Dimension Records

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Dimension Records
Parent companyIndependent
Founded1962
FounderDon Kirshner and Al Nevins
StatusDefunct, catalog acquired by Roulette Records now part of Rhino Entertainment
Distributor(s)Independently

Dimension Records was a record label founded in 1962 in New York City by Don Kirshner and Al Nevins, owners of Aldon Music.[1][2] It concentrated on the girl group sound and showcased songs by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.[3] Their composition "The Loco-Motion", sung by Little Eva, gave it its biggest hit. Background vocals on that record were by the Cookies, who had their own hits on the label, including "Chains", which was later recorded by the Beatles. In the UK, Dimension was licensed to London Records.

When Aldon Music was sold to Columbia Pictures, Dimension Records was sold with it, whereupon another hit was Big Dee Irwin's "Swinging on a Star", featuring an uncredited Little Eva, on Colpix Records in the UK (1963).

The catalog was eventually acquired by Roulette Records, which was in turn acquired by Rhino Records which is now a unit of Warner Music Group.[4] Rhino controls the North American rights while Warner's Parlophone unit has the rights for the rest of the world.

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  1. ^ Cole, Tom (January 19, 2011). "'Don Kirshner, A Force In The Music Business, Dies". NPR. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  2. ^ Pavletich, Aida (1982). Sirens Of Song: The Popular Female Vocalist In America. Da Capo Press pg. 79. ISBN 978-0-3068-0162-4.
  3. ^ Runtagh, Jordan (February 9, 2017). "10 Songs You Didn't Know Carole King Wrote". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  4. ^ Sanchez, Jesus (June 2, 1989). "Rhino Records, EMI Buy Roulette's Labels : Owners Plan to Re-Release Music From Catalogue Morris Levy Compiled". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 9, 2021.

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