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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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
George Goldner - Untrue / Baby album art The Crows With Ray Barrow And His Orchestra Untrue (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Crows With Ray Barrow And His Orchestra - Untrue / Baby (Single) Rama Canada 1954 Sell This Version
TR-EP-45 5 George Goldner - Instrumental Mambos album art Joe Loco His Piano And Trio* Jive Mambo and 1 more… Joe Loco His Piano And Trio* - Instrumental Mambos(7", EP) Tico Records TR-EP-45 5 US 1954 Sell This Version
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 US 1955 Sell This Version
George Goldner - The Woo Woo Train / Why album art The Valentines The Valentines - The Woo Woo Train / Why Rama US 1955 Sell This Version
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 US 1956 Sell This Version
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 New Zealand 1956 Sell This Version
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 US 1956 Sell This Version
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 US 1956 Sell This Version
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 US 1956 Sell This Version
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 US 1956 Sell This Version
George Goldner - String Around My Heart album art The Cleftones Happy Memories (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Cleftones - String Around My Heart Gee US 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
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 US 1956 Sell This Version
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 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
GG-1020 George Goldner - Millie Brown album art The Jets (23) Heaven Above Me (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Jets (23) - Millie Brown(7", Mono) Gee GG-1020 US 1956 Sell This Version
ESDF 1158 George Goldner - Teenage Rock N°1 album art Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers* With Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra Why Do Fools Fall In Love and 1 more… Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers* With Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra - Teenage Rock N°1(7", EP) Columbia ESDF 1158 France 1956 Sell This Version
GEP-601 George Goldner - The Teenagers Go Rock'n album art The Teenagers I Want You To Be My Girl (as Goldner) and 2 more… The Teenagers - The Teenagers Go Rock'n(7", EP) Gee GEP-601 US 1956 Sell This Version
R-45-79 George Goldner - A Tear Fell / Why Do Fools Fall In Love album art Jack Hansen Why Do Fools Fall In Love (as Goldner) Jack Hansen - A Tear Fell / Why Do Fools Fall In Love(7") Remington R-45-79 US 1956 Sell This Version
ED 2399 George Goldner - Rhythm And Blues Bit album art Gloria Mann / The Mello-Tones Why Do Fools Fall In Love? Gloria Mann / The Mello-Tones - Rhythm And Blues Bit(7", EP) Decca ED 2399 US 1956 Sell This Version
George Goldner - Paper Castles / Teenage Love album art Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers* Teenage Love (as Goldner) Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers* - Paper Castles / Teenage Love (Single) Gee US 1957 Sell This Version
George Goldner - 7 - 11 / Down Yonder Rock album art Gone All Stars “7 - 11” (Mambo No. 5) and 1 more… Gone All Stars - 7 - 11 / Down Yonder Rock Gone Records Canada 1957 Sell This Version
George Goldner - Teenage Rock album art The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon With Jimmy Wright And His Orchestra* I Want You To Be My Girl (as Goldner) and 1 more… The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon With Jimmy Wright And His Orchestra* - Teenage Rock (EP) Columbia, Columbia Australia 1957 Sell This Version
45-F 10900 George Goldner - Cumberland Gap album art Morris & Mitch I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent (as Goldner) Morris & Mitch - Cumberland Gap(7", Single) Decca 45-F 10900 UK 1957 Sell This Version