Chrysalis Music

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Chrysalis Music is a British independent music publisher.

The company's roots started in west London in 1967 when Chris Wright and Terry Ellis formed the Ellis-Wright Agency. It was formed to manage and book the bands Ten Years After, and Clouds, as well as other blues groups. Ten Years After was managed by Wright, while Clouds was managed by Ellis. In 1968, they made a deal with Island Records and very soon Chrysalis Records, an amalgam of Wright's first name and Ellis' last name, was founded.

In the early 1970s the label had hits with rock groups such as Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Procol Harum, etc, Racing Cars with the wonderful voice of Mal Pope, had a hit - "They Shoot Horses Don't They", Brian Protheroe with "Pinball Wizard". Later the label signed The Two Tone Label, The Specials new wave.

In 1975 Ann Munday was hired as Chrysalis Music's Professional Manager (she had been General Manager with Elton John and Bernie Taupin). In 1980 she subsequently became General Manager.

Ann was moved to California to develop, what eventually, Ann named The Chrysalis Music Group, USA. She was eventually promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager,[1] working out of the Los Angeles office and signing punk acts including Generation X and Blondie, Jack Lee, and signed some songs by Joey Alkes and Chris Fradkin, Huey Lewis And The News, Blondie, Billy Idol, Eric Troyer, Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo (a fine rock guitarist, songwriter and eventually married Pat), Simon Climie, Leo Sayer, Rory Gallagher, Ten Years After. (new on the charts Vol7 no12 published by Lenny Kalikow). Ann moved to New York, when Terry Ellis decided to move the company there. Ann is the first woman and first non-American to be nominated to join The ASCAP Board of Directors.

After buying out Terry Ellis in 1985, Chris Wright sold Chrysalis Records to EMI in 1991. He retained the music publishing business Chrysalis Music Ltd until 2010 when it was sold to BMG Rights Management for £107 million.[2][3]

Chrysalis’ songwriters included most former Echo and Chrysalis Records artists, Grant Lee Buffalo, Dinosaur Jr., Cee Lo Green, Senses Fail, Underworld, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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  1. ^ "Full text of "Billboard"". Nielsen Business Media. 6 December 1980. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ "BMG Acquires Chrysalis". Billboard. 26 November 2010.
  3. ^ Ebrahimi, Amanda Andrews and Helia (27 November 2010). "Chris Wright agrees to sell Chrysalis music group to BMG for £107.4m". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 8 November 2017.

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