Saturday, December 18, 2010
Is Capitol Records the best-selling record label of all time? I'm not completely sure, but I can guess that it is based on the star roster they have and have had. Capitol has The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Stan Freberg, Bozo the Clown, Pink Floyd, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and in recent years, people like Katy Perry.
Sure they've had their flop acts as every label has, but when one thinks of say RCA, can you really think of anyone other than Elvis? Ok, so they had the Eurythmics, Jefferson Airplane and Hall & Oates, but you get the idea.
Elvis is about the only MAJOR player of the last century that Capitol didn't have.
Columbia is a good runner up, too. They've had Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Cheap Trick, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Billy Joel, etc., but I still contend that Capitol had more popular artists and a greater variety of popular artists than any of the other major labels.