Dot Records

Publié le 24 Avril 2020

Dot Records was an American record label founded by Randy Wood that was active between 1950 and 1979. The label was reactivated in 2014 through a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and the Republic Records unit of Universal Music Group (which owns the original Dot Records catalog). Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the label was discontinued in 2017.

Dot Records
History

Early years

The original headquarters of Dot Records was in Gallatin, Tennessee. Many of the earliest recordings were in the on-air production studios of WHIN, which Wood owned. Since WHIN was a daytime-only radio station, recording sessions were at night when the station was off the air. In 1956, the company moved to Hollywood, California. In its early years, Dot specialized in artists from Tennessee. Then it branched out to include musicians from across the U.S. It recorded country music, rhythm & blues, polkas, waltzes, gospel, rockabilly, pop, and early rock and roll. After moving to Hollywood, Dot Records bought many recordings by small local independent labels and issued them nationally.

Sold to Paramount

Dot Records logo after its sale to Paramount Pictures combined the original Dot script logo with the Paramount mountain and halo of stars symbol. In 1957, Wood sold the label to Paramount Pictures, but he remained president for another decade. Dot (and Wood) then moved to Hollywood, where the label began to release soundtrack albums, including Elmer Bernstein's score for The Ten Commandments (1956), a 2-LP set that played longer than the usual record album. Hamilton Records, a subsidiary, was founded in 1958 for rockabilly and rhythm & blues. 

It distributed Steed Records and the only two records from Carnival, owned by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. Two other subsidiary labels were created: Crystalette Records and Acta Records. In 1967, Dot picked up distribution of DynoVoice, owned by Bob Crewe, from Bell Records. Later that year, Randy Wood left to found Ranwood Records with Lawrence Welk. Pat Boone and Eddie Fisher recorded successful singles and albums for Dot. Of these, Eddie Fisher Today was the most popular and included popular standards of the day, but Fisher had no substantial hit singles during his Dot contract.

Country music label

Two years after Paramount was purchased by Gulf and Western in 1968, Dot was rebranded as a country music label under the umbrella of the Famous Music Group, which took over management at the end of 1971. This included Paramount Records, Stax (until 1970), and Blue Thumb, with distribution of Sire (now owned by Warner Music Group) and Neighborhood, originally owned by Melanie Safka. By 1968, Lawrence Welk had acquired his Dot back catalog and subsequently reissued the material on his own Ranwood label. With the rest of the Famous Music Group, in 1974, Dot was bought by ABC, which had tried to purchase the label years before, and discontinued the label at the start of 1978. The ABC/Dot headquarters became the Nashville office of ABC Records, a division of the American Broadcasting Company.

ABC Records was then sold to MCA Records in 1979. MCA's Nashville division briefly revived the Dot label in 1985–86 for a series of one-off albums by country music artists such as Jan Howard, Jeanne Pruett, Jim Ed Brown and the Browns, Carl Perkins, Billie Jo Spears, Porter Wagoner, and Tompall Glaser. The merger of the MCA Records and PolyGram Records families became the foundation for Universal Music Group in 1999. Currently, the Dot pop music catalog is managed by Universal Music's Geffen Records. The country back catalog is managed by the former Decca and Coral unit, which was rebranded as MCA Nashville. Randy Wood died at age 94 in his La Jolla, California, home on April 9, 2011, from complications after a fall. 

Revival

Big Machine Records revived the Dot Records name for a new label in March 2014. The label's first signees included Maddie and Tae, Drake White, and Steven Tyler. Big Machine discontinued the label in 2017.

Artists

  • Hal Aloma
  • Arthur Alexander
  • Steve Allen
  • The American Breed (Acta)
  • The Andrews Sisters
  • Ernie Andrews
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Gene Austin
  • Charles Ashman
  • Jack Barlow
  • Count Basie
  • Eddie Baxter
  • The Baskerville Hounds
  • Danny Boy (Danny Wahlquist)
  • Al Bollington (British organist)
  • Pat Boone
  • Pat & Shirley Boone
  • Barbara Eden
  • Jimmy Boyd
  • Walter Brennan
  • Jim Ed Brown & The Browns
  • The Blenders
  • Browning Bryant
  • Rusty Bryant
  • Jerry Burke
  • Ashley Campbell
  • Jo Ann Castle
  • The Chantays
  • Children of Rain
  • Roy Clark
  • Sanford Clark
  • Colours[14]
  • Helen Cornelius
  • Don Cornell
  • Eddie Costa
  • The Counts
  • Brian Collins
  • Bob Crosby
  • Mac Curtis
  • Velva Darnell
  • The Dartells
  • Jimmy Dee
  • The Dell-Vikings
  • Frank DeRosa
  • Lonnie Donegan
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Jim Doval and the Gauchos
  • Barbara Eden
  • The Fairmount Singers
  • Donna Fargo
  • Fear Itself
  • Freddy Fender
  • Jack Fina
  • The Fireballs
  • Eddie Fisher
  • Myron Floren
  • Brian Foley
  • The Fontane Sisters
  • The Four Lads
  • William Frawley
  • Bob Gaddy
  • Cecil Gant
  • Jan Garber
  • Althea Gibson
  • Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
  • The Griffin Brothers featuring Margie Day
  • The Griffin Brothers featuring Tommy Brown
  • The Griffin Brothers
  • Bonnie Guitar
  • The Jack Halloran Singers
  • Hamilton Streetcar
  • Roy Head[15]
  • Milt Herth (organist)
  • The Hilltoppers
  • Ivory Joe Hunter
  • Tab Hunter
  • Gunilla Hutton
  • The Illusion (Steed)
  • Tommy Jackson
  • Harry James
  • Denise Jannah
  • Carol Jarvis
  • Danny Kaye
  • Sandra Kaylor
  • Sylvia and the Five Panthers
  • Dr. Charles Kendall
  • The Kendalls
  • Gary Usher
  • Jack Kerouac[16]
  • Anita Kerr
  • Andy Kim (Steed)
  • Sonny Knight
  • The Lennon Sisters
  • Wally Lewis
  • Liberace
  • Jim Lowe
  • Warren Luening
  • Robin Luke
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Johnny Maddox
  • Barbara Mandrell
  • Tony Martin
  • Wink Martindale
  • Wink Martindale & Robin Ward
  • Robin McNamara (Steed)
  • The Mills Brothers
  • Mike Minor
  • Mint Tattoo
  • Vaughn Monroe
  • Tiny Morrie
  • Greg Morris
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Jack Narz
  • Jimmy Newman
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Ken Nordine
  • Nervous Norvus
  • Larry Novak
  • Tommy Overstreet
  • Bunny Paul
  • Eddie Peabody
  • The Phantom
  • Nancy Priddy
  • Louis Prima
  • Jeanne Pruett
  • Bobby Rand
  • Jimmie Rodgers
  • Mitch Ryder (DynoVoice)
  • John Wesley Ryles
  • San Francisco Hub Caps (pseudonym for George Wright - album made using percussion section of Pasadena Studio pipe organ)
  • Lalo Schifrin
  • John Serry Sr.
  • Ray Sharpe
  • The Shields
  • The Shires
  • Six Fat Dutchmen
  • Keely Smith
  • Margo Smith
  • Sharon Smith
  • Jo-El Sonnier
  • Jimmy Spellman
  • The Split Level
  • Joe Stampley
  • Dodie Stevens
  • Val Stöecklein
  • Gale Storm
  • The String-A-Longs
  • The Sunshine Boys
  • The Surfaris
  • Hank Thompson
  • Diana Trask
  • Helen Traubel
  • Steven Tyler
  • Leroy Van Dyke
  • Billy Vaughn
  • Robin Ward
  • Lawrence Welk
  • The Lawrence Welk Glee Club
  • Drake White
  • Margaret Whiting
  • Don Williams
  • Easy Williams
  • Lew Williams
  • Mac Wiseman
  • Jimmy Work
  • George Wright
  • Dr. Norman Wright
  • Yankee Dollar
  • Barry Young

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