullabaloo”, one of the great ones, has popular tracks by Chris Allen & His Music, a band that was used in more cases. Some well known artists like Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, The Platters and Les Compagnons De la Chanson were licensed by the bigger companies, just to give the label more credibility. Inbetween the companies there was an exchange of photo’s, art and artists. Some sleeves were almost the same in the various countries, but others were more specific.
HPK 700 The Miller Sextet – Zang, Dans En Amusement
HPK 701 Marcel Thielemans & Zijn Orkest – Chez Marcel
HPK 702 The Miller Sextet – same
HPK 703 ?
HPK 704 V/A – Trumpet Cocktail / Twist
HPK 705 Trio Jo Budie (met ritmische begeleiding) – Accordeon Medley’s
HPK 706 V/A – Paris Vous Chante
HPK 707 V/A – Cocktail
HPK 708 Nestor Campos & His Brazilian Rhythms – Let’s Dance At Copacabana
HPK 709 V/A – Festival 1962
HPK 710 V/A – San Remo Hits
HPK 711 V/A – Schlager Cocktail
HPK 712 V/A – ‘t Draaiorgel
HPK 713 V/A – Als De Dag Van Gisteren
HPK 714 ?
HPK 715 The Peters Sisters – same
HPK 716 Benny Goodman – Swing International
HPK 717 ?
HPK 718 V/A – Mixed Pickles
HPK 719 V/A – Hits 1963
HPK 720 The Time Beats – Dance Time
HPK 721 V/A – Dansen In De Lente
HPK 722 Erroll Garner Trio – same
HPK 723 Sidney Bechet / Mezz Mezzrow – Really The Blues
HPK 724 V/A – Melodieën Mozaiek
HPK 725 V/A – Schlager Palet
HPK 726 The Platters – Sing
HPK 727 The Time Beats – Pop Parade
HPK 728 V/A – The Highlights / The Timebeats – Magical Moments
HPK 729 The Time Beats – Hit Parade
HPK 730 Rosita Serrano / Carlos Otero – Castagnetten En Gitaren
HPK 731 Luc Hoffmann & His Ensemble – Dance Rhythm
HPK 732 Ru Van Veen & His Rhythm – Ru Rhythm
HPK 733 The Pelletier Rhythm Boys – Beat Time!
HPK 734 The Delta Rhythm Boys – same
HPK 735 The Pop Parades – Pop Time
HPK 736 V/A – Boogie Twist
HPK 737 Chris Allen & His Music – Pick Of The Pops
HPK 738 Orchestra The Tramps – Ace Of The Tramps
HPK 739 ?
HPK 740 V/A – Dream Beat
HPK 741 V/A: Dance, Oh Pretty Woman!
HPK 742 Chris Allen – Hullabaloo
HPK 743 Sarah Vaughan – Hit The Road To Dreamland
HPK 744 Les Compagnons De La Chanson – same
HPK 745 John Francis & The Relax – Relax With The Relax
HPK 746 Quintet Gaby Dirne – same
HPK 747 V/A – Spring Hits
HPK 748 The Hipsters Singers – Hip! Hip! Hipsters
HPK 749 The 4 Most – same
HPK 750 The Evergreens – same
HPK 751 The Sophomores – Swing With The Sophomores
HPK 752 V/A – Help!!
HPK 753 The Evergreens – Zang, Dans En Amusement
HPK 754 Chris Allen & His Music – same
HPK 755 V/A – Top Of The Pops
HPK 756 Marta Rose – Thunderball
HPK 757 Chris Allen & His Orchestra – My Love
HPK 758 V/A – American Folksongs
HPK 759 Chris Allen & His Music – Parade Of The Pops
HPK 760 V/A – Daydream
HPK 761 V/A – Holiday’s Hits
HPK 762 V/A – Sunny Afternoon
HPK 763 Chris Allen And His Music, with Dale Adams – More Hits
HPK 764 V/A – Ski Party
HPK 765 Norma Green & The Pierre Cavalli Trio – Pop Shop
HPK 766 Voss, Doc & Mel & Their Orchestra – Beat Hit!
HPK 767 The Magnificents – Dance With The Magnificents
HPK 768 The John Vance Sound with Voss & Doc – A Handfull Of Hits
HPK 769 John Wallis & His Big Band – Beat! Beat! Beat!
HPK 770 ?
HPK 771 ?
HPK 772 ?
HPK 773 Geo Voumard & His Trio – Piano Magic
HPK 774 V/A – Evergreens After Hours
HPK 776 Eddy Mers & His Orchestra – The Best Of Cole Porter
HPK 777 ?
HPK 778 ?
HPK 779 The Elite Boys – Soul Party
HPK 780 ?
HPK 781 The Elite Boys – More Soul With The …
HPK 782 The Dukes Of Dixieland – same