Diamond Records

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Diamond Records was a record label, based in New York City, which was founded in 1961 by former Roulette Records executive Joe Kolsky.[1] Another Roulette exec, Kolsky's brother Phil Kahl, joined Kolsky in the venture the following year.[2]

Success for the label was slow but they got their first big hit in 1962 with "Loop De Loop" by Johnny Thunder. That record led to a distribution deal with EMI to distribute Diamond recordings on Stateside Records in the UK.[3] Diamond recordings were issued in Canada by Apex Records. The only consistent hit maker for the label was Ronnie Dove who had a string of hits for Diamond from 1964 to 1969, mostly produced by Kahl.[4]

Kolsky and Kahl sold their interest in Diamond Records in 1968 to the Edwin H. Morris Corporation[5] which sold it in 1970 to Certron Corporation.[6] The label folded by 1972. The fate of the Diamond catalog is unknown, but Ronnie Dove's recordings are widely available on CD, mostly from Collectables Records.

The label released a total of eight albums in its entire history. The first album was by Johnny Thunder and the remaining albums were all by Ronnie Dove.[7]

In 1987 Dove revived the label to release a couple of singles.[7] He claims ownership of his own recordings made for the label.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1961-10-16). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 4. 
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1962-01-27). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 8. 
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1963-01-26). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 28. 
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn, Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts, the 1960s (Hal Leonard Corporation, 2008), ISBN 978-0898201758, pp. 123-124. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  5. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1968-05-04). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 3. 
  6. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1970-05-30). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 3. 
  7. ^ a b Diamond Album Discography
  8. ^ The History of Diamond Records

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