TRACK. ARTIST. The clean-living Curb has taken some heat because the company has also distributed a few R-rated films such as Life After Sex, the story of a “wild and passionate female,” and Wishman, “a romantic fable of magic, mystery and mayhem.”. Musical Group The Mike Curb Congregation, organized by Mike Curb, is made up of fourteen vibrant performers. Ravepad - the place to rave about anything and everything! They do not, however, sound much like the words of a Music Row mogul. Maybe that explains his lack of interest in the party scene. “I hope that people feel that I’m fair in my business practices and that I’m practicing religion in my daily life,” he says. He ran for lieutenant governor of California and won. Jerry Brown was out of the state, running for president and dating Linda Ronstadt, Curb filled in as acting governor. He signs his own acts and approves his own budgets. 1 hit, “Candy Man.” In the early ’70s he also wrote or produced hits for Hank Williams Jr., Liza Minnelli, Marie Osmond, and Eddy Arnold. He sounds like the Mike Curb one music attorney describes as “an enigma wrapped in a conundrum.” And Curb seems to like it that way. “You were considered a freak if you spoke out against drugs,” Curb says. Determined to maintain his clean-cut image, Curb took a controversial stand, announcing that he would drop any MGM act that advocated drug use. “I’m doing this because of the challenge of it. They say his greed will very likely scuttle the 15-year-old Rimes’ skyrocketing career. (In the music industry, the cliché is, “Throw it up and the wall and see what sticks.”) And they cite his lack of follow-through on the careers of Jo Dee Messina and Jeff Carson after their initial breakthroughs. According to the Sacramento Bee, Curb “tried to take advantage of [the] situation by making a controversial judicial appointment, but mostly succeeded in making an ass of himself.” Curb responds by describing the Bee as “one of the most liberal newspapers in America. Yearwood was then tapped to record the song, which MCA decided to release as a single and a video. Housed in an 8,000 square foot warehouse that currently holds over 2 million records, Craig and his talented, dedicated staff serve music lovers in more than 60 countries. But Curb’s detractors say he can also act small, especially when it comes time to sign contracts with his artists. Curb says Atwater helped him “become a better person and see things about myself.” During his campaigns, Curb says, Atwater showed him “how to say things succinctly, correctly, politically correct. Format: 12" LP (33 RPM). When Brown got wind of Curb’s action, he rushed back to Sacramento and rescinded the action. The classic, Burning Bridges is on both. 4.0 out of 5 stars A much better collection than "The Best of the Mike Curb Congregation. Some naysayers warned that the Patsy Cline-influenced “Blue” was too retro for contemporary radio, while “Hurt Me” was too mature for a 14-year-old. As a result of his sizable donations, the music business program at Belmont University now bears his name, as does the family music center at West Nashville’s exclusive Harpeth Hall School. After MGM was sold to PolyGram in 1974, Curb revived his label, then called Curb Records, and produced hits such as the Four Seasons’ “Oh What A Night,” The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow,” and Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life.” Almost a decade later, in 1983, Curb made an aggressive assault on the country market by signing the Judds. Variety Shows w/"The Mike Curb Congregation" Sonny & Cher Show Tony Bennett Special - Hawaii Jose Feliciano Special - New York 1973 Grammy Awards Show Michael LeGrande Special 1974 Academy Awards Show. He has been married to Linda Dunphy Curb since April 4, 1978. EMI, which claimed it also had a right to the Judds’ masters, sued Curb in 1994, bringing an end to their joint venture. His $1 million gift kicked off the Country Music Foundation’s campaign to raise funds for its new $26 million downtown facility. Some who have worked with him or have observed him closely charge that he has “questionable business ethics” and that he has little interest in making friends because he is simply “a business guy who takes care of himself.” According to one label executive, “If he tramples the act and the format in the meantime, it doesn’t make any difference.”, Curb shrugs off such aspersions. See their Pictures, Watch Videos and Clips of Movies they were in, Answer Quizzes, and Connect with Fans just like you! Undaunted, Curb then took Rimes’ version to pop radio, where it hit the Top 5. It doesn’t make any difference to me what people on Music Row think of our company or our records.”. Please don't use brief or vague statements. Obviously, the fans don’t agree. He continued to have pop hits, such as the Righteous Brothers’ platinum re-release of “Unchained Melody.”, Already however, in the mid-’70s and at the urging of former California Gov. Curb signed the Judds in 1983, Sawyer Brown in 1984, and Lyle Lovett in 1985. He is both high-profile and intensely private. Spend $75 for Free Shipping * Order by Phone 1-800-336-4627 Your Account Order Status Help. Earlier this very week, Curb claimed 36 percent of Billboard’s Top 75 country market. He is not as gregarious as you would think a guy in his position might be.”, But plenty of people in the music business have another read on Curb. Albums include Long Haired Lover From Liverpool / Mother of Mine, Have a Nice Decade: The '70s Pop Culture Box, and Burning Bridges / My Home Town. The Mike Curb Congregation recorded "Walt Disney's Greatest Hits," an album for Disney featuring contemporary versions of Disney classics that included Curb's Top 10 Billboard hit rendition of "It's A Small World." (I did not realize that the MCC did the backing vocals on Sammy Davis, Jr.'s wonderful "Candy Man.") Formed in 1969 around the time Curb became president of MGM Records, the Congregation consisted of over a dozen performers from a … It’s a very competitive town where all the major labels, with the exception of mine, are owned by big companies, and there’s a lot of pressure.” Riding high for the moment, he says, “There’s a feeling in this town that the country music business is down and if there’s a company that isn’t down, that disputes what [the other labels] are telling their bosses.”, Insofar as he can tell, Curb says, his own relationship with “the bigger community of Nashville” has been wonderful, while it’s “the Music Row community that’s very competitive and hard.” Then he adds, as if he had stumbled upon a great discovery, “But you know something? You can go through and say, ‘What if I had done this or that?’ But it doesn’t work.”, And he is adamant that he will never run for office again. It says little about the California boy who was president of MGM Records by the time he was 24 and who has now amassed a fortune somewhere between $50 million and $100 million, making him, according to Business Nashville, one of the 50 richest people in Nashville. During Brown’s absences, too, Curb took the opportunity—granted to him by the state Constitution—to make numerous appointments. 5 spot on the country charts at the time. In 1976 Curb served as chairman of Reagan’s presidential campaign in California and later was co-chair of Gerald Ford’s California campaign. Please categorize your feedback from the dropdown box. And he still owns a film company, Curb Entertainment, which produces films that are, for the most part, targeted at the television and airline markets. I’m trying to do something positive. Unchained Melody: The Early Years, the second album to be released, had actually been recorded, for the most part, years earlier, when Rimes was 11. Curb paid $2.45 million for the house in 1992. “I made the decision to devote the rest of my life to being in the music business and being a father.”, There are those who have their doubts as to whether Curb made the wisest choice. Label: COBURT 1002. Mike Curb Congregation. As it turns out, the album Blue has sold almost 5 million copies, and Rimes was recently named the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award winner, capping a year in which she also won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Genres: Pop, Teen Pop, Country. Album . Please include urls if you find an issue. It was not surprising that they would be angry over certain appointments that I made.”. The place seems to be all function. Biography of Mike Curb Congregation on OLDIES.com. If I had been elected governor, would that have put me in contention for something else? All your Favorite Celebs - in One Place! Doug from Kansas City, Mo well, first of all the groups name was "the mike curb congregation" and of course its about a person who burns their bridges but then later regrets it. “I wasn’t even voting.”. Curb also reissues “greatest hits” packages by performers such as Kenny Rogers, Gladys Knight & The Pips, the Four Seasons, and Ike & Tina Turner. Want to know what everyone else is watching? And yet his critics accuse him of serving up pabulum and catering to the lowest common denominator. “The films we make now for the most part are G films,” Curb says. It's no mystery why Disneyland adopted the Mike Curb Congregation's rendition of … “Curb used to sign acts who could not otherwise get signed, and his royalty structure was extremely low, 6 to 7 percent royalties,” says a music attorney who adds that the norm for the industry at the time was 9 to 10 percent. Curb supervised the soundtrack for Disney's "Lassie" movie. He also composed a new theme for Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in 1968 and later scored several Hollywood B movies for teens, including Wild Angels and Riot on Sunset Strip. (He is, after all, the man who brought us the Osmonds and Debby Boone.) Books Magazines. Before Curb moved to Nashville, he launched most of his acts through production deals with other labels, such as MCA and Capitol, because he didn’t have the marketing or distribution needed to break a national act. The words are succinct, and they are politically correct, just as if they had been scripted by Lee Atwater. Burning Bridges (From "Kelly's Heroes") Burning Bridges (From "Kelly's Heroes") But Curb and MCA were locked in a legal battle for years. I am interested in how I’m thought of in terms of being fair and contributing to the community. What’s more, Curb says his royalty rates have always been fair, and he says he often pays artists more than is contractually required. Undeterred, Curb released Rimes’ version as its own single and video, knowing that the move might have killed the momentum of “The Light in Your Eyes,” which held the No. “In those days, the artists were dying,” Curb recalls. On the other hand, the attorney stresses that, in the end, Curb’s label always pays in full. He owns a fleet of racing cars that have been driven to victory by drivers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Curb was a record company executive who later became the lieutenant governor of the state of California. The Mike Curb Congregation discography and songs: Music profile for The Mike Curb Congregation. In 1972 Billboard named him its producer of the year. The only Mike Curb Congregation CD you'll ever need is "Greatest Hits." He sounds like the Mike Curb one music attorney describes as “an enigma wrapped in a conundrum.” And Curb seems to like it that way. During his five years at MGM, Curb signed the Osmonds and produced their first No. In short, when Mike Curb talks, he sounds like the bundle of self-contradictions he appears to be—a controversial, clean-living man who’s making a mint these days off of a big-voiced 15-year-old singer. And yet there’s little about Curb’s unremarkable 16th Avenue S. office that says anything about who he is. If the artist had a hit, the attorney says, Curb would renegotiate a higher royalty rate, but only if the act would agree to two more albums with Curb Records. I’ve found that the downtown community has trouble relating to Music Row.”. For some observers that increases his mystique; for others, his independence is only a reason for further disdain. The Mike Curb Congregation- it Was a Good Time Rosy's theme . Cart. Complete song listing of Mike Curb Congregation on OLDIES.com Sales. Curb seems bemused by the memory of his success. I spent a short time in government, and I learned there that someone is going to criticize you every day. Curb may know how to think big, and he has a reputation for spending promotional money freely. Mike Curb Congregation Members - The best The Congregation Images, Pictures, Photos, Icons and Wallpapers on RavePad! The Democrat-controlled legislature even created a Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission to slow down the appointment process and guarantee that Brown, a liberal Democrat, would have enough time to return home and nullify Curb’s decisions. The creation of songwriter/composer, producer, politician, and label exec Mike Curb, the Mike Curb Congregation was a harmony pop chorale who charted in the early '70s with songs like "Burning Bridges" and "Sweet Gingerbread Man." “There’s no way you can compete with major labels without making your agreements good or better and without paying well or better,” he says. I don’t think I would have said that 20 years ago.”. 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