Dunhill Records

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Dunhill Records
Parent company ABC Records
Founded 1964
Founder Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts
Distributor(s) ABC Records
Genre Various
Country of origin US

Dunhill Records was originally started in 1964 by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts as Dunhill Productions, for the sole purpose of releasing the music of Johnny Rivers on Imperial Records. It became a record label in its own right the following year and was distributed by ABC Records. The first Dunhill single released was "My Prayer/Pretty Please" (catalog #D-4001) by Shelley Fabares, who was married to Adler at the time. In the summer of 1967 Adler sold his shares to ABC Records, creating ABC-Dunhill Records in the process, after which he started yet another label Ode Records (which was first distributed by CBS and later by A&M Records). Until 1975, ABC continued to release records on the Dunhill label, after which all remaining artists were absorbed into the ABC Records roster before MCA Records bought the label outright in 1979.

Buluu Dunhill Records was an offshoot of the ABC/Dunhill days using catalog series #B-73001.

Today, both the Dunhill as well as the Ode catalogues are managed by Geffen Records.

A later independent reissue label called Dunhill Compact Classics was formed in 1986 to reissue recordings on the new compact disc format. British American Tobacco, a UK tobacco company, sued the company because of the use of the "Dunhill" name, forcing the company to rename itself DCC Compact Classics.

Dunhill label variations[edit]

  • 1965-1968—Black label with DUNHILL in white outline letters inside yellow frame
  • 1968—Same as above, but with the "abc" logo added in front of the DUNHILL logo
  • 1968-1969—Black label with 3-compartment multi-color box consisting of smaller DUNHILL logo (now in white letters inside white frame) in the left hand box and the white circular "abc" logo and "RECORDS" in the right hand boxes
  • 1969-1973—Same as above, but with the multicolor "DUNHILL" and "abc RECORDS" boxes separated
  • 1973-1974—Black label with DUNHILL spelled out in children's blocks (followed by a block with the "abc" logo) in white box (This variation only lasted a few months before the label was changed back to the multi-color box logo in which both the "one box" and "two box" variations were used)
  • 1974-1975—Yellow, orange, red and purple label with "abc Dunhill" ("abc" circle logo in black) in between two black lines
  • White labels were used for most promotional issues.

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