MTM Records

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MTM Records
Parent companyMTM Enterprises
Founded1984 (1984)
FounderMary Tyler Moore
Defunct1988 (1988)
StatusAbsorbed into RCA Nashville
Distributor(s)Capitol Records
GenreCountry, rock
Country of originU.S.
LocationNashville, Tennessee

MTM Records is an American independent record label specializing in country music. It was founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of the production company of the same name owned by actress Mary Tyler Moore.[1]

Howard Stark was the label's President, and Tommy West, originally of the musical duo Cashman and West, was Senior Vice President (both Stark and West worked together at ABC Records in the 1970s); staff songwriters included Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd of Foster & Lloyd, as well as Larry Boone and Hugh Prestwood.[1]

In its four years of existence, fifty-one singles on the MTM label charted on the Billboard country singles chart.[2] The label also signed three rock music acts: The Metros[3] from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who were discovered on Star Search; In Pursuit, a New Wave rock group, and The Voltage Brothers, a family R&B act from Rochester, NY. None of those groups' output charted.

After MTM Enterprises was sold to Britain's Television South PLC in July 1988, the label was purchased by and absorbed into RCA Nashville. Becky Hobbs, Paul Overstreet, and Judy Rodman were then transferred to RCA's roster. Holly Dunn signed with Warner Bros. Nashville, and her MTM masters went with her (Warner Bros. re-released the original MTM hit version of Dunn's hit, "Daddy's Hands," as the B-side of her 1991 single "Maybe I Mean Yes"). The Girls Next Door signed with Atlantic Records, but their MTM hits are still owned by RCA.

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  1. ^ a b Kingsbury, Paul (16 December 2004). The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music. Oxford University Press. pp. 359–. ISBN 978-0-19-517608-7. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2012). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 495. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  3. ^ McCormick, Moira (12 October 1985). "Minn.'s Metros Join MTM". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 63–. Retrieved 9 March 2010.

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