Looking back at two decades of deals with writers and publishing-business partners.

November 1995

Spirit Music Group is founded by former BMI executive Mark Fried. It partners with London-based Palan Music for startup funding and a global network of subpublishers.

May 1996

A wave of deals brings a trove of standards to Spirit through agreements with the estates of songwriters Bernie Wayne ("Blue Velvet") and Johnny Burke ("Misty") as well as 1960s hits from Lou Christie and Paul & Paula.

October 1996

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