Dunhill Records

Dunhill Records
Parent company ABC Records
Founded 1964
Founder Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts[disambiguation needed ]
Distributor(s) ABC Records
Genre Various
Country of origin US

Dunhill Records was started by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts[disambiguation needed ] in 1964 as Dunhill Productions, originally for the purpose of releasing Johnny Rivers recordings on Imperial Records. It became a record label in 1965 and was distributed by ABC Records. The first Dunhill single released (catalog #D-4001) was "My Prayer/Pretty Please" by Shelley Fabares, who was Adler's wife at the time. Adler sold his shares to ABC Records in the summer of 1967, this created ABC Dunhill Records. Afterwards Adler launched Ode Records. ABC continued to release records on the Dunhill label until 1975, after which all remaining artists were absorbed into the ABC Records roster before MCA Records bought ABC Records in 1979.

An offshoot of the ABC/Dunhill days was the label Buluu Dunhill Records using (catalog #B-73001).

The Dunhill catalogue is today managed by Geffen Records.

A later independent reissue label called Dunhill Compact Classics was formed in 1986 to reissue recordings on the new compact disc format. British American Tobacco, a UK tobacco company, sued the company because of the use of the Dunhill name, forcing the company to rename itself DCC Compact Classics.


Dunhill label variations

  • 1965-1968 -- Black label with DUNHILL in white outline letters inside yellow frame
  • 1968 -- Same as above, but with the "abc" logo added in front of the DUNHILL logo
  • 1968-1969 -- Black label with 3-compartment multi-color box consisting of smaller DUNHILL logo (now in white letters inside white frame) in the left hand box and the white circular "abc" logo and "RECORDS" in the right hand boxes
  • 1969-1973 -- Same as above, but with the multicolor "DUNHILL" and "abc RECORDS" boxes separated
  • 1973-1974 -- Black label with DUNHILL spelled out in children's blocks (followed by a block with the "abc" logo) in white box (This variation only lasted a few months before the label was changed back to the multi-color box logo in which both the "one box" and "two box" variations were used)
  • 1974-1975 -- Yellow, orange, red and purple label with "abc Dunhill" ("abc" circle logo in black) in between two black lines
  • White labels were used for most promotional issues.

Dunhill (ABC/Dunhill) Records artists

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