First and foremost we love music. We are proudly 100% independently owned and operated and we strive to maintain a client-centered approach to music publishing.
Established in 1921 as Larry Spier Music (ASCAP), Memory Lane Music Group has earned a stellar reputation as one of the most trusted names in music publishing. Today, Memory Lane encompasses Larry Spier Music, our legacy catalog, and Scion Music Group, our active roster. With the solid foundation of Larry Spier Music and the cutting edge savvy of Scion Music, we bring unparalleled expertise, vision, and attention to every step of the music publishing experience.
The company story begins when Larry Spier, Sr. wrote "Memory Lane," with Con Conrad and B.G. DeSylva in 1924. The song was a huge hit, later revived in the 1944 Abbott and Costello film "In Society," and served as Larry's entry into the music business. Shortly afterwards, Larry partnered with songwriters Sam Coslow and Andy Britt to compose the hit "Was It a Dream" in 1928 and transitioned Larry Spier Music into Spier and Coslow Music.
In 1929, the Spier and Coslow was sold to Paramount Pictures and Larry began a successful stretch as general manager of Chappell Music. While at Chappell, Larry was involved in such Broadway hits as Oklahoma, Bloomer Girl, State Fair and South Pacific.
In 1938, Larry Sr. shifted his focus back to his own publishing company and restructured as Larry Spier Music Publishers Inc. The company began to acquire numerous copyrights and in 1950, his son, Larry Jr., began working with Larry Sr.
In 1955 Larry Jr. took over as president picking up where is father left off with The Four Lads hit "Moments to Remember" which reached #2 on the Billboard Charts in 1955. In the 1960's, Larry started Memory Lane Music Corp. to represent songwriters affiliated with BMI.
In 1979 Larry started Memory Lane Music Ltd., a UK based company, to handle foreign administration and British Reversionary Rights. Memory Lane Music (Australia) Ltd. Pty was formed in 1982 to manage copyrights in Australia and New Zealand.
The 70s, 80s, and 90s were productive years for the company which saw several dance hits including "Babe We're Going to Love Tonight" and "Your Love," recorded by Lime, that were certified gold in France and Benelux. "Touch Me (All Night Long)," recorded by Cathy Dennis, was a hit around the world and, in 1991, was awarded by ASCAP the title of "Top Performed Song." In 1985, Memory Lane Music Corp. ventured into the record business producing the hit, "Thinking About Your Love," written and recorded by Skipworth and Turner. The song climbed to #1 on the dance charts in both the United States and England. Additionally, many reputable catalogs were signed including those of George Weiss, Ervin Drake, Larry Stock, and Joseph Meyer.
In 2003 Larry's son, Mark assumed the running of the company. In 2006, Scion Three Music (BMI) and Scion Four Music (ASCAP) were formed to support Memory Lane's active roster. Scion's catalog continues to grow and includes writer/producers who have written for the likes of Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, Jay Z, Rihanna, Joss Stone, Snoop Dog, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Swizz Beatz, Kumi Koda, Craig David, and Jodi Messina, Tech N9ne, WSTRN, Rick Ross and Raekwon. In early 2009, Scion North and Scion Arctic (both SOCAN) were formed to handle the publishing of Canadian songwriters.
In 2015 Memory Lane merged with September Music, the publishing company of Stanley Mills, son of legendary publisher Jack Mills of Mills Music. This deal expanded Memory Lane's already impressive legacy catalog with songs including party favorite, "The Chicken Dance", "Cara Mia", "What A Difference A Day Makes", "The End Of The World", and "Almost There".