Capricorn Records

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Capricorn Records was an independent record label which was launched by Phil Walden, Alan Walden, and Frank Fenter in 1969 in Macon, Georgia.


First Incarnation

Capricorn became famous for its role in spearheading Southern rock in the seventies, with The Allman Brothers Band at the forefront, but also including the Marshall Tucker Band, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie, Jonathan Edwards, Captain Beyond, White Witch, Grinderswitch, Cowboy, Hydra, Kitty Wells, and Stillwater. Initially the label was distributed by WEA/Warner Music Group (first through Atlantic Records, then later Warner Bros. Records), and later by PolyGram Records. Capricorn went out of business in October 1979. Gregg Atwill was an engineer with Capricorn throughout the seventies.

Second Incarnation

The label was later relaunched out of Nashville, Tennessee as a joint-venture with Warner Bros. in the early 1990s. Distribution later jumped to Sony Music's independent RED Distribution network, then back to PolyGram, by way of its flagship label, Mercury Records. The first act to sign onto the resurrected label was Athens, Georgia's Widespread Panic. After signing with the new version...
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