|Description:||Starday Records was a record label producing traditional country music during the 1950s and 1960s. The label was founded in Beaumont, Texas, by local businessmen Jack Starnes (Lefty Frizzell's manager) and Houston record distributor Harold W. Daily (better known as "Pappy"). The Starday name is a combination of Starnes' and Daily's names.
Starday was the largest exclusively country label of the period and is renowned among record collectors for producing a level of pure, undiluted country music that was becoming increasingly rare on the major labels. Starday released the first major recordings of George Jones and country stars like the Willis Brothers, Dottie West, Dave Dudley, and Roger Miller. Comedienne Minnie Pearl released a number of records for the label. Several veteran country stars were also on Starday, including three former King Records artists: Cowboy Copas, Grandpa Jones, and longtime Gene Autry associate Johnny Bond. The label also featured several legendary country radio-based acts in the twilight of their careers, such as Lulu Belle and Scotty, Texas Ruby, and Moon Mullican, performers not likely of much interest to the big labels in the 1960s. The label may be best-known for the dozens of budget-priced compilation albums it released featuring artists on or at one time on the label.
Starday's most successful artist was perhaps Red Sovine, who scored a number of hits in the 1960s on the label. Starday also produced a series of classic anthologies of trucker records by various artists including Copas, Bond, Sovine, The Willis Brothers and bluegrass acts including Moore & Napier and Reno & Smiley. These LPs were renowned for their color covers shot at Nashville area truck stops with real rigs and shapely female models dressed as waitresses|