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The Trammps - Disco Inferno (RSO Records 1976)
The Trammps - Disco Inferno (RSO Records 1976)
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
The Bee Gees - More Than A Woman (RSO Records 1977)
The Bee Gees - More Than A Woman (RSO Records 1977)
Published: 2015/01/17
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
The Bee Gees - Night Fever (RSO Records 1977)
The Bee Gees - Night Fever (RSO Records 1977)
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
RSO Records/Paramount Pictures logos (1977)
RSO Records/Paramount Pictures logos (1977)
Published: 2015/05/10
Channel: Maxim Atanasov
M.F.S.B. - K-Jee (RSO Records 1975)
M.F.S.B. - K-Jee (RSO Records 1975)
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
Yvonne Elliman - If I Can
Yvonne Elliman - If I Can't Have You (RSO Records 1978)
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
David Naughton - Makin
David Naughton - Makin' It (RSO Records 1978)
Published: 2013/06/02
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
The Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing (RSO Records 1977)
The Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing (RSO Records 1977)
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
David Shire - Manhattan Skyline (RSO Records 1977)
David Shire - Manhattan Skyline (RSO Records 1977)
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
Bee Gees - More Than a Woman [Long Version]
Bee Gees - More Than a Woman [Long Version]
Published: 2013/12/16
Channel: HitsTownUSA
Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing  [Short Mono 45RPM]
Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing [Short Mono 45RPM]
Published: 2017/08/27
Channel: HitsTownUSA
rso records/paramount pictures logos 1977
rso records/paramount pictures logos 1977
Published: 2017/10/24
Channel: JCANIMACIONES & media
A Got Some Records From Columbia Records RSO Records And Master Records From Dec 12 2017
A Got Some Records From Columbia Records RSO Records And Master Records From Dec 12 2017
Published: 2017/12/17
Channel: tyler ceci
Greased Lightnin
Greased Lightnin' - John Travolta & Jeff Conaway - "Grease" Soundtrack
Published: 2018/01/20
Channel: Phono Muse
Closing to Saturday Night Fever 1982 VHS [True HQ]
Closing to Saturday Night Fever 1982 VHS [True HQ]
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: Jordan Rios
Grease-The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1978)
Grease-The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1978)
Published: 2016/04/30
Channel: sunflower0074
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Tripping Out - RSO RECORDS - 1980.wmv
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Tripping Out - RSO RECORDS - 1980.wmv
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: ujima wanduta
HIGHWAY.........YOU MADE A FOOL
HIGHWAY.........YOU MADE A FOOL
Published: 2012/05/18
Channel: apartfromthecrowd
The Bee Gees - Stayin
The Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (RSO Records 1977)
Published: 2015/01/23
Channel: DiscoSaturdayNightTV
Rick Dees - Disco Duck (12
Rick Dees - Disco Duck (12'' Promo RSO Records Remixed)
Published: 2011/12/18
Channel: Arnold Torres
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER STAYING ALIVE  BEE GEES 1977 RSO RECORDS
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER STAYING ALIVE BEE GEES 1977 RSO RECORDS
Published: 2013/09/30
Channel: Santiago Acuña
Bee Gees - Night Fever   [45RPM]
Bee Gees - Night Fever [45RPM]
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: HitsTownUSA
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: HitsTownUSA
Bee Gees - Stayin Alive (Vinyl)
Bee Gees - Stayin Alive (Vinyl)
Published: 2015/09/20
Channel: JkStudioArgentina
TIMES SQUARE PROMO FROM RSO RECORDS 1980 *PROFANITY WARNING*
TIMES SQUARE PROMO FROM RSO RECORDS 1980 *PROFANITY WARNING*
Published: 2012/02/24
Channel: PSYCHOTICNORMAN
Opie & Anthony   U2, RSO Records & Pete Townshend
Opie & Anthony U2, RSO Records & Pete Townshend's Questioning 03 10 2014
Published: 2014/11/28
Channel: ceska Lebrana
Sunset 8335 formerly RSO Records
Sunset 8335 formerly RSO Records
Published: 2009/03/26
Channel: Ben Brosseau
DAVID SHIRE-MANHATTAN SKYLINE-R.S.O. Records-1977-
DAVID SHIRE-MANHATTAN SKYLINE-R.S.O. Records-1977-
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: Dino Dance
You And I 💘 Madleen Kane (1979)
You And I 💘 Madleen Kane (1979)
Published: 2018/01/19
Channel: Melodia
Bee Gees - Stayin
Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (Special Disco Version) 1977 - Vinyl
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: Juan Carlos Baez
RSO Performance @ Innovation Records
RSO Performance @ Innovation Records
Published: 2014/08/15
Channel: RSO Performance
Bee Gees - Jive Talkin
Bee Gees - Jive Talkin' [45RPM]
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: HitsTownUSA
Ross 1974 (full album - very rare)
Ross 1974 (full album - very rare)
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Vitus Vittelli
"Saturday Night Fever" OST [on Vinyl]
"Saturday Night Fever" OST [on Vinyl]
Published: 2011/11/21
Channel: VinylDiscoveries
John Stewart - Gold  [Edit]
John Stewart - Gold [Edit]
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: HitsTownUSA
Caffeine & Cigarettes - Brazilian Funk
Caffeine & Cigarettes - Brazilian Funk
Published: 2018/01/14
Channel: IMVGINE
RSO LA LEYENDA _NO TE VALLAS LEYENDA RECORDS
RSO LA LEYENDA _NO TE VALLAS LEYENDA RECORDS
Published: 2012/06/27
Channel: Leyenda RecordsTV
Bee Gees - Jive Talkin
Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'
Published: 2015/10/04
Channel: bobexr3
The Rockets- Lost Forever-Left For Dreaming
The Rockets- Lost Forever-Left For Dreaming
Published: 2010/08/10
Channel: DocRoc44
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
Published: 2015/10/04
Channel: bobexr3
Look At Me, I
Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee - Stockard Channing - "Grease" Soundtrack
Published: 2018/01/20
Channel: Phono Muse
Woman - Billy London
Woman - Billy London
Published: 2009/06/04
Channel: barthandco
Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted to You (Grease)
Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted to You (Grease)
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Gabriel Ezequiel
Bee Gees - Stayin
Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: bobexr3
OBM - Record label - RSO Records
OBM - Record label - RSO Records
Published: 2016/11/20
Channel: Our Best Moments
MISTRESS.....MISTRUSTED LOVE
MISTRESS.....MISTRUSTED LOVE
Published: 2010/05/13
Channel: apartfromthecrowd
Benzino: RSO Was About to Sign to Ruthless Records Before Eazy-E Died
Benzino: RSO Was About to Sign to Ruthless Records Before Eazy-E Died
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: djvlad
Those Magic Changes - Sha-Na-Na - "Grease" Soundtrack
Those Magic Changes - Sha-Na-Na - "Grease" Soundtrack
Published: 2018/01/20
Channel: Phono Muse
Yvonne Elliman - Hello Stranger  [45RPM]
Yvonne Elliman - Hello Stranger [45RPM]
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: HitsTownUSA
Yvonne Elliman - If I Can
Yvonne Elliman - If I Can't Have You (Disco Version)
Published: 2012/03/12
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RSO Records
RSO Records.jpg
Founded 1973
Founder
Defunct 1983
Status Absorbed into Polydor
Distributor(s) Universal Music Group (Capitol for the Bee Gees; Polydor for all other artists)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States

RSO Records was a record label formed by rock and roll and musical theatre impresario Robert Stigwood and record executive Al Coury in 1973.[1][2] The "RSO" stands for the Robert Stigwood Organisation. The company's main headquarters were at 67 Brook Street, in London's Mayfair. It underwent four distribution stages: by Atlantic Records from March 1973 to December 1975, by Polydor Records from January 1976 to December 1977, as an independent label under the PolyGram Group umbrella from January 1978 to around October 1981, and finally by PolyGram Records from around November 1981 until the label's end in 1983.[3]

RSO managed the careers of several superstars (Bee Gees, Yvonne Elliman, Eric Clapton, Andy Gibb), and, as a record label, released the soundtracks to Fame, Sparkle, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Times Square, Grease (over 30 million copies sold worldwide), and Saturday Night Fever (over 35 million copies sold worldwide). The release of the latter two albums made RSO one of the most financially successful labels of the 1970s.

As successful as the label was financially, the independent label produced successes on the pop charts never before seen by the recording industry. By one point in 1978, the label boasted an unprecedented sixth consecutive number-one single on the Billboard (US) pop charts, holding the top spot for 21 consecutive weeks. With singles releases from the Grease album ("You're the One That I Want", and the title track) and another huge Andy Gibb smash ("Shadow Dancing"), RSO would log a further 10 weeks at the number 1 position, giving the label a record nine in one calendar year. This feat remains unduplicated by any record label to date.[citation needed] It also released a one-off single that summer by Paul Jones, featuring orchestrated ballad-style versions of two punk classics, "Pretty Vacant" and "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker".

As well as the label was operating in 1978, the disastrous commercial and critical failure of RSO's movie version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band crippled the company. The woes of this failure were only somewhat offset by the middle of 1979, as the Bee Gees album Spirits Having Flown went on to eventually sell nearly 20 million copies (with the album producing three further number 1 singles that each sold more than one million copies in their own right).

In 1980, the label's most famous act, the Bee Gees, filed a $200 million lawsuit against both RSO and Stigwood, claiming mismanagement. The lawsuit was subsequently settled for an undisclosed amount, and after a public reconciliation, the band remained with the label until its dissolution.

By 1981, Stigwood had ended his involvement with the label, which was absorbed into PolyGram a few years later. All previous RSO releases were later re-released under Polydor's label, which is now owned by Universal Music Group.

The Star Wars soundtracks would pass through several hands before ultimately ending up with Sony Classical in the 90s and finally Walt Disney Records after Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd., while the Bee Gees catalog reverted to the Gibb family, who set up a new distribution arrangement with Warner's Reprise Records, which reissued their albums and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack until 2016, when the Bee Gees signed a deal with Universal's Capitol Records.

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Stigwood explained the inspiration for RSO Records's akabeko logo in a 2001 interview for Billboard:

Label variations[edit]

  • Atlantic Records-owned label: Peach label with small logo
  • Polydor-owned label: Tan label with large logo, Polydor logo at bottom perimeter of label
  • Independently owned label: Tan label with larger logo
  • Polygram-owned label: Silver label with large logo
  • RSO Top Line reissue Label: White label with gold or silver star, very small logo at top of label between TOP and LINE

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RSO Album Discography, Part 2". Bsnpubs.com. 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Al Coury, Promotions Man Who 'Worked His Magic' with Beatles, Beach Boys, and Pink Floyd, Dead at 78". Billboard. 
  3. ^ "RSO Label Discography - USA". 45cat. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  4. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 2001-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 

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