Cover from first issue US Release of First Light CT 6013

On This Day: First Light

On this day, September 14th, 1971 – Freddie Hubbard went into the studio to record what would become his Grammy winning album, First Light. Recorded over two days, the 14th and 16th, and Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs studio, using an ensemble cast containing many of the CTI “All Stars” with arrangements and conducting by Don Sebesky. Among the sidemen […]

ON THIS DAY: CTI Opens Canada Wing

Distribution was critical when vinyl was the medium. Many of Creed’s early months with his new management team would likely have been spent negotiating distribution deals. The Canadian deal was announced in Billboard Magazine – August 11th, 1970. Effective July 2nd, 1970, CTI had an office and warehouse in Montreal and manufacturing in Toronto. Not only was distribution everything to […]

pictures of singles in the CT 5xx series

A Taylor’s Dozen

A “Baker’s dozen” is twelve plus one. Starting in February 1970, fifty years ago, CTI Records started releasing their CT 500 series singles. There were a baker’s dozen, plus one released with the original style green CTI labels used on on the initial release of single and albums for the newly independent CTI Records. In this post, and linked posts, […]