Located at an undisclosed site in the eastern half of the United States, a temperature and humidity controlled, guarded and constantly monitored facility houses over 50,000 phonograph records. About 35,000 are vinyl 45 RPM records, mostly r&b, doo wop, gospel, reggae and soul vocal groups on original labels. The rest are 78’s, 16″ transcriptions and LP’s. This location also houses hundreds of video cassettes of vocal group concerts.
Our library at Classic Urban Harmony World Headquarters contains about 600 books on African American popular music and continues to grow. For space reasons, we concentrate mostly on vocal music. We recently had to donate 200+ books on jazz to the Harlem Jazz Museum to free up shelf space. Our library also includes hundreds of issues of important music magazines, along with our collections of group photos, posters, lobby cards, and sheet music. We also have 8 double file drawers of news clippings about vocal groups.
The walls of our headquarters are smartly decorated with rare posters of the Mills Brothers, Ink Spots, Dixieaires and Golden Gate Quartet along with lobby cards of the Hurricanes in the movie “Rockin’ The Blues” and the Marcels in “Twist Around The Clock”. We also display works from some of our favorite artists: two original paintings of New Orleans bands by Linda Lesperance; a signed numbered print of Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers by Jimmy Merchant; a numbered print of the (5) Scamps by Kansas City artist Cindy Alkine; and a print of noted black artist Horace Pippin’s “Harmonizing” (we couldn’t afford the original of that!).
For casual listing around the office, we have 4000 – 5000 CD’s by vocal groups. Our car has an IPOD with 11,000 of our favorite r&b and doo wop vocal group songs, which we play in “shuffle” mode while we drive.
To view our collection of Mills Brothers Sheet Music, click the button below.
Below are some photos from our Classic Urban Harmony Archives.