John Dolphin (music producer)

John Grayton Dolphin (April 9, 1902 – February 1, 1958), also known as Lovin John, was an African-American businessman, independent record label owner, concert promoter and music producer, who established Dolphin's of Hollywood, an influential record store that remained open 24 hours a day.[1] Dolphin was one of the first and most well respected and successful black businessman and independent record label owner. His contributions to music the industry, jazz, r&b and the formative years of rock & roll are often overlooked. A mini-mogul who had nearly every facet of the record business covered.

John Dolphin
Background information
Birth nameJohn Grayton Dolphin
Also known asLovin John, The Toast of the Coast
Born(1902-04-09)April 9, 1902
Beatrice, Alabama, US
DiedFebruary 1, 1958(1958-02-01) (aged 55)
Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation(s)Record store owner, music producer, concert promoter, DJ
Years active1946–1958
LabelsRecorded In Hollywood, Cash Records, Money Records, Lucky Records, Ball Records, Dolphin's Of Hollywood

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