Gazell Records

Gazell is probably the oldest Swedish record label that is still completely independent and actively makes new phonograms. The record company Gazell was founded in 1949 in Stockholm by John Engelbrekt, who was also one of the founders of the legendary jazz club Gazell in a basement on Österlånggatan in Gamla Stan. The record company was taken over in 1957 by Dag Häggqvist, a 16-year-old student at Östra Real in Stockholm, who soon contacted the jazz pianist Rune Öfwerman. Their collaboration has lasted since then and after success with Rune Öfwerman Trio and a big hit with Ernie Englund's recording of "Gotlandsk Summer Night", Dag Häggqvist became in 1960 a partner in Sonet. For thirty years, Sonet grew and became the Nordic region's leading independent music company. After Sonet was acquired by PolyGram / Universal, Dag and Rune 1993 started running Gazell on its own again. Rune passed away in 2013.