Sam Goody launched the Gotham label, which was based in New York City. Focusing on blues, spirituals, and jazz, Goody’s most successful artist was Earl Bostic. In 1948, Goody sold Gotham along with Bostic’s contract to Irvin Ballen of Philadelphia, who moved the label there. Among the label’s blues artists were Dan Pickett, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Terry, Champion Jack Dupree and Cousin Joe. By the late 50’s Gotham was phased out as Ballen turned his attention to the record-pressing end of the business.