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|Parent company||Warner Music Group (since 1963)|
|Active years||since 1960|
|Label code||LC 00322|
Reprise Records is an American record label founded by Frank Sinatra in 1960.
Frank Sinatra also used the label for his own record career, because he promised himself more artistic freedom with his own record label. His first single was The Second Time Around (Reprise # 20001) , released in February 1961 . Typical for Frank Sinatra was It's A Wonderful World , created on May 3, 1961, with a swing-style big band.
In a short time the label managed to combine the Rat Pack with Sammy Davis junior and Dean Martin at a record company and add it to the label catalog. Sinatra's eldest daughter, Nancy Sinatra , also received a record deal in June 1961. While father Frank helped the label at least to middle or lower positions in the charts from 1962, Nancy's records did not enter the charts for 4 years. The hitless series began with Cufflinks and A Tie Clip (# 20017) in June 1961 as one of the new label's first records; Nancy had just turned 21. Life magazine introduced Nancy as the new singer in its June 30, 1961 issue, and Billboard magazine followed suit. In a full-page advertisement on August 14, 1961, Billboard presented their first record for the record label Reprise, which had just been founded by their father Frank Sinatra.
First big hit
The label Reprise, distributed by Warner Brothers , had to wait for the first number one until 1964, when Everybody Loves Somebody, written by Ken Lane and interpreted by Dean Martin, was at the top of the charts for a week from August 15, 1964. Nancy Sinatra, meanwhile, had released 14 other singles without hit parade until she worked with producer Lee Hazlewood in October 1965 . After a smaller hit So Long Babe , the breakthrough came with the million seller These Boots Are Made for Walkin ' , which was released in February 1966 , arranged by Billy Strange and sold 4 million times.
In May 1966, the Evergreen Strangers in the Night, composed by Bert Kaempfert , came on the market, which also achieved million seller status and brought in 4 Grammy Awards . The title was Sinatra's first top spot in the pop hit parade in 11 years. In November 1966, daughter Nancy brought out the million-seller Sugar Town . In March 1967, a duet between Nancy Sinatra and her father came on the market. Somethin 'Stupid , rearranged by Billy Strange, also sold over a million copies.
In September 1963 Frank Sinatra sold his own label Reprise Records to Warner Brothers and received a payment of two million dollars and the post of vice president of the parent company. Reprise is currently part of the Warner Music Group .
The label's musical spectrum covers many different areas: In addition to mainstream greats such as Cher , Eric Clapton and Madonna , alternative bands such as Avenged Sevenfold , Built to Spill and Glassjaw have also published on Reprise. The other artists also include the metal bands Slayer , Mastodon and Metallica , the punk groups Green Day and Less Than Jake as well as artists from the fields of R&B ( Mis-Teeq ), trip-hop ( Morcheeba ), electronic music ( Paul Oakenfold ) and country ( Faith Hill ).
- Billboard Magazine, July 10, 1961, Hollywood , p. 6
- Fred Bronson, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits , 1985, p. 194
- Joseph Murrells, Million Selling Records , 1985, p. 232
- Joseph Murrells, Million Selling Records , 1985, pp. 231 f.