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 Post subject: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:01 pm 
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193-888 - Invicta 505 - Cordia Allen - Tell Me How
193-889 - Invicta 505 - Cordia Allen - Love Is So Beautiful

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http://www.45cat.com/record/nc661809us


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 Post subject: Re: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:59 pm 
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So the Booker/Hychew connection is missing only a #503, if we can assume that Invicta/Booker/Renard used the same numbering system through #513.

Elgin Hychew. What a character.


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 Post subject: Re: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:08 pm 
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William, I think number 503 is this 45 (same client number 193):
http://www.45cat.com/record/nc436849us


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 Post subject: Re: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:32 pm 
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Huh. I did not know that.


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 Post subject: Re: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:21 am 
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William, I've never heard of Elgin Hychew, did he own the Invicta label?


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 Post subject: Re: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:25 pm 
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peterh wrote:
William, I've never heard of Elgin Hychew, did he own the Invicta label?


Short story: Yes.

Longer story, based on research I did a few years ago: Invicta Records Corporation began November 14th, 1962. It was a legal partnership between Elgin J. Hychew and his lawyer, Alvin B. Jones. Hychew lived at 2004 Humanity St, and Jones lived (and/or worked) at 503 1/2 S Rampart. Invicta's studio and mailing address was 710 S. Rampart. Robert Booker later joined Hychew, but had to carry his own water when Invicta went bankrupt and Hychew skipped town. Invicta, though it had been shuttered unofficially for nearly 20 years, officially closed its doors in 1985, as Hychew sank into dementia and turned his estate and business dealings over to an attorney. He passed 11 years later. Booker pressed on for years after his partner left.

Deeper into the weeds, from Lynn Abbott, c/o Adam Lore: "Here's a passage from an article Lynn Abbott had published in 1986: 'Rev. Booker came from Mississippi, born in Jackson in 1927. He surfaced in the New Orleans gospel community in 1952 when he organized the Booker Gospel Singers, a Harmonettes-style female group. In 1963 he launched his Booker label as a subsidiary of Elgin Hychew's one year-old Invicta Recording Company. Hychew had gravitated to the recording business while penning the popular music-entertainment column "Dig Me" for The Louisiana Weekly. But Invicta went bankrupt after just a few releases and Rev. Booker had to make his way alone.'"

I'm in the middle of a research project on Mr. Hychew. Connections run deep with him, but I can't talk about much more for now.


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 Post subject: Re: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:39 pm 
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Thank you for posting this William, very interesting!


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 Post subject: Re: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:49 pm 
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peterh wrote:
Thank you for posting this William, very interesting!


Glad to help.


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 Post subject: Re: 193-888/9 Invicta
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:11 pm 
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Great research there, William - I had no idea about any of that!

Anyway, now added to 1963, linked to 45cat, 888/889 removed from among The Missing.

Thanks!!

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