ALMO/IRVING & RONDOR MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

1962

Around the time Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss founded A&M Records, they also established their music publishing business, Almo Music. Almo is the first two letters of each man's last name. Almo Music Corp. was formally incorporated on October 5, 1962.

Jerry Moss brought Irving Music, named for his father, to the partnership. In its earliest days, A&M Records was a division of Irving Music. Both publishing groups, Almo with ASCAP and Irving with BMI, would represent A&M's interests in the United States. The publishing houses also had the Sharolyn Music and LaBrea Music catalogs.

Sometimes noted as Almo/Irving Music and sometimes as Irving/Almo Music Corp., the publishing houses were headquartered on the A&M Records lot. The street mailing address wa 1358 North La Brea, Hollywood, California.

From 1962 until 1976, Almo and Irving's printed sheet music and music books would be manufactured and distributed by a number of manufacturers including Hansen, Key, and Walter Kane.

1964

Almo/Irving signed Scotty Turner.

1965

Chester Pipkin was signed to Irving Music.

1966

By now, Almo and Irving Music had a catalog of about 200 copyrights and had 16 folios in preparation. Most of these were songs written by Alpert, Sol Lake, and members of the Tijuana Brass, and by Julius Wechter and members of the Baja Marimba Band.

Alpert and Moss hired Chuck Kaye to head Almo/Irving. Kaye began to increase the number of staff writers and expand the number of copyrights held. The first hit song that was not on A&M was Ruthann Friedman's "Windy" by The Association.

Dave Hubert was hired as the administrative executive and A&M bought his Davon catalog. Through Davon, Almo/Irving added Mason Williams and Tandyn Almer to its staff of song writers plus the Rod McKuen catalog. Lance Freed was hired on November 7. He would rise to the position of President, Rondor Music International.

Irving/Almo acquired the Bob Hilliard, Mort Garson and Day catalogs and signed the team of Roger Nichols and Paul Williams as staff writers as well as Larry Marks.

Around May, Rondor Music, Ltd. opened in London. Cyril Simons was its director. Its street address was 147 Oxford Street, London, England.

1967

Among the staff writers at Almo and Irving were Kerry Chater, and Jack Conrad. Almo created Irving-Almo Productions, a disc publishing unit, to help introduce its songs with Chuck Kaye, Roger Nichols and Tony Asher providing a&r services.

Joel Sill was hired as a professional manager for the writers. Later in the year, Sill was chosen to head Almo/Irving's first New York office.

The disc unit was based on the realization that more artists were writing their own material rather than recording songs written by other people. Almo wanted to develop its own talent as writers who were also artists and it also supplied songs to artists not signed to A&M.

In August, Rondor Music International was established to handle A&M's international publishing concerns. Rondor was named for sons Ron Moss and Dore Alpert. Chuck Kaye ran the operation.

The publishing wing now had over 1,000 copyrights.

Armonic music publishing group distributed Rondor in Spain.

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
WindyRuthann Friedman

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1968

Almo/Irving was the U.S. sub-publisher for several international groups including the Strawbs. Domestically, it signed John Braden.

Hansen and Hal Leonard were Almo-Irving's sheet music and music book selling agents.

One of the most notable hirings was Brenda Andrews. Starting with Almo as a receptionist, over the next 25 years, Ms. Andrews would be promoted to Senior Vice President and become one of the most influential women in music publishing history. Ms. Andrews was also one of the first African-American women in music publishing. She served as a role model and mentor for many others who wanted to work in the industry.

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
CarmenPeter Matz
Classical GasMason Williams
WindyRuthann Friedman

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1969

Chuck Kaye negotiated the acquisition of the Beach Boys' Sea of Tunes catalog for $700,000. The deal was finalized on August 29, 1969. It included about 75 songs. Kaye said, "I felt it was important for A&M to be associated with music like this that will stand on its own forever...You literally can't do a film about [the 1960s] without playing Beach Boys music..." and "We're being careful that the music isn't used in any way that would cheapen it." (Billboard, May 17, 1975)

Around the same time, the publishing house began administering songs in Denny Cordell and Leon Russell's Skyhill and Tarka Music in the U.S. and Canada. It also acquired Frank Werber's SFO publishing companies which added songs from Mike Stewart (We Five), John Stewart and Dino Valente. Almo/Irving acquired Island Records chief Chris Blackwell's four British music publishing houses Island Music, Ltd., Blue Mountain, South American Limited and Maroon Music.

Thanks to the distribution deal A&M Records made with British label Island, Almo/Irving added songs from Dave Mason, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Jimmy Cliff, Blind Faith, Gary Wright and others.

A&M also created a deal with Chrysalis Records of Britain. This deal brought Almo/Irving the U.S. and Canadian rights to songs by Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Blodwyn Pig and others.

Signed to Almo Irving staff was John Bettis, then lyricist for Richard Carpenter. As artists signed with A&M Records, many were offered music publishing deals, too. In the 1970s, Styx, Joan Armatrading, Chris DeBurgh, Supertramp, Peter Allen, Pablo Cruise, Peter Frampton, the Tubes and others would have Almo Irving as their music publisher.

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
CyclesGayle Caldwell
Get TogetherChet Powers

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1970

In January, Almo/Irving entered an agreement with North American Publishers for its printed music.

On February 28, Billboard reported that Almo-Irving had become a major international company in four years.

Rondor represented Sergio Mendes' publishing worldwide except for the United States, Canada and South America.

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
We've Only Just BegunRoger Nichols, Paul Williams

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1971

Rondor Music in London opened in mid-year. It was headed by Derek Green and had a staff of eight employees. Rondor won the English publishing rights for songs by Leon Russell, the Doors, Hoyt Axton and Buddy Miles--all artists who did not record for A&M.

Rondor created a promotional sampler of songs by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams.

Rondor acquired the copyrights to songs by the rock group Yes through the Yes Songs-Campbell Connelly music publishers.

BMI WRITER AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC ARTISTS

SONGSONGWRITERS
We've Only Just BegunRoger Nichols, Paul Williams
Out in the CountryRoger Nichols, Paul Williams
Peace TrainCat Stevens
Wild WorldCat Stevens

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1972

In July, Michael Arciaga established Almo Productions. This division would offer both complete soundtrack scoring or just the necessary elements. The songwriters on staff at Almo and Irving would be available to write music for feature films and for television.

Almo/Irving acquired the catalogs of Mason Williams ("Classical Gas") and Ron McKuen.

Peach-Tree Pacific signed a three-year deal giving Irving Music the first option on its new writers and songs.

Peter Frampton and Humble Pie signed a world publishing agreement with Almo Music.

Helen Reddy was signed to Irving Music and her Buggerlugs Music to a co-publishing deal.

The most successful writing team for Almo/Irving was Roger Nichols and Paul Williams who had penned recent hits for Carpenters, Three Dog Night and other hot artists. The Nichols-Williams song "We've Only Just Begun" was nominated for the Grammy Song of the Year.

Pathe-Marconi was signed to handle Rondor songs in France.

On November 1, 1972, Derek Green left Rondor to become the managing director of A&M Records, Ltd. Bob Grace was promoted to general manager of Rondor replacing Green.

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
We've Only Just BegunRoger Nichols, Paul Williams
I Am WomanHelen Reddy, Ray Burton
Outa-SpaceBilly Preston, Joseph Greene
Morning Has BrokenCat Stevens

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1973

Billboard reported that Almo Productions was, "probably the first full-service film-TV score operation run by a record company." The division actively sought new projects as film companies announced their plans.

Irving and Almo Music of Canada was established. It was structured as an independent entity and was not a US holding company.

Randy Edelamn was signed to Almo Muisc to co-publish Piano Picker Music.

Almo/Irving Music began representing WEP Music, Billy Preston's publishing company.

Almo acquired the theme song from the television show "The Waltons" by Jerry Goldsmith.

Pacific Music Publishing Co., Ltd. represented Rondor in Japan.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Drift AwayMentor Williams
Top of the WorldRichard Carpenter, John Bettis

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
We've Only Just BegunRoger Nichols, Paul Williams
Space RaceBilly Preston
Will It Go Round in CirclesBilly Preston

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1974

Brenda Andrews was promoted to professional manager serving as a liaison with studios, producers and record labels. In August, Artie Wayne resigned his position as the head of Almo/Irving. Lance Freed was promoted as his replacement. Among Wayne's contributions were placing the Peter Allen song "I Honestly Love You" with Olivia Newton-John who made it a hit around the world. He also placed "You're Sixteen" with Ringo Starr who turned it into a platinum single.

Almo/Irving signed Supertramp through its Delicate Music. In Britain, Rondor signed Gallagher and Lyle to a worldwide songwriting deal. Paul Williams left Almo after a six year association.

Irving and Almo Music in Canada, like A&M Records there, was designed to acquire both songwriters and copyrights. Their songwriters were paid both a salary and a percentage on cover recordings of their songs. And, Irving and Almo Canada also became active in film and television scores.

Almo Music Corp. was named Billboard's Top Easy Listening Publisher.

Rondor signed a sub-publishing agreement with Czechoslovakia's Opus Publishing Company.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Our Love Is on the Fault LineReece Kirk

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
We've Only Just BegunRoger Nichols, Paul Williams
Space RaceBilly Preston
Nothing from NothingBilly Preston, Bruce Fisher
I Honestly Love YouPeter Allen, Jeff Barry

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1975

In July, Almo Publications was created as the print music division of Almo Irving Music. It was to develop 18 artist folios (music books) for current hit albums by A&M Records artists. Each folio featured the album's graphics on its cover and included artist information and photos with the songs. Ranging from 48 to 64 pages, these books sold for $3.95 to $9.95. Walter Kane provided distribution.

Almo Publications created a jack-in-the-box logo that was first used on October 29, 1975.

In August, Chuck Kaye and Evan Medow hired John Bromell as the first Managing Director of Rondor Music International in Australia. Bromell established the initial office on Mount Street in North Sydney and hired a staff of two to manage royalties, copyrights and licensing of the Almo/Irving and Rondor catalog. Bromell then set about signing local writers including Don Walker, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, and the Radiators.

1976

Almo Publications issued 15 music books and 15 pieces of sheet music in its first six months of operation. It would now begin creating catalog collections from its copyrights, music instruction books, and music arrangements for different instruments.

By July, Almo Publications had 60 folios from A&M artists and from outside licensing arrangements. Among the labels A&M made licensing agreements with were Casablanca, Polydor and Chrysalis that brought the right to publish sheet music and books for KISS, Blondie, Peaches and Herb, Donna Summer and others. Almo planned to release five new folios each month.

Almo Irving Music believed it held 10% of the printed music market and was in a position to develop a direct distribution network so it could be a print house on a par with Warner Brothers Music. It developed in-house capablities for music licensing and production, art/production, warehousing and sales and then dissolved its distribution agreement with Walter Kane.

In July, Almo Rapid Play was introduced. It was a line sheet music and music books for beginning music students with arrangemnts for piano, organ and guitar with a retail price of $3.95.

On September 24, the Almo Rapid Play logo was used commercially for the first time.

In October and November, Almo Released five "Superstars on Guitar" books for Peter Frampton, Carpenters, Captain and Tennille, the Beach Boys and Paul Williams. Among the other books were "The Professional Audition for Vocalists," a guide to getting a theater, club or TV job with flexible arrangements of 52 hit songs. "Switched on Synthesizer" contained conventional arrangments with patch diagrams. "Basic Blues for Piano" included progressive exercises with a cassette tape for piano and synthesizer. The books featured color covers, art, graphics and photos.

A&M Recording artist and Almo/Irving staff writer Paul Williams won the Oscar for Original Song for "Evergreen," his collaborative effort with Barbra Streisand for the remake of "A Star Is Born."

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
I Honestly Love YouPeter Allen, Jeff Barry

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

BILLBOARD TALENT IN ACTION RANKINGS 1976

CATEGORYPUBLISHERRANK
Top Pop Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
3
60
Top Easy Listening Singles PublisherAlmo Music
Irving Music
12
13
Top Soul Singles PublisherIrving Music22

SOURCE:
Billboard, December 25.1976

1977

Chuck Kaye was promoted to President, Irving/Almo and Rondor Music.

Almo signed Burt Bacharach and Hal David, gaining control over their older material and new songs from the team. Catalogs from Ray Stevens (Ahab Music) and Fred Ahlens were signed to exclusive print representation deals. Denise Nicholas signed with Almo in a co-publishing deal.

It was a year of expansion as Irving/Almo and Rondor moved to strengthen its Australian operation and expand its folios line.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Loving ArmsTom Jans
Let Me Love You Once Before You GoMolly Ann Leiken
Old Time FeelingTom Jans
You Are So BeautifulBruce Fisher

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
I Honestly Love YouPeter Allen, Jeff Barry

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
You Are So BeautifulBilly Preston

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1978

On June 18, the Almo Publications jack-in-the-box logo achieved registered trademark status. Almo Rapid Play's logo would be registered effective July 18, 1978.

Almo wanted to develop a stage and dance band educational series. The arrangements were for elementary school, junior high school, high school, junior college and college level bands. Almo signed Nelson Riddle for the project. It also had Don Ellis and Sid Garris create band charts. Almo also signed Les McCann, George Duke and Dave Liebman for its educational jazz books.

Paul Kennerley signed with Almo/Irving and Will Jennings re-signed with Irving Music.

1979

Almo's gross sales for the previous year were about $3 million with revenues coming from celebrity folios, hit song books and music instruction. In April, Billboard reported that Almo Publications was one of the three largest music publishers in the U.S. releasing an average of ten books and 20 sheet music titles each month. Joe Carlon was the director of Almo Publications.

On July 1 Columbia Pictures Publications took over the sales, distribution and warehousing of Almo/Irving's print division, Almo Publications.

Among the titles released by Almo Publicationswere 200 Super Song Hits, World's Best Loved Easy Listening Music, and World's Best Loved Sacred Music. From the Almo Rapid Play Series, World's Best Loved Christmas Music, Great Songs of Christmas, and Merry Christmas Darling.

In April, Almo and Irving had 12 staff writers. It signed David Foster to Irving during the year.

1980

Chuck Kaye resigned his position as president of Almo/Irving and Rondor. His successor was Lance Freed. Freed, son of DJ Alan Freed, had begun his career at Almo/Irving in the mail room and worked his way up in the company.

Irving/Almo and Rondor signed with Columbia Pictures Publications for distribution.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Blue Side (the)David Lasley
Grooveline (the)Rod Temperton
Lead Me OnDavid Lasley
Logical Song (the)Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson
RiseRandy Badazz, Andy Armer
So Good, So RightBrenda Russell
Sultans of SwingMark Knopfler
Take the Long Way HomeRick Davies, Roger Hodgson

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

1981

On January 1, Rondor Music opened its Paris office with the intent to acquire international catalogs.

Also on January 1, Almo/Irving opened an office in Nashville to develop staff writers and expand its catalog. It went on to sign some of the most prominent country music writers including Rhonda Kye Fleming, Waylon Jennings, and Kent Robbins.

Later in the year, Almo/Irving and Rondor acquired the East Memphis Music catalog. East Memphis held many of the publication rights to songs from Stax Records. Primarily soul music, this catalog brought Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, Isaac Hayes, Eddie Floyd, Al Green, Bettye Crutcher and other talented songwriters into the Almo/Irving family.

Almo/Irving aslo acquired the JEC catalog that featured songs written by Les McCann.

Total copyrights were estimated at 30,000.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Blue Side (the)David Lasley
Don't Fall in Love with a DreamerKim Carnes, Dave Ellington

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
You Almost Slipped My MindTilden Back, Delbert Barker, Don Goodman, Troy Seals

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1982

Almo/Irving opened its Nashville office and an office in Paris.

On March 11, Almo/Irving signed the deal to acquire East/Memphis Music. The deal included Time Music which gave Almo the Otis Redding catalog; Jee Music with Al Green's catalog and Birdies Music.

John Bromell left his position with Rondor Music Australia and was succeeded by Bob Aird. Aird remained with Rondor through its sale to Universal Music Publishing Group and ultimately became the Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing Group.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Loving ArmsTom Jans
Don't Fall in Love with a DreamerKim Carnes, Dave Ellington

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BILLBOARD TALENT IN ACTION RANKINGS 1982

CATEGORYPUBLISHERRANK
Top Pop Singles Publisher Irving Music
Almo Music
32
46
Top Country Singles PublisherIrving Music27
Top Black Singles PublisherAlmo Music
Irving Music
4
27

SOURCE:
Billboard, December 24, 1982

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Arthur's ThemeBurt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1983

Kent Robbins signed with Irving Music. He remained with Irving until his death in 1997.

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1984

Almo/Irving Nashville signed a co-publishing agreement with Garth Fundis' Fundisway and Craftworks Music.

On December 25, the Almo Publications jack-in-the-box trademark was cancelled.

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Closer You Get (the)Mark Gray, J. P. Pennington

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1985

The Almo Rapid Play logo was cancelled as a trademark on March 5.

On October 3, 1985 the Almo/Irving office in Nashville opened.

Rondor in Australia acquired the rights to Rocket Music. It also re-signed Reece Kirk and Graeme Connors.

Melissa Etheridge signed with Almo/Irving.

"What's Love Got to Do with It" was nominated for the Grammy Song of the Year.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
If Ever You're in My Arms AgainMichael Masser, Tom Snow, Cynthia Weil
ThrillerRod Temperton
Tonight I Celebrate My LoveMichael Masser, Gerry Goffin
Yah Mo B There
 
Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, Rod Temperton,
James Ingram
You Can't Get What You Want
      (Til You Know What You Want)
Joe Jackson
 

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI MILLION-AIRS AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Arthur's ThemeBurt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen
Help Me RhondaBrian Wilson

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
What's Love Got to Do with ItGraham Lyle, Terry Britten

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1986

Derek Alpert was promoted to Almo/Irving's director of music development for film and television and he continued to administer the print division. In Nashville, David Contrad was promoted to vice president and general manager.

p>David Foster was the BMI Songwriter of the Year.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Nobody Wants to Be Alone Michael Masser, Rhonda Fleming

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Love Is AliveKent Robbins
Nobody Wants to Be AloneRhonda Fleming
Have MercyPaul Kennerley
Heart TroubleDave Gibson, Kent Robbins
Touch a Hand, Make a FriendHomer Banks, Carl Hampton

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
California GirlsBrian Wilson
To Go Down Easy (It's Hard to)Jay Bolotin
HeavenBryan Adams, Jim Vallance
Run to YouBryan Adams, Jim Vallance
We Don't Need Another HeroGraham Lyle

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1987

The Almo/Irving published song "How Will I Know" was the Grammy's Song of the Year.

Ron Moss, son of founder Jerry Moss and the "Ron" in Rondor, joined the music publisher.

1988

For the second straight year an Almo/Irving song was Song of the Year at the Grammys. This time it was "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)."

1989

On September 18, Brian Wilson filed a $100 million dollar law suit against A&M Records, Almo-Irving Music and the law firm of Mitchell, Silverberg & Knupp. Wilson alleged fraud, breech of contract, misrepresentation and an accounting of royalties for his Sea of Tunes catalog. Wilson claimed that he did not know that his attorney for the sale, Abe Somer, also represented A&M and Irving Music and was on A&M's board of directors. He also claimed that Mitchell, Silverberg & Knupp did not tell him that he could establish ownership of his copyrights and ownership interest in Sea of Tunes and thereby prevent the sale of the catalog. And, he claimed that he was never paid for the sale of Sea of Tunes. Wilson's attorney estimated the songs earned about $3 million a year and were worth $30-$40 million. The suit was settled in 1992.

1990

After the sale of A&M Records to PolyGramm the name Almo/Irving was no loonger used. The company name was Rondor Music International.

Rondor Music bought Leon Russell's Shelter Music.

Almo/Irving won its first songwriting Grammy for Julie Gold's "From a Distance," the theme music from the Bette Midler movie "Beaches." Almo/Irving also took home Song of the Year with Eric Clapton's "Tears from Heaven."

Almo/Irving of Canada was closed as Rondor realigned after the sale of A&M Records to PolyGram.

1991

Rondor Music International moved from its original headquarters to 360 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Rondor Music International, 360 N. La Cienega, Hollywood, CA

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Born to Be BlueMack David, Brent Mahar, Mike Reid
He Walked On WaterAllen Shamblin
There You AreMike Reid

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Hillbilly RockPaul Kennerley
One Man WomanPaul Kennerley
Walking ShoesPaul Kennerley

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1992

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
SpecialAttala Zane Jiles, Vesta Williams
Comfort Zone (the)Kipper Jones, Reggie Stewart

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Life's a DanceAllen Shamblin, Steve Seskin
Seminole WindJohn Anderson

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

1994

Almo/Irving Nashville Office

Almo/Irving Music in Nashville began a multi-million dollar expansion of its office at 1904 Adelicia Street. The new building would add four writers room and a 16-track demo room. VP David Conrad told Billboard that, "It would be fair to say that we generally wind up with a 20% to 30% increase [in profits] every year over what we did the last year." The Nashville presence included a staff of seven plus 18 staff writers. Billboard reported that it had co-publishing deals with Bamatuck and Kybama owend by Barry Beckett and Troy Seals; Don Schlitz's Hayes Street and Hayes Court; and Wayland Holyfield's Waylando. Almo/Irving Nashville also administered Clint Black's Blackened Music, Carl Perkins' Brick Hithouse and Waylon Jennings Music catalogs.

The Nashville office signed Pat Alger. The roster of writers included Mike Reid, Paul Kennerley, Michael Johnson, Troy Seals, Craig Bickhardt, Wayland Holyfield, Fred Knobloch, Kent Robbins, Gary Scruggs, Janie Lavon Lambert, Billy Livsey, Kimmie Rhodes and Gillian Welch.

When Alpert and Moss started their second label, ALMO Sounds, it was created as part of Rondor Music International.

Richard Butler signed with Rondor.

Almo Music was ranked as the fifth Hot 100 Singles Publishing Corporation by Billboard.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Life's a DanceAllen Shamblin, Steve Seskin
Seminole WindJohn Anderson

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

1995

Billboard reported that the combined Almo/Irving and Rondor had 40,000 titles in its song catalog. In 1995, it acquired all the I.R.S. Music and Bugle Music catalogs.

Rondor had four thrusts: artist development, film and television licensing, catalog acquisitions and publishing relationships. Part of its artist development program was to produce demos for writers signed to the house then help them get recording contracts with different labels.

Rondor acquired the German administration rights of the Essex Music catalog. It included works by Black Sabbath, The Byrds, The Move, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones.

A new Benelux office opened in Amsterdam.

Sherree Ford-Payne signed a publishing agreement with Rondor.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
I Wish I Could Have Been ThereJohn Anderson
If the Good Die YoungCraig Wiseman
Man of My WordGary Burr, Allen Shamblin
Rope the MoonAggie Brown, Jess Brown, James Denton
That's My BabyLari White
Thinkin' ProblemAllen Shamblin, Stuart Ziff
To Be Loved by YouGary Burr, Allen Shamblin

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Baby I Love Your WayPeter Frampton

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Splash WaterfallsLudacris, Larry Mitzell
Slow JamzBurt Bacharach, Hal David, Twista, Kanye West
Whatta ManHerby Azor, David Crawford, Cheryl James

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers


BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
I Wish I Could Have Been TherePaul Kennerley
I've Got It MadeMax D. Barnes

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
What's Love Got to Do with ItGraham Lyle
DreamloverMariah Carey, David Foster
Hey Mr. D.J.Zane Grey

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1996

In February, Ralph Simon was named president of Rondor Music and ALMO Sounds in Great Britain and Derek Alpert was promoted to VP of motion picture music.

Senator Bob Dole's presidential campaign staff gave new lyrics to the song "Soul Man" by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The song was played at campaign rallies, however the campaign never asked permission to use the song or change its lyrics. Both Hayes and Rondor, which held the copyright, objected for three reasons. First, the new lyrics created an unauthorized derivative work that violated copyright law. Second, use of the song implied endorsement of Dole. Third, use of the song in this manner could potentially devalue the song in the future. After receiving notification from Rondor of its concerns, the Dole campaign stopped using the song and Rondor sought compensation for the song's use by the Dole campaign.

Emmylou Harris signed with Almo/Irving in Nashville and was named ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year.

Billboard ranked Almo Music as the fifth Hot R&B Publishing Corporation and as the fourth Hot Country Singles and Tracks Publishing Corporation.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Bend It Till It BreaksJohn Anderson, Lionel Delmore
Little Bit of You (a)Trey Bruce, Craig Wiseman
In Between DancesBarry Alfonso, Craig Bickhardt
That's As Close As I'll Get to Loving YouSally Dworsky
This Woman and This ManMichael Lunn, Jeff Pennig

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Baby I Love Your WayPeter Frampton
All I Wanna DoDavid Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Wyn Cooper, Kevin Gilbert
Hold OnKevin Savigar
Strong EnoughDavid Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Wyn Cooper, Kevin Gilbert

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Safe in the Arms of LovePat Bunch, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose
I Think About It All the TimeBilly Livsey
I Wanna Go Too FarLayang Martine, Jr., Kent Robbins

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1997

Rondor Music bought the Squeeze catalog of songs, Javaberry Music. This was an 80-song catalog by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook and it included 31 titles the band had not recorded.

Rondor signed Nigel Kennedy in Great Britain.

Mary Del Scoby was promoted to vice president and general manager of Almo/Irving Nashville.

Will Jennings and James Horner's "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie "Titanic" won the Grammy for Song of the Year and Oscar for Original Song.

ASCAP named Almo's "You're Making Me High" its R&B Song of the Year and "How Do U Want It" the Rap Song of the Year.

Almo Music ranked as the fifth Top Country Publishing Corporation by Billboard.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Someone Else's DreamTrey Bruce, Craig Wiseman
That's As Close As I'll Get to Loving YouSally Dworsky
To Be Loved by YouGary Burr, Mike Reid
Walkin' AwayAnnie Roboff, Craig Wiseman
Without Your LoveAlan G. Anderson, Craig Wiseman
You Gotta Love ThatJess Brown

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Before You Walk Out of My LifeAndrea Martin
You're the One
 
Allstar, Cheryl Gamble, Tamara Johnson,
Leanne Lyons, Andrea Martin, Ivan Matias
You're Making Me HighBryce Wilson
How Do U Want It
 
Bruce Fisher, Johnny Lee Jackson, Jo-Jo, K-Ci,
Stanley Richardson, Leon Ware

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
You Gotta Love ThatBrett Jones
Every Light in the HouseKent Robbins

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1998

The song "Don't Let Go (Love)" was named ASCAP's Soundtrack Song of the Year.

By 1998, Rondor Music International had offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Homburg and Sydney.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Don't Love Make a Diamond ShineMike Dekle, Craig Wiseman
EverywhereMike Reid, Craig Wiseman
Holdin'Craig Wiseman
She's Got It AllCraig Wiseman, Drew Womack

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
I Love Him SomeAndrea Martin, Gloria Stewart
Don't Let Go (Love)Andrea Martin, Ivan Matias
Hypnotize
 
Randy Alpert, Andy Armer,
Sean "Puffy" Combs, Notorious B.I.G.

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Her ManKent Robbins
Holdin'Kelly Garrett
Good As I Was to YouBilly Livsey
Loved Too MuchBilly Livsey

BMI MOST PERFORMED COUNTRY SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
If You Ever Have Forever in Mind Vince Gill, Troy Seals
It Would Be YouKent Robbins

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Stupid GirlDuke Erikson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

1999

Rondor sued A&M Records and its owner PolyGram N.V. claiming that A&M underpaid royalties, that A&M did not keep accurate accounting records on manufacturing and distribution, and did not give Rondor access to its books. Rondor sought more than $1 million in damages plus an accounting of royalties that were owed to it.

"This Kiss" was named ASCAP's Song of the Year.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Cover You in KissesJess Brown, Brett Jones
Happy GirlAnnie Roboff, Beth Nielsen Chapman
I Wanna Remember ThisAnnie Roboff
It Must Be LoveCraig Bickhardt
Little Past Little RockJess Brown, Brett Jones, Tony Lane
Love Working on YouCraig Wiseman
Ray of Light
 
David L. Atkins, Christine Ann Leach, Madonna,
William Wainwright
Stepping StoneLari White, Craig Wiseman
There Goes My BabyAnnie Roboff, Arnie Roman
This KissAnnie Roboff, Beth Nielsen Chapman
To Have You Back AgainAnnie Roboff, Arnie Roman
Where the Green Grass GrowsJess Leary, Craig Wiseman

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
This KissAnnie Roboff, Beth Nielsen Chapman

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Getting' Jiggy Wit ItJames Alexander, Ben Cauley, Larry Dodson, Bernard Edwards, Willie Hall, Harvey Henderson, David Porter, Joe Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Winston Stewart
Everything to EveryoneArt Alexakis, Greg Eklund, Craig Montoya

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

2000

By now, the catalog included some 60,000 copyrights. Almo, Irving and Rondor had acquired the East Memphis catalog of Stax Records, and the suite of music publishers affiliated with I.R.S. Records including I.R.S. Music, Illegal Music and Bugle Music and enjoyed publishing arrangements with many top songwriters from the last 40 years.

Universal bought Rondor Music and ALMO Sounds for nearly $500 million. This sale was also to be the settlement of outstanding lawsuits filed by Alpert and Moss against Universal. The sale became effective in December 2000. In the first year after the acquisition, Universal reduced the Rondor staff from 120 people around the world to ten in the U.S. However, part of the deal allowed Rondor to continue operating as an independent company within the Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) conglomerate. Lance Freed continued to oversee Rondor's creative team which was managed by Ron Moss; business affairs under Mary Lee Ryan, and licensing. UMPG collectged and paid royalties that were due to Rondor's writers and artists that it represented. Universal relocated Rondor Music with the U.S. The Los Ageles office was relocated to 2440 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. New York went to 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, and Nashville to 800 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Almost HomeBeth Nielsen Chapman, Annie Roboff
Now You Don't (Now You See Me)Jess Brown, Tony Lane
Ordinary LoveDan Truman, Craig Wiseman

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
CrushKevin Clark, Berry Cosgrove, Mark Mueller
Nobody's Supposed to Be HereShep Crawford, Montell Jordan
This KissBeth Nielsen Chapman, Annie Roboff

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Nobody's Supposed to Be HereShep Crawford, Montell Jordan
We Can't Be FriendsShep Crawford, Jimmy Russell

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Write This DownKent Robbins

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Father of MineArt Alexakis, Greg Eklund, Craig Montoya
SpecialDuke Erikson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

2001

Rondor signed an exclusive worldwide print and digital rights agreement for its catalog with Hal Leonard music publishing.

Shep Solomon re-signed with Rondor.

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
IncompleteShep Crawford, Montell Jordan

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Couldn't Last a MomentJeffrey Steele, Danny Wells
This Everyday LoveDanny Wells

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
WonderfulArt Alexakis, Greg Eklund, Craig Montoya

BMI URBAN AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Bag Lady Nate Bugg, Isaac Hayes, Kurupt, Craig Longreles

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

2002

Rondor Music International signed Avril Lavigne to a worldwide publishing deal. It also signed Sophie Ellis Bextor.

David Conrad left his position of president of Almo/Irving Nashville.

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Stranger in My HouseShep Crawford, Shae Jones

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
While You Loved MeDanny Wells

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
All or Nothing Wayne Hector, Steve Mac

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

2003

In its Summer 2003 newsletter, Universal Music Group reported Ron Moss was promoted to Vice President of A&R. His responsibilities included new signings, artist development and exploitation of the catalogs. Among the artists he signed were Trak Starz, Saliva, Soil and Patty Griffin. At the same time, Bobby Rymer was appointed VP of Almo/Irving Rondor Music Nashville.

During the week of September 22, 2003, Rondor Music International in London was closed permanently and on October 3, 2003, Almo/Irving/Rondor Music Nashville was also closed permanently and absorbed into Universal Music Publishing. The Nashville consolidation affected eight employees and 22 staff writers.

Emmylou Harris was honored with a limited edition collection of 17 of her songs from 1982-2002 titled The Road I Am Taking.

Rondor signed Obie Trice to a worldwide publishing agreement.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
ComplicatedGraham Edwards, Avril Lavigne
HeavenJim Vallance

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Help Me Understand Wayne Hector, Steve Mac

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Livin' It Up Irv Gott, Leon Haywood, Ja Rule, Frederick Knight, Lil Rob

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

2004

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
ComplicatedGraham Edwards, Avril Lavigne
HeavenJim Vallance
Drift AwayMentor Williams
I'm with YouGraham Edwards, Avril Lavigne
Right ThurrChingy, Jermaine Dupri, Alonso Lee, Jr.

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
HeavenBryan Adams, Jim Vallance

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

2005

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
One Call AwayChingy, Alsonzo Lee, Jr., Vice

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
On Fire50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Kwame, Luis Resto
One Call AwayChingy, Alsonzo Lee, Jr., Vice
Overnight CelebrityTwista
Slow JamzBurt Bacharach, Hal David, Twista, Kanye West
Splash WaterfallsLudacris, Lary Mizell

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Baby BoyIni Kamoze
Holidae InSham
One Call AwaySham
Right ThurrSham

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

2006

Almo Music was ranked the tenth Hot Country and the 9th Hot Country Music Publisher by Billboard.

In a joint publishing deal, Trey Bruce, Extreme Writers Group and Big Tractor Music signed with Rondor.

Kevin Hall was promoted to Vice President, Urban Music and Ron Moss was promoted to Executive Vice President.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
BreakawayBridget Benenate, Matthew Gerrard, Avril Lavigne
Give a Little BitRichard Davies, Roger Hodgson
Let Me Hold YouJermaine Dupri, Brenda Russell

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Let Me Hold YouJermaine Dupri, Brenda Russell

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Probably Wouldn't Be This WayTammi Kidd

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Lovers and FriendsLil Jon, Michael Sterling
SwitchKel Spencer, Kwame

SOURCE:
Broadcast Music, Inc.

2007

Ron Moss was promoted to Executive Vice President and Kevin Hall to VP, Urban Music.

Rondor Music had 17 songs nominated for Grammy awards.

Yolanda Adams signed with Rondor.

When Universal bought BMG Music Publishing in 2007, the European Union would only authorize the purchase if Universal sold $135M (USD). Universal agreed to the terms and began to sell Rondor Music UK's copyrights.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Ridin'Chamillionaire, Krazyie Bone, Juan Salinas, Osacar Salinas
You'll Think of MeDarrell Brown, Ty Lacy, Dennis Matkosky

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONGSONGWRITERS
Ridin'Chamillionaire, Krazyie Bone, Juan Salinas, Osacar Salinas

SOURCE:
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

2010

Rondor relocated to the Universal Music Publishing Group's world headquarters at 2100 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA.

Rondor had the Song of the Year at BMI's Urban Music Awards. Rondor's Avril Lavigne performed during the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

2012

In 2012, Rondor celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Billy Joel signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Rondor effective on October 1, 2012.


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      Billboard, January 15, 1972.
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