Kama Sutra Records

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Kama Sutra Records
Founding: 1964-1976
Founder: Arthur Ripp, Hy Mizrahi, Phil Steinberg
Distribution: since 1982 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Genre: Rock , rock 'n' roll , country rock
Founding country: United States

Kama Sutra Records was an American independent label founded in 1965 that existed until 1976.

Development phase

The record label emerged from Kama Sutra Productions , which Arthur Ripp, Hy Mizrahi and Phil Steinberg started together in 1964, after Art Kass joined the company in 1965.

Kama Sutra began recording catalog # 200 in New York City in February 1965 and had Do You Believe in Magic? by The Lovin 'Spoonful (# 201) in August 1965 a top 10 hit. This group developed into the main success of the label, as # 211 ( Summer in the City ) already sold 1.8 million copies. However, this band was not directly under contract here, but through the production company Koppelman & Rubin Associates founded in April 1965 by Charles Koppelman and Don Rubin, two former composers with Don Kirshner . In June 1965, MGM Records took over national distribution. Kama Sutra founded the subsidiary label Buddah Records in April 1967 . When the distribution agreement with MGM ended in November 1969, Buddah Records took over distribution. The group Sha Na Na came in January 1970, the catalog Kama Sutra ended with # 608 in February 1976.

Brewer & Shipley, Charlie Daniels Band , Exuma , The Flamin Groovies , Gunhill Road, The Innocense, The Jaguars, NRBQ , Ocean , Sopwith Camel , Stories and Trade Winds have also appeared under the label .

After being re-established in 1982, it reappeared as Sutra Records and is now part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment .

Buddah Records

Label boss Neil Bogart got the music producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz . The subsidiary label Buddah Records proved to be more successful than Kama Sutra because of them, because it spread the Bubblegum sound with groups like The Lemon Pipers (December 1967; Green Tambourine was the label's first number one hit ; Buddah # 23), 1910 Fruitgum Company (January 1968) or Ohio Express (May 1968). In April 1969, Neil Bogart heard the record Oh Happy Day on the radio and signed a distribution agreement with Pavilion Records . With an advance of $ 80,000, the Edwin Hawkins Singers gospel choir was marketed by Buddah Records. Oh Happy Day sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Brian Southall, The AZ of Record Labels , 2003, p. 145
  2. ^ Joseph Murrells, Million Selling Records , 1985, p. 225