Boardwalk Records

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Boardwalk Records
Parent companyBoardwalk Entertainment Group
  • 1980 (original)
  • 2010 (relaunch)
FounderNeil Bogart
Defunct1983 (original)
Country of originUnited States

Boardwalk Records is a record label founded by Neil Bogart in 1980, after PolyGram acquired Casablanca Records from him.[1]


The label had hit acts with Joan Jett and Harry Chapin. Other artists on the Boardwalk label included, Invisible Mans Band, produced by Alex Masucci and Clarence Burke Jr. Night Ranger, Ringo Starr, Curtis Mayfield, Ohio Players, Richard "Dimples" Fields, Chris Christian, Starpoint, Sunrize, Mike Love, Get Wet, Phil Seymour, Tierra, Carole Bayer Sager, and the soundtrack to the 1982 film Megaforce. Boardwalk Records also released the soundtrack for the 1980 film version of Popeye, which starred Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall.

Throughout its existence, Bellaphon Records served as Boardwalk's distributor in Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Austria.[2]

Chris Christian was the first artist signed to Boardwalk. In late 1981, "I Want You I Need You" became a #37 Top 40 Billboard pop hit and Top 10 A/C hit for Christian. Robert Kardashian, Kim Kardashian's father, was Christian's manager and was responsible for signing Christian to Boardwalk. Kardashian bought Christian's album from the estate, and it is currently owned by YMC Records.[3]

Bogart died of cancer in mid 1982 and the label closed down a year later. The Boardwalk catalog was purchased by Tom Ficara from W. Jersey Bank, which held the mortgage to the titles prior to the Boardwalk bankruptcy.[4]

Boardwalk Records was relaunched as part of The Boardwalk Entertainment Group in 2010 by Neil Bogart's sons, Evan Kidd Bogart and Timothy Bogart, and their partner, Gary A. Randall. Boardwalk's current roster includes ZZ Ward,[5] Wallpaper.,[6] and Nova Rockafeller[7] In October 2019, Boardwalk sold the Ricky Reed catalogue to Anthem Entertainment.[8]

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  1. ^ Lendt, C. K. (1997). Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup. Billboard Books. p. 55. ISBN 9780823076048. Retrieved August 10, 2020 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Bellaphon's Zivanovic Bullis On Future $". Billboard. 92 (42). Nielsen Business Media: 64. October 18, 1980. Retrieved August 10, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "New On The Charts". Billboard. 93 (41). Nielsen Business Media: 26. October 17, 1981. Retrieved August 10, 2020 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Moritz, Charles (1993). Current Biography Yearbook. H. W. Wilson Company. p. 283. ISBN 9780824201289. Retrieved August 10, 2020 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "ZZ Ward Music Connection Article". Music Connection. July 23, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "Wallpaper. Sony Press Release". Sony. June 13, 2013. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Boardwalk Records Roster". Boardwalk. July 23, 2013. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  8. ^ "Anthem Entertainment buys Ricky Reed catalog, including cut on Lizzo hit "Truth Hurts"". Music Business Worldwide. October 29, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2020.