Sam and Hy Weiss formed their Old Town Records label in 1952 on 125th Street, New York City - later moving to Broadway - with Sam as a ‘sleeping partner’. He worked full-time for the Old Town Stationery Company, although he had formerly been a sales representative for the Apollo and Jubilee labels, as well as east coast distributor for Exclusive and Modern during the 40s. Hy was the main driving-force, producing records and hunting down such untapped talent as Robert And Johnny, the Harptones, Billy Bland and the Solitaires after the company took off in the mid-50s. Sam left in the late 50s to become a full-time record distributor, but the label carried on in his absence, going from strength to strength with acts such as the Fiestas, Arthur Prysock and Ella Johnson. Hy Weiss sold Old Town to MGM Records in the late 60s, but later repossessed the successful Prysock masters and has since produced several reissues by this, his biggest-selling artist.
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