Tetragrammaton Records

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Tetragrammaton Records was an American record label founded in the late 1960s by artist entertainment manager Roy Silver, Bruce Post Campbell, Marvin Deane, and comedian Bill Cosby (whose manager was Roy Silver). The term "Tetragrammaton" refers to the unspeakable Hebrew name of God.[1]

Tetragrammaton's most successful act was the first incarnation of the rock band Deep Purple. The label was also responsible for issuing John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1968 album, Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, in the United States after Lennon's US distributor, Capitol Records, refused to carry it due to the front and back covers' controversial nude photos of Lennon and Ono. Bill Cosby's 1969 stand-up comedy album, 8:15 12:15, was also released by the label, as were the following two albums by comedian Murray Roman: You Can't Beat People Up & Have Them Say I Love You and A Blind Man's Movie.

Despite having several popular artists on its roster, Tetragrammaton permanently closed its doors after declaring bankruptcy in 1971.

In 1972, Deep Purple's new label, Warner Bros. Records, reissued various tracks from the group's first three Tetragrammaton albums on one compilation album entitled Purple Passages.

In Canada, some of Tetragrammaton's releases were manufactured and distributed by the Canadian division of Polydor Records which also issued several Canada-only Deep Purple compilations after Tetragrammaton's demise.

Tetragrammaton's co-founder, Marvin Deane, died of heart failure on August 16, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. He was 79.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • T-101 - You Can't Beat People Up and Have Them Say I Love You - Murray Roman [1968]
  • T-102 - Shades of Deep Purple - Deep Purple [7/68]
  • T-103 - The Thorn in Mrs. Rose's Side - Biff Rose [1968]
  • T-104 - Ivory - Ivory [1968]
  • T-105 - Let Me Show You the Way - Bobby Paris [1968]
  • T-106 - Together Again for the First Time - Carol Burnett & Martha Raye [1968]
  • T-107 - The Book of Taliesyn - Deep Purple [11/68]
  • T-108 -
  • T-109 -
  • T-110 - Both Sides Now - Johnstons [1968]
  • T-111 - Relight My Fire - Rhetta Hughes [1969]
  • T-112 - Sweet Thursday - Sweet Thursday [1969]
  • T-113 - Tom Ghent - Tom Ghent [1969]
  • T-114 - Summerhill - Summerhill [1968]
  • T-115 -
  • T-116 - Children of Light - Biff Rose [1969]
  • T-117 - Elyse - Elyse Weinberg [6/1/69]
  • T-118 - Departure - Pat Boone [1969]
  • T-119 - Deep Purple - Deep Purple [6/69]
  • T-120 - Blind Man's Movie - Murray Roman [1969]
  • T-121
  • T-122
  • T-123 - The Mother of Us All - Steve Baron Quartet [1969]
  • T-124 - Hello Love [aka Gene and Francesca] - Gene & Francesca [1969]
  • T-125 - Joshua Fox - Joshua Fox [1969]
  • T-126
  • T-127
  • T-128
  • T-129
  • T-12? - Greasepaint Smile - Elyse Weinberg [unissued]
  • T-130
  • T-131 - Concerto for Group and Orchestra - Deep Purple [1969]
  • T-5000 - The Girl on a Motorcycle (Soundtrack) - Douglas Gamley & British Lion Orchestra [1969]
  • Apple/Tetragrammaton T-5001 - Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins - John Lennon & Yoko Ono [11/68]
  • T-5002 - Quatrain - Quatrain [1969]
  • T-5003 - Mark Slade's New Hat - Mark Slade [1968]
  • T-5004 -
  • T-5005 -
  • T-5006 - Che! (soundtrack) - Lalo Schifrin [1969]
  • T-5007 - The Chairman (Soundtrack) - Jerry Goldsmith [1969]
  • TD-5100 - 8:15 12:15 - Bill Cosby [1969]
  • TD-5101 - Once Upon a Time - Kingston Trio [1969]
  • TDL 5200 - The Great White Hope (Original Cast) - Charles Gross & Cast [1969]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed August 2010

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