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Bellaphon were founded in 1961 by Branislav ("Branco") Zivanovic. They are headquartered in Frankfurt. The company runs the labels Bellaphon, Bacillus and L&R. Bellaphon has recorded artists like The Flippers, Franz Lambert, FAHRENHEIT 212 and the Böhse Onkelz.
Death of its founder
After Branco Zivanovic died, his widow Jutta Zivanovic-Riedel led the company. Unfortunately she didn't have a good hand for this business and lost the distributed labels and nearly all the artists over the years. Only a few German schlager artists (e.g. Gaby Baginsky, Michael Morgan) and a few international artists (Olivia Newton-John, Graeham Goble) were left to distribute.
During this time the jazz branch of Bellaphon records with its distributed labels Concord and Enja Records MW were highlights of the catalogue.
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