Reprise Records

Reprise Records is an American record label founded by Frank Sinatra in 1960.

Frank Sinatra used the label for his own recording career, because he promised himself at his own record label, more artistic freedom. The first single was released in the February 1961 published The Second Time Around (Reprise # 20001 ) from him. Typical of Frank Sinatra was created on May 3, 1961 It's A Wonderful World with Big Band Swing in style.

In a short time he managed the label, with Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin to join the Rat Pack also at a record company and add to the label catalog. Even Sinatra's eldest daughter Nancy Sinatra got a record deal in June 1961. While Father Frank helped the label from 1962 to at least the middle or lower rankings in the charts, Nancy's plates came for 4 years not in the charts. The series began with hitlose Cufflinks and Tie Clip A (# 20017 ) in June 1961 as one of the first panels of the new label; Nancy had just turned 21 years old. The Life magazine asked Nancy then in its issue of 30 June 1961 as the new singer before, the Billboard magazine moved to. Billboard presented in a full-page advertisement on 14 August 1961, their first album for the newly founded by his father Frank Sinatra Reprise record label.

First big hit

The product marketed by Warner Brothers label Reprise had to wait until the year 1964 to the first number one, than the written by Ken Lane Everybody Loves Somebody stood in the interpretation of Dean Martin on August 15, 1964 for a week at the first place of the charts. Nancy Sinatra, however, had released 14 more singles charts without resonance until they worked together in October 1965 with producer Lee Hazlewood. After a minor hit So Long Babe, the breakthrough came with the million-seller published in February 1966 These Boots Are Made for Walkin ', arranged by Billy Strange and sold 4 million copies.

More Hits

In May 1966, composed by Bert Kaempfert Evergreen Strangers in the Night came on the market, which also reached million-seller status and earned four Grammy Awards. The title was Sinatra's first top ranking in the Pophitparade for 11 years. In November 1966 daughter Nancy brought out the million seller Sugartown. In March 1967, a duet between Nancy Sinatra with her father on the market. Somethin 'Stupid, again arranged by Billy Strange, also sold over one million copies.


In September 1963, Frank Sinatra sold his own label, Reprise Records to Warner Brothers and received in addition to a payment of two million U.S. dollars also the post of Vice President of the Film parent company. Currently Reprise is a part of the Warner Music Group.


The musical spectrum of the label covers many different areas: In addition to mainstream the likes of Cher, Eric Clapton and Madonna also alternative bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Built to Spill and Glassjaw released on Reprise. Among the other artists are also the metal bands Slayer, Mastodon and Metallica, the punk group Green Day, and Less Than Jake as well as artists from the fields of R & B ( Mis - Teeq ), trip-hop ( Morcheeba ), electronic music (Paul Oakenfold ) and country ( Faith Hill ).

Bands (selection)

  • The B- 52's
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Beach Boys
  • Michael Bublé
  • Paula Cole
  • Ry Cooder
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Deftones
  • Depeche Mode
  • Disturbed
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra
  • Enya
  • The Films