RECORD LABELS - FORTUNE RECORDS

Fortune Records

Fortune Records (1946-1970)

Rhythm & Blues - Rockabilly - Country - Gospel

Nathaniel Mayer


Nolan Strong & The Diablos

Chuck Berry


The Five Dollars

The Royal Jokers

Fortune Records was formed by composer-lyricist Devora Brown and her husband Jack in 1946 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, Big 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.

Selected tracks from the Fortune Records R&B/Soul/Doo-Wop Catalog:

  • MP3 Adios, My Desert Love - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1954

  • MP3 Adios, My Desert Love (Instrumental) - The Magnatones 1963

  • MP3 A Teardrop From Heaven - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1956

  • MP3 Baby Be Mine - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1954

  • MP3 Baby Child - Joe Weaver & The Don Juans 1956

  • MP3 Baby I Love You So - Joe Weaver & The Don Juans 1955

  • MP3 Baby Only You - Arlando King & The Earthquakes 1961

  • MP3 Bad Luck Done Tell On Me - The Lapels 1964

  • MP3 Bashful Guy - The Earthquakes 1959

  • MP3 Beatle Walk - Dave Hamilton & His Peppers 1964

  • MP3 Beside You - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1962 (Master Only)

  • MP3 Big Feet - The Starlighters 1960

  • MP3 Blue Stroll - Jim Myers & His Gems 1960

  • MP3 Calypso Beat - Little Eddie & The Don Juans 1957

  • MP3 Can't We Talk This Over - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1957

  • MP3 Cheese Cake - The Nite Sounds 1962

  • MP3 Come Home With Me - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1954

  • MP3 Come On And Let Me Love You - The Destinations 1964

  • MP3 Come On Baby - Andre Williams 1957

  • MP3 Cool As A Cucumber - Chet Oliver 1956

  • MP3 Crazy Bop - The Earthquakes 1960

  • MP3 Darling Be Mine - The Earthquakes 1959

  • 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 Elvis Is Rockin' Again - The Hunt Sisters 1960

  • MP3 Everything They Said Came True - Nolan Strong 1963

  • MP3 Flamingo Rock - Ellis Kirk & The Town & Country Boys 1960

  • MP3 Fling - The Phaetons 1959

  • MP3 For All Time Sake - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1958

  • MP3 From Now On - Nathanel Mayer 1964

  • MP3 Go Go Inn - The Montclairs 1964

  • MP3 Golden Angel - The Montclairs 1957

  • 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 Grandpa's Gully Rock - Floyd Smith & The Montclairs 1960

  • MP3 Ground Round - Kenny Burrell & The Bu Bu Turner Group 1955 (JAZZ)

  • MP3 Harem Girl (Instrumental) - Butch Vaden & The Nite Sounds 1963

  • MP3 Hey Country Girl - Andre Williams 1958

  • MP3 Hey Lover - Gene & The Jeanettes 1964

  • MP3 Hold Me Until Eternity - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1955

  • MP3 Honey Won't You Love Me - Jimmy Gartin & His Bad Cats 1959

  • MP3 Hurting Love - Nathaniel Mayer 1962

  • MP3 I Don't Wanna Cry - Richard Smith 1964

  • MP3 I Found Out - The Disciples 1965

  • MP3 I Had A Dream - Nathaniel Mayer 1963

  • MP3 I'll Forever Love You - The Swans 1955

  • MP3 I'm Laughting At You - The Gardenias 1957

  • MP3 I'm Not Gonna Take It Any More - The Hunt Sisters 1961

  • 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 I Won't Be Your Fool - Melvin Davis & The Nite Sounds 1963

  • 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 It's Nice - Marsha Renay & The Don Juans 1960

  • MP3 Jail Bait - Andre Williams 1957

  • MP3 J & D Hop - Jim Myers & His Gems 1960

  • MP3 Jump, Shake & Move - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1955

  • MP3 Just For Tonight - The Del-Rios 1963

  • MP3 Last Night I Cried - Gino Parks & The High Fidelities 1957

  • MP3 Leave Me Alone - Nathaniel Mayer 1962

  • MP3 Listen To The Rain - The Delteens 1961

  • MP3 Little Senorita - The Swans 1954

  • MP3 Long Tall Lou From Louisville - Pete De Bree & The Wanderers 1957

  • MP3 Long Walk - The Catalinas 1959

  • MP3 Looka Here Pretty Baby - Joe Weaver & The Don Juans 1956

  • MP3 Look What You've Done - Arlando King & The Earthquakes 1962

  • MP3 Mean Jean - Andre Williams 1957

  • MP3 Mind Over Matter - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1962

  • MP3 Mister Cool Breeze - The Swans 1955

  • MP3 Mr. Santa Claus Bring Me Back My Baby - Nathaniel Mayer 1962

  • MP3 My Baby O - The Five Dollars 1960

  • MP3 My Head Goes Acting Up - The Four Kings 1953

  • 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 Oh! Baby - Dave Kirk & The Candy Men 1962

  • MP3 Oh! Baby Baby - Jimmy Myers & His Gems 1960

  • MP3 Oh Joe Joe - The Centurys 1959

  • MP3 Old MacDonald - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1960

  • MP3 Ooh Ooh Those Eyes - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1961

  • MP3 Place I Know - Nathaniel Mayer 1964

  • MP3 Polecat Hollow - Jimmie Click 1964

  • MP3 Poppin' Off - Tony Lee & His Quintet 1959

  • MP3 Pretty Baby Rock - Jim Myers & His Gems 1960

  • MP3 Put A Chain On It - Andre Williams 1959

  • MP3 Ride In My 225 - Spyder Turner 1964

  • MP3 Rock and Roll Granpap - Don Rader 1958

  • MP3 Rockin' The Blues - Don Rader & His Five Stars 1959

  • MP3 Rose of Tangiers - The Four Kings 1955

  • MP3 Route 16 - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1955

  • MP3 Since You’re Gone - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1960

  • MP3 Spring - The Royal Jokers 1957

  • MP3 Street of Loneliness - The Hi-Fidelities 1957

  • MP3 Suicide - Tony Lee & His Quintet 1959

  • MP3 Sweet Little Angel - The Royal Jokers 1958

  • MP3 Sweetie Pie - Ellis Kirk & The Town and Country 1960

  • MP3 Take My Hand - The Centurys 1959

  • MP3 The Mambo Of Love - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1957

  • MP3 The Trap Of Love - The Premiers 1957

  • MP3 The Wind - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1954

  • MP3 This Is A Miracle - Floyd Smith & The Montclairs 1961

  • MP3 Too Small To Dance - Little Ernest Tucker 1958

  • MP3 Tootsie Roll - Joe Weaver 1956

  • MP3 Tough Cat - The Ferros 1958

  • MP3 Try Me One More Time - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1956

  • MP3 Valley Of Tears - The Destinations 1964

  • MP3 Village Of Love - Nathaniel Mayer 1962

  • MP3 Way You Dog Me Around - Nolan Strong & The Diablos 1955

  • MP3 Wedding Bells, Oh Wedding Bells - Paul Lewis & The Swans 1954

  • MP3 Well I Got News For You - Nathaniel Mayer 1962

  • MP3 When You Are In Love - The Premiers 1957

  • MP3 Work It Out - Nathaniel Mayer 1962

  • MP3 You're The Only Girl, Dolores - Nolan Strong & The Diablos1956

Andre Williams

Nathaniel Mayer

Nolan Strong & The Diablos






Jim Myers & his sGems

Dave Hamilton