NEW YORK, JANUARY 28, 2008 — Primary Wave Music Publishing, one of the largest music publishers in the United States, today announced that it has entered into a marketing and administration agreement with the legendary singer/songwriter Graham Parker. Under the terms of the pact, Primary Wave will provide a variety of marketing and administration services, including music consulting services, for Mr. Parker’s extraordinary catalog of more than 150 songs.
Primary Wave will administer the music publishing rights for the songs that Mr. Parker recorded with his band The Rumour as well as those he has written during his solo career. Among his biggest hits are “Wake Up (Next To You),” “Local Girls” and “Crawlin’ From The Wreckage.” Two of Mr. Parker’s albums, “Squeezing Out Sparks” and “Howlin’ Wind,” were included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the top 100 albums from 1967-1987. In addition, “Howlin’ Wind” and “Heat Treatment” finished #4 and #2, respectively, in the Village Voice’s influential “Pazz and Jop Critics’ Poll” in 1976. Bruce Springsteen performed on the “Endless Night” track from “The Up Escalator,” and Mr. Parker’s songs have been covered by many top artists including Rod Stewart, the Pointer Sisters, Dave Edmunds and Status Quo.
“Graham Parker’s passionate and thought-provoking songs have influenced a generation of music fans,” said Larry Mestel, Chairman and CEO of Primary Wave. “We are thrilled to be working with Graham to expand the reach and increase the value of his music publishing assets.”
“Primary Wave’s expertise in the music publishing industry makes them the right place for my catalog,” said Graham Parker. “I am excited to be collaborating with Larry and his team and look forward to capitalizing on their combined experience to identify new opportunities and more aggressively market my songs.”