11 Facts About ABKCO


Until 2009, ABKCO administered Philles Records and its master recordings, including hits by the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, the Crystals and others .

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ABKCO Records is currently distributed by Universal Music Distribution, which controls distribution of the Rolling Stones' post-ABKCO catalog through Polydor Records and Interscope Records.

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ABKCO Industries was founded in 1968 as an umbrella company involved in management, music publishing, film, TV and theatrical production.

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Later that year, ABKCO acquired the Cameo-Parkway Records catalog along with a manufacturing facility which the company later used to produce records by several of its artists, including the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

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ABKCO sat on the entire catalog of music from artists such as Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker.

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ABKCO is active in the release of compilations and reissues from its catalogs, film and commercial placement of its master recordings and music publishing properties.

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Jody Klein, president of ABKCO, has been credited in the liner notes of the recordings in not only getting the Cameo-Parkway recordings finally released, but overseeing an extensive remastering of the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, and Sam Cooke's 1960s recordings.

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At some point after the contract was terminated, ABKCO sued the group, a suit resolved in 1977 when the Beatles paid ABKCO $4.

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At the time, ABKCO was managing work released by Harrison, as well as other material by the Beatles, which meant that they were defendants in the case; that is, until ABKCO made a successful motion to acquire Bright Tunes and all of their copyrights, after years of negotiation.

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ABKCO sued The Verve over their song "Bitter Sweet Symphony", which samples The Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of "The Last Time" by The Rolling Stones.

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In July 2008, ABKCO filed a lawsuit against Lil Wayne for copyright infringement and unfair competition, specifically referring to the track "Playing with Fire" on his album Tha Carter III.

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