Straker’s

Straker’s Records is a New York label founded by Granville Straker of St. Vincent.

Straker ran a record store and car service at 613 Nostrand Avenue, and would sell a selection of both American and imported Caribbean releases. He began recording and issuing records in 1971 and soon became a key player in the ascendance of soca music, with several record stores in Brooklyn. Arranger and pianist Frankie McIntosh became the label's music director in 1978.

Soca dominates the label's output, but some reggae records were also issued on Straker’s, produced by Lloyd Charmers and Glen Adams.

Some records were issued on the Nu-Sound and Soufriere labels.

See Ray Allen “The Brooklyn Soca Connection: Frankie McIntosh and Straker Records” (American Music Review, Vol. XLIV, No. 1, Fall 2014) for more information on the label and the Caribbean music industry in New York.

The scope of this discography is limited to the earliest releases on the label, up until around 1978. The label went on to release hundreds more records and CDs in the 1980s and 1990s.

257 records.

Label Artists Title Year Format
King Wellington Mango Vert / Calypso Horse Race 1971 45
King Wellington Mas for George Bailey / Shoot on Sight 1971 45
Caribbean Strikers Big Sound Mango Vert / Leave Jackie Alone 1971 45
Young Killer Leave Jackie Alone / Viet Nam Crisis 1971 45
Young Killer Say What You Mean / West Indian in New York 1971 45
The Big Five, B. Johnson Front to Front / Oh Me Oh My 1971 45
Lloyd Charmers, Hortense Ellis I’m Gone Out of My Mind (Am Gone) / One Woman 1971 45
Dave Barker Just My Imagination / What Should I Do 1971 45
Lloyd Charmers, McGeorge Holly Pussy / Little Darling 1971 45
Nu-Sound S 016
King C That Wonderful Sound / Funk Part 2 1971 45
Eddie Hooper Happiness Part I / Version Part II 1971 45
Eddie Hooper Running Over / Part 2 1971 45
King Wellington Pepper Dey / Treat The Woman Nice 1971 45
King Wellington Mod Squad U.S.A. / Mr. Currie 1971 45
Eddie Hooper Running Over Part 1 / Running Over Part 2 1971 45
Valentino Invitation / The Third World 1971 45
Valentino Life Is a Stage / Mad Cure 1971 45
Cheno Fester, King Wellington New Calypso Music / Pretty Baby 1971 45
Calypso Rose Leave Him is My Man / Don't Ban The Carnival 1971 45
Fitz Vaughan Bryan, Busty Brown Tan Tan / The Squise Part 2 1971 45
Calypso Rose Respect the Balazay / Ben Down Low 1971 45
Calypso Rose Sexy Hot Pants / Duncan 1972 45
Glen Adams Let's Stay Together / Version 1971 45
Glen Adams Family Affair / Version 1971 45
Nu-Sound S 034
Rudy & the Roosters, Sydney Prince Rudy Delight / Local Dish 1971 45
Joey Lewis Slick / Grenadian Claudette 1972 45
Shadow Trouble Now In '72 / Salt Fish 1972 45
Nap Hepburn Jourvert / Hot Pants 1972 45
Conqueror Sewing Class / Baked Bean 1972 45
Power Tug-O-War / Band Your Waist 1972 45
Glen Adams, Syl McIntosh Take Warning / Version 1972 45
Lord Melody Meluina / Bimini Gal 1972 45
The Visitors Rum Punch / Holiday In Love 1972 45
Black Stalin New Portrait of Trinidad / Congratulations Tobago 1972 45
Nu-Sound S 050
Syl McIntosh Skokian / F.B.I. 1972 45
Mighty Terror Pan In Tune / Modern Day Children 1972 45
Chalkdust Ah 'Fraid Karl / We is We 1972 45
Nu-Sound S 054
Glen Adams Mawga Dawg 1972 45
Nu-Sound S 057
The Equitables Mend a Broken Heart / Version 1972 45
Nu-Sound S 058
The Equitables Love Story / Jug' Head 1972 45
Nu-Sound S 059
The Equitables, Adams Trio Old Time Kaio / Reggae Exprence 1972 45
Shadow Peace and Love / Funk Time 1972 45
Chalkdust Goat Mouth / Imigration Problems 1972 45
Soufriere S 062
Mighty Sheller A Message To The Premier / Nothing At All 1972 45
Soufriere S 063
Mighty Sheller Big Jobs / How to Control The Birth Rate 1972 45
Soufriere S 064
Lord Hawke Oupani / Spouge Time 1972 45
Soufriere S 065
Lord Hawke Lawful One / Slums 1972 45
Calypso Rose Forget Me Daddy / Carlyle 1972 45
Chalkdust Who Next / Were Ten Years Old 1972 45
Nu-Sound S 068
Peter Baugh Man After You What You Gonna Do / Version 1972 45
New York's Top Sounds Inc. Combo Bang Bang Lulu / Light My Fire 1972 45
New York's Top Sounds Inc. Combo Aquarius / Stormy 1972 45
Blues Busters Can I Change My Mind Reggae / Hey Jude 1972 45
Mighty Sparrow Philosophy / Medley 1972 45
Mighty Sparrow Love One Another / The Pump 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers The Straker / Color Him Father 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers Birth Control 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers The Sweeter She Is / Dollars and Bond 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers Black Power / Safari 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers I Can't Get Next To You 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers Doris Pussy / Summer Time 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers Color Him Brother / Pacojump 1972 45
Bobby Davis Jingle Jangle / Doggone Right 1972 45
Maytones, GG All Stars Funny Man / Champion (The Hop) 1972 45
Billy Sha-Rae, Busty Brown Do It Part 1 / Cry About You (I Can’t See Myself Crying) 1972 45
Maytones Bowie Wowie / Straighten Up 1972 45
Slickers?, GG All Stars Perilous Time (Preaching Love) / Bowie Wowie Version 1972 45
Clarence Curvan Calypsoul / Pal Lapaloma 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers Hanover Street / Cloudburst 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers Price For Love / Vengance 1972 45
Lloyd Charmers Doris Open Leg / Reggae-a-Py-Py 1972 45
Chino Feaster Don't You Know Baby / The Girl I Love 1972 45
Busty Brown Do It / The Squise Part 2 1972 45
Dave Barker Nobody Wants You / Gotta Get a Message to You 1972 45
Children of Soul Since I Lost My Baby / Baby I Need Your Loving 1972 45
U Roy Junior Cool and Easy (Musical Shower) / Version 1972 45
Valentino Liberation / Mad Mad World 1973 45
Calypso Rose Glassboro Ave. / The Sweet Nest 1973 45
Calypso Rose Weh She Go Do / Me Ain't Going 1973 45
Chalkdust Juba Doo Bai / Our Cultural Heritage 1973 45
Chalkdust Somebody Mad / P.N.M. Loves Me 1973 45
Singing Francine Mr. Carnival / Equal Rights 1973 45
Smiley The Chinese Man / The Housewife 1973 45
Valentino Barking Dogs / Be Aware 1973 45
Shadow Obeah Man / Run Du Du 1973 45
Mighty Terror A Tribute to Solo Harmonites / That Woman Could Lie 1973 45
Lord Bitterbush Panimangay Batar / I Can't Eat That Thing 1973 45
Nap Hepburn Theresea The Champ / Play Mass Widwe 1973 45
Art DeCoteau Rain-O-Rama / Same Time Same Place 1973 45
Maestro Black Identity / Poor Man 1973 45
Joey Lewis Soul Chick / We Walk 100 Miles 1973 45
The Sparks Don't Climb Picker Tree / Help Me 1973 45
Dee Dee Benton, Rising Tide, Jeffrey Turpin Reggae Express / I Have All I Need 1971 45
Conqueror Pussin Eaters / Uncle Sam 1973 45
Chalkdust Telephone Call / Missa Day Must Done 1974 45
Mighty Terror Road March Pay Too Small / Own What is Yours 1974 45
Jambalasie Jab Jab / Soucouyant 1974 45
Chalkdust St. Thomas Telephone Call / Missa Day Must Done 1974 45
Glen Adams Soul Chick Reggae / Dread Experience 1973 45
Calypso Rose Give Me Brass / Tell Them They Wrong 1974 45

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