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ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the record label of Am-Par Record Corporation (a subsidiary of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres, Inc.), formed in New York City in 1955. In addition to producing records directly, ABC licensed finished masters from independent producers and purchased regionally- released records for national distribution. The corporate name of Am-Par Record Corporation was changed to ABC-Paramount Records, Inc. in 1962, and then to ABC Records, Inc. in 1967. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... See also: 1954 in music, other events of 1955, 1956 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // January 1 - RCA victor announces a marketing plan called Operation TNT. The label drops the list price on LPs from $5. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ...


In 1965, ABC-Paramount Records changed its name to ABC Records. They distributed Dunhill Records until this label was purchased to form ABC-Dunhill Records. They also distributed Sire Records and U.K-based Anchor Records. Because the company was suffering financial problems, ABC Records was sold in 1979 to MCA Records, which dissolved the ABC label. The better selling albums in the ABC Records catalog were reissued on the MCA label. Dunhill Records was started by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts in 1964 as Dunhill Productions, originally for the purpose of releasing Johnny Rivers recordings on Imperial Records. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the record label of Am-Par Record Corporation (a subsidiary of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres, Inc. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Anchor Records is a record label associated with ABC_Paramount Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Music stubs ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ...

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Sub-labels and Acquisitions

ABC Records sub-labeled Apt Records to release singles. In the early 1960s, they purchased the Westminster Records classical music label and started Impulse Records to distribute jazz releases. Several years later, Bluesway Records was created to distribute their blues releases. Apt Records is a sub-label from ABC-Paramount Records They release only singles See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Stub ... Westminster Records was an American classical music record label. ... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the present. ... Impulse! Records is a United States based jazz record label, originally launched in the early 1960s by Creed Taylor as a subsidiary of ABC-Paramount Records in New York City. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Bluesway Records is a sub-label of ABC-Paramount Records. ... The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale as well as a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. ...


ABC Records purchased Dunhill Records in the summer of 1967, forming "ABC Dunhill Records." They purchased Duke Records and Peacock Records on May 23, 1973. Afterwards, they also purchased the Famous Music record labels from Gulf and Western in 1974 (these included Dot Records and Blue Thumb Records). Dunhill Records was started by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts in 1964 as Dunhill Productions, originally for the purpose of releasing Johnny Rivers recordings on Imperial Records. ... Duke Records was a record label started in 1952 by David J. Mattis and Bill Fitzgerald. ... Peacock Records was a record label started in 1949 by Don D. Robey. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Famous Music is a music publisher in the United States. ... Gulf and Western Industries, for a number of years known as Gulf+Western, was a United States conglomerate. ... Dot Records was an American record label which was active between 1950 and 1977. ... Blue Thumb Records was an American record label founded in 1968 by Bob Krasnow, along with former A&M Records executives Tommy Lipuma and Don Graham. ...


In addition to sub-labels, ABC Records purchased all labels from Enoch Light in October, 1959. ABC acquired Audition Records, Command Performance Records, Colortone Records and Waldorf Music Hall Records. Cover of Enoch Lights first Command release, Persuasive Percussion Enoch Light (August 18, 1905 - July 31, 1978) was a classical violinist, bandleader, and recording engineer. ... Audition Records is sold in October 1959 by Enoch Light to ABC-Paramount Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Stub ... Command Performance Records was sold by Enoch Light in October 1959 to ABC-Paramount Records. ... Colortone Records was a record label of Enoch Light. ... Waldorf Music Hall Records was started in 1953 by Enoch Light and sold in October 1959 to ABC-Paramount Records. ...


In 1979, ABC Dunhill was acquired by MCA Records which eventually evolved into Universal Music Group. Today, the pop & R&B catalog is part of Geffen Records while the jazz catalogue is part of Verve Records and the classical music catalogue is part of Deutsche Grammophon Records. ABC Records' country music catalogue is managed by MCA Nashville Records. MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Verve Records is an American Jazz record label, founded by Norman Granz in 1956, which absorbed the catalogues of his earlier labels: Norgran Records and Clef Records (founded 1953). ... Deutsche Grammophon is a German classical record label. ... MCA Nashville Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ...


ABC-Paramount/ABC Records label variations

  • 1955-1961 -- Black label, "ABC-PARAMOUNT" around top perimeter of label (in various colored letters for singles and all white letters for albums) and logo consisting of color spectrum Möbius strip and white jagged line. Bottom perimeter of label reads: "A PRODUCT OF AM-PAR RECORD CORP."
  • 1961-1966 -- Same label as above, but disclaimer at bottom of label now reads: "A PRODUCT OF ABC-PARAMOUNT RECORDS, INC."
  • 1966-1967 -- Label now shortened to ABC Records. Black label with large white circle at top with "abc" in black letters and "wave & jagged line" logo under the letters. This variant was used only for singles.
  • 1967-1974 -- Black label with small white "abc" circle logo in color spectrum box at top (In conjunction with this label, a brief interim label was used from 1973-1974 consisting of three children's blocks spelling out ABC and one block with the "abc" logo in a white triangle at the top).
  • 1974-1978 -- Yellow, orange, red and purple label with "abc Records" (black "abc" circle logo) between two black lines at top
  • 1978-1979 -- Same multi-colored label as above, but with 1/8 note featuring "abc" inside the bottom of the note. Late pressings show "Mfg. & Dist. by MCA Distributing Corp..." at the bottom perimeter, just before the ABC label was discontinued and its artists transferred to MCA.

A Möbius strip made with a piece of paper and tape. ...

Types of Output

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Artists associated with ABC Records and its labels

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Labels associated with ABC Records

Anchor Records is a record label associated with ABC_Paramount Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Music stubs ... Apt Records is a sub-label from ABC-Paramount Records They release only singles See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Stub ... Back Beat Records was the soul sub-label of Duke Records started in 1957. ... Bluesway Records is a sub-label of ABC-Paramount Records. ... Blue Thumb Records was an American record label founded in 1968 by Bob Krasnow, along with former A&M Records executives Tommy Lipuma and Don Graham. ... BooM! Records is a record label which was founded in 1996 in the Netherlands by DJ Matt Boom and his Dutch partner Remko. ... Chancellor Records is a record label associated with ABC_Paramount Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Stub ... Command Records is a record label associated with ABC-Paramount Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Stub ... Colonial Records was a record label located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. ... Dot Records was an American record label which was active between 1950 and 1977. ... Dunhill Records was started by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts in 1964 as Dunhill Productions, originally for the purpose of releasing Johnny Rivers recordings on Imperial Records. ... Duke Records was a record label started in 1952 by David J. Mattis and Bill Fitzgerald. ... Grand Award Records is a record label associated with ABC-Paramount Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Stub ... Hickory Records was a United States record label run by Acuff-Rose Music during the 1960s and 1970s. ... Impulse! Records is a United States based jazz record label, originally launched in the early 1960s by Creed Taylor as a subsidiary of ABC-Paramount Records in New York City. ... Jerden Records was an independent record label which operated from May 1960 through April 1971. ... LHI Records is a record label associated with ABC-Paramount Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Stub ... Myrrh Records, founded in 1972 by Billy Ray Hearn as a division of Word Records, was one of the United States most successful Christian record labels. ... Peacock Records was a record label started in 1949 by Don D. Robey. ... Probe Records was a sub-label of ABC-Paramount Records. ... Shelter Records was the record label started by Leon Russell and Denny Cordell. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Song Bird Records was started at the end of 1963 as the gospel subsidiary of Peacock Records. ... Tangerine Records was a record label owned by Ray Charles between 1963 and 1973 During that time he was under contract toABC-Paramount Records and used them as distributors for Tangerine. ... 20th Century Records, also known as 20th Century Fox Records, was a subsidiary of film studio 20th Century Fox. ... Westminster Records was an American classical music record label. ...

See also

This is a list of record labels. ...

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Dot Records - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (235 words)
Dot Records was a American record label which was active between 1950 and 1977.
The label was known for hiring artists with hit records in previous years to record remakes of their hits.
In 1974 the label was bought by ABC Dunhill Records, which discontinued the label in 1977.
ABC Records - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (168 words)
ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres.
They distributed Dunhill Records until this label was purchased to form ABC Dunhill Records.
ABC Records was sold in 1979 to MCA Records which dissolved the ABC label.
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