Uni Records

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Uni Records
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Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded1966
FounderNed Tanen
StatusDefunct
Distributor(s)Universal Music Enterprises
GenreVarious
Country of originUnited States

Uni Records (short for the label's legal name Universal City Records and rendered as UNI) was a record label owned by MCA Inc.. The brand, which long featured a distinctive UNi logo, was established in 1966 by MCA executive Ned Tanen and developed by music industry veteran Russ Regan. Notable artists on Uni included Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Foundations, Hugh Masekela, Brian Hyland, Desmond Dekker, Bill Cosby, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Dave and Ansil Collins, Fever Tree, Olivia Newton-John, Betty Everett, and the Factory (Lowell George, Dallas Taylor, et al.). In 1967, Uni took over management of MCA's newly acquired Kapp Records. [1] Uni also operated Revue Records , a soul music subsidiary, from about 1967 to 1970. [2] [3] In 1971 Uni was merged with Kapp and the co-owned American Decca Records, to form MCA Records. The Decca, Kapp, and Uni labels continued to be used for new releases for a short time, but in late 1972, new releases by their former artists began appearing on the MCA Records label; before long, their back catalogs were transferred to MCA as well. That year, Regan left MCA to revive 20th Century Records for 20th Century Fox. [4]

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In 1988, Uni was briefly revived by MCA Records as a niche hipster label, à la Sire Records, with a roster that included Transvision Vamp, Big Bam Boo, Eric B. & Rakim, Swans, Steve Earle, Lord Tracy and a distribution deal with the Bronx-based hip hop label Strong City Records. By the end of 1989, however, Swans was dropped, the deal with Strong City was terminated, and the others were absorbed by the MCA label.

In 1991, MCA revamped the Uni moniker once more when it changed the name of its music distribution network from MCA Music Distribution Corp to Uni Distribution Corp. In 1996, in the wake of Seagram's purchase of MCA and the merger of the MCA and PolyGram families of labels, it was renamed Universal Music & Video Distribution Inc. In June 2001, it was renamed Universal Music & Video Distribution Corp., and it was changed again in 2006, after the sale of Universal Pictures to NBC, to Universal Music Distribution. Geffen Records manages the Uni catalog today after absorbing the MCA label in 2003.

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References

  1. "Top 20 R&B". Billboard. December 9, 1967. p.  97 . Retrieved February 28, 2013 via Internet Archive.
  2. "MCA in R&B With Revue" (PDF). Billboard. October 7, 1967. p. 3.
  3. "Revue Records Article". Soulful Kinda Music. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  4. "Sometime nice guys come in first—The Russ Regan story". Billboard. August 31, 1974. Retrieved February 28, 2013.

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