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Saturday, 22 March 2014

BALKAN 8000 "Custom" series

The Chicago based BALKAN label dates from the early Fifties; In March 1952 it was reported that the company was to be found at 1425 W. 18th Street, in Chicago. Two years later the concern had moved to  Berwyn, an outer Chicago suburb. The 8000 series was the vehicle for Hillbilly material, although why it was initially designated as a Custom Series is not quite clear. Few of the releases on the label made it to the pages of BILLBOARD or similar trade publications, although the company did take out the occasional advert in the trade press. One such advert in BILLBOARD, the 19th June 1954 issue, announced the release of the labels First Hillbilly Record, Denver Duke's "When We meet Up Yonder" (BALKAN 8000)

(A) I'll Never Be Happy Again
(Dell Gonzales)
(B) We Couldn't Just Say Goodbye

Label scans of BALKAN 8002 courtesy of 
Ronald Keppner

Label scans of BALKAN 8003 courtesy of 
Ronald Keppner


  1. Balkan 8001 = Jimmy Bovdik & His Melody Mates Vocal Chickie Andrea "I'll Never Be Happy Again / We Just Say Goodbye

    on ebay at moment

  2. Daddy’s Yodel Song is very interesting. I wonder if that's some kind of flute or just a jug? A very unique sound, almost native american in quality.

    Thanks for sharing this label.