American. Spring was founded in the late '60s by Bill
Spitalsky and Roy & Julie Rifkind; it enjoyed considerable success in the
States, and can claim to have issued the fist ever Hip-Hop single, the Fatback
Band's, 'King Tim III'. In Britain, Spring's records were licensed
out to other labels, such as Polydor, until c.1976, when they began to appear on
the company's own label. Spring managed a few hit minor singles over
here, with the Fatback Band, during the Disco era, but it seems not to have
survived long into the '80s. Manufacturing and distribution were by
Polydor / Phonodisc; Spring singles shared a 2066-000 numerical series, and from
1979 a POSP-0 series, with those of Polydor. Labels were generally of
the injection moulded type (1) and the odd one or two were coloured
silver; but occasionally the more attractive paper type appeared (2),
presumably as a result of other manufacturers doing contract
pressings. The discography below only covers the 1970s.
Copyright 2006 Robert Lyons.