|Parent company||MCA Inc. (original), Universal Music Group (current)|
Universal Music Group
|Country of origin||U.S.|
|Birth name||David Kapp|
|Born||August 7, 1904 |
|Died||March 1, 1976 |
New York City
|Genres||Country, pop, rock, R&B, jazz, musical theatre|
|Labels||Decca, RCA Victor, Kapp|
|Associated acts||Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Ernest Tubb, Danny Kaye,|
Kapp Records was an independent record label started in 1954 by David Kapp, brother of Jack Kapp (who had set up American Decca Records in 1934). David Kapp founded his own label after stints with Decca and RCA Victor. Kapp licensed its records to London Records for release in the UK.
In 1967, David Kapp sold his label to MCA Inc. and the label was placed under Uni Records management; Kapp was consolidated with MCA's other record labels in 1971 and, in 1973, MCA Records released the last Kapp record. Catalogue albums that continued to sell were renumbered and reissued on the MCA label.
Kapp's subsidiaries included Medallion Records (an audiophile label), Congress Records, Leader Records, and Four Corners Records with its "4 Corners of the World" logo. Four Corners was formed to promote European artists, such as Françoise Hardy, Raymond Lefèvre, and the Barclay Singers.
Today, the Kapp Records catalog is owned by MCA's successor-in-interest Universal Music Group through its Geffen Records subsidiary.
Throughout Kapp's history, its logo was a stylized "K" incorporating a phonograph record design. Three versions of this logo appeared during the company's history. Until 1970, this logo also appeared on a drum major's cap in a wordplay of the label's name.
kapp records + mca.
uni + decca + kapp.
kapp + medallion records.
Hall, Claude: "MCA Drops Vocalion, Decca, Kapp and Uni", Billboard, February 10, 1973