Bigtop Records

Bigtop Records was an American record label started by music executive Johnny Bienstock (brother of Freddy Bienstock) and the major music publisher Hill & Range Music and was co-owned along with Big Top Record Distributors (sic).[1] Hit artists included Del Shannon, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Lou Johnson, Sammy Turner, Don Covay, Don and Juan and Toni Fisher. Big Top Record Distributors also distributed Paul Case's Dunes Records label in the early 60's, which had hits from Ray Peterson ("Corrina, Corrina") and Curtis Lee ("Pretty Little Angel Eyes"), both records produced by Phil Spector. Bell Records briefly distributed Bigtop prior to the label closing, around 1966. Bigtop also released two Mad magazine music parody themed albums; Mad Twists Rock 'n' Roll and Fink Along with Mad in 1963.[2][3]

Bigtop Records
Country of originUnited States

In the UK, Bigtop licensed its records to London Records. Its current UK licensees are Ace Records (United Kingdom).

There was a subsidiary, Big Hill Records, which only issued a few singles by Lou Johnson after Bigtop closed.

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  1. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1960-03-07). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  2. ^ "Mike Russo, Jeanne Hayes, the Dellwoods – Mad "Twists" Rock 'N' Roll (1962, Vinyl)".
  3. ^ "Mike Russo, Jeanne Hayes, the Dellwoods – Fink Along with Mad (1963, Vinyl)".

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