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Dot Records Canadian 45 variations

Post by oldbillclarke » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:29 pm

Dot Canadian 45's Variations

Dot Records began life in 1950 but was not introduced to Canada until spring 1957.
Original owner, Randy Wood, sold the company to Paramount Pictures in 1957
for $3,000,000 but remained as president of the label until circa 1968. In 1968, the
then American conglomerate, Gulf & Western, bought Paramount and from that
point Dot abandoned easy listening and pop oriented music for primarily country
music. All Dot releases prior to spring 1957 were released in Canada on Quality
or Reo. In 1974, Dot Records was sold to ABC Records and eventually, in Janauary
1976, became known as ABC Dot. Some of the biggest acts to record with this label
included Pat Boone, Billy Vaughn, Lawrence Welk and Roy Clark.

1957: Maroon label, silver logo & type. Man. & dist. by Quality Records This style
lasted from approximately 45-15537 to 45-15550.

1957-1968: Black label, red blue & yellow logo, silver type. Man. & dist. by Quality
Records. This style lasted from 45-15550 until roughly 17180X.

1968-1975: Pink, red and orange design label, black logo & type. Man. & dist. by Quality
Records. (1968-1975)
1968-1970: Dot logo also includes the Paramount logo. This style lasted from 17176X.
until about 17340X.
1970-1975: Paramount logo gone. Paramount split from Dot in 1970 and
began its own label. This style began at 17340X and ended around 17585X.

1969: Green label, black logo & type. Dot logo includes Paramount logo. Briefly in
1969, Quality issued records on many of their labels in green with the slogan
"This Is A Green Light Release." An example of this on the Dot/Paramount label
is "Yesterday When I Was Young" by Roy Clark. (Dot 17246X)

In December 1975, Dot Records was retired by ABC and was subsequently known
as ABC Dot until 1978 when all artists with ABC Dot were transferred to ABC
Records. ABC Dot records were manufactured and distributed by GRT as was ABC Records in the 1978-79 period. In 1979 ABC Records was purchased by MCA and the ABC name was history.

Sleeves:
All Dot 45's from 1957 thru roughly the end of 1963 had plain light grey sleeves. Beginning circa early 1964 and until circa 04/65 they had the same grey sleeve but with listings of Quality's active oldies catalogue called "Golden Treasures On Wax". (The listings changed fairly frequently so there are several variations.) Beginning in circa 04/65 and until the early 1970's the sleeve was made of thicker white paper but still with
the Golden Treasures listings. Again these white sleeves had several variations in the listings. By the early '70's some sleeves were pale yellow but still with the Golden Treasures listiings listed. By roughly 1972 and until 1975 the sleeves were a plain white with nothing printed on them whatsoever.

As always, any corrections and additions are encouraged.

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RE: Dot Records Canadian 45 variations

Post by lamas » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:46 pm

Randy Wood, sold the company to Paramount Pictures in 1957
When Tab Hunter had his hit with Young Love on DOT he was contracted with Warner Bros for films

Warner's were a bit shall we say " disappointed " that one of their contracted stars was making money for a rival film studio

I believe that that " disappointment " was the principal motivation for the formation of Warner Bros records

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RE: Dot Records Canadian 45 variations

Post by oldbillclarke » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:11 am

What you say makes a lot of sense, Lamas, because I'm pretty sure Tab Hunter was one of the first artists signed to Warner Bros when thaty company began in 1958.

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