Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Musicor catalog is today owned by Gusto records.
Musicor's best-selling artists ran the gamut of genres. The label's most successful artist was pop star Gene Pitney, who gave Musicor its biggest hits with "It Hurts To Be In Love" and "Only Love Can Break A Heart". Bert Burns produced Jimmy Radcliffe's recording of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song "Long After Tonight Is All Over" in 1964 that proved to be one of Northern Soul music's most enduring anthems. After a few years with no hits, popular R&B vocal group The Platters made a comeback on Musicor with the Northern Soul classics "I Love You 1000 Times" and "With This Ring". Other artists rounding out the Musicor stable included Kenny Dino, Steve Rossi (of the comic duo Allen & Rossi), Puerto Rico sensation Tito Rodregiez, middle-of-the-road orchestra leader Hugo Winterhauter, rock group Street People. Country singer George Jones recorded prolifically for Musicor from 1967–1972, including two albums of duets with labelmate Melba Mongomery.
Musicor also produced some of the earliest recordings featuring the Moog Synth. The one-hit wonder, Hot Butter, scored a Top 10 hit for the label in 1972 with the song "Popcorn" (which was also Musicor's last big hit). The Electric Moog Orchestra was also on the Musicor roster, specializing in synthesized versions of John Williams music.