Private Stock Records

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Private Stock Records
Parent company Private Stock Records
Founded 1974
Founder Larry Uttal
Status Defunct (1978)
Distributor(s) self-distributed
Genre Rock, Pop music, Disco
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York

Private Stock Records was a record label which was started in 1974 by Larry Uttal after he was ousted from Bell Records.[1] The label had hit records with singles by David Soul of Starsky and Hutch fame ("Don't Give Up on Us"), Starbuck ("Moonlight Feels Right"), Austin Roberts ("Rocky"), Samantha Sang ("Emotion"), Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band ("A Fifth of Beethoven"), and Frankie Valli ("My Eyes Adored You"),("Swearin' To God", ("Our Day Will Come").

Blondie's eponymous debut album- which was not a commercial success at the time- was also originally issued on Private Stock in 1976,[2] as were two final single releases by Junior Campbell. Singer-songwriter Tom Paxton's 1975 album, Something in My Life and Rupert Holmes' fourth album, Pursuit of Happiness were also released by the label. Peter Lemongello released one album for Private Stock after his successful debut Love '76. However, the Love '76 album was never released by Private Stock. Gospel/soul singer Cissy Houston (mother of R&B/pop singer Whitney Houston) released two albums off the label, 1977's Cissy Houston and 1978's Think It Over.

The label closed down in 1978 when Uttal moved to London, then later returned to New York where he died in 1993.[3][4] His son Jai Uttal has the rights to the catalogue, but does not have access to the master tapes as they were lost when an unpaid storage bill forced their auction.[5] As such, most if not all Private Stock CD's have been dubbed from vinyl.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Callahan, David Edwards. "The Bell/Amy/Mala Story". article. bsnpubs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Blondie - "Blondie"". studio album. discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Larry Uttal, Executive In Music, Dead at 71". obituary. nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Larry Uttal". obituary. orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Private Stock Records: Has anyone ever ascertained what happened to the masters?". forum. stevehoffman.tv. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  6. ^ "Private Stock Album Discography". Bsnpubs.com. 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 

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