Northern Songs take control of two American music companies

February 1966

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In February 1966, the music publishing company Northern Songs, created in February 1963 to publish songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, acquired two American music companies, and the British rights to a third one. Those three companies owned over 100 songs, many of which were made famous by Nat “King” Cole.


THE John Lennon – Paul McCartney music publishing company, Northern Songs, has brought control of two American music companies — Sweco Music Corp, and Cole and Gale Music Inc. It has also purchased British rights to a third U.S. publishing concern, Comet Music.

Between them the three companies own well over 100 songs, many of which were made famous by the late Nat “King” Cole.

On behalf of Northern Songs, publisher Dick James is also understood to be negotiating for the considerable music publishing interests of Philip Solomon. They include several songs recorded by the Bachelors, the late Jim Reeves and Twinkle.

Philip Solomon has bought a 20% interest in Radio Caroline, and will concentrate most of his activities on the pirate station in future.

From New Musical Express – February 25, 1966
From New Musical Express – February 25, 1966

Last updated on August 16, 2023

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