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Fontana Records

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Parent company  Isolation Network
Country of origin  U.S.
Parent organization  Universal Music Group
Genre  Various
Founded  1954
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Distributor(s)  Philips Records (1954–72) PolyGram Group Distribution (1972–99) Fontana Distribution (1999–present)
Location  Los Angeles, California
Official website  www.fontanadistribution.com
Artists  The Spencer Davis Gro, Dave Dee - Dozy - Beaky - Mi, Manfred Mann, Spencer Davis, The Pretty Things
Albums  Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg, Milk & Kisses, Four‑Calendar Café, Faintly Blowing, Tangerine Dream

Fontana Records is a record label which was started in the 1950s as a subsidiary of the Dutch Philips Records. The independent label distributor Fontana Distribution takes its name from the label.

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History

Fontana started in the 1950s as a subsidiary of the Dutch Philips Records; when Philips restructured its music operations, it dropped Fontana in favor of Vertigo Records.

Fontana's U.S. counterpart label was started in 1964 and distributed by Philips US subsidiary Mercury Records. The initial single release (F 1501) was a wild teen beat instrumental by famed British session drummer Bobby Graham, both sides featuring Jimmy Page on guitar. Among the hitmakers were Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders (then on their own simply as the Mindbenders), the Troggs, the New Vaudeville Band and Steam, all of whom had No. 1 hits on the label. Other successful Fontana artists included Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, the Silkie, Nana Mouskouri, the Pretty Things, the Herd, Gloria Lynne and the duo of Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg. The label also served as an outlet for other British acts such as the Merseybeats, the Others, Eden Kane, the Escorts and Sight & Sound.

In some cases, Fontana was early on artists who achieved greater fame and fortune with subsequent releases for other labels like the Spencer Davis Group, the Guess Who, Don Partridge and Helen Reddy. It was also an outlet for some of the productions James Brown recorded under his deal with sister label Smash Records including Vicki Anderson. Mercury discontinued the label (and one other subsidiary, Smash Records) in 1970.

Fontana's British division was the UK licensee for Motown Records (in 1961), Columbia Records and Epic Records (until 1962), Vanguard Records (until 1967), Mainstream Records and ESP-Disk. As with Philips, labels were blue for singles, black for EPs and LPs. In 1972, PolyGram acquired the dormant label.

In the UK and Europe, the Fontana label was largely dormant after 1974, although in 1980-81 it was used for releases by Sector 27 and Dennis Bovell. Fontana was revived in the late 1980s as an outlet for acts such as Tears for Fears, the Teardrop Explodes, Pere Ubu, Cocteau Twins and Swing Out Sister, and was active in the 1990s, releasing music for acts such as House of Love, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Ocean Colour Scene, Oleta Adams and James. It is currently an active division of Fontana Distribution, using the same logo.

The label's only artists as of March 2013 are Brooke Hogan and Papoose.

US label variations

  • 1964—Pink label
  • 1965-1970—Light blue or slightly darker-toned blue label (some of these labels were stamped with an "S")
  • 1980s—Black and silver label
  • References

    Fontana Records Wikipedia


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