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Polydor Records is a record label once headquartered in Germany. It was originally an independent branch of Deutsche Grammophon. The Polydor name was first used as an export label after World War I when the British and German branches of the Gramophone Company cut their ties. Deutsch Grammophon claimed the rights to the His Master's Voice trademark for Germany. Exported records were released on the Polydor label. Polydor evolved into a popular music label while Deutsche Grammophon became a classical music label. Deutsche Grammophon lost its rights to the His Master's Voice trademark to EMI as part of Germany's surrender terms at the end of World War II. In the 1970s, Polydor merged with giant Philips owned Phonogram Records to create PolyGram. The Polydor label continued run as its own label under the new company. Image File history File links Polydor_logo. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Deutsche Grammophon is a German record company. ... World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machine guns, and poison gas. ... The Gramophone Company, based in the United Kingdom, was one of the early recording companies. ... His Masters Voice, often abbreviated to HMV, is a famous trademark in the music business, and for many years was the name of a large record company. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and mostly distributed commercially. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Hammersmith in London, in the United Kingdom. ... This is the current Improvement Drive collaboration! World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ... Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ...


In the early 1960s orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert signed unknowns Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers to Polydor. The Beat Brothers, of course, were actually The Beatles, and less than two years later, with a new drummer and new haircuts and now signed to Parlophone, became one of the biggest and most influential groups the world has ever seen. According to the film The Filth and the Fury, Polydor was also one of the companies that took interest in the Sex Pistols in 1976, but lost to EMI. The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... An orchestra is a musical ensemble used most often in classical music. ... Bert Kaempfert Bert Kaempfert (b. ... Tony Sheridan, born Andrew Esmond Sheridan McGinnity, (May 21, 1940), is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... The Beatles were a British rock/pop group from Liverpool, England. ... Parlophone is a record label which was founded in Germany prior to World War I by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ... The Filth and the Fury is a reference to a headline featured on British tabloid paper the Sun after an interview on BBC Televisions Today with Bill Grundy; Siouxsie Sioux (of Banshees fame) was a 17 year old groupie who was on the show with the drunken Pistols when... The Sex Pistols were, despite their short existence, one of the most influential English punk bands. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Hammersmith in London, in the United Kingdom. ...


Artists signed to Polydor include James Brown, the Bee Gees, ABBA, Cole Porter, Pl├ícido Domingo, The Who, Gloria Gaynor, Cream, Petula Clark, Toots Thielemans, Bill Deal, Shocking Blue, The Allman Brothers Band, Gwen Guthrie, Bananarama, Double, Powderfinger, Paul Anka, James Last, Peaches & Herb, Jean-Michel Jarre, Eric Clapton, The Cure, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Fat Boys, Lutricia McNeal, Ten Wheel Drive, Vangelis, Lighthouse Family, The Fat Bag Band and Julio Iglesias. James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ... The Bee Gees were a British band, formed in Australia. ... ABBA (clockwise from top left: Anni-Frid (Frida), Benny, Agnetha, Björn) on the cover of their single Summer Night City. ... Cole Porter Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. ... Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo (born January 21, 1941) is a famous Spanish opera singer, well-known for a voice that is versatile, strong and possessed of a ringing and clear tone throughout its range. ... The Who is a British rock band of 1960s and 1970s fame. ... Gloria Gaynor Gloria Gaynor (real name Gloria Fowles, born September 7, 1949 in Newark, New Jersey) is a singer best-known for the disco hits I Will Survive (Hot 100 #1, 1979) and Never Can Say Goodbye (Hot 100 #9, 1974). ... Cream was a seminal 1960s British rock band which featured guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. ... Petula Clark on the cover of her latest DVD/CD release Petula Sally Olwen Clark (born November 15, 1932), CBE, is a British singer, actress, and composer, best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. ... Jean Toots Thielemans (born Brussels, April 29, 1922) is a Belgian jazz artist well known for his harmonica play. ... Shocking Blue were a Dutch rock band from The Hague that existed from 1967 to 1974. ... The Allman Brothers Band is a pioneering and innovative Southern rock and blues group from Macon, Georgia originally popular in the 1970s, described by Rolling Stones George Kimball in 1971 as the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in the past five years [1]. The... Gwen Guthrie (July 14 (some sources say July 9) 1950 - February 3, 1999) was an American singer and songwriter, who also sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, and Madonna among others, and wrote songs for Ben E. King and Roberta Flack. ... Bananaramas members on the cover of their 1984 album Bananarama. Bananarama is a British girl group that found worldwide fame with their melodic pop songs. ... Look up Double on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Double can mean: In baseball, a double is a two-base hit. ... Powderfinger Powderfinger is a successful Australian rock band. ... Paul Anka receiving the Order of Canada from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a ceremony performed at Rideau Hall on Friday, June 10, 2005. ... James Last (left) together with a fan James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is the worlds most successful German bandleader. ... Peaches & Herbare a vocalist duo comprised of Herbert Herb Feemster and was Patrice Peaches Hawthorne from Philadelphia, Pa. ... Jean-Michel André Jarre (born August 24, 1948 in Lyon, France) is a French composer and producer. ... Eric Patrick Slowhand Clapton Eric Patrick “Slowhand” Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945) is a Grammy Award winning British composer, singer and guitarist who became one of the most respected and influential artists of the rock era, garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... The Cure is a British pop band widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock and post-punk scenes of the 1980s. ... Jimi Hendrix at the Royal Albert Hall, 1969 James Marshall Jimi Hendrix (27 November 1942, Seattle, Washington – 18 September 1970, London, England) was an American musician, songwriter and guitarist, widely hailed by fans and music critics as the most influential electric guitarist of all time. ... Van Morrison in concert, 1974 George Ivan Van Morrison (born August 31, 1945) is a Northern Irish singer and songwriter originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... The Fat Boys were a Brooklyn hip-hop music trio who emerged in the early 1980s. ... Lutricia McNeal Lutricia McNeal is an American R&B/pop singer who mainly releases her records and CDs in Europe. ... Ten Wheel Drive were an American Jazz-Rock/Fusion-Band from 1968 to 1974. ... The Greek electronic composer Vangelis in 2001. ... Lighthouse Family were a British Northern soul duo from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. ... Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva (born September 23, 1943) in Madrid, Spain is Spains best selling singer and one of the best-selling Spanish singers of all time. ...


Throughout the 1980s, Polydor continued to do respectable business, in spite of becoming increasingly overshadowed by its PolyGram sister label Mercury Records. A&R manager Frank Neilson was able to score a major top ten hit in March 1981 for the label with "Do The Hucklebuck" by Coast To Coast as well as signing Ian Dury, Billy Fury and The Comsat Angels to the company. The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ian Dury (May 12, 1942 – March 27, 2000) was a rock and roll singer, songwriter, and bandleader. ... Billy Fury (April 17, 1940 - January 28, 1983) was a British pop singer of the 1960s. ...


By the early 1990s, Polydor began to underperform, forcing PolyGram to gut most of its staff and shift it under their newly constructed PLG (PolyGram Label Group), a cost effective outfit designed to guide its lesser performing labels (like Island Records, London Records, Atlas Records, Verve Records) to continue operating without PolyGram wasting/losing more money. The 1990s refers to the years 1990 to 1999; the last decade of the 20th Century, but in an economical sense The Nineties is often considered to span from the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 to the September 11 attacks in 2001. ... Island Records is a record label that was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell. ... London Records was a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom marketing records in the United States and Latin America from 1947 through the 1980s. ... Verve Records was an American Jazz record label, founded by Norman Granz in 1956, which absorbed the catalogues of his earlier labels: Norgran Records and Clef Records (founded 1953). ...


In 1994, as Island Records recovered from its sales slump, PolyGram dissolved most of PLG into it. Meanwhile, Polydor Records and Atlas Records merged into one company (Polydor/Atlas) and was shifted over to operate under another PolyGram subsidiary, A&M Records. In 1995, Polydor/Atlas became simply Polydor Records again. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... A&M Records is a record label formed in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Over the next few years, Polydor tried to keep itself afloat with new artist signings, new releases, and reissues, but ultimately continued to become more and more dormant. In 1998, Universal Music Group bought PolyGram. During the consolidation of these two music giants, Polydor's US operations were dismantled, while its overseas branch remained intact with its records continuing to be distributed domestically through A&M and its new partner Interscope Records. Note: This page should be merged with Music Corporation of America. ...


Today, the Polydor Records name and logo is mostly used on reissues of older material from its 1960s and 1970s heyday. However, in the United Kingdom they continual sign chart-topping acts and remain one of the best pop record labels in the country with artists such as Girls Aloud, Rachel Stevens and Kaiser Chiefs. It also acts as the UK label for the likes of Eminem, Gwen Stefani and Abba. Girls Aloud performing. ... Rachel Stevens on the sleeve to her debut album Funky Dory Rachel Lauren Stevens (born 9 April 1978) is an English singer and actress. ... Kaiser Chiefs are a British indie/britpop band from Leeds, formed early in 2003. ... Eminem, (born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972 in St. ... Gwendolyn Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer and actress, and is the frontwoman of the ska/rock band No Doubt. ... ABBA (clockwise from top left: Anni-Frid (Frida), Benny, Agnetha, Björn) on the cover of their single Summer Night City. ...


See also

The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ...

External links

  • Polydor UK
  • Polydor Germany

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