16th Avenue Records

16th Avenue Records
Parent company Apple Productions - Toronto, Ontario
Founded July 1981
Founder Stan Campbell and Veronica Mataseje
Defunct November 1991
Status defunct
Genre Country
Country of origin Canada and USA
Location [Toronto and Nashville]]

16th Avenue Records was originally an independent record label specializing in country music. The first 16th Avenue label was founded in Toronto in May 1981 by Apple Productions Corporation principals, Stan Campbell and Veronica Mataseje. In May 1984, 16th Avenue Records was relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1986, representatives of Opryland Music Group compelled Veronica Mataseje to cease and desist in using the 16th Avenue name. Mataseje capitulated to the Opryland company's heavy-handed demand. The 16th Avenue name then became the property of Opryland Music group.

Jerry Bradley, who was then the head of Opryland Music Group and vice president of Opryland USA, as well as the former head of RCA Records' Nashville division.[1][2] The label's first signee was Charley Pride, whose 1987 single "Have I Got Some Blues for You" was the label's first release.[3]

Other artists who recorded for 16th Avenue included Vicki Bird, Canyon, Lane Caudell, John Conlee, Neal McCoy, Robin & Cruiser, John Wesley Ryles, and Randy VanWarmer. The label closed in November 1990.[4]


  1. Hurst, Jack (19 April 1987). "Back in the groove: Jerry Bradley is off to the Opry". The Chicago Tribune. p. 17. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  2. "Opryland Music Group enters the record business by creating a label named 16th Avenue Records and announcing its first release will be by Charlie Pride.". PR Newswire. 9 February 1987. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  3. "New Label Has 'Pride'". Ocala Star-Banner. 10 February 1987. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  4. Price, Deborah Evans (December 7, 1996). "Gaylord buys Word's music companies". Billboard: 6, 90.
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