Independent label: Virgin Records was started by Richard Branson, and was the foundation for what was to become the worldwide Virgin empire?  Probably not. To give the barest of facts, Virgin started life in 1970, as a mail-order record business; it soon opened its first shop, in Oxford Street, London; and in 1972 it expanded to include a recording studio and a Roger-Dean-designed record label. Mike Oldfield's, 'Tubular Bells' LP was an immediate (if unlikely) best-seller, and the company never looked back. Musically speaking, Branson had time for the uncommercial and the off-the-wall, artists such as Kevin Coyne, Henry Cow, and Hatfield & The North; his label also managed to do what several other labels had failed to do - provide a home for those bad boys, the Sex Pistols. Branson sold Virgin to EMI in 1992, reportedly to provide funding for other parts of the Virgin group. Virgin used several different labels for its singles during the '70s.  An initial simple white one featuring Dean's 'Two Virgins' was replaced by a slightly more complex blue one in April 1976 at around VS-149; in November of that year, at around VS-166, the virgins were dropped in favour of a 3-d-looking design.  This lated until August 1978, when it in turn was superseded by a simple 'slash plus name' label; the standard one had a green 'A'-side with a red stripe and a red 'B'-side with a green stripe, but other colours, such as white, grey and pink were also used.  Singles were numbered in a VS-100 series.  Unusually, VS-101 was issued after several other VSes had come out, an excerpt from 'Tubular Bells' was released in the USA as a taster for the album without Mike Oldfield's knowledge, and the number VS-101 may have been kept for a possible British release; when eventually Oldfield re-recorded an excerpt for release as a single it was given that number. For the first part of its life Virgin came under the Island Records unbrella, with distribution shared by Island and EMI.  Island had its own pressing plant but it seems to have concentrated upon albums, as the vast majority of Virgin singles appear to be EMI products.  In the Autumn of 1976 CBS took over both distribution and manufacture.  Anchor dealt with marketing from that point, but only briefly. In 1977 the two companies had been talking about setting up a joint sales force, but Virgin struck out on its own from March of that year.  Virgin had a Reggae subsidiary, Front Line. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

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