Ranwood Records

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Parent company Welk Music Group
Founded 1968 (1968)
Founder Randy Wood, Lawrence Welk
Distributor(s) Concord Music Group
Genre Big band, easy listening, jazz, polka, country, pop
Country of origin U.S.

Ranwood Records was an American record label started in 1968 by Randy Wood (after he left Dot Records) and Lawrence Welk.[1] Lawrence Welk owned all recordings released on Dot as they were produced and manufactured by Teleklew Productions and leased to Dot. These were repackaged for reissue on Ranwood.[2][3] Lawrence did not own or buy those recordings he made for Coral and they continue to be owned by Universal Music.[4]

Most of Welk's later recordings were released on Ranwood. The label released albums by The Lawrence Welk Show's cast members, including Jo Ann Castle, Guy & Ralna, Clay Hart, Tom Netherton, and Ava Barber. Welk acquired Wood's interest in the label in 1979. Ranwood's releases were mostly albums and 45 rpm singles.

Musicians who recorded for Ranwood but were unrelated to Welk's TV show included Jim Nabors and Damita Jo. During the mid-1980s, the label was folded into Welk Music Group, which also acquired Vanguard and Sugar Hill.

In 2015, Welk Music Group sold the Vanguard and Sugar Hill labels to Concord Bicycle Music while retaining ownership of the Ranwood catalog. Welk licensed the Ranwood catalog to Concord Music Group for ten years.[5]

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  1. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1968-01-20. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Dot Records Story, Part 3". Bsnpubs.com. 1999-11-10. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  3. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1968-04-20. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  4. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/mca60081
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/6517187/concord-music-group-bicycle-music-merge-concord-bicycle-music-vanguard-sugar-hill