Carnival Records

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Carnival Records was the name given to at least two record labels.

Carnival Records (1961–1962)[edit]

In 1961, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss started a short-lived label that was the precursor to A&M Records. They released two singles. "Tell It to the Birds"/"Fallout Shelter" by Dore Alpert was distributed by Dot Records outside California.[1]

Carnival Records (1962–1983)[edit]

Jazz saxophonist Joe Evans set up Carnival Records label in the early 60s and based it in New York and relocated in Newark, New Jersey, in 1963.[2] Releasing 63 singles and two albums,[3] the label focus was rhythm and blues and soul music. Joe Evans ran the label with a small staff that included his wife. The final record was released in 1983.[3]

Carnival's biggest success was The Manhattans, a band signed in August 1964.[4]

Carnival Records is exclusively represented by Westwood Music Group.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (2009). Waiting for the Sun: A Rock 'n' Roll History of Los Angeles. Backbeat Books. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-87930-943-5.
  2. ^ "Joe Evans". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Joe Evans Biography Allmusic Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  4. ^ The Manhattans' Group History: Part 1 Retrieved 21 April 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues by Christopher Brooks and Joe Evans.