ALMO/IRVING & RONDOR MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

ALMO/IRVING & RONDOR MUSIC 1962 -1969

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 was 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.

 

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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 Herb Alpert, Sol Lake, 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. Larry Marks was signed in 1967.

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.

Acquired the Davon Music. Corp. from Dave Hubert, who became the director of A&M International.

The publishing wing now had over 1,000 copyrights.

Armonic music publishing group distributed Rondor in Spain.

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Windy Ruthann Friedman

1968

"The most important thing with Almo/Irving] is attitude, both with management and artist. Our entire operation is keen and aaware. Aware of the entire social structure of what's happening in the world, and of today's social attitudes.
--Chuck Kaye, Cash Box, October 26, 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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Carmen Peter Matz
Classical Gas Mason Williams
Windy Ruthann Friedman

1969

Billboard reported that 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). Cash Box ran a different story that Jerry Moss negotiated the deal and that it included 400 songs.

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.

Almo/Irving acquired Island Music Limited, Blue Mountain and South America Limited and Maroon Music Limited catalogs. These publishers had songs from Dave Mason, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Jimmy Cliff, Blind Faith, Gary Wright, Traffic, Spooky Tooth 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.

Chad Stewart (Chad & Jeremy) was hired as producer for Almo Music. He produced Gayle Caldwell and Tarantula's albums for A&M Records.

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Cycles Gayle Caldwell
Get Together Chet Powers

1969 CASH BOX YEAR END CHARTS

CHART POSITION AND TITLE SONGWRITER(S) PUBLISHER
Top 100 Chart Hits 42. Get Together
76. Black Pearl
Powers
Scepter, Wine, Levine
Irving
Irving

ALMO/IRVING & RONDOR MUSIC 1970s

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
We've Only Just Begun Roger Nichols, Paul Williams

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.

Began represntation of the Doors catalog of songs.

BMI WRITER AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC ARTISTS

SONG SONGWRITERS
We've Only Just Begun Roger Nichols, Paul Williams
Out in the Country Roger Nichols, Paul Williams
Peace Train Cat Stevens
Wild World Cat Stevens

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.

Evan Medow became the vice president for business affairs.

By 1972, Almo/Irving acquired the catalogs of Mason Williams ("Classical Gas") and Ron McKuen.

Rondor gained representation for Lou Adler's Hollenbeckbulge Music and its subsidiaries in Britain. Rondor also acquired worldwide representation excluding the U.S. and Canada for Muscle Shoals Music, Hoyt Axton's Lady Jane Music and Leon Russell's Skyhill Music.

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
We've Only Just Begun Roger Nichols, Paul Williams
I Am Woman Helen Reddy, Ray Burton
Outa-Space Billy Preston, Joseph Greene
Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens

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. Jules Chaiken (trumpet player, music contractor) was hired as Almo Productions' music supervisor. Chaiken would work with composers of film music to determine the musical requirements, setting up recording sessions, hiring musicans, producing the sessions, mixing the tapes and dubbing the music onto the soundtrack. The work was for both motion picture and television, particularly the ABC Television Movie of the Week.

Irving and Almo Music of Canada was established. It was structured as an independent entity and was not a US holding company. Graham Powers directed the office under Gerry Lacoursiere, A&M Records of Canada's general manager.

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.

In March Evan Medow was appointed to head business affairs for Almo Productions. He was also the director of the Rondor Group (AKA Rondor Music International). In September, Jerry Moss announced that MEdow would direct administraion and Rondor International; Bud Dain would administer U.S. publishing functions and Lance Freed was the professional manager. The three men reported to Jerry Moss.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Drift Away Mentor Williams
Top of the World Richard Carpenter, John Bettis

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
We've Only Just Begun Roger Nichols, Paul Williams
Space Race Billy Preston
Will It Go Round in Circles Billy Preston

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. In November, Chuck Kaye returned to Almo as the executive vice president.

Almo/Irving signed Supertramp through its Delicate Music. In Britain, Rondor signed Gallagher and Lyle to a worldwide songwriting deal. Other signings included Dire Straits and Joan Armatrading. 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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Our Love Is on the Fault Line Reece Kirk

BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
We've Only Just Begun Roger Nichols, Paul Williams
Space Race Billy Preston
Nothing from Nothing Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher
I Honestly Love You Peter Allen, Jeff Barry

1975

"Songwriters are the most influential and creative factor in the business today. Anytime you associate yourself with a true songwriter, success will come your way. Although it is helpful to find a songwriter who is also recording his own tunes, I firmly believe in a songwriter as a songwriter."
--Chuck Kaye, Cash Box, February 15, 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. Almo had its own graphics staff tocreate the graphics which were intended to reflect the style of the artist. 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

Rondor La Cienega office

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." The song also won the Golden Globe for Best Orginal Song in a Film.

Signed Ambrosia to a contract to produce and sell sheet music.

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
I Honestly Love You Peter Allen, Jeff Barry

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 by opening an office and expand its folios line.

Almo introduced its International Series of folios, Spanish/English song books by Captain & Tennille, Camillo Sesto, and Julio Iglesias. Each book was about 70 pages long, with artist bio and photos, plus songs. The first print run was 5,000 copies of each book. Retail price was $5.95. Almo intended to place its books in Mexico and South America.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Loving Arms Tom Jans
Let Me Love You Once Before You Go Molly Ann Leiken
Old Time Feeling Tom Jans
You Are So Beautiful Bruce Fisher

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
I Honestly Love You Peter Allen, Jeff Barry

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
You Are So Beautiful Billy Preston

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.

Herb Alpert sugested a jazz collection for serious young instrumentalists. Almo created a six-edition volume "World's Greatest Jazz Solos" with works by 15 jazz legends. Each piece is graded for its complexity and were intended for people who had mastered their instrument.

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.

Almo began its stage and dance band educational series. It signed Nelson Riddle. The arrangements were geared for all levels of public schools plus college with emphasis on the advanced levels. Don Ellis and Sid Garris were hired for band charts. Signed for the educational jazz book series were Les McCann, George Duke and David Liebman.

In Los Angeles, Almo moved into its new publishing building. The offices would have a staff of 30 people.

In Canada, Almo/Irving entered sub-publishing agreements with Angel-Parker Music, Ltd. and Andrew Heath Music Ltd.

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.

The price of sheet music rose from $1.75 to $1.95.

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 Publication swere 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 March, Joe Carlton left Almo Publiations. Frank Unruh, controller of Almo/Irving/Rondor was named to replace him.

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

Almo-Irving Canada created its first sampler with 30 songs by Canadian songwriters. The recording was sent to affiliates around the world, producers and other record labels.

Rondor Music signed a representation deal with the band The Motels.

ALMO/IRVING & RONDOR MUSIC 1980s

1980

Chuck Kaye said the 1980s would pair songwriters with artists. His view was based on the need for more hit songs on each album. Representing songwriters to artists would create the potential to gain a larger share of publishing.

Chuck Kaye resigned his position as president of Almo/Irving and Rondor. Evan Medow, vice president of business affairs, left to go independent. Joel Sill, head o Almo Productions resigned.

Kaye's 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 to executive vice president of Almo/Irving Music managing publishing in the U.S. and Canada. Bob Grace, managing direcor of Rondor Music in London, was promoted to president of Rondor Music International and managed publishing for the rest of the world. Brenda Andrews was the vice president of professional activities.

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

Stuart Hornall was hired as Rondor Music (London) professional manager.

Signed Ali Thomson, Bob Marley, Melissa Theridge, Lary White, John Anderson, Everclear. In Britain, Rondor had representation of the Earth, Wind and Fire catalog.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Blue Side (the) David Lasley
Grooveline (the) Rod Temperton
Lead Me On David Lasley
Logical Song (the) Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson
Rise Randy Badazz, Andy Armer
So Good, So Right Brenda Russell
Sultans of Swing Mark Knopfler
Take the Long Way Home Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson

1981

Almo-Irving Nashville Office

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. David Conrad was named the general manager. It went on to sign some of the most prominent country music writers including Rhonda Kye Fleming, Waylon Jennings, and Kent Robbins. The original office was at 1010 16th Ave. South, Nashville.

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 also acquired the JEC catalog that featured songs written by Les McCann; the Down in Dixie and Danor catalogs.

By 1981, Almo/Irving adminstered the LutDix and Interior Music, and Bob Marley catalogs.

In 1981, Almo/Irving had 24 employees in royalty, accounting and copyright and 11 staff writers.

Thanks to the line "When you get caught between the moon and New York City" by Peter Allen that was re-used in the song "Arthur's Theme" Almo had a share of the Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture.

Total copyrights were estimated at 30,000.

Stuart Hornall was promoted to Rondor's General Manager.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Blue Side (the) David Lasley
Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer Kim Carnes, Dave Ellington

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
You Almost Slipped My Mind Tilden Back, Delbert Barker, Don Goodman, Troy Seals

1982

Almo/Irving opened its Nashville office and an office in Paris. The Paris office was managed by Jeremy Jones. Before the Paris office was established, Pathe-Marconi represented the Rondor catalog in France.

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.

Stuart Hornall signed Paul Brady to Rondor Music in London.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Loving Arms Tom Jans
Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer Kim Carnes, Dave Ellington

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Arthur's Theme Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen

1983

Bob Grace told Billboard, "It's getting more and more important to sign a self-contained writer, who doubles as an arranger or record producer or who has access to artists in his own right. So I encourage my staff writers to get in on situatoins and write records. I think that's the staff writer of the future. It's not just someone sitting down and passively writing a song and saying, 'Her you are. Run with it.' You've got to get right in on the ground floor these days otherwise deals are prohibitively expensive. [It is] vitally important to have a nucleus of staff writers limited to a few key people we can really develop."

Nashville had its first No. 1 country single with Don Williams' "Stay Young."

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.

Bob Grace left Rondor in Britain.

Lance Freed was promoted to President of Rondor Music International; Stuart Hornall was named managing director in London; Tom Bradley, vice president of European Operations also became the senior director for London, and Ira Selsky was appointed serior vice president.

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

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

1985

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

On October 3, 1985 the Almo/Irving office in Nashville bought its new office building at 1904 Adelicia Street.

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

By now, Rondor had offices in West Germany, France, and Holland as well as England, Canada and Australia.

Melissa Etheridge signed with Almo/Irving.

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

Stuart Hornall was promoted to the managing director of Rondor Music in London and also senior vice president.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
If Ever You're in My Arms Again Michael Masser, Tom Snow, Cynthia Weil
Thriller Rod Temperton
Tonight I Celebrate My Love Michael 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

BMI MILLION-AIRS AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Arthur's Theme Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen
Help Me Rhonda Brian Wilson

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
What's Love Got to Do with It Graham Lyle, Terry Britten

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.

David Foster was the BMI Songwriter of the Year.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Nobody Wants to Be Alone Michael Masser, Rhonda Fleming

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Love Is Alive Kent Robbins
Nobody Wants to Be Alone Rhonda Fleming
Have Mercy Paul Kennerley
Heart Trouble Dave Gibson, Kent Robbins
Touch a Hand, Make a Friend Homer Banks, Carl Hampton

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
California Girls Brian Wilson
To Go Down Easy (It's Hard to) Jay Bolotin
Heaven Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance
Run to You Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance
We Don't Need Another Hero Graham Lyle

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) by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. Merrill and Rubicam recorded for A&M as the duo Boy Meets Girl."

1989

Nashville had 11 staff writers and an administrative staff of four.

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.

ALMO/IRVING & RONDOR MUSIC 1990s

1990

After the sale of A&M Records to PolyGramm the name Almo and Irving began using the Rondor Music International name.

Rondor Music bought Leon Russell's Shelter Music.

Signed Craig Wiseman.

Almo/Irving won its third Song of the Year 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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Born to Be Blue Mack David, Brent Mahar, Mike Reid
He Walked On Water Allen Shamblin
There You Are Mike Reid

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Hillbilly Rock Paul Kennerley
One Man Woman Paul Kennerley
Walking Shoes Paul Kennerley

1992

Almo/Irving Rondor won its fourth Song of the Year Grammy with Eric Clapton an eWill Jennings' "Tears In Heaven."

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Special Attala Zane Jiles, Vesta Williams
Comfort Zone (the) Kipper Jones, Reggie Stewart

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Life's a Dance Allen Shamblin, Steve Seskin
Seminole Wind John Anderson

Coming soon

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. This made a total of 18 staff writers in the Nashville office supported by a staff of seven.

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Life's a Dance Allen Shamblin, Steve Seskin
Seminole Wind John Anderson

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.

Stuart Hornall left Rondor Music in London. From 1985 until his departure, he served as its managing director and senior vice president.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
I Wish I Could Have Been There John Anderson
If the Good Die Young Craig Wiseman
Man of My Word Gary Burr, Allen Shamblin
Rope the Moon Aggie Brown, Jess Brown, James Denton
That's My Baby Lari White
Thinkin' Problem Allen Shamblin, Stuart Ziff
To Be Loved by You Gary Burr, Allen Shamblin

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Baby I Love Your Way Peter Frampton

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Splash Waterfalls Ludacris, Larry Mitzell
Slow Jamz Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Twista, Kanye West
Whatta Man Herby Azor, David Crawford, Cheryl James

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
I Wish I Could Have Been There Paul Kennerley
I've Got It Made Max D. Barnes

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
What's Love Got to Do with It Graham Lyle
Dreamlover Mariah Carey, David Foster
Hey Mr. D.J. Zane Grey

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.

Melissa Etheridge was ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year.

Acquired the Lloyd Price and Lloyd and Logan catalogs.

Re-signed Mark Knopfler.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Bend It Till It Breaks John Anderson, Lionel Delmore
Little Bit of You (a) Trey Bruce, Craig Wiseman
In Between Dances Barry Alfonso, Craig Bickhardt
That's As Close As I'll Get to Loving You Sally Dworsky
This Woman and This Man Michael Lunn, Jeff Pennig

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Baby I Love Your Way Peter Frampton
All I Wanna Do David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Wyn Cooper, Kevin Gilbert
Hold On Kevin Savigar
Strong Enough David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Wyn Cooper, Kevin Gilbert

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Safe in the Arms of Love Pat Bunch, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose
I Think About It All the Time Billy Livsey
I Wanna Go Too Far Layang Martine, Jr., Kent Robbins

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. Barbara Vander Linde was promoted to general manager at Rondor Music, Ltd.

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Someone Else's Dream Trey Bruce, Craig Wiseman
That's As Close As I'll Get to Loving You Sally Dworsky
To Be Loved by You Gary Burr, Mike Reid
Walkin' Away Annie Roboff, Craig Wiseman
Without Your Love Alan G. Anderson, Craig Wiseman
You Gotta Love That Jess Brown

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

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

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
You Gotta Love That Brett Jones
Every Light in the House Kent Robbins

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine Mike Dekle, Craig Wiseman
Everywhere Mike Reid, Craig Wiseman
Holdin' Craig Wiseman
She's Got It All Craig Wiseman, Drew Womack

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

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

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Her Man Kent Robbins
Holdin' Kelly Garrett
Good As I Was to You Billy Livsey
Loved Too Much Billy Livsey

BMI MOST PERFORMED COUNTRY SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
If You Ever Have Forever in Mind Vince Gill, Troy Seals
It Would Be You Kent Robbins

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Stupid Girl Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig

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.

The Nashville office had grown to 22 songwriters and nine administrative staffers.

The Canadian office of Almo/Irving was closed.

In October, Billboard reported the rumor that Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were interested in selling Rondor Music International. Jerry Moss denied the sale at the time.

Rondor was Billboard's No. 5 Hot Publishing Corporation.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Cover You in Kisses Jess Brown, Brett Jones
Happy Girl Annie Roboff, Beth Nielsen Chapman
I Wanna Remember This Annie Roboff
It Must Be Love Craig Bickhardt
Little Past Little Rock Jess Brown, Brett Jones, Tony Lane
Love Working on You Craig Wiseman
Ray of Light
David L. Atkins, Christine Ann Leach, Madonna,
William Wainwright
Stepping Stone Lari White, Craig Wiseman
There Goes My Baby Annie Roboff, Arnie Roman
This Kiss Annie Roboff, Beth Nielsen Chapman
To Have You Back Again Annie Roboff, Arnie Roman
Where the Green Grass Grows Jess Leary, Craig Wiseman

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
This Kiss Annie Roboff, Beth Nielsen Chapman

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Getting' Jiggy Wit It James Alexander, Ben Cauley, Larry Dodson, Bernard Edwards, Willie Hall, Harvey Henderson, David Porter, Joe Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Winston Stewart
Everything to Everyone Art Alexakis, Greg Eklund, Craig Montoya

ALMO/IRVING & RONDOR MUSIC 2000s

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 collected 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 Angeles 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.

In Britain, Rondor Music was onsolidated into Universal Music Publishing Group.

ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Almost Home Beth Nielsen Chapman, Annie Roboff
Now You Don't (Now You See Me) Jess Brown, Tony Lane
Ordinary Love Dan Truman, Craig Wiseman

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Crush Kevin Clark, Berry Cosgrove, Mark Mueller
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here Shep Crawford, Montell Jordan
This Kiss Beth Nielsen Chapman, Annie Roboff

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here Shep Crawford, Montell Jordan
We Can't Be Friends Shep Crawford, Jimmy Russell

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Write This Down Kent Robbins

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Father of Mine Art Alexakis, Greg Eklund, Craig Montoya
Special Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Incomplete Shep Crawford, Montell Jordan

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Couldn't Last a Moment Jeffrey Steele, Danny Wells
This Everyday Love Danny Wells

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Wonderful Art Alexakis, Greg Eklund, Craig Montoya

BMI URBAN AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Bag Lady Nate Bugg, Isaac Hayes, Kurupt, Craig Longreles

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Stranger in My House Shep Crawford, Shae Jones

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
While You Loved Me Danny Wells

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
All or Nothing Wayne Hector, Steve Mac

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.

In October, Rondor Nashville was consolidated into Universal Music Publishing Group.

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Complicated Graham Edwards, Avril Lavigne
Heaven Jim Vallance

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Help Me Understand Wayne Hector, Steve Mac

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

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

2004

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Complicated Graham Edwards, Avril Lavigne
Heaven Jim Vallance
Drift Away Mentor Williams
I'm with You Graham Edwards, Avril Lavigne
Right Thurr Chingy, Jermaine Dupri, Alonso Lee, Jr.

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Heaven Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance

2005

ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
One Call Away Chingy, Alsonzo Lee, Jr., Vice

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
On Fire 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Kwame, Luis Resto
One Call Away Chingy, Alsonzo Lee, Jr., Vice
Overnight Celebrity Twista
Slow Jamz Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Twista, Kanye West
Splash Waterfalls Ludacris, Lary Mizell

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Baby Boy Ini Kamoze
Holidae In Sham
One Call Away Sham
Right Thurr Sham

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Breakaway Bridget Benenate, Matthew Gerrard, Avril Lavigne
Give a Little Bit Richard Davies, Roger Hodgson
Let Me Hold You Jermaine Dupri, Brenda Russell

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Let Me Hold You Jermaine Dupri, Brenda Russell

BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Probably Wouldn't Be This Way Tammi Kidd

BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Lovers and Friends Lil Jon, Michael Sterling
Switch Kel Spencer, Kwame

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

SONG SONGWRITERS
Ridin' Chamillionaire, Krazyie Bone, Juan Salinas, Osacar Salinas
You'll Think of Me Darrell Brown, Ty Lacy, Dennis Matkosky

ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC

SONG SONGWRITERS
Ridin' Chamillionaire, Krazyie Bone, Juan Salinas, Osacar Salinas

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.

BILLBOARD RANK

BILLBOARD TOP MUSIC PUBLISHER YEAR END RANKINGS

Based on Billbarod's Year In Music, Talent in Action, and No. 1 Awards published every December.

YEAR CATEGORY PUBLISHER RANK
1975 Top Pop Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
24
74
1975 Top Easy Listening Publisher Almo Music 9
1975 Top Soul Publisher Almo Music 40
1976 Top Pop Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
3
60
1976 Top Easy Listening Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
12
13
1976 Top Soul Singles Publisher Irving Music 22
1978 Top Pop Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
11
31
1978 Top Soul Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
18
22
1979 Top Pop Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
3
4
1979 Top Soul Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
18
6
1979 Top Adult Contemporary Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
2
3
1980 Top Pop Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
1
6
1980 Top Soul Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
5
6
1981 Top Pop Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
11
9
1981 Top Soul Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
3
4
1982 Top Pop Singles Publisher Irving Music
Almo Music
32
46
1982 Top Country Singles Publisher Irving Music 27
1982 Top Black Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
4
27
1985 Top Pop Singles Publisher Irving Music
Almo Music
15
28
1985 Top Country Singles Publisher Irving Music 9
1985 Top Black Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
6
35
1987 Top Pop Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
14
16
1987 Top Black Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
17
7
1987 Top Black Publishing Corp. Almo/Irving 3
1987 Top Pop Publishing Corp. Almo/Irving 4
1987 Top Country Singles Publisher Irving Music 5
1990 Top Pop Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
12
16
1990 Top Country Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
7
21
1990 Top R&B Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
21
47
1994 Hot 100 Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
15
30
1994 Hot 100 Singles Publishing Corps. Almo Music 5
1995 Hot Country Singles & Tracks Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
8
4
1995 Hot Country Singles & Tracks Publishing Corps. Almo Music 3
1996 Hot 100 Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
7
23
1996 Hot R&B Singles Publisher Almo Music 8
1996 Hot R&B Singles Publishing Corp. Almo Music
Irving Music
11
17
1996 Hot Country Singles & Tracks Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
11
17
1996 Hot Country Singles & Tracks Publishing Corp. Almo Music 4
1998 Hot 100 Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
30
37
1998 Hot Country Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
6
24
1998 Hot Country Publishing Corp. Almo/Irving 4
1999 Hot 100 Singles Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
14
35
1999 Hot Country Publisher Almo Music
Irving Music
11
22
1999 Hot Country Publishing Corp. Almo Music
Irving Music
14
35

SOURCES:
Billboard, March 29, 1975
Billboard, December 25.1976
Billboard, December 23, 1978
Billboard, December 22, 1979
Billboard, December 20, 1980
Billboard, December 26, 1981
Billboard, December 24, 1982
Billboard, December 22, 1985
Billboard, December 26, 1987
Billboard, December 22, 1990
Billboard, December 24, 1994
Billboard, December 23, 1995
Billboard, December 28, 1996
Billboard, December 25, 1999

RONDOR SONGWRITERS

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Bryan Adams
Yolanda Adams
Janna Allen
Peter Allen
Sara Allen
Tandyn Almer
Herb Alpert
John Anderson
Erica Rivers Andrews
Apple & Appleberry
Renee Armand
Joan Armatrading
Gregory Arnold
Tony Asher
Hoyt Axton
David Baerwald
david Ball
Homer Banks
Max Barnes
Jeff Barry
John Bettis
Sophie Ellis Bextor
Craig Bickhardt
Colin Blunstone
John Braden
Paul Brady
Adam Brand
Mike Brewer
Jess Brown
Colin Buchanan
Wayne Burt
Richard Butler
Gayle Caldwell
Max Carl
Kim Carnes
Craig Carothers
Richard Carpenter
Oskar Cartaya
Jules Chaiken
Beth Neilson Chapman
Gergory Charley
Kerry Chater
Gary Cherone
Roger Christian
Jimmy Cliff
Graham Connors
Shep Crawford
Steve Cropper
Rick Davies
Ron Davies
Chris DeBurgh
Sam Dees
Mike Dekle
Chris Difford
Marie Digby
Doug Dillard
Cheryl Dilcher
Bob Donough
Cecil Doty
Sally Dworsky
Randy Edelman
Joey Elias
Peter Ende
Melissa Etheridge
Mimi Farina
Chris Farren
Bruce Fisher
Rhonda Kye Fleming
Sherree Ford-Payne
Peter Frampton
Ruthann Friedman
Graham Gallagher
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Corey Glover
Jackie Gouche-Farris
Gerry Goffin
Julie Gold
Dean Grakal
Dobie Gray
Al Green
Nanci Griffith
Lani Hall
Carl Hampton
Emmylou Harris
Isaac Hayes
Imogen Heap
Michael Henderson
Rick Henn
Roger Hodgson
Wayland Holyfield
Lightnin' Hopkins
John Howcott
Humble Pie
Bernard Ighner
Rick James
Tom Jans
Paul Janz
Al Jardine
Waylon Jennings
Will Jennings
Robert Jerald
Booker T. Jones
Marc Jordan
Kaiser Chiefs
John Keller
Nigel Kennedy
Paul Kennerley
David Kent
Albert King
Reece Kirk
Fredrick Knight
Fred Knobloch
Mark Knopfler
Michael Knott
Tom Krekel
Kwame
Sol Lake
David Lasley
Avril Lavigne
Molly Ann Leiken
Stephen Lironi
Billy Livsey
Alex Lloyd
Mike Love
Donny Lowery
Graham Lyle
Jerry Marcellino
Stuart Margolin
Larry Marks
Andrea Martin
Eric McAlister
Les McCann
Rod McKuen
Murray McLeod
Michael McQuam
Stan Meissner
Jimmie Messina
Lee Michaels
Mika
Buddy Miles
Deborah Mollison
Ian Moore
Alex Mosley
Mark Mueller
Art Munson
Neil Murray
Fred Myro
Aaron Neville
Roger Nichols
Phil Ochs
Emanuel Officer
Chris Ogelsby
Pamela Phillips Oland
Dave Olney
William Orbit
Jeffrey Osborne
Donald Parks
Van Dyke Parks
Gram Parsons
Candy Parton
Jeff Pennig
Tom Petty
Bijou Phillips
Wilson Pickett
Chester Pipkin
Gene Pistilli
Art Podell
K. C. Porter
Billy Preston
Lloyd Price
Andy Quinta
Otis Redding
Helen Reddy
Mike Reid
Kimmie Rhodes
Jerry Riopelle
Smokey Robards
Kent Robbins
Annie Roboff
Adrienne Johnson Ross
Brenda Russell
Leon Russell
Matthew Ryan
Randy Ryan
Buffy Saint-Marie
Saliva
Kevin Savigar
David Sawyer
Leo Sayer
Don Schlitz
Thom Schuyler
Tom Scott
Gary Scruggs
Eddie Setser
Ernie Shelby
Allen Shamblin
Wayne Shorter
Shut Up Stella
Joel Sill
John Simon
Grace Slick
Sir Jinx
Charlie Smalls
Phoebe Snow
April Staton
Danny Stein
Jeff Steele
Cat Stevens
Jimmy Stewart
Stephen Stills
Casey Stratton
Supertramp
Gregg Sutton
Kairi Styles
Johnny Taylor
Howie Tee
Rod Temperton
Carla Thomas
Rufus Thomas
Andrew Tierney
Michael Tierney
Glenn Tilbrook
George Tipton
Peter Tosh
Dennis Tracy
Scott Turner
Dwight Twilley
Gary Usher
Daniel Valdez
Jim Vallance
Melvin Van Peebles
Steven Van Zant
Colin Vearncombe
Rick Wakeman
Johnny Walsh
Leon Ware
Steve Warnier
Julius Wechter
Tim Weisberg
Gillian Welch
Danny Wells
Greg Wells
Lari White
David Wilcox
Mentor Williams
Paul Williams
Vesta Williams
Allee Willis
Brian Wilson
Carl Wilson
Dennis Wilson
Craig Wiseman
Mason Williams
Paul Williams
Steve Winwood
Jeff Witcher
Gary Withem
Peter Wolf
Jill Wood
Nick Woods
Gary Wright
Steve Young

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RONDOR EMPLOYEES WORLDWIDE

Thank you to all of the very talented members of the Almo Music, Irving Music and Rondor Music International family.

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Sigidi Abdallah
Bob Aird (Australia)
Randy Albright
Ralph Allen (AU)
Derek Alpert
Eden Alpert
Herb Alpert
Brenda Andrews
Michael Arciaga
Gregory Arnold
Ron Artis
Cathy Baker-Hall
Greg Becker
Jeff Benjamin
Louise Black
Dennis Bohn (Germany)
Tom Bradley (UK)
Su Brazie
Adam Brand
John Bromell (AU)
Jez Broster
Candace Brown
Monica Bryan (UK)
Colin Buchanan
Nigel Burlinson (UK)
Wayne Burt
Leanne Caluya
Joe Carlton
George Carneal
Jamie Carter (AU)
Jules Chaiken
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Eric Coles
Sherri Coloduros
Graeme Connors
David Conrad
John Conrad
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Alex Cook
Shep Crawford
Bud Dain
Mary Del Frank
Mary Del Scobey
Hank DeVito
James Dewar (UK)
Evelien de Winter (NL)
Janet Dicker (UK)
Neily Dickerson
D.O.C.
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Mike Edwards
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Mark Evans (AU)
Laurie (McClain) Faure
Sue Few
Lance Freed
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Ashley Gilfuland (AU)
Roanna Gillespie
Stephanie (Salcedo) Glennon
Marianne Goode
Bob Grace (UK)
Derek Green
Scott Gunter
Jonathan Haft
John Hall
Johanna Hall
Kevin Hall
Diane Hayes (UK)
Peter Hebbes (Australia)
Stuart Hornall (UK and US)
Bones Howe
Dave Hubert
Dave Hunter (UK)
Berencice Izard
Janice Jackson
Samantha Jade
Deborah Johnson
Alan Jones (UK)
Jeremy Jones (France)
Malcolm Jones (UK)
Chris Justice
Julie Kalinski (AU)

Chuck Kaye
Molly Kaye
Kathy Kenyon
Mandy King (AU)
Paul Kinsella
Lynn Krikorian-James
Lee Leatherwood Lanier
Doria Leong
Abby Lin
Jenny Lipman (AU)
Billy Livsey
Alex Lloyd
Carolyn Lorenzo
Alexandra Lunn (FR)
Jon Mais (UK)
Fred Mancuso
Margo Matthews
Grace Mauceri
Brenda Maxwell
Peter McCamley
Monique McCullough
Angus McNiel (AU)
Evan Medow
Bill Meyerchak
Eileen Michael
Doug Minnick
Manuel Montoya
Jane Moore (AU)
Todd Morgan
Jerry Moss
Ron Moss
Neil Murray
David Nelson
Chris Oglesby
Andy Olyphant
Gary Olyphant
Denise Ormond
Rich Paladino
Graham Powers (Canada)

Andy Quinta
Michelle Piper
Randy Pitch-Reeves
Art Podell
Gary Polizzi
Graham Powers (CA)
Aileen Randolph
Annette Reagan
John Redmond (CA)
Rick Riccobono
Tommy Richter (Germany)
Allan Rider
Penny Ringwood
David Rivkin
Andrew Robbins
Cora Romein (NL)
John Rose
Mick Rowlands (UK)
Randall Rumage
Christine Russell
Robin Rutherford
Mary Lee Ryan
Bobby Rymer
Ira Selsky
Gloria Sequoia
Ronny Schiff
Brian Scholfield
Gary Scruggs
Ira Selsky
Roy Shapiro
Mark Sher (UK)
David Sieff
Sheri Rubin Smith
Joel Sill
Ralph Simon (UK)
Cyril Simons
Jill Smith (AU)
Kary Smith
Stacy Smith
Betty Spector
Carol Spencer
Ted Spellman
Carol Spencer
Therese (Perock) Spencer
Audrey Sporleader
David Stamm
Dick Stewart
Lillian Stoddard
Tamala Terhune
Richard Thomas (UK)
Graham Thompson (AU)
Andrew Tierney
Michael Tierney
Andrea Torchea
Trak Starz
Chris Twinam
Halit Ulman (France)
Frank Unruh
Bobby Valentino
Barbara Vander Linde
Tom Vickers
Trey Vittetoe
Don Walker (Australia)
Artie Wayne
Betty West
Shelly Weiss
Susan Williams (AU)
Maureen Woods (UK)


PHOTOS

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A&M Records 10th, 15th and 25th anniverary books.
BMI MILLION-AIRS AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC charts source Broadcast Music Inc.
BMI MOST PERFORMED SONGS BY IRVING MUSIC charts source Broadcast Music Inc.
BMI WRITER AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC ARTISTS charts source Broadcast Music Inc.
BMI COUNTRY AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC charts source Broadcast Music Inc.
BMI POP AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC charts source Broadcast Music Inc.
BMI URBAN AWARDS BY IRVING MUSIC charts source Broadcast Music Inc.
ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC charts source American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC charts source American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARDS FOR ALMO MUSIC charts source American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
A&M Pubs' Disk Production Unit. Billboard, September 9, 1967.
A&M Pub Keys Future to Mod Staff Writers. Billboard, November 2, 1968.
Irving Music Buys BB's Sea of Tunes. Cash Box August 30, 1969.
Moves Sparking A&M Pub's Fast Growth as Intl Firm. Billboard, February 28, 1970.
Rondor Music Bows with Pathe-Marconi. Billboard, June 5, 1971.
A&M's UK Publishing Division Solidifies Significant Foothold. Billboard, November 20, 1971.
U.S. Publishing Formula: Find Ancillary 'Specialization' Route. Nat Freedland. Billboard, January 15, 1972.
Music Capitals of the World (London). Philip Palmer. Billboard, April 8, 1972.
Trio Directs Irving/Almo. Cash Box, September 1, 1973.
Chaiken to Almo. Billboard, February 10, 1973.
Almo Publications Formed to Develop Artists' Folios. Billboard, July 5, 1975.
Spanish Books Almo Music Publishing Line of Folios for Latin Market. Agustin Gurza. Billboard, July 9. 1977.
Almo Announces New Publishing Agreements. Cash Box, July 8, 1978.
Great Jazz Books In Almo Release. Cash Box, July 22, 1978.
Irving-Almo Shits First Sampler LP. Cash Box, February 17, 1979.
Almo Ups Print Prices. Cash Box, May 12, 1979.
Columbia Film Publications Has Almo Deal. Ed Harrison. Billboard, July 7, 1979.
Integration o Writers a Trend. Irv Lichtman. Billboard, April 26, 1980.
Almo/Irving Talks New Talent. Edward Morris. Billboard, May 26, 1983.
Party Schedule. Billboard, December 15, 1984.
Brian Wilson Seeks Song Royalties in $100 Mil Suit. Chris Morris. Billboard, September 30, 1989.
Almo Irving Is Building, In More Ways Than One. Edward Morris. Billboard, April 23, 1994.
Eaton Rifles. Billboard, April 29, 1995.
Essex Boys. Billboard, January 14, 1995.
Hayes Vetoes Dole's 'Soul Man.' Melinda Newman. Billboard, September 21, 1996.
Catalog Buy Unveils Squeeze Songs. Nigel Hunter. Billboard, July 5, 1997.
Newsline... Chris Morris. Billboard, June 12, 1999.
Words & Music. Jim Bessman. Billboard, June 2, 2001.
Universal Publishing Absorbs Rondor in London. Billboard, September 24, 2003.
Rondor Music International Nashville Consolidated into UMPG. Billboard, October 1, 2003.
Rondor, UMPG Consolidate Operations in Nashville. Billboard, October 1, 2003.
UMG Axe to Fall with 800 Layoffs Planned Worldwide. Billboard, October 16, 2003.
U.K. Publishing Returns to State of Grace. Nigel Hunter. Billboard, August 7, 2004.
An Indie Inside a Major? Susan Butler. Billboard, January 20, 2007.