Megatone Records

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Megatone Records was an independent music label specializing in disco and created in San Francisco in 1981 by Patrick Cowley and Marty Blecman.[1][2][3] The label name was derived from Cowley's 1981 high energy disco song, "Megatron Man".[citation needed] In 1983, musician Sylvester became a partner of Megatone Records.[4] Some of the artists involved include: Patrick Cowley, Jeanie Tracy, Sylvester, Modern Rocketry, Sarah Dash, Patti Labelle, and Paul Parker.


Megatone owned two sub-labels Megatone House Records and Mega-Tech Records.[citation needed] Megatone House Records, active from 1988 to 1991, specialized in House music. Mega-Tech Records, was active in 1992, specialized in house music with breakbeat.

Megatone brought several high energy disco singles to the U.S. Dance Charts in the early 1980s. All cuts from Sylvester's "All I Need" LP peaked at number 2 on the club charts in 1982, Paul Parker made number 1 with his single "Right On Target" that same year, and Sarah Dash took her single "Lucky Tonight" to the Top 20 with Sylvester and Patti Labelle on backing vocals.[citation needed]

Musical project Modern Rocketry was also a notable act on the label, combining the flavors of high energy and rock music, they became an underground club success in San Francisco but never charted.[citation needed] Patrick Cowley's Jo-Lo singers did vocal work for this group frequently, but the two women also had a success with the single "Last Call".[citation needed] Jo-Lo member Jo Carol performed in San Francisco past the Megatone records craze, even doing a few shows where she performed several rock classics.[citation needed]

After Cowley's death in 1982, Blecman was head of the label until he died of AIDS in 1991.[5] In 1992, John Hedges and Terrence Brown took over Megatone.[citation needed] In 1995, Megatone closed down & its back catalog was sold to Unidisc Music.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2017-06-29). "Song from the Future: The Story of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder's". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  2. ^ "Megatone Records". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  3. ^ Gamson, Joshua (2005). The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco. Macmillan. ISBN 0805072500.
  4. ^ Davis, Sharon (2014). Mighty Real: Sharon Davis Remembers Sylvester. New Romney, England: Bank House Books. p. 63. ISBN 0957305893.
  5. ^ Lefebvre, Sam (2016-08-05). "Waking the Spirit of a Disco Innovator". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-30.