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Kokomo,his piano and Orchestra - Asia Minor (London Records) Garrard 4HF
Kokomo,his piano and Orchestra - Asia Minor (London Records) Garrard 4HF
Published: 2010/05/29
Channel: mtorringa
Record Shopping In London!
Record Shopping In London!
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Tom L J White
Record Store Walking Tour #22: Reckless Records (Soho, London)
Record Store Walking Tour #22: Reckless Records (Soho, London)
Published: 2013/10/27
Channel: DJ Funktual
To Survive + Dub - W. Brown (London Records)
To Survive + Dub - W. Brown (London Records)
Published: 2011/08/03
Channel: Perilous Selector
A Journey Into Stereophonic Sound London Records LP
A Journey Into Stereophonic Sound London Records LP
Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: databits
Vera Lynn - Rosalie (London Records 1938)
Vera Lynn - Rosalie (London Records 1938)
Published: 2015/02/24
Channel: RoundMidnightTV
Inside Black Market Records in SOHO, London. Before it closed!
Inside Black Market Records in SOHO, London. Before it closed!
Published: 2015/03/01
Channel: Robert Pointer
Portishead - Only You - London Records Vinyl - VPI Scout - Dynavector 10x5 Cartridge
Portishead - Only You - London Records Vinyl - VPI Scout - Dynavector 10x5 Cartridge
Published: 2013/02/12
Channel: The Vinyl Broadcaster
10 years of record breaking at the London Marathon - Guinness World Records
10 years of record breaking at the London Marathon - Guinness World Records
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: Guinness World Records
Frijid Pink - House Of The Rising Sun on Mono 1970 London Records.
Frijid Pink - House Of The Rising Sun on Mono 1970 London Records.
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: VinylOldiesJukebox
Ustad Mehdi Hassan Live at London (1) - Oct 1990 - Navras Records
Ustad Mehdi Hassan Live at London (1) - Oct 1990 - Navras Records
Published: 2013/03/01
Channel: navrasrecords
Jamaica Break 4x100m World Record At London 2012 | Olympic Records
Jamaica Break 4x100m World Record At London 2012 | Olympic Records
Published: 2013/08/17
Channel: Olympic
Hospital Records Podcast #342 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #342 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: Hospital Records
Andy C Live @ Printworks London 25 Years Of Ram Records 28/10/2017 #RAM25
Andy C Live @ Printworks London 25 Years Of Ram Records 28/10/2017 #RAM25
Published: 2017/10/29
Channel: The DnB Experience
The Hospital Records Christmas Podcast 2016
The Hospital Records Christmas Podcast 2016
Published: 2016/12/22
Channel: Hospital Records
Camo & Krooked @ Printworks London 25 Years Of Ram Records 28/10/2017 #RAM25
Camo & Krooked @ Printworks London 25 Years Of Ram Records 28/10/2017 #RAM25
Published: 2017/10/30
Channel: The DnB Experience
Guinness World Records Attempts in London!! - Fastest Lego Tower! (Family Vlog)
Guinness World Records Attempts in London!! - Fastest Lego Tower! (Family Vlog)
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: Gorgeous Movies
Hospital Records Podcast #341 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #341 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Hospital Records
D&BTV Live #208 Hospital Records Takeover - London Elektricity
D&BTV Live #208 Hospital Records Takeover - London Elektricity
Published: 2015/05/13
Channel: Drum&BassArena
Various Artists - London Is The Place For Me 2 (Honest Jon
Various Artists - London Is The Place For Me 2 (Honest Jon's Records) [Full Album]
Published: 2016/01/06
Channel: finetunes Jazz
YAM Records DJs Boiler Room London DJ Set
YAM Records DJs Boiler Room London DJ Set
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: Boiler Room
Beartooth: Guide to London | Red Bull Records
Beartooth: Guide to London | Red Bull Records
Published: 2015/05/15
Channel: Red Bull Records
Wilkinson @ Printworks London 25 Years Of Ram Records 28/10/2017 #RAM25
Wilkinson @ Printworks London 25 Years Of Ram Records 28/10/2017 #RAM25
Published: 2017/10/30
Channel: The DnB Experience
Bad Company @ 25 Years Of Ram Records Printworks London 28/10/2017
Bad Company @ 25 Years Of Ram Records Printworks London 28/10/2017
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: The DnB Experience
Hospital Records Podcast 300 - Live with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast 300 - Live with London Elektricity
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: Hospital Records
Hospital Records Podcast #328 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #328 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/03/28
Channel: Hospital Records
Michael Jackson visits Guinness World Records in London
Michael Jackson visits Guinness World Records in London
Published: 2009/06/26
Channel: Guinness World Records
Hospital Records Podcast #336 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #336 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/07/04
Channel: Hospital Records
YAM Records Boiler Room London DJ Set
YAM Records Boiler Room London DJ Set
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: Boiler Room
Hospital Records Podcast #330 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #330 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: Hospital Records
Hospital Records Podcast #335 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #335 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: Hospital Records
Hospital Records Podcast #337 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #337 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/07/08
Channel: Hospital Records
ROY ORBISON  - HILLBILLY ROCK EP - LONDON RECORDS -  SUN MEMPHIS
ROY ORBISON - HILLBILLY ROCK EP - LONDON RECORDS - SUN MEMPHIS
Published: 2014/06/05
Channel: d pascalini
Hospital Records Podcast #333 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #333 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: Hospital Records
Hyldon de Souza & Pedrinho da Luz - Hey Peter (London Records | 1969)
Hyldon de Souza & Pedrinho da Luz - Hey Peter (London Records | 1969)
Published: 2017/12/09
Channel: André Mod
Calyx & Teebee @ 25 Years Of Ram Records, Printworks London - 28.10.2017
Calyx & Teebee @ 25 Years Of Ram Records, Printworks London - 28.10.2017
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: dr0elf
Hospital Records Podcast #340 with London Elektricity and Whiney
Hospital Records Podcast #340 with London Elektricity and Whiney
Published: 2017/08/06
Channel: Hospital Records
LONDON REGGAE RECORDS SHOPS
LONDON REGGAE RECORDS SHOPS
Published: 2011/10/05
Channel: carlo jahson
Hospital Records Podcast #334 with London Elektricity
Hospital Records Podcast #334 with London Elektricity
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: Hospital Records
USA v Nigeria - USA Break Olympic Points Record - Men
USA v Nigeria - USA Break Olympic Points Record - Men's Basketball Group A | London 2012 Olympics
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: Olympic
Hospital Records at matter London July 2009
Hospital Records at matter London July 2009
Published: 2009/07/14
Channel: matterlondon
Camo & Krooked @ 25 Years Of Ram Records, Printworks London - 28.10.2017
Camo & Krooked @ 25 Years Of Ram Records, Printworks London - 28.10.2017
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: dr0elf
Groove Records, Soho London
Groove Records, Soho London
Published: 2011/08/30
Channel: BeatOfTheStreet
Converse Rubber Tracks: Track of the Week - Theophilus London records "Lisa"
Converse Rubber Tracks: Track of the Week - Theophilus London records "Lisa"
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: Converse
Charlotte Dujardin
Charlotte Dujardin's World Record Breaking Freestyle test at London Olympia
Published: 2014/12/18
Channel: FEI
Paranoid London - Lovin U (Ahh Shit) - Paranoid London Records
Paranoid London - Lovin U (Ahh Shit) - Paranoid London Records
Published: 2014/12/16
Channel: Paranoid London Records
London Elektricity Classic Hospital Records Vinyl Set from DJ Mag HQ
London Elektricity Classic Hospital Records Vinyl Set from DJ Mag HQ
Published: 2014/02/17
Channel: DJ Mag
TOUGH LOVE PRESENTS - GET TWISTED RECORDS (LIGHTBOX LONDON 27.06.14)
TOUGH LOVE PRESENTS - GET TWISTED RECORDS (LIGHTBOX LONDON 27.06.14)
Published: 2014/06/30
Channel: Tough Love
Nicky Blackmarket @ Blackmarket Records in Soho, London
Nicky Blackmarket @ Blackmarket Records in Soho, London
Published: 2009/11/02
Channel: Future DnB
Paranoid London, Mutado Pintado - 300 Hangovers A Year (Official) Paranoid London Records/PDONLP001D
Paranoid London, Mutado Pintado - 300 Hangovers A Year (Official) Paranoid London Records/PDONLP001D
Published: 2015/11/24
Channel: Above Board Distribution
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London Records
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Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1947 (1947)
Founder Edward Lewis
Distributor(s) Universal (pre-Polygram and current artists)
Warner Music Group and Because Music (PolyGram catalogue)
Genre Various

London Records is a record label in the U.K. that marketed records in the U.S, Canada, and Latin America from 1947 to 1979 before becoming semi-independent.

History[edit]

Gramophone era logo

London arose from the split in ownership between the British and American branches of Decca Records. The American branch released British Decca records in the U.S. since it could not use the "Decca" name there. The label was noted for classical albums made in then state-of-the-art stereophonic sound, and such artists as Georg Solti, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti.

The London name was also used by British Decca in the UK market for releases taken from American labels which British Decca licensed, such as Imperial, Chess, Dot, Atlantic, Specialty and Sun, and the first two UK releases from Motown. By the 1960s more licensing deals had been made with Big Top, Monument, Parrot, Philles, and Hi, and subsidiary labels were London Atlantic, London Dot and London Monument (the last featuring Roy Orbison, who remained with London in the UK even after he signed for MGM Records in the U.S.).

An unusual feature was the letter code in the numbering system. From the late 1950s until 1973, the label bore the logo "London American Recordings", and on Radio Luxembourg it was known as "London American".

1965 London Records trade ad for the Rolling Stones

In America, the label was best known as the American imprint of the pre–1971 recordings of the Rolling Stones (currently owned by ABKCO). The label also originally issued some early LPs and singles by Texas-based band ZZ Top (whose catalog went to Warner Brothers when the band moved there).

In the late 1970s, London signed deals with Bomp! Records and with Big Sound in Connecticut, U.S. This changed the label in the eyes of many from a backwater into something a little more "edgy" compared to the pedestrian contemporary releases from parent company Decca.

The president of London Records in the 1970s was D. H. Tollerbond.[1]

After British Decca was acquired by PolyGram in 1979, London followed a more independent course with subsidiary labels such as Slash, Pete Tong's Essential Records and FFRR.

Universal Music Group (the owner of American Decca) acquired PolyGram in 1998;[1] however, by this time, London Records had become a semi-independent label within the PolyGram group operated by Roger Ames. In the 90's Tracy Bennet became President and Colin Bell, Managing Director. When Ames moved to the Warner Music Group, he took the label with him, and so almost all of London's recent back catalogue was acquired by Warner, which also acquired the London name and trademark from Decca [2] (which still owns pre-PolyGram back catalogue). The name is still used, mainly for UK-based artists, and for ex-Factory Records artists. Notable artists released by that incarnation of London, called London Records 90, include New Order, Happy Mondays, A, and Shakespears Sister.

After PolyGram took over British Decca, classical-music albums recorded by British Decca continued to be released on the London label in the U.S., with a logo similar to the Decca classical label logo, until American Decca owner Universal bought British Decca owner PolyGram in 1998, after which they were all reissued on the original British Decca label in the U.S.

The London pop music catalogue owned by Universal Music is now managed by Polydor Records, with US distribution handled by Mercury Records. Decca Records had a recording studio in Blomfield Road, West London; there may have been another in London's West End. In 2010, Universal Music reclaimed ownership of the London Records trademark. On 1 July 2011 Universal Music reclaimed the London Records name and relaunched it under the executive team of Nick Raphael (president) and later Jo Charrington (senior vice president of A&R) who together previously ran Epic Records for Sony Music Entertainment since 2001. Both had started their careers at London Records in the Ames era in the 1990s.[2]

When Nick Raphael became president of Capitol Records's UK division in 2013, London Records moved there,[3] where it currently operates as a subsidiary.

In July 2017, Because Music announced that it would acquire Warner Music 90, the division of WMG that reissued most London Records artists from the PolyGram era. [4] Because completed the deal in August 2017, which includes the rights to over fifty London artists (including Bananarama and Happy Mondays). Warner Music 90 will be rebranded as London Music Stream.[5] Because would also acquire ten French performers (including J.J. Cale and Mano Negra) and The Beta Band from Warners in separate deals.

Subsidiary or associated labels[edit]

London Records had dozens of subsidiary labels throughout its existence. Among the more familiar labels are:

Other subsidiaries (in which many released no more than 1 to 10 singles) include: Astra, All Boy, Antler, Ashley, Auburn, Boot, Beacon, Best, Brite Leaf, Buckley, Cannon, Cedwicke, CGD, Chairman, Chicory, Cinderella, Circle, Coliseum, Collier, Counsel, Country Capers, Damark, Deaux, Detroit, Domain, Dover, Edit, Eric (not to be confused with the reissue label of the same name), Folk Sing, G.S.P., George, Goldwax, Great, Gulf, Hi Country, Image, Imco, Jay Boy, Johen, K&G, KAB, Keith, Kingfish, LeJoint, London International, Louis, M.O.C., Mach, Magna Glide, Marlin, Medway, Nefi, PAC, Palomar, Pawn, Pen, P-K-M, President, Renegade, Richmond, Ritz, Running Bear, Sahara, SCA, Scarlet, Shar-Dee, Shell, Siana, Spark, Splash, Stage, Sultan, Tahoe, Tarheel, Telefunken, Terrace, Tibor, Tilt, Topix, Unison, Valerie, Watch and XYZ

Artists[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cat People, Bill Hayward, introduction by Rogers E. M. Whitaker. New York: Dolphin/Doubleday, 1978 (p. 132)
  2. ^ "Raphael to relaunch London Records for Universal | UNLIMITED | CMU". Thecmuwebsite.com. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Universal Music Group". Universalmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  4. ^ https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/confirms-acquisition-london-records-catalogue/
  5. ^ http://www.musicweek.com/labels/read/because-group-acquires-catalogue-of-iconic-london-records/069420

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