ole Forecasts Sunny Days For Lighthouse Catalogue
TORONTO: ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher, is proud to announce the purchase of the complete hit library -- that's songs and master recordings -- of Juno-award-winning Canadian pop legends Lighthouse.
The deal includes the band's incredible legacy of such timeless hits as "One Fine Morning," "Sunny Days," "1849," "Pretty Lady," "Hats Off To The Stranger" and many others. It also incorporates a string of ageless gold and platinum albums that includes One Fine Morning, Thoughts Of Movin' On, Sunny Days, Lighthouse Live and Can You Feel It.
The agreement also involves the band's most recent album Songs Of The Ages and an as yet-untitled 5.1 SurroundSound DVD Lighthouse recorded earlier this year.
Known as the band that successfully pioneered the expansion of the typical rock group format to include horns and strings, Lighthouse was formed in 1968 as a 13-piece orchestra by keyboardist Paul Hoffert, drummer Skip Prokop and guitarist Ralph Cole.
Between 1969 and 1974, Lighthouse recorded nine albums, its buoyant and optimistic jazz-inflected melodic rock earning the band three successive Juno Awards for Best Group in the early '70s (1972-1974.) The collective also enjoyed some success in the U.S., charting five albums and enjoying two Top 40 hits with "One Fine Morning" and "Sunny Days."
Although the band played such influential festivals as The Isle Of Wight and the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, Lighthouse turned down an offer to appear at Woodstock. The numerous organizations with which Lighthouse collaborated include the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The Edmonton Symphony. The band also represented Canada at Expo '70 in Japan.
Eventually the band called it a day in 1975, but reunited as a continuing project in 1992. In 1996, Lighthouse recorded Song Of The Ages, its first studio album of new material in 22 years, scoring a Canadian radio hit with "Remember The Times."
Some of the 60 members that have flowed through the Lighthouse ranks include Academy Award-winning movie score composer and former Saturday Night Live music director Howard Shore (Lord Of The Rings); trumpeter Freddy Stone (Duke Ellington); singer Bob McBride; noted engineer and trumpeter John Naslen; trombonist Russ Little (Woody Herman, Rob McConnell And The Boss Brass, SCTV), saxophonist Steve Kennedy (Dr. Music, Blood, Sweat And Tears and writer of "When I Die") and cellist Richard Armin (Armin Strings).
Today Lighthouse includes co-founders Hoffert, Prokop and Cole, charter members Russ Little and Steve Kennedy, and more recent recruits Dan Clancy (vocal), Doug Moore (bass), Don Paulton (keyboards), Simon Wallis (baritone sax) and Chris Howells (trumpet).
Brenda Hoffert, president of Hoffert Communications, believes the Lighthouse collection of songs and masters has found an excellent home with ole.
"The Lighthouse catalogue represents some of the finest music to come out of Canada so the decision to relinquish it was very difficult, but knowing Robert Ott's vision and the expertise of the ole team we're confident we've placed it in very capable hands," said Brenda Hoffert.
Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert said the ole agreement strengthens his band's immediate future.
“With ole providing support with recordings and publishing, we will increase our performing schedule. In 2007, we’ll be touring China with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra,” he states.
Robert Ott, ole co-founder and managing partner, said his enterprise will do its best to ensure that the music of Lighthouse makes a worldwide impact.
"ole is excited to be working with the great creative legacy of Lighthouse," said Robert Ott, ole co-founder and managing partner.
"Our team has been extremely successful in adding value to and cultivating our music properties and we're going to work very hard to ensure that Lighthouse gets the increased, global recognition it deserves."
ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio and TV producer and finance executive). ole boasts an experienced team of some 18 industry professionals involved in acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide.
The ole catalogue includes over twenty thousand songs across all genres ranging from pop, to country, to urban to rhythm & blues and soul. ole has completed some 22MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the, Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers and David Tyson catalogs.
Recent cuts include the lead-off single "Shoes" by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Jaheim’s ‘Daddy Thing’, Sean Paul’s “Change the Game," "He Ain’t Even Cold Yet" by Gretchen Wilson and Ronnie Milsap's "My Life."
ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Lenz Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Slanted Wheel and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe -- and recently signed a three-year sub-publishing agreement with DiC Entertainment, the Burbank, California-based independent animation giant.
ole also recently signed its first administration deal with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, London Apartments and J.C. Smith.
ole is the Canadian administrator for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush.
The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff, Willie Mack, Scarlett and Derek Brin and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing -- a division of Last Gang Entertainment -- bringing West Coast rockers Panurge, Murray Yates of Forty Foot Echo and Kinnie Starr to the roster as well as Steven Dall. ole recently announced another co-venture with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Bruce Wallace, Chris Thornsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker).
At ole the goal is to be the home for the best songwriters, composers, management talent and intellectual property investors and the first choice music source for creators in all media. The ole website can be found atwww.majorlyindie.com