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Blue Note Records Turns 80 Years Old Today

The label will keep its anniversary celebration going all year with reissues, a fall tour, a new subscription box set, art prints, and more

Blue Note Records' founders Alfred Lion (left) and Francis Wolff in 1965
Blue Note Records’ founders Alfred Lion (left) and Francis Wolff in 1965

Blue Note, the world-famous record label founded in 1939, turns 80 today.

It was on Jan. 6, 1939 that the label’s co-founder, German immigrant Alfred Lion, produced its first recording session in New York City, featuring the boogie-woogie piano of Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons.

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