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This article is about the Philadelphia based record label who released The Beatles' "She Loves You". For an earlier label of the same name, see Swan Records (jazz label).

Swan Records was a mid-20th century United States based record label, founded in 1957, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It had a subsidiary label called Lawn Records.


Swan came into the spotlight after EMI Records UK leased The Beatles' song "She Loves You" and, as Swan 4152, it became an American number 1 hit on March 21, 1964.

Swan also assumed the rights to the German version of "She Loves You", "Sie Liebt Dich" which peaked at #97 in 1964.

The success of the "She Loves You" single kept Swan going while other small record labels were snowed under by the British Invasion, but it finally closed its doors in 1967. The Swan and Lawn master recordings were acquired by the UK reissue label, Rollercoaster Records. The company was initially built on the strength of staff producer/writers Bob Crewe and Frank Slay

Outside of "She Loves You", Swan's most remembered hit was Palisades Park in 1962, written by Chuck Barris, and performed by the most successful artist on the label, Freddy Cannon, who also scored hits with "Tallahassee Lassie" and "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" before moving to Warner Brothers in 1964. Another hit for Swan was a release of The Rockin' Rebels' lone hit, the instrumental "Wild Weekend" (which in fact was written as a radio jingle for a Buffalo disc jockey). Link Wray, best remembered for his classic instrumental "Rumble", had a modest hit at Swan with "Jack The Ripper".

Swan was co-owned by Bernie Binnick and Tony Mammarella, with Dick Clark reported to having a financial investment in it. When the payola scandals of the early 1960s broke, Clark divested himself of all of his outside interests to avoid conflict of interest. The label was distributed by Cameo-Parkway Records, which at the time was the hottest label for teenage dance crazes ("The Twist", "Limbo Rock", "(Do) The Bird", "Wah-Watusi", "Mashed Potato Time", "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)", "Hully Gully Baby", "Bristol Stomp", "(Do the) New Continental").

The first hit for the Swan label was "Click Clack" by Dickie Doo and the Don'ts, a studio recording produced by Gerry Granahan under the pseudonym that was actually the nickname Dick Clark called his infant son, Dick Clark, Jr.

The Three Degrees had a moderate hit with a cover version of the Five Keys' "Close Your Eyes", but scored better on Roulette with their remake of the Chantel's "Maybe" and "When Will I See You Again" on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records.

The label bears the message "Don't drop out" to encourage kids to stay in school.

In 2007, Bruce Spizer released the book The Beatles Swan Song: 'She Loves You' & Other Records.[1] It contains a detailed account of the records of The Beatles on the Swan label, as well as United Artists, Decca, Atco, MGM and Polydor, plus a section about the Capitol releases from the 70s and 80s.

Swan Records artists[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bruce Spizer, The Beatles Swan Song: "She Loves You" & Other Records (2007), ISBN 0-9662649-7-5

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Mon, 18 May 2015 13:02:11 -0700

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New York Daily News

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Sat, 09 May 2015 23:00:54 -0700

That was how Bessie came to sign with Columbia Records, after an aborted tryout with the black-owned Black Swan Records. Black Swan signed Ethel Waters instead, because it wanted singers who represented “the race” in a more dignified way than the ...

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