Casablanca

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Casablanca Records is a record label which was started by Neil Bogart, who partnered with Cecil Holmes, Larry Harris and Buck Reingold, in 1973 after all of them left Buddah Records. The label released hits by Donna Summer, KISS, Santa Esmeralda, Cher, Captain & Tennille, Angel, Fanny, The Sylvers, Cameo,The Hudson Brothers, The Village People, and Parliament featuring George Clinton. The labels Film division Casablanca Filmworks had hits with The Deep and Midnight Express. PolyGram acquired a 50 percent stake in 1977 for $15 million - in 1980 Polygram pushed Bogart out due to accounting irregularities and poor label performance. Afterwards the label had hits with Lipps Inc and Irene Cara. The label was shut down in 1984.

In 2000, the name was revived for a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Tommy Mottola. In a Billboard article, Mottola said that he chose the name as an homage to the original label, but that there was no direct connection between the old and new labels. Casablanca is now a part of Universal Motown Records Group.

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In 1973 Neil Bogart formed Casablanca Records with money Warner Brothers put up. Originally he wanted to call the label Emerald City after the city in The Wizard of Oz, but since Warner owned the rights to the movie Casablanca, it was easier to get the rights to use that name, and much better for promotions (especially since he shared a surname with Humphrey Bogart, a star of the movie). Neil Bogart’s first big signing was the rock group KISS.

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