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Curb Records (also known as Asylum-Curb and formerly known as MCG Curb) is an independent record label started by Mike Curb originally as Sidewalk Records in 1963. From 1969 to 1973 Curb merged with MGM Records where Curb served as President of MGM and Verve Records.
Throughout the years the Curb Companies have had major successes with such artists as the Stone Poneys (featuring Linda Ronstadt), Eric Burdon and War, Sammy Davis Jr., the Osmond Family (including Donny & Marie), Lou Rawls, Exile, the Righteous Brothers, Solomon Burke, Gloria Gaynor, the Hondells, the Arrows (featuring Davie Allan), Lyle Lovett, Roy Orbison, the Electric Flag (featuring Mike Bloomfield and Buddy Miles), the Sylvers, and the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons comeback album, Who Loves You, including “December 1963 Oh What A Night” which was the first single to spend more than one year on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Curb’s roster past and present includes Lee Brice, LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams, Jr., Wynonna, Sawyer Brown, Rodney Atkins, The Bellamy Brothers, Chris Hillman’s Desert Rose Band, Lee Greenwood, Neil Sedaka, Steve Holy, The Judds, Hal Ketchum, Jo Dee Messina, Rio Grand, Trick Pony (featuring Heidi Newfield), Mel Tillis, T.G. Sheppard, Jim Stafford, Ray Stevens and Tim McGraw.
In late 2002 Curb Records also acquired a stake in Word Records from then-owners Time Warner. Curb still holds partnership in Word even though Time Warner’s stake was sold to newly formed spin-off Warner Music Group in 2004.
Four-time GMA Music Award Female Vocalist of the Year Natalie Grant is signed to Curb Records in addition to the 5 time GMA music award winning group Selah . Throughout the years Curb has had success with other Gospel music artists such as MercyMe, the Second Chapter of Acts, Degarmo and Key, Patti Cabrera, Michael English, Debby Boone, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Barlowgirl, pureNRG, Worship Kids, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Building 429, Fernando Ortega, Downhere, Nicole C. Mullen, Larry Norman, Jonathan Pierce, Plumb, Point of Grace, Group 1 Crew, Salvador, Jamie Slocum, Steller Kart, Jaci Velasquez and Mark Schultz.
In 2006 Curb launched a sister rock label, Bruc Records, the name of which is an acronym for “Blues, Rock, Urban, Country” (the name is also “Curb” spelled backwards). Straight to Hell by Neotraditional country artist Hank Williams III was the first album to be released on the new imprint.
In 2011, Curb filed a lawsuit against Country singer Tim McGraw, and McGraw filed a counter lawsuit against Curb. In 2012, he stopped recording with Curb, and switch to Big Machine Records in 2012, ending his relationship he had with them since 1990.