The Modernaires is an American vocal group, best known for performing in the 1940s alongside Glenn Miller. The Modernaires began in 1934 as "Don Juan and Three," a trio of schoolmates from Lafayette High School in Buffalo, New York; the members were Hal Dickinson, Chuck Goldstein, Bill Conway.:50After singing on radio station WGR in Buffalo, New York, for "the enormous sum of $10 a month", the trio went to New York City and gained an engagement of 26 weeks on CBS network radio.:50The group's first engagement was at Buffalo's suburban Glen Falls Casino, with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra. Fio Rito used them on electrical transcription recordings, they joined the Ozzie Nelson Band, became known as "The Three Wizards of Ozzie." They next recruited Ralph Brewster to make a quartet and, performing with the Fred Waring Orchestra, became The Modern-Aires. Recordings with Charlie Barnet's orchestra in 1936 did not interest the public but brought them greater industry exposure, in 1937 they joined the George Hall band, soon moving on to the Paul Whiteman radio show.
They recorded many of the classic songs of that era, a few with Jack Teagarden, as part of the Whiteman orchestra in 1938. In October 1940, Glenn Miller engaged them to record It's Make Believe Ballroom Time, a sequel to the original Make Believe Ballroom, which they had recorded earlier for Martin Block's big band show of the same name, on WNEW New York. In January 1941, Miller made The Modernaires an important part of one of the most popular big bands of all time. Paula Kelly was added to the Miller band between March–August 1941; the group had ten chart hits in 1941 after appearing with Miller's orchestra in the movie Sun Valley Serenade. The group became a quintet when Kelly became a permanent member of the group after Miller joined the U. S. Army, for the next few decades they toured internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Johnny Drake replaced Chuck Goldstein, Fran Scott replaced Bill Conway. Songs made popular by Miller and The Modernaires included "Perfidia," "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," with Tex Beneke, "I Know Why," "Elmer's Tune," "Serenade In Blue," "Connecticut," and "Kalamazoo" with Beneke, among others.
In 1945, "There! I've Said; the group was featured in television programming produced by Philco in 1947, using what was an early version of lip synching. An article in Variety magazine's September 10, 1947, issue reported that David Street and The Modernaires guest starred on the Philco program, "simulating singing to off-screen recordings."After Miller's disappearance, The Modernaires recorded vocal versions of several of Miller's instrumental hits, including "Moonlight Serenade", "Sunrise Serenade", "Little Brown Jug", "Tuxedo Junction", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "A String of Pearls". The Modernaires released a 45rpm single on Coral Records, 9-61110, A Salute to Glenn Miller, which included medleys in two parts from the movie soundtrack, A Salute to Glenn Miller, Parts 1 and 2: Kalamazoo/Moonlight Cocktail/Elmer's Tune/Moonlight Serenade/Chattanooga Choo-Choo/String Of Pearls/Serenade In Blue/At Last/Perfidia, that reached number 29 on the Billboard charts in 1954. In the late 1950s they were featured vocalists with the Bob Crosby Orchestra on his daily TV show.
In the 60s they recorded the theme song for the TV sitcom Hazel. Their style and blend influenced artists such as The Four Freshmen, who in turn were models for the Beach Boys, whom the Beatles cited as a strong influence on their work. Thus, The Modernaires have affected generations of popular music, from swing to roll; the Modernaires were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Dickinson died in 1970 at the age of 56, Goldstein died in 1974, Conway died in 1991 at the age of 77, Kelly died in 1992 at the age of 72, Kelly Jr. died in 2012 at the age of 67. The Modernaires Official Site'The Modernaires' Vocal Group Hall of Fame Page Page on The Modernaires https://web.archive.org/web/20060221235109/http://www.parabrisas.com/d_modernaires.php
Miguel José Ferrer was an American actor and voice actor. His breakthrough role was the OCP Vice President Bob Morton in the 1987 film RoboCop. Other film roles include Quigley in Blank Check, Harbinger in Hot Shots! Part Deux, Shan Yu in Mulan, Eduardo Ruiz in Traffic and Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3. Ferrer's notable television roles include FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks, Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan, Tarakudo on Jackie Chan Adventures and NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles, he was the son of actor José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney and the cousin of actor George Clooney. Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, the oldest of five children of Academy Award-winning actor José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney. Ferrer's siblings were sisters and Monsita, brothers and actor Rafael, he had an older sister, Letty Ferrer, from his father José's prior marriage, to Uta Hagen. He was the nephew of journalist Nick Clooney. Ferrer was raised in California.
He played the drums on Keith Moon's Two Sides of the Moon. Ferrer's friend Bill Mumy cast him as a drummer in his first television role. Ferrer was Mumy's bandmate in Seduction of the Innocent, a band that consisted of Steve Leialoha, Max Allan Collins. Ferrer began his acting career in the early 1980s making guest appearances on episodic television, he played the younger version of his father's character on Magnum, P. I. in 1981. In 1983, he was given a small part as a waiter in The Man, he had a minor role in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock as the U. S. S. Excelsior helm officer. In 1984, he directed the Mark Medoff play “When Ya Coming Back, Red Ryder?” at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida. He had a major role in the 1987 action movie RoboCop as aspiring, cocaine-snorting corporate executive Bob Morton. Ferrer's notable roles include a sinister biker in Valentino Returns, an overzealous engineer in DeepStar Six, a resourceful vigilante in Revenge, Commander Arvid Harbinger in the comedy Hot Shots!
Part Deux, Lloyd Henreid in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand, a drug informant in Traffic. He took on lead parts as well, such as The Harvest and The Night Flier. In the early 1990s, Ferrer appeared on three primetime TV series simultaneously: as D. A. Todd Spurrier in Shannon's Deal, as Cajun cop Beau Jack Bowman in Broken Badges, as cynical, wittily abrasive FBI forensics specialist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks. Ferrer reprised the role of Rosenfield in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Ferrer played a super-villain called "The Weatherman" in the failed 1997 TV pilot, Justice League of America. In the same year, he provided the voice for a similar character, the Weather Wizard, in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons". In 1999, Ferrer voiced Aquaman in another Superman: Animated episode, "A Fish Story"; the same year, at the 41st Grammy Awards, Ferrer was nominated for "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" in Disney's The Lion King II, "Simba's Pride Read-Along".
He was the protagonist of the American rock band's video Toto, I Will Remember, where he can be seen with the actor Edward James Olmos. Ferrer again played a medical examiner on the small screen, Dr. Garret Macy, in the television crime/drama series Crossing Jordan. In 2003, Ferrer made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated. In 2004, Ferrer performed as the voice of the Heretic leader in the video game Halo 2. Ferrer took voice-over roles in the TV series Robot Chicken and American Dad!. He played Jonas Bledsoe on NBC's Bionic Woman series and in 2009 starred in another NBC series, Kings, as a military commander of Gath. Ferrer played Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Felix Valdez in the 2011 Lifetime police procedural drama, The Protector. In 2011, he started a multiple-episode guest role on the final season of Desperate Housewives. Signed to a recurring role in NCIS: Los Angeles as Naval Criminal Investigative Service Assistant Director Owen Granger, Ferrer was promoted to a series regular for the fifth season on February 6, 2013.
He appeared in the 2013 film Iron Man 3 as the Vice President. Ferrer reprised his role of Albert Rosenfield in the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. On January 19, 2017, Ferrer died at his Santa Monica home of throat cancer at the age of 61, he is buried at Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, next to his father José Ferrer. Miguel O'Hara, the alter ego of the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man 2099, was named for Ferrer by his friend, writer Peter David, who co-created the character. List of Puerto Ricans Miguel Ferrer on IMDb Voice chasers The A. V. Club interview ]
Arthur Morton Godfrey was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer, sometimes introduced by his nickname, The Old Redhead. An infamous on-air incident undermined his folksy image and resulted in a marked decline in his popularity. At the peak of his success in the mid-1950s, Godfrey helmed two CBS-TV weekly series and a daily 90-minute television mid-morning show, but, by the early 1960s, his presence had been reduced to hosting the occasional TV special and his daily network radio show, which ended in 1972. One of the medium's early master commercial pitchmen, he was identified with many of his sponsors Chesterfield cigarettes and Lipton Tea. Having advertised Chesterfield for many years, during which time he devised the slogan "Buy'em by the carton", Godfrey terminated his relationship with the company after he quit smoking, five years before he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1959. Subsequently, he became a prominent spokesman for anti-smoking education. Godfrey was born in Manhattan in 1903.
His mother, Kathryn Morton Godfrey, was from a well-to-do Oswego, New York, family which disapproved of her marriage to an older Englishman, Arthur's father Arthur Hanbury Godfrey. The senior Godfrey was a sportswriter and considered an expert on surrey and hackney horses, but the advent of the automobile devastated the family's finances. By 1915, when Arthur was 12, the family had moved to Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Arthur, the eldest of five children, tried to help them survive by working before and after school, but at age 14 left home to ease the financial burden on the family. By 15 he was a civilian typist at Camp Merritt, New Jersey, enlisted in the Navy two years later. Godfrey's father was something of a "free thinker" by the standards of the era, he did not disdain organized religion but insisted that his children explore all faiths before deciding for themselves which to embrace. Their childhood friends included Catholic and every kind of Protestant playmates; the senior Godfrey was friends with the Vanderbilts, but was as to spend his time talking with the shoeshine man or the hotdog vendor about issues of the day.
In the book, Genius in the Family, written about their mother by Godfrey's youngest sister, Dorothy Gene, with the help of their sister, Kathy, it was reported that the angriest they saw their father was when a man on the ferry declared the Ku Klux Klan a civic organization vital to the good of the community. They rode the ferry back and forth three times, with their father arguing with the man that the Klan was a bunch of "Blasted, bigoted fools, led'round by the nose!" Godfrey's mother, was a gifted artist and composer whose aspirations to fame were laid aside to take care of her family after her husband, Arthur or "Darl'", died. Her creativity enabled the family to get through some hard times by playing the piano to accompany silent movies, making jams and jellies and crocheting bedspreads to sell, cutting off and selling her floor length hair, as it was difficult for a woman of her "class" to find work without violating social mores of the time; the one household item, never sold or turned into firewood was the piano, she believed at least some of her children would succeed in show business.
In her years some of her compositions were performed by symphony orchestras in Canada, which earned her a mention in Time. In 1957, at the age of 78, her sauciness made her a big hit with the audience when she appeared on Groucho Marx's quiz show You Bet Your Life, she died of cancer in 1968 at a nursing home in a suburb north of Chicago. Godfrey served in the United States Navy from 1920 to 1924 as a radio operator on naval destroyers, but returned home to care for the family after his father's death. Additional radio training came during Godfrey's service in the Coast Guard from 1927 to 1930, he passed a stringent qualifying examination and was admitted to the prestigious Radio Materiel School at the Naval Research Laboratory, graduating in 1929. It was during a Coast Guard stint in Baltimore that on October 5 of that year he appeared on a local talent show and became popular enough to land his own brief weekly program. On leaving the Coast Guard, Godfrey became a radio announcer for the Baltimore station WFBR and moved to Washington, D.
C. to become a staff announcer for NBC-owned station WRC the same year and remained there until 1934. Recovering from a near-fatal automobile accident en route to a flying lesson in 1931, he decided to listen to the radio and realized that the stiff, formal style used by announcers could not connect with the average radio listener; the announcers spoke in stentorian tones, as if giving a formal speech to a crowd and not communicating on a personal level. Godfrey vowed that when he returned to the airwaves, he would affect a relaxed, informal style as if he were talking to just one person, he used that style to do his own commercials and became a regional star. Over time, he added wisecracks to his commercials and would kid the sponsors, a risky move that offended advertising agency executives whose staff worked on the commercial scripts. Nonetheless, Godfrey's antics gained acceptance when his sponsors discovered their sales increased after Godfrey's added jokes. At times, he would read an ad agency script on television as he mockingly rolled his eyes, used a sarcastic tone of voice or added his own wisecracks.
Since the sponsors approved, given their added sales, the agencies were powerless to stop him. In addition to announcing, Godfrey sang and played the ukulele. In 1934 he became a freelance enter
MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio in 1946 for the purpose of releasing soundtrack albums of their musical films. It soon transitioned to a pop music label; the company released soundtrack albums of the music for some of their non-musical films as well, on rare occasions, cast albums of off-Broadway musicals such as The Fantasticks and the 1954 revival of The Threepenny Opera. In one instance, it released the successful soundtrack album of a film made by a rival studio, Columbia Pictures's Born Free, their first soundtrack was of Till the Clouds Roll By, a 1946 film based on the life of composer Jerome Kern. It was the first soundtrack album of a live-action film; the album was issued as a set of four 10-inch 78-rpm records. As in many early MGM soundtrack albums, only eight selections from the film were included on the original version of the album. In order to fit the songs onto the record sides the musical material needed editing and manipulation; this was before tape existed, so the record producer needed to copy segments from the playback discs used on set copy and re-copy them from one disc to another, adding transitions and cross-fades until the final master was created.
Needless to say, it was several generations removed from the original and the sound quality suffered for it. The playback recordings were purposely recorded "dry" otherwise it would come across as too hollow sounding in large movie theatres; this made these albums boxy. MGM Records called these "original cast albums" in the style of Decca's Broadway show cast albums, they coined the phrase "recorded directly from the soundtrack". Over the years the term "soundtrack" began to be applied to any recording from a film, whether taken from the actual film soundtrack or re-recorded in studio; the phrase is sometimes incorrectly used for Broadway cast recordings. While it is correct to call a "soundtrack" a "cast recording" it is never correct to call a "cast recording" a "soundtrack". Among MGM's most successful soundtrack albums were those of the films Good News, Easter Parade, Annie Get Your Gun, Singin' in the Rain, Show Boat, The Band Wagon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gigi; when the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz was first shown on television in 1956, the label issued a soundtrack album of songs and dialog excerpts recorded directly from the film, as they had done with their LP of music and dialog from Quo Vadis in 1951.
By 1950, magnetic tape had been perfected for recording use. This markedly improved the sound quality on long play albums from 1951 forward. MGM Records issued albums of film scores, including Ben-Hur, King of Kings, Doctor Zhivago, How the West Was Won, the 1967 fake-stereo 70mm re-release of Gone With the Wind, 2001: A Space Odyssey; the Ben-Hur and King of Kings albums were studio recreations of the scores, but done with the original orchestrations. MGM Records released a second soundtrack album of Quo Vadis, this one containing only music from the film. Beginning in the 1990s, authentic soundtrack albums of the musical scores to Ben-Hur and King of Kings became available; the Rhino Records editions of these albums featured the entire scores, including outtakes. Rhino released a full-length two-disc album of the score of Gone With the Wind, recorded from the soundtrack in the original mono; as in the case of the non-musical films, Rhino Records, which obtained the rights to the MGM soundtracks in the 1990s, issued longer versions of their movie musical albums, containing all of the songs and music.
Rhino's license expired at the end of 2011 and the albums Rhino issued are now out of print. Warner Bros. now owns the MGM soundtracks first issued by MGM Records and Warner Bros' WaterTower Music unit now has the rights to release the MGM soundtracks. MGM operated their own record manufacturing plant at Bloomfield, New Jersey, from 1947 until 1972. For several years in the late 1940s-early 1950s, MGM operated a radio syndication business, producing The MGM Theater of the Air and a variety of other series based on inactive movie properties such as Dr. Kildare, Andy Hardy and Crime Does Not Pay; the MGM record pressing plant manufactured the electrical transcriptions used to distribute the shows to local stations. The record manufacturing division was closed. There was a short-lived Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Records of 1928, which produced recordings of music featured in MGM movies, not sold to the general public but made to be played in movie theater lobbies; these Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer records were manufactured under contract with the studio by Columbia Records.
In the early 1950s, MGM Records was considered one of the "major" record companies due to owning its own manufacturing facilities. Subsidiary Cub Records was launched in the late 1950s and Verve Records was acquired from Norman Granz in December 1960. Other MGM subsidiaries and distributed labels included: Kama Sutra, Heritage and Metro, Leo Hickory, MGM South, Pride, CoBurt, L&R, Lionel. MGM moved into the rock a
Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German-American actress. Throughout her long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she continually reinvented herself. In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted in silent films, her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel brought her an international profile and a contract with Paramount Pictures. Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco, Shanghai Express, Desire, she traded on her glamorous persona and "exotic" looks, became one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she still made occasional films after the war, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee live-show performer. Dietrich was known for her humanitarian efforts during the war, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and advocating their U. S. citizenship. For her work on improving morale on the front lines during the war, she received several honors from the United States, France and Israel.
In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. Dietrich was born on 27 December 1901 at Leberstraße 65 in the neighborhood of Rote Insel in Schöneberg, now a district of Berlin, her mother, Wilhelmina Elisabeth Josephine, was from an affluent Berlin family who owned a jewelry and clock-making firm. Her father, Louis Erich Otto Dietrich, was a police lieutenant. Dietrich had one sibling, one year older. Dietrich's father died in 1907, his best friend, Eduard von Losch, an aristocratic first lieutenant in the Grenadiers, courted Wilhelmina and married her in 1914, but he died soon afterwards, in July 1916, from injuries sustained during the First World War. Von Losch never adopted the Dietrich sisters, so Dietrich's surname was never von Losch, as has sometimes been claimed. Dietrich's family nicknamed her "Lena" and "Lene". Aged about 11, she combined her first two names to form the name "Marlene". Dietrich attended the Auguste-Viktoria Girls' School from 1907 to 1917 and graduated from the Victoria-Luise-Schule in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, in 1918.
She became interested in theater and poetry as a teenager. A wrist injury curtailed her dreams of becoming a concert violinist, but by 1922 she had her first job, playing violin in a pit orchestra for silent films at a Berlin cinema, she was fired after only four weeks. The earliest professional stage appearances by Dietrich were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher's Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, in Rudolf Nelson revues in Berlin. In 1922, Dietrich auditioned unsuccessfully for theatrical director and impresario Max Reinhardt's drama academy, she did not attract any special attention at first. Dietrich's film debut was a small part in the film The Little Napoleon, she met her future husband, Rudolf Sieber, on the set of Tragedy of Love in 1923. Dietrich and Sieber were married in a civil ceremony in Berlin on 17 May 1923, her only child, daughter Maria Elisabeth Sieber, was born on 13 December 1924. Dietrich continued to work in film both in Berlin and Vienna throughout the 1920s.
On stage, she had roles of varying importance in Frank Wedekind's Pandora's Box, William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah and Misalliance. It was in musicals and revues such as Broadway, Es Liegt in der Luft, Zwei Krawatten, that she attracted the most attention. By the late 1920s, Dietrich was playing sizable parts on screen, including roles in Café Elektric, I Kiss Your Hand and The Ship of Lost Souls. In 1929, Dietrich landed her breakthrough role of Lola Lola, a cabaret singer who caused the downfall of a hitherto respectable schoolmaster, in the UFA production of The Blue Angel, shot at Babelsberg film studios. Josef von Sternberg thereafter took credit for having "discovered" Dietrich; the film introduced Dietrich's signature song "Falling in Love Again", which she recorded for Electrola and made further recordings in the 1930s for Polydor and Decca Records. In 1930, on the strength of The Blue Angel's international success, with encouragement and promotion from Josef von Sternberg, established in Hollywood, Dietrich moved to the United States under contract to Paramount Pictures, the U.
S. film distributor of The Blue Angel. The studio sought to market Dietrich as a German answer to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Swedish sensation, Greta Garbo. Sternberg welcomed her with gifts, including a green Rolls-Royce Phantom II; the car appeared in their first U. S. film Morocco. Dietrich starred in six films directed by von Sternberg at Paramount between 1930 and 1935. Sternberg worked with Dietrich to create the image of a glamorous and mysterious femme fatale, he coached her intensively as an actress. She willingly followed his sometimes imperious direction in a way that a number of other performers resisted. In Morocco, Dietrich was again cast as a cabaret singer; the film is best remembered for the sequence in which she performs a song dressed in a man's white tie and kisses another woman, both provocative for the era. The film earned Dietrich her only Academy Award nomination. Morocco was followed by Dishonored, a major success with Dietrich cast as a Mata Hari-like spy. Shanghai
Dot Records is an American record label founded by Randy Wood, active between 1950 and 1979. The label was reactivated in 2014 through a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and the Republic Records unit of Universal Music Group. Based in Nashville, the label was discontinued in 2017; the original headquarters of Dot Records was in Tennessee. Many of the earliest recordings were in the on-air production studios of WHIN. Since WHIN was a daytime-only radio station, recording sessions were at night when the station was off the air. In 1956, the company moved to California. In its early years, Dot specialized in artists from Tennessee, it branched out to include musicians from across the U. S, it recorded country music, rhythm & blues, waltzes, rockabilly and early rock and roll. After moving to Hollywood, Dot Records bought many recordings by small local independent labels and issued them nationally. In 1957, Wood sold the label to Paramount Pictures. Dot moved to Hollywood, where the label began to release soundtrack albums, including Elmer Bernstein's score for The Ten Commandments, a 2-LP set that played longer than the usual record album.
Hamilton Records, a subsidiary, was founded in 1958 for rhythm & blues. It distributed Steed Records and the only two records from Carnival, owned by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. Two other subsidiary labels were created: Crystalette Records and Acta Records. In 1967, Dot picked up distribution of DynoVoice, owned by Bob Crewe, from Bell Records; that year, Randy Wood left to found Ranwood Records with Lawrence Welk. Pat Boone and Eddie Fisher recorded successful albums for Dot. Of these, Eddie Fisher Today was the most popular and included popular standards of the day, but Fisher had no substantial hit singles during his Dot contract. Two years after Paramount was purchased by Gulf and Western in 1968, Dot was rebranded as a country music label under the umbrella of the Famous Music Group, which took over management at the end of 1971; this included Paramount Records and Blue Thumb, with distribution of Sire and Neighborhood owned by Melanie Safka. By 1968, Lawrence Welk had acquired his Dot back catalogue and subsequently reissued the material on his own Ranwood label.
With the rest of the Famous Music Group, in 1974, Dot was bought by ABC, which had tried to purchase the label years before, discontinued the label at the start of 1978. The ABC/Dot headquarters became the Nashville office of ABC Records, a division of the American Broadcasting Company. ABC Records was sold to MCA Records in 1979. MCA's Nashville division revived the Dot label in 1985–86 for a series of one-off albums by country music artists such as Jan Howard, Jeanne Pruett, Jim Ed Brown and the Browns, Carl Perkins, Billie Jo Spears, Porter Wagoner, Tompall Glaser; the merger of the MCA Records and PolyGram Records families became the foundation for Universal Music Group in 1999. The Dot pop music catalogue is managed by Universal Music's Geffen Records; the country back catalogue is managed by the former Decca and Coral unit, rebranded as MCA Nashville. Randy Wood died at age 94 in his La Jolla, home on April 9, 2011, from complications after a fall. Big Machine Records revived the Dot Records name for a new label in March 2014.
The label's first signees include Maddie and Tae, Drake White, Steven Tyler. Big Machine discontinued the label in 2017. List of record labels Dot Records artists Official site The Dot Records Story Singles discography Billy Vaughn & Dot recording stars on the Pop Chronicles. Dot Records on the Internet Archive's Great 78 Project
Deborah Anne Boone is an American singer and actress. She is best known for her 1977 hit, "You Light Up My Life", which spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year. Boone focused her music career on country music resulting in the 1980 No. 1 country hit "Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again". In the 1980s, she recorded Christian music which garnered her four top 10 Contemporary Christian albums as well as two more Grammys. Throughout her career, Boone has appeared in several musical theater productions and has co-authored many children's books with husband, Gabriel Ferrer. Debby Boone was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, the third of four daughters born to singer-actor Pat Boone and Shirley Foley Boone, daughter of country music star Red Foley; when Boone was 14 years old, she began touring with her parents and three sisters: Cherry and Laury. The sisters first recorded with their parents as The Pat Boone Family and as the Boones or Boone Girls.
They recorded gospel music, although the sisters released singles for the Motown and Curb labels that were remakes of secular pop music featuring Debby as the lead vocalist. The Boones twice reached Billboard's AC charts with 1975's "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes", a remake of the Supremes' first top 40 hit, 1977's "Hasta Mañana", a cover of a track from ABBA's Waterloo album. With her older sisters married and younger sister Laury in college, Boone was encouraged by producer Mike Curb to launch a solo career. Boone released her first solo effort, "You Light Up My Life" in 1977; the song became the biggest hit of the 1970s lasting ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — longer than any other song in Hot 100 history to that point. The song earned Boone a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and an American Music Award for Favorite Pop Single of 1977, she received Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female and Record of the Year won by Barbra Streisand and the Eagles.
"You Light Up My Life" succeeded on Billboard's Adult Contemporary and Country singles charts. The single and the album of the same name were both certified platinum; the song and produced by Joe Brooks, was from the film of the same name. Brooks earned Song of the Year awards at both Oscars for writing the song. Boone's version was not featured on its soundtrack; the song was lip-synched in the film by its star, Didi Conn, performing to vocals recorded by Kacey Cisyk. It was written as a love song, but Boone interpreted the song as inspirational and stated that she recorded the song for God. Boone's overnight success led to a tour with her father and frequent television appearances, but she was unable to maintain her success in pop music after "You Light Up My Life", her follow-up single, "California", peaked at No. 50 Pop and No. 20 AC. "California" was included on Boone's second album, which faltered at No. 147 Pop. Her next single, the double-sided "God Knows"/"Baby I'm Yours" struggled, peaking at No. 74 Pop, becoming her last entry on the Hot 100.
However, the single charted returned Boone to the country chart. Boone released another movie theme, "When You're Loved", from The Magic of Lassie. Like "You Light Up My Life", the song was nominated for an Academy Award for its composers, the Sherman Brothers, but it failed to replicate the success of her first single charting only No. 48 AC. Boone's wholesome persona contrasted with the image-conscious pop-music industry, leading her career in different musical directions. With the crossover success of "You Light Up My Life" and "God Knows/Baby, I'm Yours", Boone began to focus on country music, her first country single, "In Memory of Your Love", fizzled at No. 61. But, she hit No. 11 in 1979 with a remake of Connie Francis' "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own". Boone released another Connie Francis cover, "Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart", before releasing her 1979 eponymous album. Although the album included the two Francis remakes, her next two singles were not culled from this album – a remake of the Happenings' "See You in September" and yet another Francis cover, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool".
Her next album, 1980's Love Has No Reason, was produced by Larry Butler who helmed many of Kenny Rogers' records during the late 1970s. It resulted in the No. 1 Country and No. 31 AC hit, "Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again". Two weeks before Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again ascended to No. 1, Boone was part of a historic Top 5 on the Billboard Country chart. For the week ending April 19, 1980, the Top 5 positions were all held by women: Crystal Gayle Dottie West Debby Boone Emmylou Harris Tammy Wynette The album generated two more country singles, "Free to Be Lonely Again" and "Take It Like a