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The Canadian Sparton Discography

Compiled by Piers A. Hemmingsen.



Sparton Records of London, Ontario manufactured and distributed Columbia 78's in Canada since 1940 and until 1954. That year they began their own label and for the next fifteen years issued records mostly from smaller U.S. labels, but most notably ABC Paramount, later known as ABC Records. In total this company issued over 1600 releases on 45 RPM records between 1954 and 1969. Some famous artists who recorded for Sparton include Paul Anka, Ray Charles, Steve Lawrence, Tommy Roe, Annette, George Hamilton IV, Cliff Richard and Johnny Nash.





33 rpm albums

pressed at the Sparton pressing plant in London, Ontario



Sparton sticker
Serial Number Artist Title
LPS 3005 The Leaves The Leaves
Stereo, black label. It uses the MIRA USA catalogue number.
(S)T 5027 The Standells Dirty Water
1966. Mono is on the yellow label and stereo on the black label
(S)T 5044 The Standells Why Pick On Me / Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
1966. Mono is on the yellow label and stereo on the black label
(S)T 5049 The Standells The Hot Ones !
Mono is on the yellow label and stereo on the black label
(S)T 5065 Various Soundtrack – Riot On Sunset Strip
1966. Mono is on the yellow label and stereo on the black label
(S)T 5096 Chocolate Watch Band No Way Out
1967. Mono is on the yellow label and stereo on the black label
Sparton LP
ST 5098 The Standells Try It / Banned !
Stereo, 1968, black label. It is not certain that mono copies exist as they may have been phased out at this time






Impulse series (Jazz)

Serial Number Artist Title
A 3 Kai Winding The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones
Gatefold cover. Sparton Impulse Records, most likely the Canadian pressing of the US Impulse label release was distributed by Sparton and pressed by RCA. The outer slick are printed in USA but the inner sleeve printed in Canada. Outer sleeve is american with the IMPULSE logo, but has a Silver SPARTON logo printed on the front. Burgundy Label with Gold text.
Sparton 45
A 28 Duke Ellington Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins
Gatefold Cover, Sparton Impulse Records, most likely the Canadian pressing of the US Impulse label release was distributed by Sparton. The outer slick are printed in USA but the inner sleeve printed in Canada. Outer sleeve is american with the IMPULSE logo, but has a Gold SPARTON logo printed on the front. Burgundy Label with Gold text.
Sparton 45






45 rpm singles

Serial Number Artist Title
Sparton 4-505 R George Hamilton VI Why Don't They Understand / Even Tho'
October 1957, Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-506 R Eydie Gorme Love Me Forever / Let me Be Loved
October 1957, Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-516 R Danny And The Juniors At The Hop / Sometimes
November 1957, Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-580 R The Champs El Rancho Rock / TBD
Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-609 R Jerry Wallace With This Ring / How The Time Flies
June 1958, Maroon Label. Notice how extremely narrow is the groove section of the wax; it is almost half the width of a regular 45 of the same song length.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-679 R Lloyd Price You Need Love / Stagger Lee
November 1958. Maroon Label
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-755 R The Keymen Dream / TBD
April 1959, Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-760 R Lloyd Price You've Got Personality / TBD
Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-771 The Virtues Flippin' In / Shufflin' Along
Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-795 R Lloyd Price I'm Gonna Get Married / Three Little Pigs
November 1959, Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-801 R Cliff Richard Living Doll / TBD
cliff richard
Sparton 4-837 Eddie Hill Monkey Business / Daddy, You Know What?
Maroon Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-857 R Lloyd Price Lady Luck / Never Let Me Go
January 1960. Purple Label
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-891 R Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence Darn It , Baby That's Love / TBD
Here is the white label promo copy.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-988 R Pau Anka I'm Just A Fool Anyway / TBD
Purple Label
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-1013R Athur Lyman Group Yellow Bird 1 Havah Nagilah
May 1961, Pink and Black label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-1044R Ray Charles And His Orchestra Hit The Road Jack / The Danger Zone
September 1961, Pink and Black label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-1094 R Ray Charles I Can't Stop Loving You / Born To Lose
Yellow Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-1108 R Tommy Roe Sheila / Save Your Kisses
Pink Label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-1211R Tommy Roe Sorry I'm Late, Lisa / Everybody
September 1963, Pink and Black label.
Sparton 45
Sparton 4-1297-R Ray Charles and his Orchestra I Wake Up Crying / Smack Dab In The Middle
Here is the white label promo copy.
Sparton 45
Sparton P 1453 The Standells Dirty Water / Rari
1966. Pink & black label, then yellow & black label
Sparton P 1463 The Leaves Hey Joe / Funny Little World
1966. Yellow & black label
Sparton P 1499 City Limits Stagger Lee / Backyard Compost
1966. Yellow and black label
Sparton P 1502 The Standells Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White / TBD
1966. Yellow & black label
Sparton 45
Sparton P 1504 The Leaves Too Many People / Girl From The East
1966. Yellow & black label
Sparton P 1527 The Leaves Get Out Of My Life Woman / Girl From The East
1966. Yellow & black label, most copies were re-called and destroyed, remaining copies have a defect.
Uptown P 1541 The Standells Why Pick On Me / Mr. Nobody
1966. Black label with silver writing
Sparton P 1551 The Springfield Rifles There Is Life On Mars / The Bears
Uptown P 1582 Chocolate Watch Band It’s All Over Now Baby Blue/ Sweet Young Thing
1966. Black label with silver writing
sparton 45
Uptown P 1584 The Standells Riot On Sunset Strip / Black Hearted Woman
1966. Black label with silver writing
Uptown P 1695 The Factree Kaleidoscope / Something Called Love
sparton 45
Sparton R 20040 Frank Sinatra Pocketful Of Miracles / Name It And It's Yours
White promotional Label
Sparton 45









sparton plant

A picture of the Sparton Records plant / offices taken in the summer of 2010 by Fred Young. Sparton Records operated in this building from the 1950s onwards. The building is loacted at 99 Ash Street, London, Ontario. Sparton has manufactured TV's, radios and records in the past. Sparton is now gone from London as of 2010 but at the end they were manufacturing top secret military gear such as sonobuoys. The plant is currently for sale and is no longer in use.









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