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Dot Records
Dot Records
is 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
Republic Records
unit of Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
(which owns the original Dot Records
Dot Records
catalogue). It is based in Nashville, Tennessee.


1 History

1.1 Early years 1.2 Sold to Paramount 1.3 Country music
Country music
label 1.4 Revival

2 Artists 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Early years[edit] The original headquarters of Dot Records
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.[1] 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
Dot Records
bought many recordings by small local independent labels and issued them nationally. Sold to Paramount[edit]

Dot Records
Dot Records
logo after its sale to Paramount Pictures
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),[2] 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
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
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.[3] Country music
Country music

Dot's logo after Gulf+Western
acquired Paramount. The Paramount logo was removed when Famous Music took over.

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.[4] 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 catalogue and subsequently reissued the material on his own Ranwood label.[5] 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.[6] The ABC/Dot headquarters became the Nashville office of ABC Records, a division of the American Broadcasting Company.

The ABC/ Dot Records
Dot Records
logo. The logo first read 'ABC/Dot' and the word 'Records' was added later.[7]

ABC Records
ABC Records
was then sold to MCA Records
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
Jim Ed Brown
and the Browns, Carl Perkins, Billie Jo Spears, Porter Wagoner, and Tompall Glaser.[8] The merger of the MCA Records
MCA Records
and PolyGram Records families became the foundation for Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
in 1999. Currently, the Dot pop music catalogue is managed by Universal Music's Geffen Records. The country back catalogue 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[edit] Big Machine Records
Big Machine Records
revived the Dot Records
Dot Records
name for a new label in March 2014.[9][10] The label's first signees include Maddie and Tae,[11] Drake White,[12] and Steven Tyler.[13] Artists[edit] This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. (** indicates a master purchase/lease from another record company)


Hal Aloma Arthur Alexander Steve Allen The American Breed
The American Breed
(Acta) The Andrews Sisters Ernie Andrews Louis Armstrong Gene Austin 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
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 The Fairmount Singers Donna Fargo Fear Itself Freddy Fender Jack Fina The Fireballs Eddie Fisher Myron Floren The Fontane Sisters The Four Lads William Frawley Bob Gaddy Cecil Gant Jan Garber Althea Gibson Jimmy Gilmer
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
Andy Kim
(Steed) Sonny Knight The Lennon Sisters Wally Lewis Liberace Jim Lowe Warren Luening Robin Luke** Johnny Maddox Barbara Mandrell Tony Martin Wink Martindale Wink Martindale
Wink Martindale
& Robin Ward Robin McNamara
Robin McNamara
(Steed) The Mills Brothers Mike Minor Mint Tattoo Vaughn Monroe Tiny Morrie Greg Morris Mount Rushmore Jack Narz Jimmy Newman Leonard Nimoy[17] 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
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 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 Sharon Smith Leroy Van Dyke Billy Vaughn Robin Ward Lawrence Welk The Lawrence Welk
Lawrence Welk
Glee Club Margaret Whiting Don Williams Easy Williams Lew Williams Mac Wiseman Jimmy Work George Wright Dr. Norman Wright Yankee Dollar Barry Young

See also[edit]

Music portal

List of record labels Dot Records
Dot Records


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Dot Records
Story, Part 1". Bsnpubs.com. 2003-05-06. Retrieved 2014-05-29.  ^ "demillegenlrelease1.htm". Widescreenmuseum.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20.  ^ "Dot Album Discography, Part 5 (1968-1973)". Bsnpubs.com. 2003-11-16. Retrieved 2014-05-29.  ^ "Dot Album Discography, Part 5 (1968-1973)". Bsnpubs.com. 2003-11-16. Retrieved 2014-05-29.  ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1968-04-20. Retrieved 2014-05-29.  ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1978-01-14. Retrieved 2010-09-20.  ^ "Dot Album Discography, Part 6 (1971–1977)". Bsnpubs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29.  ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1985-10-12. Retrieved 2015-03-02.  ^ Rau, Nate (24 March 2014). "Big Machine resurrects Dot Records name". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 27 March 2014.  ^ " Republic Records
Republic Records
Revive Legendary Dot Records". Big Machine Label Group. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-05-29.  ^ DOT RECORDS ANNOUNCES MADDIE & TAE AS INAUGURAL ACT ON ROSTER Archived July 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 11, 2014 ^ "BMLG's Dot Records
Dot Records
Signs Drake White". MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication - News, Songs From Music City. Retrieved 2016-03-25.  ^ " Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler
Signs With Big Machine Label Group". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-25.  ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Allmusic.com". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20.  ^ "The Story of Roy Head
Roy Head
and The Traits". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20.  ^ Birmingham, Jed (2006-03-22). "Beat Vinyl: Reports from the Bibliographic Bunker". Realitystudio.org. Supervert. Retrieved 2007-11-14. The ultimate Beat Generation collectible on vinyl might be Jack Kerouac’s Poetry of the Beat Generation on Dot Records.  ^ DeMara, Bruce (2015-02-27). "Leonard Nimoy, who died Feb. 27 at the age of 83, was more than his most famous character, Spock. He also wrote poetry, sang and loved photography". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 

External links[edit]

Official site The Dot Records
Dot Records
Story Singles discography Billy Vaughn
Billy Vaughn
& Dot recording stars (interviewed 2.22.1968) on the Pop Chronicles
Pop Chronicles
(audio). Dot Records
Dot Records
on the Internet Archive's Grea