Populaire Platen Kring 7″ 33RPM Series

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. 

P1490429

HPK 700 The Miller Sextet – Zang, Dans En Amusement

P1490431

HPK 701 Marcel Thielemans & Zijn Orkest – Chez Marcel

P1490430

HPK 702 The Miller Sextet – same

HPK 703 ?

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 704

HPK 704 V/A – Trumpet Cocktail / Twist

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 705

HPK 705 Trio Jo Budie (met ritmische begeleiding) – Accordeon Medley’s

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 706

HPK 706 V/A – Paris Vous Chante

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 707

HPK 707 V/A – Cocktail

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 708

HPK 708 Nestor Campos & His Brazilian Rhythms – Let’s Dance At Copacabana

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 709

HPK 709 V/A – Festival 1962

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 710

HPK 710 V/A – San Remo Hits

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 711

HPK 711 V/A – Schlager Cocktail

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 712

HPK 712 V/A – ‘t Draaiorgel

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 713

HPK 713 V/A – Als De Dag Van Gisteren

HPK 714 ?

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 715

HPK 715 The Peters Sisters – same

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 716

HPK 716 Benny Goodman – Swing International

HPK 717 ?

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 718

HPK 718 V/A – Mixed Pickles

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 719

HPK 719 V/A – Hits 1963

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 720

HPK 720 The Time Beats – Dance Time

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 721

HPK 721 V/A – Dansen In De Lente

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 722

HPK 722 Erroll Garner Trio – same

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 723

HPK 723 Sidney Bechet / Mezz Mezzrow – Really The Blues

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 724

HPK 724 V/A – Melodieën Mozaiek

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 725

HPK 725 V/A – Schlager Palet

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 726

HPK 726 The Platters – Sing

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 727

HPK 727 The Time Beats – Pop Parade

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 728

HPK 728 V/A – The Highlights / The Timebeats – Magical Moments

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 729

HPK 729 The Time Beats – Hit Parade

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 730

HPK 730 Rosita Serrano / Carlos Otero – Castagnetten En Gitaren

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 731

HPK 731 Luc Hoffmann & His Ensemble – Dance Rhythm

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 732

HPK 732 Ru Van Veen & His Rhythm – Ru Rhythm

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 733

HPK 733 The Pelletier Rhythm Boys – Beat Time!

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 734

HPK 734 The Delta Rhythm Boys – same

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 735

HPK 735 The Pop Parades – Pop Time

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 736

HPK 736 V/A – Boogie Twist

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 737

HPK 737 Chris Allen & His Music – Pick Of The Pops

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 738

HPK 738 Orchestra The Tramps – Ace Of The Tramps

HPK 739 ?

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 740

HPK 740 V/A – Dream Beat

HPK 741 V/A: Dance, Oh Pretty Woman!

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HPK 742 Chris Allen – Hullabaloo

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 743

HPK 743 Sarah Vaughan – Hit The Road To Dreamland

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 744

HPK 744 Les Compagnons De La Chanson – same

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 745

HPK 745 John Francis & The Relax – Relax With The Relax 

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 746

HPK 746 Quintet Gaby Dirne – same

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 747

HPK 747 V/A – Spring Hits

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 748

HPK 748 The Hipsters Singers – Hip! Hip! Hipsters

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 749

HPK 749 The 4 Most – same

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 750

HPK 750 The Evergreens – same

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 751

HPK 751 The Sophomores – Swing With The Sophomores

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 752

HPK 752 V/A – Help!! 

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 753

HPK 753 The Evergreens – Zang, Dans En Amusement

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 754

HPK 754 Chris Allen & His Music – same

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 755

HPK 755 V/A – Top Of The Pops

P1250639

HPK 756 Marta Rose – Thunderball

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 757

HPK 757 Chris Allen & His Orchestra – My Love

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 758

HPK 758 V/A – American Folksongs

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 759

HPK 759 Chris Allen & His Music – Parade Of The Pops

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 760

HPK 760 V/A – Daydream

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 761

HPK 761 V/A – Holiday’s Hits

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 762

HPK 762 V/A – Sunny Afternoon

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HPK 763 Chris Allen And His Music, with Dale Adams – More Hits

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 764

HPK 764 V/A – Ski Party

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 765

HPK 765 Norma Green & The Pierre Cavalli Trio – Pop Shop

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 766

HPK 766 Voss, Doc & Mel & Their Orchestra – Beat Hit!

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 767

HPK 767 The Magnificents – Dance With The Magnificents

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 768

HPK 768 The John Vance Sound with Voss & Doc – A Handfull Of Hits

P1250638

HPK 769 John Wallis & His Big Band – Beat! Beat! Beat!

HPK 770 ?

HPK 771 ?

HPK 772 ?

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 773

HPK 773 Geo Voumard & His Trio – Piano Magic

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 774

HPK 774 V/A – Evergreens After Hours

HPK 775

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 776

HPK 776 Eddy Mers & His Orchestra – The Best Of Cole Porter

HPK 777 ?

HPK 778 ?

Populaire Platen Kring HPK 779

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

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