Label was home to Jackie Wilson.
Port Washington, N.Y.-based Koch Entertainment Distribution has signed an exclusive North American distribution agreement with R&B label Brunswick Records. The label was the one-time home to Tyrone Davis, the Chi-Lites and Jackie Wilson, among others.
For the past four years, Brunswick has been distributed by the Innovative Distribution Network, but has largely focused on licensing its catalog. In switching to Koch, Brunswick owner Paul Tarnopol says the label will ramp up its CD-releases.
On Oct. 18, Brunswick will issue a two-CD Davis retrospective. Collections from the Chi-Lites and Wilson are said to follow in 2006. Additionally, Tarnopol is planning a two-CD set that will provide an overview of the label, and says some box sets are in the works.
Additionally, Brunswick operates imprints M2K Music and Spy Communications. The former is compiling a two-CD trance collection to be made available at Nikki Beach Clubs, and Spy Communications specializes in catalog compilations, including the "Ambassador Soul Classics" series.
Brunswick is infamously known for being the subject of a mid-'70s payola investigation, a case that was documented in Frederic Dannen's 1990 book "Hit Men."