Fortune Records (1947-1970)

Rhythm & Blues - Rockabilly - Country - Gospel

Fortune “Vintage” Blues (1948-1965)

Fortune Records

"Original" '40s/'50s/'60s R&B/Soul/Rock/Blues
Nathaniel Mayer

John Lee Hooker
Nolan Strong & The Diablos

Chuck Berry
Dr. Ross
Bobo Jenkins

Fortune Records was formed by composer-lyricist Devora Brown and her husband Jack in 1947 in Detroit. Jack and Devora decided to establish their own record company with the main purpose to record Devora's songs.

In the beginning, they operated out of their home, then they rented a place on Linwood Avenue in Detroit. Their first record was "Jane" by Russ Titus. It was a hit in Detroit. The elusive national hit record was "Jealous Love" by The Davis Sisters in 1952. Two years later "Adios My Desert Love" and "The Wind" by Nolan Strong & The Diablos was a triump in Black vocal group harmony.

Fortune released records by Rhythm & Blues artists Blues Legend John Lee Hooker, Nolan Strong & The Diablos, Andre Williams, Nathaniel Mayer and many others. In addition, the label featured product by Rockabilly, Country and Gospel artists. Fortune's Biggest National Hit was "Village Of Love" by Nathaniel Mayer. Released in May, 1962, the record reached #22 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

The Fortune Records Catalog consists of 800 recordings from 1948 to 1970 on the Fortune, Hi-Q, Strate-8 and Blue Star labels. Artists such as Maceo Merriweather, Dr. Ross, Eddie Kirkland, Big Blues Carson, Black Jack Reynolds, Spyder Turner, Joe Weaver, Kenny Burrell, Slim Williams, Johnny Powers and his Rockers called Fortune their home.

The "Original" recordings are now available for Film, TV and Advertising projects.

Tracks from the Fortune Records Catalog Music Sampler.

Andre Williams

Nathaniel Mayer

Nolan Strong & The Diablos

Maceo Merriweather

Eddie Kirkland
Spyder Turner


Adios, My Desert Love Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1954 mp3
A Teardrop From Heaven Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1956 mp3
Baby Be Mine Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1954 mp3
Beside You Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1962 mp3
Buggin' Baby George Young 1957 mp3
Can We Talk This Over Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1957 mp3
Come On Baby Andre Williams 1957 mp3
Don't Come Back Nathaniel Mayer 1964 mp3
Don’t Touch Andre Williams 1957 mp3
Do You Remember What You Did Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1955 mp3
Everything They Said Came True Nolan Strong 1963 mp3
For All Time Sake Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1958 mp3
Gonna Get Me A Satellite Little Ernest Tucker 1958 mp3
Going Back To The Village of Love Nathaniel Mayer 1963 mp3
Going Down To Tia Juana Andre Williams 1955 mp3
Hey Country Girl Andre Williams 1958 mp3
Hold Me Until Eternity Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1955 mp3
Hurting Love Nathaniel Mayer 1962 mp3
I Had A Dream Nathaniel Mayer 1963 mp3
I Really Love You Nolan Strong 1963 mp3
I Wanna Know Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1954 mp3
I Want A Woman Nathaniel Mayer 1962 mp3
I Want Love And Affection Nathaniel Mayer 1964 mp3
If I Could Be With You Tonight Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1957 mp3
I‘m Not Gonna Cry Nathaniel Mayer 1963 mp3
I'm On My Merry Way Joe Weaver 1955 mp3
Jail Bait Andre Williams 1957 mp3
Leave Me Alone Nathaniel Mayer 1962 mp3
Mean Jean Andre Williams 1957 mp3
Mind Over Matter Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1962 mp3
Mr. Santa Claus Nathaniel Mayer 1962 mp3
My Heart Will Always Belong To You Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1958 mp3
My Last Dance With You Nathaniel Mayer 1962 mp3
My Tears Andre Williams 1957 mp3
Ooh Ooh Those Eyes Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1963 mp3
Place I Know Nathaniel Mayer 1964 mp3
Put A Chain On It Andre Williams 1959 mp3
Route 16 Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1955 mp3
Shaking Shelley George Young 1957 mp3
Since You’re Gone Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1960 mp3
The Mambo Of Love Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1957 mp3
The Wind Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1954 mp3
Too Small To Dance Little Ernest Tucker 1958 mp3
Try Me One More Time Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1956 mp3
Village Of Love Nathaniel Mayer 1962 mp3
Way You Dog Me Around Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1955 mp3
Well I Got News For You Nathaniel Mayer 1962 mp3
Work It Out Nathaniel Mayer 1962 mp3
You're The Only Girl, Dolores Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1956 mp3



Fortune “Vintage” Blues (1948-1965)

609 Boogie John Lee Hooker 1959 mp3
Baby Don’t You Want To Go Bobo Jenkins 1957 mp3
Big Fine Woman John Lee Hooker 1960 mp3
Cat Squirrel Dr. Ross 1961 mp3
Crazy About That Walk John Lee Hooker 1961 mp3
Cry Baby John Lee Hooker 1960 mp3
Dog Me Blues Henry Smith 1954 mp3
Going Back To Chicago Chet Oliver 1956 mp3
Have You Heard About It Maceo Merriweather 1950 mp3
I Had A Little Dog Black Jack Reynolds 1964 mp3
I Must Have Done Something Wrong Eddie Kirkland 1959 mp3
I Need You Baby Eddie Kirkland 1959 mp3
Juke Bug John Lee Hooker 1952 mp3
Love You Baby John Lee Hooker 1960 mp3
Loving You Baby Earl Chatman 1958 mp3
Miss Jessie James James Walton 1963 mp3
Miss Sadie Mae (Curl My Baby’s Hair) John Lee Hooker 1948 mp3
Night You Left Big Blues Carson 1963 mp3
Poker Playing Baby Harry Willis 1954 mp3
Sunny Land (The) Dr. Ross 1961 mp3
Take Two Steps Back Earl Chatman 1958 mp3
Ten Below Zero Bobo Jenkins 1957 mp3
We’re All God’s Chillun John Lee Hooker 1962 mp3
Why Did You Leave Me Big Blues Carson 1963 mp3
You Won’t Treat Me Right Black Jack Reynolds 1964 mp3