Cobra Records and Otis Rush

By Bonni McKeown

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(Chicago) The West Side’s first record company, Abco, began in 1956 in a television shop at 2854 Roosevelt Road– a partnership between Eli Toscano and a local Black entrepreneur, Joe Brown, who went on to head his own J.O.B. Records. They recorded songs by Louis Myers, Morris Pejoe and Arbee Stidham. Later that year, Brown dropped out and Toscano, working with promoter Howard Bedno, kicked off a new label, Cobra Records, with Otis Rush’s song “I Can’t Quit You Baby.”

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