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Red Bird Records

Red Bird Records was a record label started by legendary American pop music songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1964. Though often thought of as a "girl-group" label, female-led acts made up only 40% of the artist roster on Red Bird and its associated labels (including Blue Cat Records, Tiger and Daisy). However, female-led acts also accounted for more than 90% of the label's charting records.

The label's first release was "Chapel of Love" by the The Dixie Cups, which quickly reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat matched later that year by The Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack.. Eleven of the first 30 singles released by Red Bird reached the Top Forty.

History

After closing Spark Records and starting Red Bird, Lieber and Stoller brought in George Goldner, a veteran record promoter and former owner of Gee Records, Gone Records and Rama Records. They used the skillful Brill Building husband-and-wife songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who had been writing most of Phil Spector's first hits. The label was sold in 1966 as Lieber and Stoller preferred to write and produce rather than manage the business of running a label, and after they had a falling out with Goldner.

A subsidiary label, Blue Cat Records, had a hit with "The Boy from New York City" by The Ad Libs.

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