Mar 312014


Folks it was announced this past week that legendary Country Music
label Dot Records was purchased by current label Big Machine Records.
Actually it’s the name they bought and are resurrecting and reviving.
It’s not been yet announced if Big Machine will be reissuing all of the
old classic country music that was released on the Dot label in the 1970’s.
Because 1979 Dot (or ABC) was sold to MCA Records.

Universal Music Group currently owns the Dot records catalog
which consists of SO MANY Country Legends and hits I couldn’t name
them all for you but I’ll tell you throughout the 1970’s Dot
Records released recordings from Roy Clark from 1969-1973
including “My Everlov’n Soul” and “Yesterday When I Was Young”.
And more of Roy’s biggest hits were released on Dot and produced
by Joe Allison.

More classic country music came from Dot including The Kendalls,
Gunilla Hutton, Tommy Jackson, and Freddy Fender.
Most of Donna Fargo’s famous recording were all on Dot including
“Funny Face’ and “Happiest Girl In The Whole USA” and “Daddy Dumplin”
all produced by Stan Silver.

MORE CLASSIC COUNTRY..Barbara Mandrell recorded 4 albums with Dot
from 1976-1977. Both “Married..But Not To Each Other” and “Midnight Angel”
were two hits of hers on Dot label.
Leroy Van Dyke, Joe Stampley and Tommy Overstreet also released albums.

However two of Dot’s biggest powerhouses in it’s history were
Don Williams and Hank Thompson.
Don recorded 6 albums with Dot and some of his biggest hits including
‘Tulsa Time” “Say It Again” and “Till The Rivers All Run Dry”.
Most was produced by Garth Fundis.

Hank Thompson recorded for Dot from 1968-1977 and released some
of his lesser known hits including “Smokey The Bar”.
He released 14 albums with Dot Records.

Randy Wood originally founded Dot Records, which was active between
1950 and 1977.
The main headquarters is located in Gallatin Tennessee and many of the
hits were recorded during the night because the radio station was
a daily broadcast. In 1956 the company moved to Hollywood California.

The original headquarters of Dot Records were in Gallatin, Tennessee,
in fact many of the earliest recordings for the label were recorded
right in the on-air production studios of radio station WHIN, which
Wood owned at the time. Since WHIN was a daytime only radio station,
recording sessions were held at night when the station was off the air.
In 1956, the company moved to Hollywood, California.

In its early years, the label specialized in artists from around
Tennessee. It soon branched out to include musicians and singers
from across the United States. It recorded a variety of different
genres of music. After the move to Hollywood, Dot Records bought
up many recordings by small local independent labels and issued
them nationally.

In 1957, Wood sold ownership of the label to Paramount Pictures, but
he remained the president of the company for another decade.
And in 1967 Dot Records was managed by the legendary Tommy Overstreet
who left the management seat in 1970 to pursue a solo act and
recorded 12 albums with Dot until 1978.
Dot Records began to release soundtrack albums and other ventures.

At Dot a subsidiary label entitled Hamilton Records was founded in 1958,
for rockabilly and rhythm and blues distributed Jeff Barry’s Steed
Records along with the only two records from the Herb Alpert and
Jerry Moss-owned Carnival Records. Dot Records created two other
subsidiary labels: Crystalette Records and Acta Records according
to my research of the rare labels.

Now in 1968 is when the classic country music started on the Dot label.
Under the umbrella of the Famous Music Group which was bought by ABC in
in 1974 or 75.
Then in 1979 it was sold to MCA Records and Dot name was dropped.

However just last week it was announced Pop Country label Big
Machine Records has bought the label and will release albums
under the Dot name and redone the logo as placed above.

Big Machine was a joint venture with Toby Keith who backed out
to open his own label.
They are responsible for a lot of falsely marketed “country music”
the likes of Taylor Swift and Rascall Flatts.

Honestly the only really good albums they ever released
was “Heartbreakers Hall Of Fame” by Sunny Sweeney which was
pretty much tossed under the rug by the label because
they were ashamed to have REAL country on their label.
And ‘In Time” by The Mavericks wasn’t bad.

Will this be another Gaylord purchasing the Opry fiasco?
I’m thinking YES..but we shall see..

This label was launched in 2005 so that should tell you
a red flag.