Cartwheel Records

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Cartwheel Records
Parent company ABC-Dunhill from November, 1972
Genre Country
Country of origin United States
Location Head Quarters: Gainesville, Georgia
Music Division: Nashville, Tennessee

Cartwheel Records was a record label located in Nashville, Tennessee. The label was responsible for the start of the country music career of Billy "Crash" Craddock. He had his first #1 country hit on the label with Knock Three Times.


The label started out in Gainesville, Georgia and then later moved its Music division to Nashville, Tennessee with just the headquarters remaining in Georgia.[1] In November 1972, the label was purchased by ABC, Dunhill.[2] It was reported in Billboard that there were some artists who would have had existing contracts prior to the sale of the label. They were Pam Gilbert, Glen Canyon and Duane Lee and Harold Lee. The article stated that their contracts and promotion on the market were being honored.[3]


The Nashville end of the company was headed by A&R man Ron Chancy. Dale Morris who was formerly with Buck Owens Enterprises and Certron was in charge of promotion.[4] In July 1972, Dale Morris was promoted to vice-president in charge of marketing and promotion. His position of national promotion manager was filled by Jon Conteras. Conteras who had a solid background in promotion was Native American. In 1971, he had been involved with the Southeastern Indian Antiquities Survey in organizing a benefit for the organization.[5] Following the purchase by ABC, Dunhill in November 1972, Don Grant who was an Acuff-Rose executive was put in charge of the Nashville office.[6] After John Conteras left the ABC-owned Cartwheel records, he became an assistant to Monument Records president Fred Foster, In that capacity, he assisted artists such as Kris Kristofferson, Larry Gatlin and Billy Swan in their recording careers.[7]


In 1971, Billy "Crash" Craddock signed with Cartwheel. He had five top ten country singles with the label from 1971 to 1972. They included a remake of "Knock Three Times" and "Dream Lover".[8] Another artist to come on board in 1971 was Johnny Darrell. Before the year was out he already had a record released with the label.[9][10]



  1. ^ Billboard March 6, 1971 Country Music, Cartwheel Finds Its Move Is Winner
  2. ^ Billboard March 31, 1973 Page 34 Country Music, Major & Indies Eye Country 'Gold' by Bob Kirsch
  3. ^ Billboard December 9, 1972 Page 26 Country Music, 3 Acts Stay At Cartwheel by Bill Williams
  4. ^ Billboard March 6, 1971 Country Music, Cartwheel Finds Its Move Is Winner
  5. ^ Billboard July 15, 1972 Page 4 General News, executive Turntable
  6. ^ Billboard March 31, 1973 Page 34 Country Music, Major & Indies Eye Country 'Gold' by Bob Kirsch
  7. ^ Adrenaline Nation Entertainment, Inc. Adrenaline Nation Entertainment Names Country Music Legend Juan Contreras Director Of Artist Relations
  8. ^ All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country Music 2nd Edition. Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine Page 191 Billy "Crash" Craddock
  9. ^ Music City's Defining Decade: Stories, Stars, Songwriters & Scoundrels of the 1970's Dennis Glaser Page 52
  10. ^ Billboard December 4, 1971 Page 42 Country Music, Nashville Scene

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