Wand Records

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Wand Records
Parent companyScepter Records
Founded1961 (1961)
FounderFlorence Greenberg
StatusDefunct
GenreVarious
LocationU.S.

Wand Records was an American independent record label, started by Florence Greenberg in 1961 as a subsidiary of Scepter Records.[1] Artists on Wand Records included The Isley Brothers, The Kingsmen, Mel Wynn & the Rhythm Aces, Chuck Jackson, and the Monzas.

In 1976, Greenberg retired from the business and sold her record labels to Springboard International.[1] When Springboard went bankrupt, Gusto Records acquired the catalog.[1] The Kingsmen acquired full ownership of their Wand catalog in court from Gusto for non-payment of royalties.

Wand label artists[edit]

Chuck Jackson was the first artist signed to Wand.[1] His single "I Don't Want to Cry" (Wand 106) went to No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the R&B chart in 1961. The Isley Brothers released their classic single "Twist and Shout" (Wand 124),[1] which peaked at No. 17 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the R&B chart in 1962.[2] In 1963, the Kingsmen released "Louie Louie" (Wand 143),[1] which reached No. 2 on the Hot 100. Maxine Brown had a number for singles released on the label, including "Oh No Not My Baby" (Wand 162) in 1964.

Some artists to have one-off releases include Benny Gordon with "Gonna Give Her All The Love I Got", and a singer called Al Wilson.[3] For some time there has been speculation and discussion among some Northern soul collectors and enthusiasts that the single "Help Me", composed and produced by Johnny Northern and Ralph Bailey, arranged by Robert Banks, is not the same Al Wilson who recorded "The Snake". It is believed by some that this may be a completely different singer who happened to have the same name.[4][5][6]

List of artists[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 2622. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2013). Who Did It First?: Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists. Scarecrow Press. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-8108-8867-8.
  3. ^ Global Dog Productions Discography for Wand Records
  4. ^ 45Cat Artist: Al Wilson (New York)
  5. ^ Soul Express Al Wilson Discography
  6. ^ Soulful Detroit Al Wilson Vs. Al Wilson

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