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Prelude Records was a New York-based dance independent record label, active from 1976 to 1986. At one time, François Kevorkian held an A&R position at Prelude. The label owner was Marvin Schlachter.


Prelude was first launched in 1976, renamed from Pye International Records, a US division of UK-based Pye Records which had begun in 1974. The name was derived from the music group Prelude which had recorded for Pye at the time. At the outset, Prelude's LP and 45 catalogue numbers were the same as had begun under Pye (US), with the prefix changed from PYE- to PRL-. For a very short period at the start, Pye's then-parent, ATV Music, owned Prelude.

It first made its small release with a large name called JUMBO, which spawned a minor hit with "Turn On To Love".

Prelude was one of the few labels to survive after the death of disco and in 1981 had pioneered the "Mastermix". With Shep Pettibone's "Kiss Mastermix 2x12", the label was the first to shine light on the Remix, to change up an existing song by altering it slightly. "Disco Circus" was and still is a cult classic.

Prelude's biggest hits included "In the Bush" by Musique (1978), "Come to Me" by France Joli (1979), "A Little Bit Of Jazz" by the Nick Straker Band and "Must Be the Music" by Secret Weapon (1981).

After its closure in 1986, the back catalogue of Prelude was sold to Unidisc.

Artists under Prelude

  • France Joli
  • Musique
  • D-Train
  • Nick Straker Straker
  • Sharon Redd

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