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CGD Records

Compagnia Generale del Disco
Parent company East West Records
Founded 1948
Founder Teddy Reno
Status Sold to East West in 1989
Distributor(s) East West Records
Genre Various
Country of origin Italy

CGD (Compagnia Generale del Disco) was an Italian record label.


CGD was founded in 1948 by singer Teddy Reno. At that time it was established in Milan in Via Passarella 4. As artistic director Teddy Reno called his fellow Lelio Luttazzi, as head of international production took the place of David Matalon, who left in 1956 to form the CGD 's Italdisc.

By binding with some publishers, such as Suvini-Zerboni and Messaggerie Musical, CGD was able to hire many artists who roused much success as Giorgio Consolini, Betty Curtis and Johnny Dorelli.

Under the Sugar Helm

In 1959, Teddy Reno sold CGD to Ladislao Sugar, publisher of Hungarian origin and future entrepreneurial owner of the Sugar Group, which was founded by Carlo Alberto Rossi Casa Editrice Ariston, then abandoned to buy Musical messengers. It was on this occasion that came into contact with Sugar Teddy Reno, already in 1952 by buying a small stake of CGD.

In 1961, CGD moved to Sugar Galleria del Corso, where many other record labels and music publishing are located. In 1968, Ladislas was replaced by his son, Peter, to dedicate himself to the publisher Grove Press.

Merger with CBS Italia

In 1966, CGD made an agreement with the American CBS to distribute its catalog in Italy. In 1970, CGD merged with CBS Italia to create CBS Sugar in 1970.

In 1973, it moved to Quintilian 40. In 1977 when CBS decided to open its own facility employed in Italy, all the Italian artists who record for CBS, like Pooh, were incorporated and their records were reissued by the new record label.

In the same year, the wife of Sugar (since grown to become vice president of the company) decides to establish a satellite record, the 'Listening to devote himself to more niche artists, like The Radio Dept and Franco Fanigliulo.

In 1980, after the deal ended, its name changed back to CGD.

Later years

Throughout the 80s, it continued its operations with 9 sublabels.

In 1988, CGD, like many other record companies, ran out of business. East West Records bought the label & continued its operations. In 1995, it changed its name to CGD East West. In early 2000's was merged to Atlantic Records


  • CGD at the Discogs

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