Owner of Stan’s Square Records in Jersey City and Catamouont Records Celebrates Expansive Music Career
On Sat, Nov. 21, Stan Krause, owner of Stan’s Square Records on Bergen Avenue in Jersey City celebrated 50 years in the music business as both a record store owner and the owner of Catamount Records, his own record label.
Krause who has been in the music business since 1965 has some impressive credits. In the 1960s he was at the forefront of a cappella music and recorded local boy-and-girl groups from the Metropolitan area – groups that are considered premiere a cappella singing groups.
The Nov. 21 celebration took place at the Chandelier Restaurant in Bayonne where Krause’s career was honored with over 250 people in attendance who enjoyed a buffet, show and dancing from 7 pm until midnight. There was performances by several a cappella groups: Vintage, Mixed Company and True Devine and the 1&9 rhythm & blues dance band.
In 2014, Krause was recognized for his contribution to Jersey City’s music scene by the City of Jersey City and was presented with a Proclamation by Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. At the event which was held at Jersey City Hall Council Chambers, friends and supporters showed videos clips and speakers gave tributes to Krause and shared their feelings about his contribution to music.
In the book “A cappella Street Corner Vocal Groups—A Brief History and Discography,” authors Abe Santiago and Steven J. Dunham said this about the music visionary.
“Krause’s work during the early 60s and 70s solidified R&B a cappella as a valid and legitimate art form,” Santiago and Dunham state in the book. “Although the public, in general, still prefers mainstream music, a number of his groups gained not only regional and national recognition but international as well.”