Daffodil Records (Canadian Label)

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For the label founded in 1974 by singer Blossom Dearie, see Daffodil Records.

Daffodil Records was a Canadian record label that existed from 1971 to 1978.[1]

History[edit]

Daffodil Records was co-founded in Canada, in 1971, by Frank Davies, who had previously been associated in the United Kingdom with Liberty Records and EMI Records.[1] Davies assumed the position of vice-president of the new label.[2]

The label was owned by Love Productions Ltd., the first release of which was a single, "Uncle Pen", by Blake Fordham, later known as Kelly Jay, of Crowbar. The single was released on London Records.[2] The first album released by Daffodil Records was Official Music, by King Biscuit Boy with Crowbar.[2] At the time, the label announced a distribution agreement with Capitol Records,[2] though the label appears to have been initially distributed by GRT Records and, as of 1978, Capitol Records.[3][4] Canadian artists releasing recordings through the label included King Biscuit Boy, Crowbar, A Foot in Coldwater, Klaatu and Fludd.[3]

The label is notable as having released the first "live in concert" album by a Canadian band, being Crowbar's Larger Than Life: And Live'r Than You'll Ever Be, a recording of the band's concert at Toronto's Massey Hall, released in 1971.[5] In addition, Daffodil Records was the first independent Canadian label to be distributed under its own name in international markets. Through a 1971 agreement with Festival Records, Daffodil was distributed under its own name in Australia and New Zealand.[6]

Shortly after concluding its 1978 distribution agreement with Capitol Records, the company ceased operations as an independent entity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Overview of Frank Davies; letmebefrank.info. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  2. ^ a b c d Uncredited, Love Productions plans release of first product. Billboard, June 20, 1970, p. 47. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  3. ^ a b Profile of Daffodil Records; Discogs. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  4. ^ Uncredited, Three Year Deal for Capitol and Davies; Billboard, August 19, 1978. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  5. ^ Uncredited, Daffodil Records, Crowbar & Guests; Billboard, October 9, 1971, p. 42. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
  6. ^ Uncredited, Daffodil Bows Logo in Intl Markets; Billboard, February 20, 1971, p. 50. Retrieved 2013-04-30.