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Encyclopedia > Asylum Records
Asylum Records
Parent company Warner Music Group
Founded 1971
Founder David Geffen
Distributing label Atlantic Records (In the US)
Warner Strategic Marketing (Outside the US)
Genre HipHop, Rock
Country of origin US
Official website Official website of Asylum Records

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Company history

Formation

Original logo
Original logo

Asylum was founded in 1971 by David Geffen, and partner Elliot Roberts, who had previously worked as agents at the William Morris agency, and operated a folk/rock label. After Geffen failed to get a recording contract for Jackson Browne, his client at the time, Geffen founded Asylum specifically to sign him. Asylum's early releases were distributed by Atlantic Records. The same year, Asylum went on to sign John David Souther, Judee Sill, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell and Glenn Frey (who Geffen encouraged to form The Eagles, with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.) The biggest coup for Asylum was signing Bob Dylan, who had been signed to Columbia Records but after a falling-out with the company was shopping around for a new label. Dylan recorded two albums, Planet Waves and the live Before the Flood, for Asylum before returning to Columbia. Columbia reissued Dylan's two Asylum albums in 1981. Image File history File links Asylumlogo1. ... Image File history File links Asylumlogo1. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, philanthropist. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American rock music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, whose introspective lyrics made him the poster boy of the Southern California confessional singer-songwriter movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... J.D. Souther, born John David Souther on November 3, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Amarillo, Texas, is a singer-songwriter and country rock singer. ... Judee Sill (October 7, 1944 - November 23, 1979) was an American singer and songwriter. ... Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is a popular vocalist with multiple Grammy Awards, numerous multi-platinum albums, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award nomination who has recorded over 30 studio albums and has made guest appearances on over 100 other albums. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. ... Glenn Lewis Frey (born November 6, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan[1]) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the founding members of rock band Eagles. ... The Eagles are an American rock music group that originally came together in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... Donald Hugh Don Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band Eagles. ... Bernard Leadon (born July 19, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American musician, best known as a founding member of the country rock band the Eagles. ... Randy Herman Meisner (born 8 March 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, U.S.) is a bass guitar player, singer and songwriter best known as a founding member of the country-rock group the Eagles. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Planet Waves (1974) is an album by Bob Dylan, and was recorded with The Band at Village Recorder in Los Angeles during three different sessions in November 1973. ... Before the Flood is the title of a 1974 live album by Bob Dylan and The Band. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Elektra merger

In 1972, Asylum merged with Elektra Records to become Elektra/Asylum Records. David Geffen remained in charge of the company until 1975, when he resigned as director and retired, due to a cancer scare. Among its subsequent signings was Warren Zevon, who released a series of stellar LPs for the label; his self-titled 1976 label debut has been called the best California rock album of the decade. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock and roll musician and songwriter. ...

Logo after the Elektra-Asylum merger
Logo after the Elektra-Asylum merger

By the early 1980s—though technically still billed as "Elektra/Asylum Records or Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records"—Elektra and Asylum began to split off with the former becoming more dominant and the latter acting as more of an extension. By the middle of the decade, the company was unofficially calling itself Elektra Records, and in 1989 it was renamed Elektra Entertainment. Asylum, meanwhile, broke off into a subsidiary label underneath and subsequently became less active in its own right. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Country format

Asylum was reformatted into a semi-successful country music label, still operated by Elektra, in 1992. Under the new format, Asylum scored successful recordings by such acts as: Emmylou Harris, Kevin Sharp, Bryan White, and Lila McCann. They also released many critically-acclaimed albums by Bob Woodruff, JD Myers, Jamie Hartford, Thrasher-Shiver, Guy Clark and The Cox Family that never reached mainstream country audiences due to a lack of promotion. As the 1990s progressed, due to poor management the company eventually went into hibernation like many imprints under the Warner Communications banner. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Emmylou Harris (b. ... Kevin Sharp (born Kevin Grant Sharp, December 10, 1970 in Redding, California) is an American country music artist, author, and motivational speaker. ... Bryan White was born February 17, 1974 in Lawton, Oklahoma. ... Lila McCann on the cover of her third album Complete Lila Elaine McCann (born December 4, 1981 in Steilacoom, Washington) is a successful country music artist. ... Bob Woodruff grew up in New York City playing rock n roll, but found his true calling with his Gram Parsons inspired country music. ... JD Myers was born John Douglas Myers on January 27, 1975 in Salem, VA. Raised in the truckstop town of Troutville, VA by parents, David and Terry, his first memories of music come from the death of Elvis Presley who remains his biggest musical influence. ... Guy Clark on the cover of Keepers (1997) Guy Clark (born 6 November 1941) is a songwriter and performer who often performs in the country style. ... The Cox Family is an North American Bluegrass family group from Cotton Valley, LA, USA. // Evelyn Cox - guitar, vocals (born ?, ?) Lynn Cox - vocals (born ?, ?) Sidney Cox - banjo, dobro, guitar, vocals (born ?, ?) Suzanne Cox - mandolin, vocals (born ?, ?) Willard Cox - fiddle, vocals (born ?, ?) The Cox Family first began performing regularly together at...


Relaunch

After being dormant for several years, Asylum Records was revived as an urban music-based label in 2004, independently managed through Warner Music Group. Some of its releases are distributed in conjunction with Warner Strategic Marketing and others through Atlantic Records. In 2006, WMG shifted Asylum to operate under their newly created Independent Label Group, which also comprises Cordless Recordings and East West Records Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Warner Strategic Marketing is a record label that is part of the Warner Music Group. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Warner Music Groups eLabel founded by Elektra & Nonesuch Records founder Jac Holzman. ... East West Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, and operates under WMGs Independent Label Group. ...


Sevendust Signing

On December 6th, 2006, Asylum Records announced the signing of Atlanta(Georgia)-based metal band Sevendust, the first non-hip-hop artist to be signed to the newly reconfigured label. Sevendust's Asylum debut (their sixth full-length album overall), entitled Alpha was released on March 6th, 2007, selling around 42,000 albums in its first week. Although Asylum has signed them, they have not given any notice of it anywhere. “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... This article is about the popular music group. ...


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