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GNP Crescendo Record Co.
GNP Crescendo logo.png
Parent company GNP Crescendo Records
Founded 1954
Founder Gene Norman
Distributing label GNP Crescendo Records (In the US)
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Official Website http://www.gnpcrescendo.com/

GNP Crescendo Record Co. is an American record label based in Hollywood, California. Its catalog primarily consists of jazz records, as well as motion picture and television soundtracks and film scores, mostly in science fiction, fantasy and horror.

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History

Formed around 1954,[1] GNP stands for Gene Norman Presents.[2] The first inspiration for the label was to issue live recordings made at concerts promoted by Gene Norman, including the 'Just Jazz' series. A few of the artists featured were Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Charlie Ventura, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Gerry Mulligan, Teddy Buckner, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. GNP Crescendo was also the home of the legendary Los Angeles garage/punk-rock band The Seeds who made 6 albums for the diskery. Gene Norman also "discovered" Queen Ida and together they won a Grammy for her album "On Tour" as well as two other Grammy nominations. Robin Trower also made a strong comeback with the album "Passion" (NAIRD Best Rock Album 1986) enjoying 6 months on the Billboard Top 200 album charts. Additional artists who have worked for GNP Crescendo include John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Clifton Chenier, The Limeliters, Rusty Warren, Billy Strange, Bill Watrous (#1 Jazz Trombonist-Downbeat), Jack Sheldon, Mort Sahl, Malo, Orson Welles, The Robins, Mama Roo, Joe & Eddie, Tito Puente, Walter Wanderly, Rene Touzet, Frances Faye, The Mom and Dads, Bobby Enriquez, Arthur Lyman, Dick Dale, Elizabeth Waldo, The Challengers, Buddy Merrill, Kay Starr, Yan Steindl and Vance Burrow.

Today, Gene's son Neil Norman acts as executive producer for many of the albums produced by GNP and has been a successful recording artist since 1978. Another area of interest for Neil was original soundtracks from science fiction films and TV shows. This specialization resulted in the release of many classic scores such as Forbidden Planet, Godzilla, Quantum Leap and Star Trek TOS, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Emmy Winner for Dennis McCarthy), Star Trek: Voyager (Emmy Winner for Jerry Goldsmith), Star Trek Generations, Star Trek First Contact and Star Trek Insurrection.

See also

References

  1. ^ "GNP Crescendo Record Co. Official Website". http://www.gnpcrescendo.com/.  
  2. ^ GNP Crescendo (RCS Label Listing)

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