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Bellaphon Records

Ludwigstra├če 33-37
Frankfurt am Main, Hessen D-60327
Phone number:
069/2712- 0
Founding date :
November 25th, 1963
Bacillus Records
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Frankfurt-based independent record company with full service structures including art design, recording & distribution. Founded by Branco (Branislav) Zivanovic.

Bellaphon became very popular in the late '60s & early '70s, at first when it released some of Germany's favorite beat records (e.g. Casey Jones & the Governors) as well as American folk rock by the likes of Joan Baez. Come the mid-'70s, it released primarily German rock (dubbed worldwide as 'krautrock') and other progressive records on its sub-label, Bacillus Records. It also successfully released efforts by Wolfgang Ambros & Die Flippers.

In the '80s, Bellaphon distributed some of the most popular labels from the U.S., such as Casablanca, Scotti Brothers, Boardwalk, Fantasy & Motown Records. The company also worked with Lippmann & Rau, releasing the legendary blues records from the American Folk Blues Festivals 1962-1985.

After Branco Zivanovic passed away, his widow, Jutta Zivanovic-Riedel, decided to helm the company. Unfortunately, over the years her inexperience lost distributed labels such as Admiral, Cain, Casablanca, Charly, Fantasy/Galaxy, Penny Farthing, Hallelujah, L+R, Roulette, Disques Vogue & others as well as nearly all of the label's artists. By then only a few German schlager artists (e.g. Gaby Baginsky & Michael Morgan) & a few international artists (Olivia Newton-John, Graeham Goble) were left to distribute.

During this time, the jazz branch of Bellaphon, with its distributed labels Concord and Enja Records MW, became the highlight of the label's catalog.

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