Silvertone Records (1980)

Summary

Silvertone Records is a current British record label, owned by Sony Music UK. Originally an independent record label, owned by Clive Calder's Jive Records, which was acquired in time by Bertelsmann Music Group, the original BMG company which would go on to merge with Sony Music, bring the Jive catalogue to Sony as the Zomba Music Group. In 2017, Sony Music UK relaunched the brand as a label for left-field acts, with indie, alt-folk, blues and jazz acts represented in its signings.[1][2]

The first and most famous signing to the label was the Stone Roses in the late 1980s, with whom they later had a lengthy legal battle. According to Jeff Fenster, former Senior VP of A&R, Jive Records/Silvertone Records, Silvertone started as a roots rock-oriented label that developed over time into an alternative music label. After Zomba acquired various Christian labels, acts like Jars of Clay were moved to the Silvertone label, and subsequently released two platinum-selling records as Silvertone artists.[3]

Silvertone Artists

Acts signed to Silvertone since 2017[2] include Hugh Cornwell,[4] Hailey Tuck,[5] Joanne Shaw Taylor[6] and Wildwood Kin.[7] In 2021, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and Jehnny Beth of Savages teamed up for an album called Utopian Ashes which was released by Sony Legacy through the Silvertone label.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Other acts signed to the label during its history include Chris Duarte, Whiteout, John Mayall, Buddy Guy, the Men They Couldn't Hang, Bowling for Soup, Alan Wren, Matt Odmark, John Squire, Stephen Mason (solo), Mick Weaver, Gary Mounfield, Metal Molly, Del Shannon and Loudon Wainwright III.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Silvertone Records". www.silvertonerecords.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b "Silvertone Records". www.silvertonerecords.co.uk.
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  5. ^ "Silvertone Records". www.silvertonerecords.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Silvertone Records". www.silvertonerecords.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Silvertone Records". www.silvertonerecords.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Album reviews: Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth | Gaspard Augé | Snapped Ankles | Jan the Man". www.scotsman.com.
  9. ^ "Album reviews: Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth | Gaspard Augé | Snapped Ankles | Jan the Man - Opera News". www.dailyadvent.com.
  10. ^ "| Sony Music Legacy Recordings | UK | Official Website". Sony Music Legacy Recordings | UK.
  11. ^ "Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth present 'Utopian Ashes' | Sony Music Legacy Recordings | UK | Official Website". Sony Music Legacy Recordings | UK.
  12. ^ "Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth: Utopian Ashes review – a welcome surprise". the Guardian. 27 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth announce 'Utopian Ashes' live shows". NME. 28 June 2021.
  14. ^ McCormick, Neil (2 July 2021). "Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth: a hellish marriage made in musical heaven" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  15. ^ "Utopian Ashes by Bobby Gillespie" – via www.metacritic.com.
  16. ^ "Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth – 'Utopian Ashes' review". Crack Magazine.