I read some where that Frank Sinatra's children own Reprise records, didn't Frank sell Reprise in the '80's?
Some paper was saying that Frank gave ownership of Reprise records to his children when he died. I thought Frank had sold it a while back?
- Mojo workin'Lv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Frank must have retained shares in Reprise tho he gave up control in 1963. Perhaps that's what they meant. see below.
Reprise was sold to Warner Bros. Records in early 1963. Many of the older artists were dropped when Sinatra sold control of the label to Warner Bros. in 1963. At that point, label executives began targeting younger acts beginning with the Kinks in 1964. Reprise would later add teen-oriented pop acts like Dino, Desi, & Billy and Nancy Sinatra, before moving almost exclusively to pop-oriented music in the late 1960s. In the time since, Warner Bros. has often treated Reprise as a bit of a secondary parent label, as many of its subsidiary labels, such as Straight and Kinetic, have had their records released in conjunction with Reprise.
In the late 1970s, as Joni Mitchell and Captain Beefheart had left the label, Sinatra expressed a wish to be the sole artist on Reprise, but Neil Young refused to leave. Mitchell returned to the label in the late 1980s after a stint on Geffen Records but now records for Hear Music. Young remains on Reprise to this day, though he also recorded for Geffen in the 1980s.