It was the tax shelter turned disaster turned catalog of some of the best (and most diverse) music to come out during the 1960s and 70s. It was Apple Records. Here are the Top 10 Acts to Record for Apple Records (not counting the Beatles gone solo).

10. The[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Sundown Playboys[/lastfm]

Formed by Lionel Cormier in 1945, Apple released the single, “Saturday Night Special,” on Apple 1852 in November 1972.

9. The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Modern Jazz Quartet[/lastfm]

Two albums by the legendary MJQ came out on Apple in 1969: Under the Jasmine Tree and Space.

8. The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Black Dyke Mills Band[/lastfm]

Before they worked with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm], they released a single of the Beatles’ “Thingumybob” (backed with “Yellow Submarine”) in 1968.

7. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mary Hopkin[/lastfm]

One of Apple’s more prodigious artists, Hopkin released 13 singles on the label, including her best known, “Those Were the Days.”

6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Hot Chocolate[/lastfm]

Well before “You Sexy Thing,” they sang of peace. Actually, they sang Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” in 1969.

5. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ronnie Spector[/lastfm]

“Try Some, Buy Some” was a George tune that Ronnie released in 1971, under the production of mad scientist Phil Spector. George borrowed it back in ’73 for Living in the Material World.

4. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Billy Preston[/lastfm]

Honorary Beatle and organist extraordinaire, Preston released five singles and two albums on Apple after he appeared on “Get Back.”

3. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Doris Troy[/lastfm]

R&B Founding Mother, backup singer to the stars and Apple artist Doris Troy released a divine self-titled album on the label in September 1970.

2. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Badfinger[/lastfm]

Eight singles and four albums — much of which included Sir Paul in one way or another — Badfinger were among Apple’s higher profile acts.

1. The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles[/lastfm]

You’ve probably heard of them.

Honorable Mention: Frank Sinatra, who recorded a single sided message to Maureen Starkey that wasn’t planned for release. Pressings are now highly valuable, master tapes having been destroyed.

See more of Michael’s Top 10 picks

  1. RainbowRay says:

    Great set of tunes!

    “Be resolved, get involved!”

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