Neil E. Bogart (born Neil Scott Bogatz) is a record executive and the founder of Casablanca Records, which he started in 1973 when he first signed Kiss. He is based on the historical figure of the same name.
Maury Gold Banquet Edit
At a banquet honoring Maury Gold, Koronet Records head Jackie Jervis roasts the guest of honor, as well as other record executives in attendance. Jervis cracks a joke about how he initially didn't recognize Neil Bogart until he tipped the valet a gram of cocaine, much to Bogart's amusement.
- Neil Bogart named the label in homage to the classic film, Casablanca.
- Casablanca became identified with the rise of disco by promoting the careers of acts such as Donna Summer and the Village People (the Casablanca roster also contained rock acts such as T.Rex, Fanny, and The Hudson Brothers, but the label became best known for its disco product).
- Casablanca was also known for tapping into the funk market with the signing of George Clinton's Parliament in 1974.