Producers

OKeh Records

OKeh Records was founded by Otto K. E. Heinemann, a German-American, who set up a recording studio and pressing plant in New York City and started the label in 1918.  A landmark OKeh release OKeh released mainly music by dance and jazz bands, until a blues singer, Mamie Smith, became the first African […]

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Reggie Lucas at Sigma Sound Studios, New York

After the successful collaboration with James Mtume, Reggie Lucas branched out and began to write and produce material by himself. In addition to his own instrumental record “Survival Themes” (1978), one of the first solo projects he co-produced was Madonna’s 1983 self-titled multi-platinum debut album, including the million-selling single “Borderline”, […]

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Brunswick Records

The association of the Brunswick name with popular music goes back a long way. Brunswick-Balke-Collender, a company based in Iowa, was a manufacturer of pianos and sports equipment, that began trading in 1845. In 1916 they began making phonographs and then records too. In 1930, they sold their record business to […]

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Holland, Dozier, Holland

The creative team of Holland-Dozier-Holland became the dominant and most influential songwriting and music production team of the 1960s. They were responsible for making Motown a globally powerful force in the music industry that was able to meet the challenge of the British invasion led by The Beatles and The […]

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Billy Davis

The late Billy Davis was born on July 11th 1932 in Detroit. He started his career in the entertainment industry as a songwriter with Berry Gordy in Detroit during the mid 1950s, creating successful songs for his cousin the late Jackie Wilson, under the pseudonym of Tyran Carlo. Billy Davis Their first major international hit was “Reet Petite” released […]

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