This whole page of Billboard is interesting! You see explained the roots of MCA-Universal, later to
be Universal Music Group. American Decca was the original conglomerator. Sometime in the 60's, MCA
acquired Decca and its associated labels and property and, I assume, the Universal Pictures
ownership. MCA then acquired ABC-Paramount (Am-Par), which included Ray Charles' non-Atlantic
catalog plus Impulse, Command and other labels. MCA later acquired Chess/Checker/Argo, Duke-Peacock
and other small labels (as I recall, Chess was bought out of bankruptcy by Sugar Hill Records -- not
the Dolly Parton label, the older original rap label -- and then MCA acquired it either buying from
Sugar Hill or when Sugar Hill went out of business). MCA-Universal was then acquired by the Japanese
firm Matsushita, in a competitive move to counter Sony buying Columbia Records and Columbia
Pictures. Edgar Bronfman and others bought out Matsushita and the beginnings of the modern UMG were
formed. UMG then bought out Philips' share of Polygram, ending up partnered with Vivendi. Today,
Vivendi controls UMG. The movie assets were sold off, as was the television-production company.
Edgar Bronfman lost most of the Seagram fortune he used to enter the music business, and the booze
business thrives while the music business is about half its peak size today.
Today, Coral, Decca, Brunswick and the other associated labels are owned by UMG. All of the UMG jazz
assets -- the old Decca labels, Mercury/Emarcy, Impulse, Argo, Verve/Norgran, etc -- are under Verve
Music Group today.
Also worth noting, Teresa Brewer was Bob Theile's wife.
-- Tom Fine
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> Coral was formed by Decca in 1948
> interesting bit in Billboard -
> Billboard Aug 28, 1954
> "Coral Develops Real Independent Status"
> THANKS Davids W and L !!!
> Cheers, Thomas.
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> Earl Wild
> Wasn't Coral connected with U.S. Decca, the Kapps?
> -- Tom Fine
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Coral - Signature Rhapsody in Blue Paul Whiteman Earl
>> Can anyone provide background information of the
>> relation between Signature Records (78 label started/headed by
>> Bob Thiele) and Coral (which reissued some Signature material)
>> whose A&R man was Thiele. ???
>> Can anyone confirm that the 1946 RHAPSODY IN BLUE (Signature GP-1) with
>> Wild and Paul Whiteman is the recording used
>> on CORAL CRL 57021 issued in 1955 OR that this was a new
>> recording ?????
>> Best wishes, Thomas.