1942 - today
Savoy Records is a United States record label specializing in jazz, black gospel, soul, R&B, and blues music. Savoy played an important part in popularizing the jazz subgenre of bebop beginning in the mid-1940s.
Savoy was founded in 1942 by Herman Lubinsky. The Newark, New Jersey label issued many of the important early bebop albums. With the rise of rock and roll in the 1950s, Lubinsky concentrated more on African-American gospel music, recording many groups of that decade and establishing Savoy's preeminence in the black gospel recording industry.
In the early 1960s, Savoy recorded a number of avant-garde jazz artists, giving them important early exposure.
After Lubinsky's death in 1974, Clive Davis (then manager of Arista Records) acquired Savoy's catalog.
In 1986, Malaco Records acquired Savoy's black gospel titles and contracts.
In 2003, Savoy Jazz acquired the rights to the Muse and Landmark catalogs from 32 Jazz.
As of 2012, the Savoy library is primarily controlled by Nippon Columbia, a Tokyo, Japan-based public company that purchased Savoy in 1991. Nippon Columbia's wholly owned subsidiary, Savoy Jazz, handled Savoy Records distribution in the United States until 2009, when it entered a distribution arrangement with Warner Music Group.