|Description:||Aladdin Records was the name of at least two record labels. The best known Aladdin Records was a post-World War II United States record label, headquartered in Hollywood, California. Aladdin was known for its wealth of recordings of rhythm & blues and early rock & roll music; it also recorded some jazz sessions of interest.
The label was founded in 1946 by the brothers Eddie, Leo, and Ira Mesner as Philo Records, then changed to its better known name. In addition to the recordings in Los Angeles, many Aladdin recordings were made in New Orleans, Louisiana by Cosimo Matassa. Artists who recorded for Aladdin included Louis Jordan, Shirley & Lee, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, The Five Keys, Lightnin Hopkins, Dave Bartholomew, Gene & Eunice, Wynonie Harris, Thurston Harris, Johnny Ace, Charles Brown, Lee Allen, Lester Young, Nat "King" Cole, Billie Holiday, and many others.
The label was sold to Lew Chudd's Imperial Records and is today owned by EMI Records.
There also existed an Aladdin Records which was a subsidiary of Island Records|