Ron Furmanek

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Ron Furmanek is a Grammy nominated music producer and filmographer who has produced over 200 CDs. His most recent work, which includes six Kingston Trio titles, is currently released on RichKat Records, through Collectors Choice Music in the United States.

Biography[edit]

Ron Furmanek is one of the pioneers of compact disc compilations and re-issues, having produced over 200 CD titles since 1988, most notably Nipper’s Greatest Hits for RCA, The Capitol Collectors Series and the EMI Legendary Masters Series. His Les Paul: The Legend and the Legacy has been nominated for the Grammy. The Frank Sinatra - The Capitol Years box (which went gold) offers one particular selection that not even the staunchest of Sinatra collectors recognized: a 1958 Billy May arrangement called "Here Goes".

He's an authority on the Beatles’ recorded and film and video history. His first “official” gig regarding to the group dates back to research and consulting work for Capitol’s vinyl-only releases Rarities of 1980 and 1982’s Reel Music. Since 1987 he has color corrected the visuals and remixed the audio (when applicable) on all of The Beatles promotional films, THE BEATLES LIVE AT THE WASHINGTON COLISEUM, THE BEATLES AT SHEA STADIUM, LET IT BE, and MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR.

Partial filmography[edit]

  • 1972 The Beatles "Braverman's Condensed Cream of the Beatles" 12 minute short subject Chuck Braverman Supplied ALL Archival footage and Photos
  • 1972 Geraldo Rivera's "Good Night America" television show ABC TV Archival Footage and Research
  • 1976 The Beatles "Rock & Roll Music" TV Promo Spot Capitol Records Archival Footage
  • 1977 The Beatles Forever NBC Syd Vinnedge Productions Archival Footage and Research
  • 1978 Echoes of The 60's ABC TV Special ALA Productions Archival Footage and Research
  • 1978 Heroes of Rock and Roll 2-Hour ABC Special Archival Footage and Research
  • 1979 The Who The Kids Are Alright Archival Feature Film New World Pictures Footage and Research
  • 1980 America's top Ten hosted by Casey Kasem weekly Archival Footage and Research
  • 1980 The Kinks "One For the Road" Time Life home video Archival Footage and Research
  • 1980 Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope’s Overseas Christmas Tours I & II (6 hours) NBC TV Researcher
  • 1980 Les Paul "The Wizard of Waushaka" Stray Cat productions Archival Footage
  • 1980 The Ramones "Rock & Roll Radio" Sire Records promotional film Archive Footage
  • 1980 The Doors No One Gets Out Alive Warners Home Video Archival Footage and Research
  • 1980 John Lennon "Tribute to John Lennon" Scotti Brothers/Syd Vinnedge productions Archival Footage and Research
  • 1981 George Harrison "All Those Years Ago" Promotional Video Dark Horse Records Archival Footage and Research
  • 1981 Elvis Presley This Is Elvis Warner Brothers VHS, Betamax, Laserdisc & DVD
  • 1981 The Beach Boys 20th Anniversary Special Howard Grossman prods. Archival Footage and Research
  • 1981 The Kinks "Predictable" Arista Records promotional video Archival footage
  • 1981 Portrait of a Legend Scotti Brothers/Syd Vinnedge productions 25 shows Archival Footage and Research
  • 1982 34th Annual EMMY Awards ABC TV Smith/Hemion Productions Archival Footage and Research
  • 1982 The Beatles Love Me Do The Beatles Capitol Records Co Director & Producer
  • 1982 Nat King Cole TV spot Capitol Records Archive footage
  • 1982 The Beatles Reel Music Movie Medley Promotional Video Capitol Records Archival Footage and Research
  • 1982 Heart of Gold Canadian Music artists history Archival Footage and Research
  • 1982 It Came From Hollyood Feature Film for Paramount Pictures Researcher
  • 1982 Phil Spector Story BBC TV Archival footage
  • 1982 When The Music's Over HBO / Appleland productions 1 hour special Archival Footage and Research
  • 1983 The Rolling Stones Let's Spend the Night Together feature film Hal Ashby Archival Footage and Research
  • 1983 Girl Groups MGM /UA Home Video 1 hour Archival Footage and Research
  • 1983 The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits TV spot Capitol Records Archive footage
  • 1983 Prime Times 1-Hour NBC Comedy Pilot Researcher
  • 1983 Motown Records 25th Anniversary TV Special NBC 2 Hours Archival Footage and Research
  • 1983 That's Television Entertainment NBC Smith/Hemion Productions 2 Hour Special
  • 1983 Paul McCartney MTV interview Archival Footage
  • 1982 34th Annual EMMY Awards ABC TV Smith/Hemion Productions Archival Footage and Research
  • 1983 The Beatles Please Please Me (3 versions) The Beatles Capitol Records Co Director & Producer
  • 1983 35th Annual EMMY Awards ABC TV Smith/Hemion Productions Archival Footage and Research
  • 1984 The Beatles 20th Anniversary TV spot Capitol Records Archive footage
  • 1984 The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles Capitol Records Co Director & Producer
  • 1984 Super Night of Rock and Roll 2-Hour NBC Special Malcolm Leo Productions Archival Footage and Research
  • 1984 The Beach Boys An American Band VHS, Betamax, Laserdisc & DVD Associate Producer
  • 1985 The Doors: Dance on Fire Universal Home Video Archival Footage and Research
  • 1986 The Monkees "Zor & Zam" 20th Anniversary concert video shown on stage Created and Edited
  • 1987 The Beatles in Help! Criterion Collection - Voyager Company Produced and Compiled Side four "The Help! Scrapbook"
  • 1987 Elvis Presley "Elvis '56" Levon Helm Alan Raymond Archival Footage and Research
  • 1987 Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll (TV documentary) Archival Footage and Research
  • 1988 The Smithereens Only A Memory (joke version video) Directed,Produced, Filmed,& Edited
  • 1988 The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour The Beatles VHS, Betamax, & Laserdisc Restoration film & remix multitrack audio
  • 1988 John Lennon "Imagine: John Lennon", Warner Bros Feature Film Archival Footage and Research
  • 1989 The Rolling Stones "25 x 5: The Continuing Adventure of The Rolling Stones", Sony Archival Footage and Research
  • 1990 Elvis Presley Elvis: The Great Performances, Buena Vista Home Video, Archival Footage and Research, Editor of "Unchained Melody"
  • 1991 The Beatles The First US Visit Apple/ MPI VHS, Laserdisc & DVD The Beatles Production Coordination, Film Restoration
  • 1994 The Beatles The Making Of A Hard Days Night "You Can't Do That" VHS, Laserdisc & DVD The Beatles Apple/ MPI Home Video Producer
  • 1995 The Beatles The Beatles Anthology Film & Video Restoration & Research
  • 1996 Music Scene “The Best of 1969-1970” Volumes 1-4 MPI Home Video Laserdisc, VHS, & DVD Compilation, Restoration and Producer
  • 1996 Hullabaloo “A 1960’s Music Flashback” Volumes 1-12 MPI Home Video Laserdisc, VHS, & DVD Compilation, Restoration and Producer
  • 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Archival Footage
  • 2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Archival Footage
  • 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Archival Footage
  • 2011 The Hollies: Look Through Any Window 1963-1975 Reelin' In The Years productions Thanks
  • 2013 The Cowsills Family Band Showtime Documentary Archival Footage and Research
  • 2014 CNN presents 'The Sixties – "The British Invasion" Archival Footage and Research
  • 2014 PBS presents "The Dave Clark Five And Beyond" Archival Footage and Research
  • 2015 The Beatles "1" DVD / Blu Ray release Archival Footage and Research

Partial discography[edit]

LP Vinyl Records

Partial Compact Disc Discography[edit]

Release Year Title Artist Company
1988 Capitol Collectors Series Bobby Darin Capitol
1988 Capitol Collectors Series Ferlin Husky Capitol
1988 Capitol Collectors Series Hank Thompson Capitol
1988 Capitol Collectors Series Johnny Mercer Capitol
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 50's, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 50's, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 70's Various Artists
1989 Capitol Collectors Series Dean Martin Capitol
1989 Capitol Collectors Series Esquerita Capitol
1989 Capitol Collectors Series Frank Sinatra Capitol
1989 Capitol Collectors Series The Four Preps Capitol
1989 Capitol Collectors Series Wayne Newton Capitol
1989 Legendary Masters Volume 1 Ricky Nelson Imperial/EMI
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Gene Vincent Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Jack Scott Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Jerry Lewis Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Margaret Whiting Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Merle Haggard Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Nat King Cole Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Peggy Lee Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Sammy Davis, Jr. Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Sonny James Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series Stan Freberg Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series The Kingston Trio Capitol
1990 Capitol Collectors Series The Outsiders Capitol
1990 Cole, Christmas, and Kids Nat King Cole
1990 Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas Ella Fitzgerald Capitol
1990 Legendary Masters Series Bobby Vee Liberty/EMI
1990 Legendary Masters Series Gary Lewis & the Playboys Liberty/EMI
1990 Legendary Masters Series Shirley & Lee
1990 Legendary Masters Volume 2 Ricky Nelson Imperial/EMI
1990 Merry Christmas from Bobby Vee Bobby Vee Liberty/EMI
1990 My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino Imperial/EMI
1990 research: Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long The Beach Boys Capitol
1990 research: Surfin' Safari / Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys Capitol
1990 Surf City: The Best of Jan & Dean Jan & Dean EMI
1990 Tell Him The Exciters
1990 The Capitol Years [3-CD set] Frank Sinatra Capitol
1990 The Great Performances Elvis Presley
1990 Walk Don't Run: The Best of The Ventures Dolton/EMI
1991 A Winter Romance Dean Martin Capitol
1991 All Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Neil Sedaka
1991 Capitol Collectors Series Grand Funk Railroad Capitol
1991 Capitol Collectors Series Kay Starr Capitol
1991 Capitol Collectors Series Jo Stafford Capitol
1991 Capitol Collectors Series Louis Prima Capitol
1991 Capitol Collectors Series Raspberries Capitol
1991 Capitol Collectors Series Ray Anthony Capitol
1991 Capitol Collectors Series Tennessee Ernie Ford Capitol
1991 Capitol Collectors Series The Andrews Sisters Capitol
1991 Capitol Collectors Series The Four Freshmen Capitol
1991 Complete UA Sessions The Isley Brothers United Artists/EMI
1991 EMI Legends of Rock n' Roll Series: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time [Volume 1] Various Artists Various/EMI
1991 Frankie Laine The Mercury Years Frankie Laine Frankie Laine Mercury
1991 Honey, The Best Of Bobby Goldsboro United Artists/EMI
1991 Is This What You Want? Jackie Lomax Apple Records
1991 James Taylor James Taylor Apple Records
1991 Patti Page Collection: The Mercury Years, Vol. 1 Patti Page PolyGram
1991 Patti Page Collection: The Mercury Years, Vol. 2 Patti Page PolyGram
1991 Post Card Mary Hopkin Apple Records
1991 Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner
1991 The Aladdin Years The Five Keys Aladdin/EMI
1991 The Definitive Collection Best of Billy J. Kramer Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas Imperial/EMI
1991 The Last Month of the Year The Kingston Trio Capitol
1991 The Legend And The Legacy [4-CD set] Les Paul Capitol
1991 They Call Me The Fat Man [4-CD set] Fats Domino Imperial/EMI
1992 All I Really Want to Do / The Sonny Side of Cher Cher Imperial/EMI
1992 Best of Johnny Burnette: You're Sixteen Johnny Burnette Liberty/EMI
1992 Best of Manfred Mann: The Definitive Collection Manfred Mann Ascot/EMI
1992 Best of Smiley Lewis: I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis
1992 Capitol Collectors Series Al Martino Capitol
1992 Capitol Collectors Series Tex Ritter Capitol
1992 Capitol Collectors Series The Pied Pipers Capitol
1992 Capitol Collectors Series The Lettermen Capitol
1992 Capitol Collectors Series The Seekers Capitol
1992 Complete United Artists I'm a Happy Man The Jive Five United Artists/EMI
1992 Everybody Loves a Clown / She's Just My Style Gary Lewis & the Playboys Liberty/EMI
1992 Favorites And Rarities [2-CD set] Don McLean United Artists/EMI
1992 Hundred Pounds of Clay: The Best of Gene McDaniels Liberty/EMI
1992 Hurt: The Best of Timi Yuro
1992 Julie Is Her Name / Julie Is Her Name Vol. 2 Julie London Liberty/EMI
1992 Legends of Christmas Past: A Rock n' R&B Holiday Collection Various Artists Various/EMI
1992 Little Games [1-CD set] The Yardbirds
1992 Little Games Sessions & More [2-CD set] The Yardbirds
1992 Michael Row The Boat Ashore, The Best of The Highwaymen
1992 Power Of Love Hour Glass Liberty/EMI
1992 Ride the Wild Surf / The Little Old Lady From Pasadena Jan & Dean Liberty/EMI
1992 Rock Is Dead but It Won't Lie Down: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time, Volume 2 Various Artists
1992 Snowbound / We Wish You a Merry Christmas Ferrante & Teicher United Artists/EMI
1992 The Best Of Freddie & The Dreamers The Definitive Collection Freddie and the Dreamers Tower/EMI
1992 The Best of James Bond: 30th Anniversary Collection [1-CD set] Various Artists EMI
1992 The Best of James Bond: 30th Anniversary Limited Edition [2-CD set] Various Artists EMI
1992 The Best Of The Capitol Masters - Selections From "The Legend And The Legacy" Les Paul with Mary Ford Capitol
1992 Ventures Play Telstar / Ventures in Space The Ventures Dolton/EMI
1993 All Time Great Movie Themes Ferrante & Teicher United Artists/EMI
1993 Best of Bob Lind: You Might Have Heard My Footsteps Bob Lind
1993 Best of Garnet Mimms: Cry Baby Garnet Mimms
1993 Best of Sweet The Sweet Capitol
1993 Capitol Collectors Series The Five Keys Capitol
1993 A Celtic Requiem John Tavener
1993 Changes / Rewind Johnny Rivers Imperial/EMI
1993 Come Softly to Me: The Very Best of the Fleetwoods The Fleetwoods Dolton/EMI
1993 Hippy Hippy Shake: The Definitive Collection The Swinging Blue Jeans
1993 Sands of Time / Wax Museum Jay & the Americans United Artists/EMI
1993 Singin' to My Baby / Never to Be Forgotten Eddie Cochran Liberty/EMI
1993 Spirit of New Orleans: The Genius of Dave Bartholomew [2-CD set] Various Artists
1993 The Whale John Tavener
1994 30th Anniversary [3-CD set] The Hollies Imperial/EMI
1994 Best of Amos Milburn: Down the Road Apiece Amos Milburn
1994 Capitol Collectors Series Ella Mae Morse Capitol
1994 Capitol Collectors Series The Honeys Capitol
1994 Capitol Collectors Series The Journeymen Capitol
1994 Jumpin' with Joe: The Complete Aladdin & Imperial Recordings Big Joe Turner
1994 The Alladin Records Story [2-CD set] Various Artists
1994 The Capitol Years [4-CD set] The Kingston Trio
1994 The Minit Records Story [2-CD set] Various Artists
1994 Uncanned! The Best of Canned Heat [2-CD set] Canned Heat
1994 What The World Needs Now Is ... The Definitive Collection Jackie DeShannon Imperial/EMI
1995 Best of Gerry & The Pacemakers: The Definitive Collection Gerry & The Pacemakers
1995 Goldsinger - The Best Of Shirley Bassey United Artists/EMI
1995 King of the Blues [2-CD set] Freddie King
1995 research & transfer: Very Best of the Fortunes (1967 - 1972) The Fortunes
1995 Those Were the Days Mary Hopkin Apple
1996 All the Hits: From Surf City to Drag City [2-CD set] Jan & Dean Liberty/EMI
1996 Ass Badfinger Apple
1996 Best of Eddy Howard: The Mercury Years Eddy Howard
1996 Best of Georgia Gibbs: The Mercury Years Georgia Gibbs
1996 Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials Little Anthony & the Imperials
1996 Best of Ralph Marterie: The Mercury Years Ralph Marterie
1996 Best of The Crew Cuts: The Mercury Years The Crew Cuts
1996 Best of The Danleers: The Mercury Years The Danleers
1996 Best of The Del Vikings: The Mercury Years The Del Vikings
1996 Best of The Diamonds: The Mercury Years The Diamonds
1996 Best of The Gaylords: The Mercury Years The Gaylords
1996 Best of The Penguins: The Mercury Years The Penguins
1996 Best of Tony Martin: The Mercury Years Tony Martin
1996 Best of Vic Damone: The Mercury Years Vic Damone
1996 Dark Shadows: The 30th Anniversary Collection
1996 Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology Various Artists
1996 Que Sea El Vikki Carr
1996 research & transfer: Rockin' With Ricky Ricky Nelson
1996 research & transfer: Very Best of David Rose David Rose
1996 Tele-Ventures: The Ventures Perform the Great TV Themes The Ventures
1996 That's Fats: A Tribute to Fats Domino Various Artists
1996 The Fat Man: 25 Classic Performances Fats Domino
1996 Time Is On My Side Irma Thomas
1997 Batmania: Songs Inspired by Batman TV Series Various Artists
1998 Best of the Chad Mitchell Trio: The Mercury Years Chad Mitchell Trio
1998 Don't Let the Rain Come Down: The Best of The Serendipity Singers
1998 Very Best of Red Bird & Blue Cat Records Various Artists
1999 Detroit Rock City Original Soundtrack Various Artists
2000 Best of the Capitol and the Aladdin Years [2-CD set] The Five Keys
2000 Legacy [4-CD set] Ricky Nelson
2000 The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy
2001 Best of the Crew Cuts The Crew Cuts
2001 Ricky Sings Again / Songs by Ricky Ricky Nelson
2001 Ultimate Peter & Gordon Peter & Gordon
2002 Best of Dennis Yost & the Classics IV Classics IV
2005 Good Morning Starshine: The Best of Oliver
2005 The Best Of The Capitol Masters: 90th Birthday Edition Les Paul with Mary Ford Capitol
2007 Live at the Santa Monica Auditorium The Kingston Trio
2007 Nick, Bob & John: The Final Concert The Kingston Trio
2007 Once Upon a Time The Kingston Trio
2007 The Lost 1967 Album: Rarities Vol. 1 The Kingston Trio
2007 Twice Upon a Time The Kingston Trio
2008 Turning Like Forever: Rarities, Vol. 2 The Kingston Trio
2011 The Girls From Petticoat Junction Complete Recordings Real Gone
2012 The Complete Blue Cat Recordings The Ad Libs Real Gone
2012 The Red Bird Girls Very First Time In True Stereo 1964-1966 Various Artists Real Gone
2015 The Best of Herman's Hermits: The 50th Anniversary Anthology [2-CD set] Herman's Hermits Bear Family
Driftin' Blues: The Best of Charles Brown
Electronic Sound George Harrison Apple Records
Maybe Tomorrow The Iveys Apple Records
Merry from Lena Lena Horne
No Dice Badfinger Apple Records
research: Pet Sounds The Beach Boys Capitol
Straight Up Badfinger Apple Records
The Radha Krsna Temple Radha Krsna Temple Apple Records
Ventures' Christmas Album The Ventures
Wonderwall Music George Harrison Apple Records

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