It’s a long road from New York’s hallowed Tin Pan Alley to the top of the UK’s current music charts. For America’s oldest independent music publisher, Shapiro Bernstein, it’s a journey that started over 100 years ago and continues to break new ground, with hits like the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (Guetta/Riesterer/Adams/Ferguson/Gomez/Pineda), the first single to be downloaded one million times in the UK. Through its association with French hit-maker, David Guetta, and his frequent collaborator, Fred Riesterer, as well as a wide array of top UK publishers and songwriters, Shapiro Bernstein’s influence stretches across the Atlantic and around the world, with songs that range from timeless classics, like “Red Sails In the Sunset” (Kennedy/Williams) and “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” (Maschwitz/Sherwin), to modern hits, like “Am I Wrong,” by Nico & Vinz, and new releases from, amongst others, Ariana Grande, Rascal Flatts, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and continued Platinum selling hits with David Guetta.
As part of the creative revitalization that has re-shaped the company over the past decade, Shapiro Bernstein now represents the catalogues of the French band Air, the Ned Washington and Catherine Hinen catalogue, the Yip Harburg and Glogga Morra catalogue, the Laurindo Almeida and Brazillianze catalogue, as well as developing and enjoying great success with baby bands, Savoir Adore (Nettwork Records), Big Data and Joywave. Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Limited was created in 2004 as a direct member of PRS/MCP. In addition, London-based Jamie Arlon joined the Shapiro Bernstein team, bringing in celebrated British songwriters John Lodge and Leslie Bricusse. Shapiro Bernstein also represents a number of UK publishers, including Crown Songs Limited and Good Groove Songs Ltd., whose 2007 hit “Put Your Records On,” with Corinne Bailey Rae, earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.
Founder, Louis Bernstein, was a frequent visitor to the UK during the first half of the 20th century. Travelling by boat across the Atlantic, he worked with many venerable UK publishers, including Francis, Day and Hunter, Peter Maurice, B. Feldman, Lawrence Wright, Cecil Lennox and Herman Darewski, picking up British songs for North America, including “South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)” (Kennedy/Carr), “Red Sails In The Sunset” (Kennedy/Williams), “My Prayer” (Kennedy/Boulanger), “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (Maschwitz/Sherwin) and “Cherokee” (Noble). Timeless Shapiro Bernstein classics also include “Ring Of Fire” (Carter/Kilgore), “Let There Be Love” (Rand/Grant), “In The Mood” (Garland) and “The Way You Look Tonight” (Fields/McHugh).
The history of Shapiro Bernstein also moved from off the radio and into the silver screen. Shapiro Bernstein represents the scores to numerous memorable films, including “The Bridge On The River Kwai” (Arnold) and “Lawrence of Arabia” (Jarre), two British/American films that won Oscars for both Best Picture and Best Score.
In this 100th anniversary year, Shapiro Bernstein is a company determined to explore every avenue available to expose new music to the public, while preserving the legacy of the standards and introducing them to the next generation of music listeners. Under the leadership of fourth generation family member, Michael Brettler, Shapiro Bernstein is not only a part of music history, it is a company determined to play a continuing role in making history.