Fantasy Records

Fantasy Records  is a United States-based record label that was founded by Max and Sol Weiss in 1949 in San Francisco, California.  They had previously operated a record-pressing plant called Circle Record Company (unrelated to the Circle Records label) before forming the Fantasy label.  The early years of the company were dedicated to issuing recordings by Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, and other jazz artists.  The label was the first to record in-person performances by Lenny Bruce.  (More from Wikipedia)
Another tragic example is that of Creedence Clearwater Revival; their recording contract with Fantasy Records is widely regarded as the worst ever of any major recording artist in this country.  
The acrimony among the bandmembers started not long after Suzie Q became a hit.  Eventually, John Fogerty refused to work with Fantasy at all, and he made only minimal contributions to the band’s final album in 1972Mardi Gras.
John Fogerty refused to perform any of his Creedence Clearwater Revival songs for many years in order to prevent any future proceeds from going to Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz, and this naturally hampered his efforts to start a solo career in the early 1970’s.  Ultimately, John Fogerty signed away all of his rights to the Creedence material in the mid-1970’s, in exchange for being able to get out from under the CCR’s onerous recording contract – the band still owed the label eight (!) more albums at that point. 
When David Geffen’s Asylum Records purchased his recording contract for $1,000,000 from Fantasy Records (later joined by Warner Bros. Records) – though those rights applied only for North America; Fogerty’s worldwide rights remained with Fantasy – John Fogerty finally was able to re-establish himself as a major rock artist with his 1985 hit album Centerfield.  Fogerty couldn’t resist tweaking his old nemesis Saul Zaentz at Fantasy with two other tracks, “Mr. Greed” and “Zanz Kant Danz” (about a pig who can’t dance but would “steal your money”); after a while, he was forced to change the name of the latter song to “Vanz Kant Danz”. 
Saul Zaentz perhaps sought revenge by suing John Fogerty for $1,000,000 over another hit single from the same album, “The Old Man Down the Road”, alleging that the song basically had the same chorus as the 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Run through the Jungle” – essentially, Fogerty was being sued for plagiarizing himself!  After John Fogerty was able to establish in court that the two were separate songs, he then counter-sued Saul Zaentz for his legal expenses – a case that went all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court.   
(January 2013)
Last edited: March 22, 2021