Capricorn Records

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Capricorn Records
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Founded 1969 (1969)
Founder Phil Walden
Alan Walden
Frank Fenter
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) First Incarnation
Atlantic Records
Warner Bros
PhonoDisc
Second Incarnation
Polygram
RED Distribution
Genre Various
Country of origin  USA
Location First Incarnation
Macon, Georgia
Second Incarnation
Nashville, Tennessee
Atlanta, Georgia

Capricorn Records was an independent record label which was launched by Phil Walden, Alan Walden and Frank Fenter in 1969 in Macon, Georgia.

History[edit]

First incarnation[edit]

Capricorn was the recording label for many Southern rock and soul bands in the 1970s including The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The James Montgomery Band, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie, Jonathan Edwards, Captain Beyond, White Witch, Grinderswitch, Cowboy, Hydra, Kitty Wells, Dobie Gray, Alex Taylor, Travis Wammack and Stillwater. Initially the label was distributed by WEA/Warner Music Group Elektra Records (first through Atlantic Records, then later Warner Bros. Records), and later by PolyGram Records. Capricorn went bankrupt in October 1979. Gregg Atwill was an engineer with Capricorn through the 70's.[1]

Second incarnation[edit]

The label was later relaunched out of Nashville, Tennessee as a joint-venture with Warner Bros. in the early 1990s. Distribution later jumped to Sony Music's independent RED Distribution network, then back to PolyGram, by way of its flagship label, Mercury Records. The first act to sign onto the resurrected label was Athens, Georgia's Widespread Panic. After signing with the new version of the label the band celebrated by buying rounds of drinks and beers for attendees at a Macon Pirates game at Luther Williams Field. Cake and 311 were the most popular artists to come out of Capricorn during this period; a then-unknown Kenny Chesney also released his debut album on the label. Other artists ranged from Rabbitt to Big Sister, the Dixie Dregs, and to the jazz/rock fusion of Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit. Capricorn also released a series of box sets of vintage material in the blues and rhythm and blues genres, presenting the stories of such labels as Jewel/Paula Records and Cobra Records.

After moving back to Atlanta, the second incarnation of Capricorn eventually folded. Phil Walden sold the label's assets to Zomba subsidiary Volcano Entertainment in December 2000.[2] By 2002, new releases on Capricorn ceased to appear, as remaining artists were dropped, transferred to Volcano (311), or moved to other labels (Cake).

Co-founder and partner, Frank Fenter died on July 21, 1983, at the age of 47 and Phil Walden died on April 23, 2006, at the age of 66.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gregg Atwill". NeonLightsEntertainment.com. Neon Lights Entertainment. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Discography". Mule.net. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Neon Lights Entertainment: Electronic Press Kit - Gregg Atwill". Neonlightsentertainment.com. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 

4. Gregg Atwill, Recording Engineer at Capricorn Records, Circa 1970's

Records By Mail - Capricorn Records Alabama Music Office Electronic Press Kit: Gregg Atwill,- Doc Hollywood Media

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