The One-derful! Collection: Subscription
–NOW TAKING PREORDERS–
Also Available for Pre-Orders: The First Installment – One-derful! Records – In stores October 28, 2104
First 500 copies of each of the six One-derful! compilations include a LIMITED EDITION Bonus 45
— The Deluxe Subscription includes both the LP and CD formats of the subscription, and all of the bonus 45s and bonus CD, for $40 less than buying each separately.
Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. We have spent two painstaking years of research and work, including countless hours spent cataloging, transferring, and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, to put together an amazingly extensive reissue collection. In addition, some of the world’s leading experts have contributed liner notes and interviewed virtually every known surviving artist, producer, and otherwise involved party. These compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and never before heard recordings and history.
Central to One-derful! is the Leaner family. By 1962 when brothers George and Ernie Leaner started One-derful! Records, they were revered figures on Chicago’s Record Row and beyond. They distributed material from labels like Motown and Stax and One-derful! attracted top talent. It wasn’t uncommon for a WVON DJ to help One-derful! sign their newest discovery, or for their singers, musicians, songwriters, or producers to have Chess or Motown on their resumes. Nearly 20 years prior, George and Ernie started work at their sister’s Groove Record Shop. Before long, George was an assistant to legendary blues producer Lester Melrose, and later the brothers helped run Parkway Records – recording historic 78s featuring Little Walter and Muddy Waters. They did all of this before launching United Record Distributors in 1950 – regarded as the nation’s first black owned record distributor. In addition, their uncle Al Benson was the most influential Radio DJ on Chicago’s South Side. His on-air support and occasional partnerships with the Chess brothers proved crucial to their early success. He also helped many DJs get their start, including Vivian Carter who later formed Vee-Jay Records. In fact, United Record Distributors hosted her wedding. The Leaner name also turns up in connection with many of the greats in blues and soul: George Leaner produced an early release for Berry Gordy’s Tamla label, and in the 1970s Ernie Leaner and Stax’s Al Bell partnered to form Ernie’s Onestop and a chain of Record World stores. The Leaner family were among the most important black businessmen of music’s golden era, yet much of their history has only been superficially documented until now.