George Goldner

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Born 1918, New York City, New York, USA
Died 15 April 1970, Turtle Bay, New York, USA

Goldner's involvement in the record label industry began in the early 1940s, when he ran popular dance halls in New York City and New Jersey. After his marriage to a Latin girl his interest in Latin-American music grew, as did that of his dancehall clientele who followed artists such as Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Joe Loco. In 1948 Goldner created his first label Tico Records, inspired by the popular 'Tico Tico' number, on which he released the mambo & cha cha style artists of the time.

By the early 1950s, with the emergence of the fusions in urban blues, rhythm & blues and gospel and the popular doo wop style, Goldner spied a new market and created the Rama label in 1953. Noticing that DJs tended not to fill the airwaves with music from only one label he cleverly created another- the Gee label, named after a hit he'd had with The Crows. The Valentines, with the versatile Richard Barrett (5), gained him hits on Gee. Most of Goldner's recording was done at Bell Sound Studios in Manhattan.

In late 1955 Goldner sold half his interest in Tico, Rama and Gee to the partnership of Joe Kolsky and Morris Levy. In January 1957 they formed Roulette Records with Levy as president but, by April, Goldner sold out his interest in the four labels. However, his interest in music development had been elsewhere, with the creation of the Luniverse label in 1956. This label was in partnership with Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman, on which they released 'novelty' recordings.

Shortly after departing from Roulette, in early 1957, Goldnercreated the Gone Records and End labels. The former to release the more jazz-based and easy listening styles, and the latter for the doo wop and 'bluesy' styles of the day. Barrett's work with Goldner during this period was fundamental to the success of these labels, especially with The Chantels. In 1962 Goldner sold Gone and End to Roulette.

In 1964 Goldner then created Red Bird Records in partnership with the hot writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Goldner was president of the associated company Stuyvesant Productions Inc. then. The label's first release 'Chapel Of Love' by The Dixie Cups went to #1 internationally. Blue Cat was formed in this period. In 1966 the writing duo sold their Red Bird interest to Goldner . Early in 1970 he had just developed the Firebird (2) Records label when, in April of that year, he suddenly died of a heart attack.
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45-208 George Goldner - Gee album art Joe Loco And His Quintet Gee (as Goldner) Joe Loco And His Quintet - Gee(7", Red) Tico Records 45-208 US 1953 Sell This Version
RR-5 George Goldner - Gee / I Love You So album art The Crows The Crows - Gee / I Love You So(7", Single, RP) Rama RR-5 US 1953 Sell This Version
RR 29 George Goldner - Untrue / Baby album art The Crows With Ray Barrow And His Orchestra Baby (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Crows With Ray Barrow And His Orchestra - Untrue / Baby (Single) Rama RR 29 US 1954 Sell This Version
TR-EP-45 5 George Goldner - Instrumental Mambos album art Joe Loco His Piano And Trio* Mambo In Puerto Rico and 1 more… Joe Loco His Piano And Trio* - Instrumental Mambos(7", EP) Tico Records TR-EP-45 5 US 1954 Sell This Version
RR-196 George Goldner - The Woo Woo Train / Why album art The Valentines The Valentines - The Woo Woo Train / Why Rama RR-196 US 1955 Sell This Version
GG-1002 George Goldner - Why Do Fools Fall In Love / Please Be Mine album art The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon* The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon* - Why Do Fools Fall In Love / Please Be Mine (Single) Gee GG-1002 US 1955 Sell This Version
GG-1020 George Goldner - Millie Brown album art The Jets (23) Millie Brown (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Jets (23) - Millie Brown Gee GG-1020 US 1956 Sell This Version
F.10738 George Goldner - Lovely One / Why Do Fools Fall In Love album art Annette Klooger And The Four Jones Boys Why Do Fools Fall In Love? (as Goldner) Annette Klooger And The Four Jones Boys - Lovely One / Why Do Fools Fall In Love(Shellac, 10") Decca F.10738 UK 1956 Sell This Version
DL 8315 George Goldner - He Digs Rock 'N Roll album art Various Why Do Fools Fall In Love? Various - He Digs Rock 'N Roll(LP, Comp, Mono) Decca DL 8315 US 1956 Sell This Version
GG-1012 George Goldner - I Want You To Be My Girl album art Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers I Want You To Be My Girl (as Goldner) Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers - I Want You To Be My Girl (Single) Gee GG-1012 US 1956 Sell This Version
GEE-1022 George Goldner - The A B C 's Of Love album art Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers* The A B C's Of Love (as Goldner) Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers* - The A B C 's Of Love (Single) Gee GEE-1022 US 1956 Sell This Version
70790X45 George Goldner - Why Do Fools Fall In Love album art The Diamonds Why Do Fools Fall In Love (as Goldner) The Diamonds - Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Single) Mercury 70790X45 US 1956 Sell This Version
GG-1019 George Goldner - My Girl album art The Downbeats (11) My Girl (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Downbeats (11) - My Girl(7", Single) Gee GG-1019 US 1956 Sell This Version
GG-1025 George Goldner - String Around My Heart album art The Cleftones Happy Memories (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Cleftones - String Around My Heart Gee GG-1025 US 1956 Sell This Version
GG-1011 George Goldner - Little Girl Of Mine / You're Driving Me Mad album art The Cleftones The Cleftones - Little Girl Of Mine / You're Driving Me Mad (Single) Gee GG-1011 US 1956 Sell This Version
RR-205 George Goldner - Move Over / Two Twenty A.M. album art Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra Two Twenty A.M. (as Goldner) and 1 more… Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra - Move Over / Two Twenty A.M. (Single) Rama RR-205 US 1956 Sell This Version
GLP-701, GLP 701 George Goldner - The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon album art The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon* The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon* - The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon (Album) Gee, Gee GLP-701, GLP 701 US 1956 Sell This Version
GG-1016 George Goldner - Can't We Be Sweethearts? / Neki-Hokey album art The Cleftones Can't We Be Sweethearts? (as Goldner) The Cleftones - Can't We Be Sweethearts? / Neki-Hokey (Single) Gee GG-1016 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-15448 George Goldner - Why Do Fools Fall In Love / I Walk Alone album art Gale Storm Why Do Fools Fall In Love (as Goldner) Gale Storm - Why Do Fools Fall In Love / I Walk Alone (Single) Dot Records 45-15448 US 1956 Sell This Version
RR-203 George Goldner - That's The Way It Goes / Three Wishes album art The Harptones With The Royale Cita Chorus* / The Harptones That's The Way It Goes (as Goldner) The Harptones With The Royale Cita Chorus* / The Harptones - That's The Way It Goes / Three Wishes (Single) Rama RR-203 US 1956 Sell This Version
CAL-318, CAL 318 George Goldner - The Biggest Hits Of '56 Vol. 1 album art Various Why Do Fools Fall In Love Various - The Biggest Hits Of '56 Vol. 1(LP, Comp, Mono) RCA Camden, RCA Camden CAL-318, CAL 318 US 1956 Sell This Version
DEP-3001 George Goldner - Why Do Fools Fall In Love / I Walk Alone / Blue Suede Shoes / (Love Is) The $ 64,000 Question album art Gale Storm / Jim Lowe (2) Why Do Fools Fall In LOve (as Goldner) Gale Storm / Jim Lowe (2) - Why Do Fools Fall In Love / I Walk Alone / Blue Suede Shoes / (Love Is) The $ 64,000 Question(7", EP) Dot Records DEP-3001 Sweden 1956 Sell This Version
GEP-601 George Goldner - The Teenagers Go Rock'n album art The Teenagers Teenage Love (as Goldner) and 2 more… The Teenagers - The Teenagers Go Rock'n(7", EP) Gee GEP-601 US 1956 Sell This Version
RR-202 George Goldner - Gee What A Boy! album art The Joytones With Royal Cita Chorus* Is This Really The End? (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Joytones With Royal Cita Chorus* - Gee What A Boy!(7") Rama RR-202 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-DB. 3801 George Goldner - You Baby You  album art The Cleftones Little Girl Of Mine (as Goldner) The Cleftones - You Baby You (7", Single) Columbia 45-DB. 3801 UK 1956 Sell This Version