FolkLib Index - George F. Johnston Discography

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          Someday, this page will list all LP's I know about that were recorded and produced from about 1958 to 1982 by the late George F. Johnston (1907-1983) of Oshkosh, WI variously under the names Century Records, Custom Records, Century Custom Recording Service, or just under his own name, George F. Johnston. It is unknown whether or not he had any employees, recording engineers, mixers, etc. The resulting recordings were manufactured by the Century Custom Recording Service ("Century Records Discography" by Robert Plante) of Saugus, CA and other Record Duplicators. The only LP's I have seen with his name, and/or any of the above label names, all feature various church choirs, and grade school, high school, College and University choirs, bands and orchestras from Oshkosh and around the state. I have not seen any recording he made in any other state. As far as I know at this time, every recording he made was on location, and not in a studio.

          According to his 1983 obituary in the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, "Mr. Johnston was self-employed in music recording. He was a charter member of Musicians Local No. 46, and played with various musical groups throughout the Fox Valley." On page 4, column 1 of the 12-05-1955 issue of the Northwestern, it states he was the Union Treasurer at that time. It is unknown which groups he played with, or what instrument(s) he played. I have not yet seen his name listed as a recording artist in the liner notes of any recording.

          According to Oshkosh City Directories, he had been previously employed as a draftsman at Cross, Oberlie & Christensen, and Cross & Oberlie of Neenah, WI. The 1980 Directory was the first to list him as retired.

          The recordings in my collection will be listed here as I add the artists/groups to this site, and scan the label of each recording.

          Record duplicators that manufactured albums recorded by George F. Johnston:
Century Records, Custom Records, Century Custom Recording Service (V) - but no catalog number prefixes from 1962 on
Delta Records (XCTV, DRS)
On the Spot Recording Co. (no catalog number prefix)
United Sound Records (USR)
Westmark Records (WMC)
Unknown (OP, OSH, KM)

Recorded by George F. Johnston - Oshkosh, WI (his name appears on the label of every title listed)

Century Records, Custom Records, Century Custom Recording Service - Saugus, CA

  1. 1958 - V8202 - Oshkosh Wisconsin Senior High School Concert Band and Brass Choir - self titled
          jacket and label scans
  2. 1959 - V9364 - Senior High School Bands: Oshkosh, Wisconsin - 1958-1959
          jacket and label scans
  3. 1960 - V11897 - Senior High School Concert Band - 1959-1960 Souvenir Record
          jacket and label scans

  4. 1962 - 15095 - Oshkosh Senior High School A Cappella Choir & Concert Band - A Festival of Melody
          jacket and label scans
  5. 1962 - 15128 - Cudahy High School Vocal Music - Sounds of Music
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?
  6. 1962 - 15424 - Oshkosh Junior Theatre Production - West Side Story
          jacket and label scans
  7. 1963 - 17066 - 1963 Senior High School Bands Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Highlights of Music for Moderns, Opus 8
          jacket and label scans
  8. 1963 - 17631 - Oshkosh Junior Theatre Production - Annie Get Your Gun
          jacket and label scans
  9. 1965 - no # - St. Vincent's Men's Choir - 2nd record
          jacket and label scans
  10. 1965 - 22149 - Shawano Senior High School - 1965 Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble
          label scans
  11. 1965 - 22638 - Senior High School Concert Band - self titled
          jacket and label scans
  12. 1966 - 24923 - The Oshkosh High School Bands and Choirs - Perform The Music of Jack Jarrett
          jacket and label scans
  13. 1965 - 25179 - Manitowoc Lutheran High School Concert Choir - Thee God We Praise: Christmas Concert - 1965
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?
  14. 1967? - 25671 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - Joy to the World
          jacket and label scans
  15. 1967 - 28690 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - A Joyous Christmas
          jacket and label scans
  16. 1967 - 30892 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir and Concert Band - A European Adventure
          jacket and label scans
  17. 1968 - 31041 - Beaver Dam Senior High School Choirs - Beaver Dam Senior High School 1974-'75
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?
  18. 1968 - 31101 - Senior High School Concert Band (Oshkosh, WI) - Highlights of 1967-68
          jacket and label scans
  19. 1968 - 32728 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - Christmas Is...
          jacket and label scans
  20. 1969 - 33861 - Neenah High School Concert Choir - (1969)
          jacket and label scans
  21. 1969 - 36091 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - Sounds of Christmas
          jacket and label scans
  22. 1970 - 36987 - Neenah High School Concert and Mixed Choirs - (1970)
          label scans
  23. 1970 - 38650 - Senior High School Concert Band (Oshkosh, WI) - self titled
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  24. 1970 - 38651 - Beaver Dam Senior High School Bands - self titled
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?
  25. 1970 - 38790 - South Park Junior High School Choirs - Voices of Spring 1970
          jacket and label scans
  26. 1970 - 39218 - Sacred Heart Church Mixed Choir - Father David Bunkleman Jubilee Mass Celebration 6-14-1970
          jacket and label scans
  27. 1970 - 39477 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - The magic of Christmas
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  28. 1971 - 40089 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - Highlights 1971
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  29. 1971 - 40090 - Oshkosh High School Mixed Choir, Treble Choir and Choristers - Memories 1971
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  30. 1972 - 40495 - Webster Stanley Junior High School Choir and Orchestra / Perry Tipler Junior High School Choir and Orchestra - Sacred Concert
          jacket and label scans

              Oshkosh North High School opened in Fall 1972, and the former Oshkosh High School on Eagle St. was renamed to Oshkosh West High School.

  31. 1973 - 6096 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir - Hark the Herald
          jacket and label scans
              by Custom Records (w/George F. Johnston's address) appears on the jacket. His name does not appear on the label or the jacket.

On the Spot Recording Co. - Chicago, IL
          There is nothing to indicate that this release was recorded by Mr. Johnston. The Clinic was held in Chicago, so it is likely it was done by a local recording engineer from there.

  1. 1963 - 3401-2 - Oshkosh Senior High School Concert Band - at the Mid-West National Band Clinic, 12-19-1963
          jacket and label scans

United Sound Records - Burbank, CA

  1. 1972 - USR-4684 - South Park Junior High Choirs - Voices of Spring 1972
          jacket and label scans
  2. 1972 - USR-4744 - Oshkosh Senior High School Concert Band - 1972 Concert Band
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  3. 1972 - USR-4745 - Oshkosh Senior High School Symphony Orchestra - 1972 Symphony Orchestra
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  4. 1972 - USR-5022 - Oshkosh North High School A Cappella Choir - It's Christmas
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  5. 1972 - USR-5035 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir - And the Glory
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  6. 1973 - USR-5651 - Webster Stanley Bands - Follies Concert 1973
          jacket and label scans
  7. 1973 - USR-6096 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir - Hark the Herald
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  8. 1973 - USR-6139 - Oshkosh North High School A Cappella Choir - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  9. 1974 - USR-6356 - Sacred Heart Church Mixed Choir - Sacred Music for All Seasons
          jacket and label scans
  10. 1974 - USR-7416 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir - Alleluia
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  11. 1974 - USR-7420 - Oshkosh North High School A Cappella Choir - There Shall a Star
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  12. 1973 - USR-7643 - Redeemer Lutheran Church Choir, 1970 and 1973
          jacket and label scans
  13. 1975 - USR-7949 - MacDowell Male Chorus - Our Best to You
          label scan, Recorded: 5-03-1975
  14. 1975 - USR-8491 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Welcome Yule
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  15. 1976 - USR-8747 - Trinity Lutheran Children's Choir - The Lord Is My Shepherd
          jacket and label scans
  16. 1976 - USR-9337 - South Park Middle School Choirs - Voices of Spring '76
          jacket and label scans
  17. 1975 - USR-9372 - Beaver Dam Senior High School Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble - Beaver Dam Senior High School 1974-'75
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?
  18. 1976 - USR-9700 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir - Sing Noel
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?

Unknown label name - city?, state?
          There is no record label name or LP manufacturing company name listed anywhere on these recordings with "OP", "OSH" and "KM" catalog number prefixes.

  1. 1957 - OP-6357 - Oshkosh Senior High School Concert Band Brass Choir / Wind Symphonette - self titled
          jacket and label scans

  2. 1961 - OSH-6361 - Senior High School Concert Band - Music for Moderns
          jacket and label scans

  3. 1977 - KM-1234 - Beaver Dam Senior High School Choirs - Beaver Dam Senior High School 1976-'77
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?
  4. 1977 - KM-1729 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Joy to the World
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: 10/1977
  5. 1977 - KM-1759 - Oshkosh North High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale and Madrigal Singers - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: October 1977 at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
  6. 1978 - KM-2546 - Beaver Dam Senior High School Choirs - Beaver Dam Senior High School 1977-'78
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?
  7. 1978 - KM-3135 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Merry Christmas
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: 10-16-1978 at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
  8. 1978 - KM-3171 - Oshkosh North High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Christmas Glory
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: 10/1978 at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
  9. 1978 - KM-3241 - St. James Lutheran Church Ringing Crusaders Bell Choir, Shawano - Joy to the World
          label scans
  10. 1979 - KM-4524 - Gene LeBotte Orchestra - Let's Go Dancing
          label scan, Recorded: 10-08-1979, at Rademann's Lakeview Ballroom
  11. 1979 - KM-4532 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Silent Night
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: 10-15-1979 at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
  12. 1980 - KM-5817 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Gloria
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: 10-13-1980 at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
  13. 1981 - KM-7264 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Glory to the Son!
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: 10-19-1981 at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
  14. 1982 - KM-10249 - Oshkosh West High School Concert Band with - The Wingra Woodwind Quintet - Concert Highlights 1981-1982
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at location?
  15. 1982 - KM-10683 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Happy Holidays!
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: 10/1982 at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
              by Tom Brand, Produced by George F. Johnston
  16. 1983 - KM-11650 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Noel
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: 10-17-1983 at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
              by T. M. Brand Recordings (George F. Johnston passed away on 2-17-1983)

Delta Records - Chicago, IL / Minneapolis, MN / Cleveland, OH

  1. 1964 - XCTV-97397 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - Sing Noel
          jacket and label scans
  2. 1964 - XCTV-97877-8 - Oshkosh High School Band / Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - Because there are 2 It's twice as good
          jacket and label scans
  3. 1965 - XCTV-107126-7 - Oshkosh High School A Cappella Choir - Music of Christmas
          jacket and label scans

  4. 1976 - DRS-76-645 - West High School Choral Department - "This is My Country": An American Bicentennial Presentation
          jacket and label scans, Recorded: date? at First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI
  5. 1977 - 77-714 - Brown Deer High School A Cappella Choir - The Christmas Album
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?
  6. 1982 - DRS-82-206 - Brookfield Central High School Choirs - The Christmas Album
          label scan, Recorded: date? at location?

Westmark Records - city?, state?

  1. 1986 - WMC-4650 - Oshkosh West High School A Cappella Choir and Chorale - Noel
          jacket and label scans

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