George Harrison’s Son Dhani Announces Dark Horse-BMG Partnership And Digital Re-Releases

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can finally announce a new chapter for Dark Horse Records,” George Harrison‘s son Dhani shares in a new public statement.

The label started by my father in 1974 has been a family business my whole life,” he continues, “and is indeed even the reason that my parents met. From the Indian classical ragas of Ravi Shankar to the rock ‘n’ roll of Attitudes, I look forward to reintroducing, to a new audience, all of those artists that my father loved so much. We will also be expanding the Dark Horse family with new artists and classic catalogs in the coming years to include a rich and varied roster of incredible musicians whom we love.”.

Partnering with record label BMG, Dark Horse records will see all of the label’s back-catalog released digitally.

BMG is the perfect home for us to expand, explore and create new opportunities for iconic artists across all platforms,” Dark Horse spokesperson David Zonshine adds.” I’m excited about this multi-faceted strategic partnership and taking a fresh approach to catalogs and publishing as well as looking to develop films and book projects around the world with BMG’s global team”.

Dhani and David have long been close with BMG,” BMG’s Cheif Executive Officer Hartwig Masuch also comments. “We are delighted to formalize our partnership with the two and begin our new venture as their trusted label home. We look forward to working closely together as we develop new catalog and publishing initiatives”.

George Harrison originally founded the label in 1974 following the winding up of the Beatles‘ Apple Records.

As he had done at Apple, Harrison continued to record and mentor acts whose music he felt was important and that may not find an outlet elsewhere.

Fittingly the label’s name, Dark Horse denotes that of an outsider, one that is not expected to win.

In addition, to releasing eight his solo albums on the label, George Harrison also distributed albums by famed sitar mentor Ravi Shankar, Splinter, Attitudes, Henry McCullough, Ken Burke, Stairsteps and Jiva.

Harrison’s playing, songwriting, and arrangements frequently feature on his roster’s records.

In addition to rebooting the label, Dani Harrison will also pay tribute to Ravi Shankar in an upcoming series of US tour concerts.

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