Sunshine

1920s

Sunshine was a small California-based record label of the early 1920s, producing 6 double-sided gramophone records of early jazz and blues.

The labels of Sunshine say that they were "Manuf. by Spikes Bros. Phonograph Co. Inc. Los Angeles", but they were all actually manufactured by Nordskog Records, and also issued by Nordskog. Most Sunshine Records simply have the Sunshine label pasted over the Nordskog label.

The Spikes Brothers (John and Reb Spikes) were the owner/operators of a Los Angeles, California music store which catered to the city's African-American community. The Spikes Brothers also published sheet music both by themselves and other songwriters, mostly, they later recalled, to help draw attention to numbers they hoped to sell to national music publishers. The Spikes Brothers arranged with Nordskog to sell copies of records by African-American artists in their store on their own label. It is believed that all copies of the rare Sunshine Records were sold only at the Spikes Brothers Music Store.

All of the Sunshine Records feature Kid Ory's New Orleans jazz band. Two sides are instrumentals by the band; on the rest Ory's group accompanies singers Roberta Dudley and Ruth Lee.

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3001-A
ROBERTA DUDLEY AND ORY'S SUNSHINE ORCHESTRA
KROOKED BLUES
NORDSKOG 3007 B
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6/?/1922
3001-B
ROBERTA DUDLEY AND ORY'S SUNSHINE ORCHESTRA
WHEN YOU'RE ALONE BLUES
NORDSKOG 3007 A
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6/?/1922
3002-A
RUTH LEE AND ORY'S SUNSHINE ORCHESTRA
MAYBE SOME DAY
NORDSKOG 3008 A
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6/?/1922
3002-A
RUTH LEE AND ORY'S SUNSHINE ORCHESTRA
MAYBE SOME DAY
NORDSKOG 3008 A
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6/?/1922
3002-B
RUTH LEE AND ORY'S SUNSHINE ORCHESTRA
THAT SWEET SOMETHING DEAR
NORDSKOG 3008 B
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6/?/1922
3003-A
SPIKES SEVEN PODS OF PEPPER
ORY'S CREOLE TROMBONE
NORDSKOG 3009 A
NORDSKOG 5001-A
6/?/1922
3003-B
SPIKES SEVEN PODS OF PEPPER
SOCIETY BLUES
NORDSKOG 3009 B
NORDSKOG 5001-B
6/?/1922

The Sunshine Record company is revived in 2010 and has changed into Sun Beach Records which is a more rock and rap style genre. Artists include Master MC Mike, David Ensonsto, and Allen's Obsession.