Description: Record label, USA

Known For: Dot records

Location: United States of America

Web Site:  Official site

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Dot Records

Dot Records is a historic American record label, originally an independent label founded by Randy Wood in Gallatin, Tennessee, and active between 1950 and 1977.

The label was reactivated in 2014, through a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and the Republic Records unit of Universal Music Group (which owns the original Dot Records catalogue). It is based in Nashville, Tennessee and its General Manager is Chris Stacey.

The original headquarters of Dot Records were in Gallatin, Tennessee. 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. Then it branched out to include musicians and singers from across the United States. It recorded a variety of country music, rhythm & blues, polkas & waltzes, gospel music, rockabilly, pop music, and early rock & roll. After the move to Hollywood, Dot Records bought up many recordings by small local independent labels and issued them nationally.

Paramount ownership

In 1957, Wood sold ownership of the label to Paramount Pictures, but he remained the president of the company for another decade. Dot Records then began to release soundtrack albums, including Elmer Bernstein’s score for The Ten Commandments (1956), a 2-LP set that played longer than the usual record album.

At Dot a subsidiary label entitled Hamilton Records was founded in 1958, for rockabilly and rhythm & blues and distributed Jeff Barry’s Steed Records along with the only two records from the Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss-owned Carnival Records. In addition, Dot Records created two other subsidiary labels: Crystalette Records and Acta Records. In 1967, Dot picked up distribution of the Bob Crewe-owned DynoVoice label from Bell Records and later that year, Randy Wood left to co-found Ranwood Records with Lawrence Welk.

Pat Boone recorded his most popular songs for the label and both his albums and singles were very successful, along with Eddie Fisher who would record some of his later albums for the label. Of these, Eddie Fisher Today was the most popular and included popular standards of the day. Unfortunately however,Fisher had no substantial hit singles during his Dot contract.

Two years after Paramount was purchased by Gulf and Western in 1968, the Dot Records label 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 the Paramount, Stax (until 1970) and Blue Thumb labels, along with distribution of Sire Records (now owned by Warner Music Group), as well as Neighborhood Records, originally owned by singer-songwriter Melanie Safka, which later moved to Arista Records. By 1968, Lawrence Welk had acquired his Dot back catalog and subsequently reissued the material on his own Ranwood label.

Along with the rest of the Famous Music Group, Dot Records was bought by ABC in 1974, which ironically had tried to purchase the label years before, and 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 then sold to MCA Records in 1979. MCA’s Nashville division briefly 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 and Tompall Glaser.

MCA Records became the foundation for Universal Music Group in the 1990’s. Today, the old Dot pop music catalog is managed by Universal Music’s Geffen Records unit. The country back catalog is managed by the former Decca and Coral unit, rebranded as MCA Nashville.

Randy Wood died at age 94 in his La Jolla, California home on April 9, 2011 from complications after a fall.

New era

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, and Steven Tyler.


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Hal Aloma
Arthur Alexander
Steve Allen
American Breed (Acta)
The Andrews Sisters
Louis Armstrong
Gene Austin
Jack Barlow
Count Basie
The Baskerville Hounds
Danny Boy (Danny Wahlquist)
Al Bollington (British organist)
Pat Boone
Pat & Shirley Boone
Barbara Eden
Jimmy Boyd
Walter Brennan
Jim Ed Brown & The Browns
The Blenders
Browning Bryant
Rusty Bryant
Jerry Burke
Jo Ann Castle
The Chantays**
Children of Rain
Roy Clark
Sanford Clark**
Helen Cornelius
Don Cornell
Eddie Costa
The Counts
Bob Crosby
Mac Curtis
Velva Darnell
The Dartells**
Jimmy Dee
The Dell-Vikings**
Frank DeRosa
Lonnie Donegan**
Jimmy Dorsey
Jim Doval and the Gauchos*The Fairmount Singers
Donna Fargo
Fear Itself
Freddy Fender
Jack Fina
The Fireballs
Eddie Fisher
Myron Floren
The Fontane Sisters
The Four Lads
William Frawley
Bob Gaddy
Cecil Gant
Althea Gibson
Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
The Griffin Brothers featuring Margie Day
The Griffin Brothers featuring Tommy Brown
The Griffin Brothers
Bonnie Guitar
The Jack Halloran Singers
Hamilton Streetcar
Roy Head
Milt Herth (organist)
The Hilltoppers
Ivory Joe Hunter
Tab Hunter
Gunilla Hutton
The Illusion (Steed)
Tommy Jackson
Denise Jannah
Carol Jarvis
Danny Kaye
Sandra Kaylor
Sylvia and the Five Panthers
Dr. Charles Kendall
The Kendalls
Gary Usher
Jack Kerouac
Anita Kerr
Andy Kim (Steed)
Sonny Knight
The Lennon Sisters
Wally Lewis
Jim Lowe
Warren Luening
Robin Luke**
Johnny Maddox
Barbara Mandrell
Tony Martin
Wink Martindale
Wink Martindale & Robin Ward
Robin McNamara (Steed)
The Mills Brothers
Mike Minor
Mint Tattoo
Vaughn Monroe
Tiny Morrie
Mount Rushmore
Jimmy Newman
Leonard Nimoy
Ken Nordine
Nervous Norvus**
Larry Novak
Tommy Overstreet
Bunny Paul
Eddie Peabody
The Phantom
Nancy Priddy
Louis Prima
Jeanne Pruett
Bobby Rand
Jimmie Rodgers
Mitch Ryder (DynoVoice)
John Wesley Ryles
Lalo Schifrin
John Serry, Sr.
Ray Sharpe
The Shields**
Six Fat Dutchmen
Keely Smith
Margo Smith
Jo-El Sonnier
Jimmy Spellman
The Split Level
Joe Stampley
Dodie Stevens
Val Stöecklein
Gale Storm
The String-A-Longs
The Sunshine Boys
The Surfaris**
Hank Thompson
Diana Trask
Helen Traubel
Sharon Smith
Leroy Van Dyke
Billy Vaughn
Robin Ward
Lawrence Welk
The Lawrence Welk Glee Club
Margaret Whiting
Don Williams
Easy Williams
Lew Williams
Mac Wiseman
Jimmy Work
George Wright
Dr. Norman Wright
Yankee Dollar
Barry Young