Heritage records was started in the early 1960s by Jerry Ross, a promoter and producer who had
some success producing minor hits in the early 1960s. He set up a distribution deal with MGM in 1968.
The office was located at 1855 Broadway, Suite 702, in New York City.
Ross started the renewed label with a minor hit, "And Suddenly" by the Cherry People, a Washington, DC-based group formerly known as the English Setters. He also achieved success with the Virginia Beach, Virginia group Bill Deal and the Rhondels, who by 1968 had been a local bar band for years. The group hit it big with "May I," "I've Been Hurt," and "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)," all staples of the Carolina Beach Sound.
The other success for Heritage was the Duprees, a New York vocal group dating back to the 1950s with several hits on Coed. The sound was just as smooth as ever, and Ross released an album of them updating their hits.
The Heritage records all bore the statement, "Produced by Jerry Ross Productions, Inc. in association with Colossus Promotions, Inc." By 1970, Ross opted out of the MGM deal and started the Colossus label, which hit big with several Dutch imports such as "Venus" by Shocking Blue and "Ma Belle Ami" by the Tee Set.
The first Heritage label was blue, gold, and white with black print, with the name "HERITAGE" in custom block letters around the top of the label. Promotional labels were the same, with "Disc Jockey Record NOT FOR SALE" to the right of the center hole. Later, the Heritage label was red and yellow with black print with the same graphics.
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