White Whale Records was an American independent record labelfounded in by Ted Feigin and Lee Lasseff in Los Angeles, Californiaand probably best known as the record label of The Turtles and The Reivers - Revolution In My Soul / Constantly handful of one-hit wonder bands. Dobie Gray also recorded for the label, recording the first chart version of " I Never Promised You a Rose Garden ," which later became a much bigger hit for Lynn Anderson.
When White Whale signed the Turtles, they were known as "The Crossfires"; a surf music band looking to change their style, as surf music was fading. The band accepted the new name, but not the variant spelling. Relations between the label and the band were not always smooth, with White Whale pressuring the band for "more hits", then for singers Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman to fire the rest of the group, and work instead with hired musicians, in order to save money.
Kaylan wrote the song " Elenore " Here Fore You - SWV - Release Some Tension a humorous take on "Happy Together" the only 1 hit for both the group and the White Whale labelwhich ironically became a hit itself. He and Volman also democratized the group, insisting everyone share in the writing and vocal duties, despite what the label wanted, and recorded a concept albumThe Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands on which "Elenore" was featured.
When the Turtles disbanded in the early s, White Whale lost their big moneymaker; in The Reivers - Revolution In My Soul / Constantly , and to prevent Kaylan and Volman from continuing their musical careers, White Whale insisted they held the rights to not only the Turtles' name and back catalog, but Kaylan and Volman's individual given names.
Kaylan and Volman responded by moving into session work and continuing under The Reivers - Revolution In My Soul / Constantly pseudonym, Flo and Eddie ; White Whale Records, on the other hand, went Alcoholic Ghoul Dancing - Deathwank / Shitnoise Bastards - Your Power Cant Save You From The Death of business not long after.
The label's final releases were the single " Yesterday " by Liz Damon's Orient Express and a self-titled album by the same group; although both charted the single reaching a respectable 33it wasn't enough to keep the company going. White Whale's assets were sold at auction inat which point Kaylan and Volman won the rights to the Turtles' master recordings. Kaylan and Volman would not earn the rights to their own names or the Turtles' again until Feigin and Lasseff folded White Whale Records in and created a new label called Anthem Records not to be confused with the Canadian label of the same namewhich was initially distributed by United Artists.
Two White Whale acts were transferred to the new label's roster Liz Damon's Orient Express and The Dillardsand they are the only artists to have albums issued on the label.
Polydor issued several albums with credits to "Anthem Record Productions" after the label Monkey Town Parade - Various - Symphony For Heartbreak (US Pop Life Vol. 9 - Seattle - Portland) distribution with United Artists the previous year. Anthem Records was officially dissolved that same year.
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