1955– Bill Quinn purchases his first Ampex tape machine. Stereo technology enters the picture.
“Why Baby Why” was recorded entering the Billboard charts October 29, 1955 and staying on the charts for 18 weeks.
Bill Quinn recorded Eddie’s vocals for “How Does It Feel to Be the Winner” and “Too Hot to Handle” for Bob Tanner’s San Antonio-based TNT Records.
Bill Quin recorded Harry Choates under his Gold Star label before his untimely death in 1951.
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Bill Quinn releases his first major hit record “Jole Blon” by Harry Choates; a Cajun swing and dance classic that is still popular today. It reached #4 on the charts, sold thousands of units in 1947 placing Gold Star Records on the map. “Jole Blon” became the first and only (to this day) Cajun record to reach the ‘Billboard’ Top Five.
1946– Bill Quinn starts a new label called Gold Star Records becoming one of the south’s earliest successful independent record labels. It was the first independent record label in Texas devoted to ‘country’, ‘cajun’, and ‘blues’ music.
Original Yellow Pages ad for Quinn Recording Service as it appeared in 1944.
1944– Bill Quinn establishes a record company, Gulf Records in April. His first commercial release was a 78rpm disc featuring an artist by the name of Woody Vernon. The record’s title was “I’m Lonesome But I’m Free”.