Irving Berman

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Irving Berman, was a Newark, New Jersey businessman, record company owner, and nightclub impresario.

Berman founded the jazz imprint Regis Records (1943–1946), and then the more successful Manor Records (1945–1949).In 1949 The Four Tunes left Manor and signed with RCA causing Berman to sue for breach of contract. The Musicians Union believed the allegations of non-payment of royalties so Berman lost both the litigation and his artists and furthermore had his licence to record revoked by the union. He then turned up as A&R director for the newly-formed Arco Records (1949 onwards).Many of his artist stable turned up there too. Savannah Churchill was his most successful artist on Manor,(he also fulfilled the role as her personal manager) with two hit singles.[1] Other Manor artists included The Dixie Hummingbirds and Sister Ernestine Washington.


  1. ^ J. Jerome Zolten Great God A'mighty!, the Dixie Hummingbirds 2003 "Regis was owned by Irving Berman, a Newark businessman and nightclub impresario. Like most other independent label operators in the Northeast, Berman directed the bulk of his musical product to the African American market. His greatest success was with rhythm and blues balladeer Savannah Churchill ."