Dunhill Records was started by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts in 1964 as Dunhill Productions, originally for the purpose of releasing Johnny Rivers recordings on Imperial Records. It became a record label in 1965 and was distributed by ABC Records. Adler sold his shares to ABC Records in 1966, this created ABC Dunhill Records. Afterwards Adler launched Ode Records. Alvin Al Bennett (died in March of 1989) was the co-founder of Liberty Records, and its president until 1968. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Johnny Rivers (born John Ramistella on November 7, 1942) is an American rock and roll singer from New York City. ... Imperial Records has been the name of at least three different record labels of the 20th century. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... ABC Dunhill Records starts when ABC Records purchases Dunhill Records They purchase Duke Records and Peacock Records on 23 May 1973. ... Ode Records was started by Lou Adler in 1967 after he sold Dunhill Records to ABC Records. ...
Some of the better known Dunhill artists include Barry McGuire, The Mamas & the Papas, Three Dog Night, and The Grass Roots. Barry McGuire (born 15 October 1935) is an American singer-songwriter. ... The Mamas & the Papas were a leading vocal group of the 1960s, and one of the few American groups to maintain widespread success during the British Invasion, along with The Beach Boys. ... Three Dog Night was an American rock and roll band active from 1968 to 1975. ...
Dunhill 4001 was by Shelley Fabares, a former Colpix artist, and 4002 was by Willie & the Wheels, another of Sloan and Barri's pseudonyms.
The tape for Barry McGuire'srecording of "California Dreamin'" was used for the Mamas and the Papas hit version of "California Dreamin'" by dumping McGuire's voice and adding lead vocals by the group members instead.
Dunhill's biggest act, however, was Three Dog Night, a septet of three singing and four non-singing musicians, specializing in judicious and soulful rock, pop and R&B covers.
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