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Carly Simon : Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Carly Simon was born into a successful publishing family in New York City.  She first performed and recorded with her sister Lucy as The Simon Sisters. When Lucy married, they stopped performing together, and Carly began writing her own songs.  When her debut album, Carly Simon, was released in 1971, the era of new singer-songwriters was unfolding. Her well-bred voice and sophistication were the perfect combination to convey the subtle sense of “relationships” inherent in her writing.

Holzman chose “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” as the first single, which become a

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Tom Rush : Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Greenwich Village not only became a magnet for songwriters, it also attracted interpreters of folk and country blues. Nobody did it better than Tom Rush, a thoughtful, immaculate stylist who exquisitely adapted others’ material.

Rush emerged from the Boston and Cambridge scene, and by the time he signed to Elektra, he had already recorded two albums for Prestige in 1963 that revealed him to be an accomplished bottleneck guitarist. His Elektra debut, Tom Rush, is simply masterful, and his version of Bukka White‘s “The Panama Limited” beyond compare.

When Rush came to record his second LP, Take

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Bread : Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Both the MC5 and The Stooges caused considerable grumbling among Elektra’s staff, as did polar opposites Bread, this time because of their perceived pop patina. Bread was formed in 1969, when leading producer/arranger and session man David Gates produced Pleasure Faire, a band that included guitarist Robb Royer and songwriter James Griffin.

As Bread, the three combined to create a polished, melodic soft-rock style, which on their second album, On The Waters, unleashed the chart topping single “Make It With You.” Further albums yielded major hits in “Baby I’m A Want You,” “Everything I Own,”

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Tim Buckley : Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Tim Buckley is in a long line of true originals that signed to Elektra in the ‘60s. Jac Holzman signed him on the strength of a six-track demo, smitten by an exquisite voice that simply got better, expanding in its range and scale of expectation. After the introductory Tim Buckley, which glimpsed at what was to come, 1967’s Goodbye And Hello was an intricate, elaborately arranged series of poetic songs capped by the epic title track and haunting “Once I Was” and “Morning Glory.”

By Happy Sad, barely a year later, Buckley's voice had become an instrument in itself, free of convention and set

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MC5 : Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Purely on the infectious enthusiasm of Elektra PR Man Danny Fields, who saw both MC5 and the Stooges in the space of one Detroit weekend, Jac Holzman snapped up both groups. Uncharacteristically, Jac agreed to the deal on the phone without having heard a single note.  He advanced $15,000 to the MC5 and paid the Stooges $5,000 to sign with Elektra. At the end of October 1968, just two months later, Holzman, with Doors engineer Bruce Botnick, recorded the MC5 live over two days at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom.

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