The roots of Chrysalis stretch back to a tiny flat in West London in 1967, when former university social secretaries, Chris Wright, then 22, and Terry Ellis, 23, linked their flair for managing and booking bands to form the Ellis Wright Agency.
After a couple of experiences trying to release their bands records via other companies, Wright and Ellis began thinking in terms of their own label. In 1968, they signed a licensing deal with Island Records with the proviso that, should Wright and Ellis' acts log an agreed number of hits, then the pair would be awarded a label in their own right. The appropriate tally was logged within a year, and a new independent record company –Chrysalis, an amalgam of Wright's first name and Ellis' last name– was born.
After buying out Terry Ellis in 1985, Chris Wright sold the Chrysalis Records label to EMI in 1991. EMI was bought out by Universal Music Group in 2012; in 2013, they sold the Parlophone Label Group, which includes Chrysalis, to Warner Music Group. In May 2016 the label was sold to a consortium, Blue Raincoat Music, which included co-founder Chris Wright as Non-Executive Chairman; Blue Raincoat plans to relaunch Chrysalis with both catalog artists and new signings.
Vinyl label identification guide for eras of American releases:
From inception, Green label (no radial text until mid 1975. See images), 1972-1976 distributed by Warner Bros.;
1977-87 Blue label, independent distribution to '83 - CBS distribution to late '87;
White label to end of 1988 still under CBS distribution;
Cream label, Capitol distribution from 1989 to early 1990s.
Labelcode: LC 1626.
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