NONESUCH
RECORDS

Independent American label: Nonesuch Records was started by Jac Holzman in 1963, as the Classical music arm of his Elektra Records.  Over the decades it gained a reputation for its adventurous recording policy, particularly in the field of contemporary music, and it lives on today as part of the Time Warner group.  In Britain, Nonesuch was almost exclusively an album label; it did however issue at least a couple of singles in the 1970s, the ones pictured.  Joshua Rifkin's version of The Entertainer (BIG-701) came out in 1974, at which point Nonesuch was being handled by Transatlantic.  Its albums were imported from America rather than pressed over here, but the single originated here.  The company seemed to lead a semi-independent existence in this country: It had started the decade at Polydor with Elektra, but then instead of going to Kinney with its parent company it had been without a distributor for a year until it linked up with Transatlantic in March 1972.  When Elektra moved from Kinney / WEA to EMI in the Autumn of 1973 Nonesuch was excluded from the deal and stayed where it was. The licensing agreement with Transatlantic had been extended until November 1977; presumably it was only at that point when Nonesuch at last came under the WEA umbrella.  Joan Morris's 'Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots' (K-12800; 3/79) dates from this latter period, with CBS handling manufacture and WEA distribution.  By the time that single came out the label had changed colour and the numbering had changed to the K-12800s.  There were to be no more Nonesuch singles until the new millenium. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

 
74 Joshua Rifkin The Entertainer NONESUCH  BIG 701
75 William Bolcomb After The Ball NONESUCH  BIG 702
78 Joan Morris  Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots NONESUCH  K 12800

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