THE BIHARI BROTHERS - Lester, Jules, Saul and Joe, were American music entrepreneurs and
the founders of Modern Records in Los Angeles and its subsidiaries such as Meteor Records based in Memphis, Tennessee
The brothers were of Hungarian Jewish descent. Their father, Edward Bihari (1882-1930), was born
in Budapest and migrated to the United States. Their mother, Esther "Esti" Taub (1886-1950), was born in Homonna, Hungary (now Humenné, Slovakia). The pair were married in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, in the United States in 1911. There were also four sisters in the family.
The brothers were, Lester Louis Bihari born on May 12, 1912 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and died on September 5, 1983 in Los Angeles. Julius
Jeramiah Bihari born on September 9, 1913 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and died on November 17, 1984 in Los Angeles. Saul Samuel Bihari born on March 9, 1918, in St. Louis, Missouri,
and died on February 22, 1975. Joseph Bihari born on May 30, 1925 in Memphis, Tennessee, and died Los Angeles on November 28, 2013.
After living for a period in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Bihari family moved to Los Angeles in 1941. Jules
got a job servicing and operating jukeboxes in the Watts district, and found difficulty in locating and stocking the blues records his customers wanted to hear.
With his younger brothers Saul and Joe, he decided to set up a new label, Modern Records in
1945. The brothers built Modern into a major blues and rhythm and blues label, their first success coming with "Swingin' the Boogie" by Hadda Brooks. They bought a pressing plant,
and divided tasks among them equally, with Jules responsible for talent spotting and recording, Saul for manufacturing, and Lester for distribution. Joe worked with Ike Turner as
a talent scout in the Memphis area, discovering Johnny "Guitar" Watson among others.
In the early 1950s the Biharis launched several subsidiaries, RPM Records, Flair Records and Meteor Records, which was set up in Memphis in 1952 and was headed by
Lester Bihari. Successful artists on the Biharis' labels included B. B. King, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lowell Fulson, Rufus Thomas and Charlie