President Records: In brief

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Introduction:

Launched in the UK in 1966 to release The Symbols’ version of “See You In September”.

History:

President’s first Number 1 was in 1968 with “Baby Come Back” by The Equals. The company brought KC & The Sunshine Band to the UK. Long-standing relationship with Rick Wakeman has resulted in almost 40 albums.

What they say:

“Survival in this business depends on having an instinct for the market, being willing to experiment, financial resilience and a considerable amount of good luck.” David Kassner.

Notable acts past and present:

George Formby, Dorothy Squires, George McRae, Rick Wakeman.

Toptips for 2008:

Robots In Disguise (above), Carolyn Leonhart: Chances Are: The Romantic Music Of Robert Allen.

Pub fact:

Edward Kassner paid $250 for “Rock Around the Clock” in the Fifties. It has since chalked up record sales of over 170 million.

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