Friday, November 22, 2013
"Martian Hop" is a song written by the Ran-Dells which was released in 1963. It has been described as a one-hit wonder novelty song and it reached #27 on the black singles chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was later covered by Rocky Sharpe and the Replays.
Martian Hop on Youtube!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
It released a number of hits by groups such as The Shocking Blue, the George Baker Selection, and Tee Set. It also released an album in 1970 called DANKS, a male/female duet which featured Stefanianna Christopherson, then best known for her voice work on Here Comes The Grump and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Colossus Records closed its doors in 1971.
Williams got control of the Cadence master tapes in the 1960s but limited releases to that of himself and another former Cadence artist, Lenny Welch. This material was released on Williams' current label at the time, Columbia Records.
In 1970 Williams created the Barnaby label (named after his beloved dog Mr. Barnaby) to release the rest of the long unreleased Cadence archive, principally that of the Everly Brothers, which had been long out of print but in continued great demand. Barnaby also released new material by artists such as Ray Stevens, who scored a Top Ten hit with his single "Everything Is Beautiful," some early LPs by Jimmy Buffett as well as a few LPs by Claudine Longet, who was Williams's wife at the time.
Barnaby had several distributors including CBS, then MGM, and finally GRT in 1974. Once Barnaby ceased operating as a working record company at the end of the 1970s, Williams licensed the old Cadence and Barnaby material to various other labels such as Varèse Sarabande and Rhino, and Time-Life after 1980.
Fontana started in the 1950s as a subsidiary of the Dutch Philips Records; when Philips restructured its music operations it dropped Fontana in favor of Vertigo Records.
Fontana's U.S. counterpart label was started in 1964 and distributed by Philips US subsidiary Mercury Records. Among the hitmakers were Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Wayne Fontana, The Mindbenders, The Troggs, The New Vaudeville Band and Steam, all of whom had #1 hits on the label. Other successful Fontana artists included the Spencer Davis Group, The Silkie, Nana Mouskouri, and the duo of Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg. Mercury discontinued the label (and one other subsidiary, Smash Records) in 1970.
Fontana's British division was the UK licensee for Motown Records (in 1961), Columbia Records and Epic Records (until 1962), Vanguard Records (until 1967), Mainstream Records and ESP-Disk. As with Philips, labels were blue for singles, black for EPs and LPs. In 1972, PolyGram acquired the dormant label.
In the UK and Europe, the Fontana label was largely dormant after 1974, although in 1980-81 it was used for releases by Sector 27 and Dennis Bovell. Fontana was revived in the late 1980s as an outlet for acts such as Tears for Fears, The Teardrop Explodes, Cocteau Twins and Swing Out Sister, and was active in the 1990s, releasing music for acts such as Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Ocean Colour Scene and James. It is currently an active division of Fontana Distribution, using the same logo.
The label's only artists as of March 2013 are Brooke Hogan and Papoose.
US label variations
- 1964—Pink label
- 1965-1970—Light blue or slightly darker-toned blue label (some of these labels were stamped with an "S")
- 1980s—Black and silver label