Hickory Records

Hickory Records
Parent company Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Founded 1954
Founder Acuff-Rose Music
Distributor(s) RED Distribution
Genre Various
Country of origin  United States
Official website hickoryrecords.com

Hickory Records is a United States record label founded by Acuff-Rose Music in 1954[1] which operated the label up to 1979. Present owner Sony/ATV Music Publishing revived the label in 2007.[2] Originally based in Nashville, and functioning as an independent label throughout its history, it has had several distributors.

From its inception in 1955 to 1973, Hickory was distributed independently. MGM Records then distributed the label in 1973, and ABC Records began distributing it four years later. MCA Records inherited the ABC distribution deal when it bought ABC Records in 1979. The relationship between Acuff-Rose/Hickory and MCA turned sour shortly afterwards, so the Hickory label was discontinued, and its catalog was pulled when the distribution deal expired later in 1979.[3]

In 1993, Scotti Bros. Records began reissuing the Hickory catalog.[4] The entire Hickory output is now owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which owns the Acuff-Rose catalogue, and the Hickory label was revived in 2007 with an album by Elliott Yamin.[5] The output of the revived Hickory Records is distributed by Sony Music's RED Distribution unit.[6]

Even though the label began as a strictly country music label, Hickory did sign a few rock groups, such as Neal Ford and the Fanatics, The Sparkles (from Texas), and The Newbeats, as well as distributing a few UK Pye Records artists, including Donovan. Pye distributed Hickory in the UK.

Among the big hits that Hickory had on the pop charts were those by Sue Thompson, Kris Jensen, Donovan, and The Newbeats.

Hickory Records artists

Notable releases

See also


  1. Archived January 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Jim Chesnut Archives". Chesnutproductions.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  3. "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.com. 1993-02-06. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  4. "Sony/ATV taps Gerson as co-prez". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  5. "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.com. 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
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