O A K RECORDS                   Morden
*************                   Surrey
                                UK

Note : extremly rare label ! Few Oak singles were only made in quantities
       of 99 copies !
       Owner was Ronald Godfrey Jones who also recorded music in own studio .


RGJ  101  DEREK SARJEANT     Folk Songs Sung By Derek Sarjeant        EP 1961

The Unquiet Grave / Peggy-O /// Geordie / The Sweet Nightingale

(Note : GBP 10)
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RGJ  102
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RGJ  103  DEREK SARJEANT     Songs We Like To Sing                    EP 1961

The Tailors Breeches / Hound Dog /// The Gentleman Soldier / The Banks Of The
Ohio

(Note : GBP 10)
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RGJ  104
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RGJ  105  DEREK SARJEANT     Folk Songs Sung By Derek Sarjeant 2      EP 1961

The Bold Grenadier / The Queen Of Hearts /// Bungle-Rye / kevin Barry

(Note : GBP 10)
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RGJ  106  MALCOLM PRICE TRIO : Pickin' On The Country Strings !       EP 1961

The Country Strings / Engine 143 /// Colombus Stockade / Bowling Green

(Note : 7"EP , GBP 20)
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RGJ  107  ROY NORTH          Blue In Three / Blue In Five             7" 1963
          (Note : GBP 30)
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RGJ  112  CHESTER HARRIOTTT  Let's Get Together Tonight               7" 1963
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RGJ  117  DEREK SARJEANT     Man Of Kent                              EP 1963

man Of Kent / Sailor Coming Home /// Lowlands Of Holland / Labouring Boy

(Note : duplicated catalogue number , GBP 10)
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RGJ  117  THE WILD OATS      THE WILD OATS                            EP 1963

Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover / Walking The Dog /// Will You Love Me
Tomorrow / Put The Blame On Me

(Note : duplicated catalogue number , GBP 750)
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RGJ  131  THE BO STREET RUNNERS : The Bo Street Runners EP            EP 1964

Love To You / Lonely Avenue /// Bo Street Runner / Shama Shama Shame

(Note : 7" EP , 99 copies , 1500 GBP)
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RGJ  132  THE A-JAES         I'm Leaving You / Kansas City            7" 1964
          Line up :     Christopher Marchant    (bass.)
                        Allen Rimes             (rhythm)
                        John Stevens            (lead)
                        Stanley Vile            (drums)
                        Tony White              (vo.)
          (The A-Jaes was r&b band , who later became CANDY BUS ,
          1000 GBP)
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RGJ  133  THYRDS             Hide'n'Seek / I've Got My Mojo Working   7" 1964
          (Note : GBP 200)
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RGJ  145  THE RATS           Spoonful                                 7" 1964
          (Note : 7" 1-sided , some with foldout picture sleeve ,
          GBP 250/150)
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RGJ  149  THE HICKORY STIX   Feeling Blue // Hello My darling         7" 1964
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RGJ  150  FIVE OF DIAMONDS   FIVE OF DIAMONDS                         EP 1965

Route 66 / Good Morning Blues /// High Heel Sneakers / Summertime

(Note : RGJ 150 FD)
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RGJ  152  THE JAGUARS : We'll Live On Happilly / Now You Wonder Why   7" 1965
          (Note : Contest label)
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RGJ  155  THE GREMLINS : High Time Baby//One More Chance              7".1966
RGJ  160  VALERIE MITCHELL   There Goes My Heart Again / If I Didn't  7" 1965
          Love You
          (Note : picture sleeve , GBP 40)
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RGJ  164  BEAU BRUMMELL ESQUIRE : Better Man Than I // Teardrops      7" 1965
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RGJ  187  4 DEGREES          4 Degrees                                LP 1965
          (Note : 1-sided LP , no sleeve)
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RGJ  190  MILLER             Baby I've Got News For You / The Girl    7" 1965
          With The Castle
          (Note : GBP 250)
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RGJ  193  KAROO              Mamma's Out Of Town / Lonely Weekend     7" 1965
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RGJ  197  PETER & THE PERSUADERS : The Wanderer / Wine Glass Rock     7" 1965
          / Oh My Soul / Cross My Heart
          (Note : GBP 25)
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RGJ  205  THE ROULETTES      I Can't Stop                             7" 1965
          (Note : 7" 1-sided , some with picture sleeve , GBP 120/60)
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RGJ  206
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RGJ  207  FOUR LEAVED CLOVER : Alright Girl / Why                     7" 1965
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RGJ  208  THE SPARTANS       Lies / Tell Me                           7" 1965
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RGJ  209  STEVE DARBISHIRE   Yum Yum // Kiss Away                     7" 1966
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RGJ  501  [no artist] : Strictly For Kicks (With Richard Haddon)      7" 1965
          // Reserved For Smokers
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RGJ  503  JILL & Y'VERNS : My Soulful Dress/Anything We Want Me To Do 7" 1965
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RGJ  601  SOUPHERBS          Soupherbs                                LP 1965
          (Note : GBP 200)
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RGJ  602  INGLIS GUNDRY      Spring Variations                        7" 1967
          THOMAS CAMPION     Never Weather Beaten Sail
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RGJ  612  SONS OF MAN        SONS OF MAN                              EP 1967

Invitation / My Life With You /// I'm The One Who Loves You / Our Love

(Note : 7" EP , no picture  sleeve , GBP 350)
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RGJ  615  FRANK CHARLES : Imogene / The Shadow Of Your Smile          7" 1968
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RGJ  623  THE AMALGAMATION   EP                                       EP 1968

Bracklesshaw Thinking /// Livin' Love True /// Elaine / Like Before
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RGJ  625  PNEUMONIA          I Can See Your Face / All Your Love      7" 1968
          (Note : GBP 400)
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RGJ  628  FREE'N EASY        Free'n Easy                              LP 1968
          (Note : private pressing/Warren Coley WCP 001)
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RGJ  632  JON ISHERWOOD & PAT NELSON : SIR ALEC ROSE - SPECIAL        7" 1968
          SOUVENIR
Round The World Voyage 1967-68 A Man And His Lively Lady // Round The World
Voyege 1967 - 68 The Ballad Of Alec Rose
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RGJ  633  PRINCESS & THE SWINEHERD : Princess & The Swineherd         LP 1968
          (Note : LP , plain black sleeve , GBP 30)
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RGJ  640  THE SETTING SUN    THE SETTING SUN                          EP 1968

Ob-La-Di , Ob-La-Da / The Boy Who Was Only One /// Homeward Bound /
Fascinating Rhythm
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RGJ  648  VELVET HUSH        Broken Heart / Lover Please              7" 1968
          (Note : GBP 100)
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RGJ  718  FACTORY            Time Machine // Castle On The Hill       7" 1970
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RGJ  721  TRIO LOS ZINGAROS : Tudo Pasare /// Voy Gritando Por Las    7" 1970
          Calles / Maria Isabel
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RGJ  742  THE CHILDREN OF WOODMANSTERNE PRIMARY SCHOOL : JONAH-MAN   EP  1971
          JAZZ A SHORT CANTANA BY MICHAEL HURD
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RGJ  999  THE TRENDSETTERS   AT THE HOTEL DE FRANCE                   EP 1970

Cabaret / Gingerbread Man /// I Got Rhythm / Raindrops
(Note : GBP 25)
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          DAISY PLANET       Daisy Planet                             EP 1966
          (Note : EP , no catalogue number)

          THE PLEBS          The Plebs                                LP 60's
          (Note : 1-sided LP,no cat.nr.,private pressing , GBP 1000)

          JOE COCKER         Joe Cocker EP                            EP 60's
          (Note : existence unconfirmed , GBP 500)

          HOBOKEN            Hoboken                                  LP
          (Note : 6 copies only , GBP 500)

          THE WOMBATS : Muleskinner Blues // It Breaks My Heart       7" 60's
          / What Shall I Do

          CHRIS BATTYE : I Don't Know Where I Stand,Anymore           7" 60's

          ROWBOAT : You Keep Me Hanging On // Lazy Poker Blues        7" 1968

MOD 4     THE KINGPINS : You're My Girl // Diamond Girl               7" 60's
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WT   101  WILF TODD & HIS MUSIC : Wilf Todd & His Music               LP 1966

Hey There Girl / EEDDEE / This Is It / Obarquinho / I'd Like To Know / Esa Es
La Mona / Make Your Mind Up Little Girl //// Jenny / Meditation /  Cheek To
Cheek / Lollipops And Roses / You Know Who / My Summer Love / Life Ain't
Without Livin' With You

(Note : GBP 10)
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OR  1001  TRUTH OF TRUTHS    Truth Of Truths                          LP 1971
          (Note : GBP 20)
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Note : The OAK label discography contains  the prices by the Record Collector
       "Rare Record Price Guide 2000-The Millenium Edition" , 1999)

V / A  : The Story Of OAK Records - An Anthology Of Recordings        CD 1999
         Made At R.G.Jones (Morden) 1964-1968)
         (Wooden Hill Records   WHCD  007 , 12.1999)

Unlike every other British record label in the 60's , OAK existed not to make
million-sellers but to showcase talent which more prestigious companies could
milk .  The in-house label  of the legendary  R.G.Jones Studio ,  in Morden ,
Surrey ,  OAK pressed limited edition  runs of singles and  EP's by promising
British beat , R  & B and psych bands , while  also lending its custom labels
to anyone who booked a session at the Jones studio complex .


R.G.JONES CLOSED !
******************

It may not be afforted the same amount of editorial space as recent releases by
Mick Jagger or Sir paul McCartney , but the recent closure of R.G.Jones recording
studios-the result of the exponential growth of home recording-represent the end
of an era for the British music industry.

For most Record Collector readers , the R.G.Jones studio is primarily associated
with its own , fiercely-collected custom label OAK , which operated from 1960
to 1973.
Ronald Jones was one of the pioneers of the sound industry in this country and
established R.G.Jones (Modern) Ltd. as a school-leaver in 1926. Over the next three
or four decades he established a name for himself in the field of recorded sound ,
both in the studio and on the road . Whether inventing the concept of the mobile
DJ during World War II (ahead of Jimmy Saville , incidentally , who's always
claimed to have been the first) hiringout and rigging up equipment for school
events or recording everything from dance bands to various keynote political
speeches of the era , R.Jones was always , in the words on one of his studio's
later clients , wired for sound.
Among the bands who recorded OAK acetates during this period were The Rolling
Stones , The Yardbirds and The Kinks - all three gaining their first experience
of recording studios at Jones's premises in Modern , South London - while
sessions from the likes of David Bowie , Chris Farlowe , Tom Jones and The Who
confirmed the studio's reputation within the industry .
Also responsible for pressing limited edition vinyl from a plethora of obscure
local garage bands , the OAK label has acquired legendary status among collectors
over the last decade or so , and much of its product has been rounded up on vinyl
and CD compilations .
Though the OAK label disappeared shrtly after the company's move to its new
premises in Beulah Road , Wimbledon in the early 1970s the business continued
to go from strenght to strenght .With Robin Jones taking over from his father
who passed away in the early 1980s , the studio established itself at the
forefront of the British industry , producing hits for everyone from Sir Cliff
Richard to Mr.Blobby .
However , despite its continued success (new release by Sir Cliff , David
Cassidy , Jane McDonald and Adam Watkins were all expected to chart this
Christmas) , the studio was scheduled to close at the and of November 2001 ,
blaming new technology for its demise .
Studio manager and chief engineer Gerry Kitchingham , who joined R.G.Jones as
a school-leaver in 1967 , admitted "It's tough for studios like us to survive  .
With home recording taking poff , and the improvement of technology , there
just isn't enough work . Every year the client list has been getting a little
smaller."


 Record Collector magazine (jan.2002 , no.269 ) / DAVID WELLS
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