Neil Bogart was born on February 3, 1943, in Brooklyn, Ny. A fan of music, he headed Buddah Records to get a period, and from the mid-1970s founded Casablanca Records, which placed rock act KISS and leading disco/pop acts like Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, the Village People and Cher. Bogart started the label Boardwalk at the same time before he died of cancer on May 9, 1982.
Casablanca Records creator Neil Bogart was born Neil Scott Bogatz in Brooklyn, Ny, on February 3, 1943. He was a pupil in the High School of the Performing Arts and later worked as a cruise line vocalist, additionally having a 1961 pop single, “Bobby.”
From the mid-1970s, Bogart worked with Warner Bros. to found Casablanca Records, using the label after going independent. (Polygram would finally purchase half of Bogart’s business share.) Casablanca became known as a stage for dancing stars Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder, rock group KISS, the Village People, George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, Phylicia Rashad (performing subsequently as Phylicia Allen) and Cher. The organization also put a premium on big time promotions, including products tie ins.
Casablanca found major success, with record sales to the tens of millions, and Bogart transitioned into big screen endeavors at the same time, producing The Deep (1977) and Thank God It’s Friday (1978); the latter movie’s track “Last Dance,” performed by Summer and composed by Paul Jabara, won an Academy Award for the best first song.
In addition to its musical achievements, Casablanca also became known for an out of control style of operations that called for excessive spending, suspicious business practices and uncontrolled drug use. More unrest followed, with Summer suing the label for millions. Yet Bogart’s dreams were cut short due to failing health. He died of cancer on May 8, 1982, in La, at 39.
And Party Every Day: The Inner Story of Casablanca Records, a look at Casablanca, was printed in 2009, authored by Larry Harris, Bogart’s cousin as well as the cofounder of the label. And in May 2013, it had been declared that vocalist/performer Justin Timberlake is going to be impersonating Bogart in the biopic Spinning Gold, functioning as a producer on the job at the same time.