Fantasy Records

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Fantasy Records was an American record company and label founded by brothers Max and Sol Weiss in 1949.wikipedia
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Dave Brubeck

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The early years of the company were dedicated to issuing recordings by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, who was also one of its investors, but the label is known more for its recordings of comedian Lenny Bruce, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, and the 1960s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The Weiss brothers soon changed the name of their business to Fantasy Records.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

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The early years of the company were dedicated to issuing recordings by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, who was also one of its investors, but the label is known more for its recordings of comedian Lenny Bruce, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, and the 1960s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Fogerty's ongoing disagreements with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz created further protracted court battles, and John Fogerty refused to perform with the two other surviving members at CCR's 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lenny Bruce

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The early years of the company were dedicated to issuing recordings by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, who was also one of its investors, but the label is known more for its recordings of comedian Lenny Bruce, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, and the 1960s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
In 1957, Thomas booked Bruce into the Slate Brothers nightclub, where he was fired the first night for what Variety headlined as "blue material"; this led to the theme of Bruce's first solo album on Berkeley-based Fantasy Records, The Sick Humor of Lenny Bruce, for which Thomas shot the album cover.

Vince Guaraldi

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The early years of the company were dedicated to issuing recordings by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, who was also one of its investors, but the label is known more for its recordings of comedian Lenny Bruce, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, and the 1960s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Fantasy Records released "Samba de Orpheus" as a single, trying to catch the building bossa nova wave, but it was destined to sink without a trace when radio DJs began flipping it over and playing the B-side, Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind".

Coronet Records

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In 1949, Jack Sheedy, the owner of a San Francisco-based record label called Coronet, was talked into making the first recording of an octet and a trio featuring Dave Brubeck (This Coronet Records should not be confused with either the Australian Coronet Records or the Coronet Records of the late 1950s that was based in New York City).
Brubeck's Coronet Records disbanded when it couldn't pay its bills and its recordings were taken over by what became Fantasy Records.

Saul Zaentz

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In 1955, Saul Zaentz joined the company.
In 1955 he joined Fantasy Records, for many years the largest independent jazz record label in the world.

Prestige Records

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He then acquired Prestige Records (1971), Riverside (1972), and Milestone (1972).
In 1971, the company was sold to Fantasy, which was later absorbed by Concord.

Contemporary Records

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He continued the policy of acquisitions: Stax Records (1977), Good Time Jazz (1984), Contemporary (1984), Pablo (1986), Specialty (1991), Kicking Mule (1995), and Takoma (1995).
In 1984 Contemporary was purchased by Fantasy Records, which used the name for a short time.

Stax Records

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He continued the policy of acquisitions: Stax Records (1977), Good Time Jazz (1984), Contemporary (1984), Pablo (1986), Specialty (1991), Kicking Mule (1995), and Takoma (1995).
In 1977, Fantasy Records acquired the post-1968 Stax catalogue and selected pre-1968 recordings.

Pablo Records

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He continued the policy of acquisitions: Stax Records (1977), Good Time Jazz (1984), Contemporary (1984), Pablo (1986), Specialty (1991), Kicking Mule (1995), and Takoma (1995).
In January 1987, it was announced that the label had been acquired by Fantasy Records for an undisclosed amount.

Galaxy Records

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Fantasy's first subsidiary was Galaxy Records in 1951.
It was a division of Fantasy Records.

Milestone Records

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He then acquired Prestige Records (1971), Riverside (1972), and Milestone (1972).
The company was bought by Fantasy Records in 1972.

Kicking Mule Records

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He continued the policy of acquisitions: Stax Records (1977), Good Time Jazz (1984), Contemporary (1984), Pablo (1986), Specialty (1991), Kicking Mule (1995), and Takoma (1995).
In the early 1990s, Fantasy Records bought both Takoma and Kicking Mule from Denson and soon began to re-release selected LPs on CD.

Debut Records

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Jazz musician Charles Mingus gave Debut Records to Zaentz as a wedding gift; at the time, Zaentz was marrying Mingus's ex-wife, Celia, who had helped found Debut with Mingus and musician Max Roach.
Zaentz was later head of Fantasy Records, where the Debut recordings were subsequently reissued from 1962–1964.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (soundtrack)

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This association began with Guaraldi's album, Jazz Impressions of "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", which contained music he created for an unsold television documentary of the same name, but truly became most famous with the hailed soundtrack of the classic Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the album of which itself has become a perennial Christmas best-seller.
The album was released in December 1965 in the U.S. by Fantasy.

Doug E. Fresh

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Still later, it had a subsidiary named Reality Records that concentrated on hip hop and released the first two albums by Doug E. Fresh.
He and a new team of DJs known as the Get Fresh Crew (Barry Bee and Chill Will), along with newcomer MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick), came to fledgling New Jersey-based hip-hop label Danya/Reality Records the following year and recorded "The Show", which borrowed the melody of the Inspector Gadget theme by Shuki Levy.

Max Roach

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Jazz musician Charles Mingus gave Debut Records to Zaentz as a wedding gift; at the time, Zaentz was marrying Mingus's ex-wife, Celia, who had helped found Debut with Mingus and musician Max Roach.

Specialty Records

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He continued the policy of acquisitions: Stax Records (1977), Good Time Jazz (1984), Contemporary (1984), Pablo (1986), Specialty (1991), Kicking Mule (1995), and Takoma (1995).
The record label was sold to Fantasy Records in 1991 and is now part of the Concord Music Group.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1963 film)

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This association began with Guaraldi's album, Jazz Impressions of "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", which contained music he created for an unsold television documentary of the same name, but truly became most famous with the hailed soundtrack of the classic Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the album of which itself has become a perennial Christmas best-seller.
An album by the Vince Guaraldi Trio with music from the above documentary, originally titled Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown, was released by Fantasy Records in 1964.

John Fogerty

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Shortly after Fantasy was purchased by Concord, John Fogerty, the lead singer and songwriter of Creedence Clearwater Revival, re-signed with the label after leaving it in the mid-1970s after a falling out with Zaentz, who died in 2014.
In 1964, the band signed with Fantasy Records, which without the band's knowledge or approval, changed the band's name from the "Blue Velvets" to the "Golliwogs".

Good Time Jazz Records

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He continued the policy of acquisitions: Stax Records (1977), Good Time Jazz (1984), Contemporary (1984), Pablo (1986), Specialty (1991), Kicking Mule (1995), and Takoma (1995).
When Koenig died in 1977, the label's catalog was sold to Fantasy Records, which anthologized some of it.

Riverside Records

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He then acquired Prestige Records (1971), Riverside (1972), and Milestone (1972).
The catalogue was taken over by ABC Records, which reissued some of it, but virtually all Riverside masters were acquired by Fantasy Records in 1972.

Takoma Records

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He continued the policy of acquisitions: Stax Records (1977), Good Time Jazz (1984), Contemporary (1984), Pablo (1986), Specialty (1991), Kicking Mule (1995), and Takoma (1995).
It was bought by Fantasy Records in 1995.

The Marcus King Band

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The band's second full-length LP and first album for Fantasy Records, The Marcus King Band, was released on October 7, 2016.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

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The band's first three albums were published by Sony Masterworks, but their 2016 album Let Me Get By was released on Fantasy Records.