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Encyclopedia > Elektra Records
Elektra Records
Image:elektra_records.png
Parent company Warner Music Group
Founded 1950
Founder(s) Jac Holzman
Paul Rickholt
Distributing label Atlantic Records (In the US), WEA (Outside the US)
Genre(s) Various
Country of Origin US
Website Official site of Elektra Records

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Contents

History

Beginnings

Elektra was formed in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickholt, who both invested $300. The usual spelling of the Greek mythological heroine Electra was changed, with Holzman famously explaining, “I gave her the ‘K’ that I lacked.” See also: 1949 in music, other events of 1950, 1951 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Malcolm Sargent becomes chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. ... Jac Holzman founded Elektra Records in 1950 and Nonesuch Records in 1964. ... The Oricoli bust of Zeus, King of the Gods, in the collection of the Vatican Museum. ... Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon In Greek mythology, Electra was daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. ...


The first Elektra LP, "New Songs" (EKLP 1 released March 1950), was a collection of Lieder which sold few copies. During the Fifties and early Sixties the label concentrated on folk music recordings, releasing a number of best-selling albums by Judy Collins and protest singers such as Phil Ochs, but by the mid-Sixties it had branched out into pop, gaining considerable prestige on the music scene by being one of the first labels to sign up leading acts from the new wave of American psychedelic rock of 1966–67. The label's two most important signings were the Los Angeles bands Love and The Doors. Lied (plural Lieder) is a German word, literally meaning song; among English speakers, however, it is used primarily as a term for European classical music songs, also known as art songs. Typically, Lieder are arranged for a single singer and piano. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... Judy Collins Judith Marjorie Collins (born May 1, 1939 in Seattle, Washington) is an American folk and standards singer. ... A protest song is a song intended to protest perceived problems in society such as injustice, racial discrimination, war, globalization, inflation, social inequalities. ... Philip David Ochs (December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was a U.S. protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer), songwriter, musician and recording artist who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and haunting voice. ... Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music inspired by or attempting to replicate the mind-altering experiences brought on by drugs such as cannabis, psilocybin, mescaline, salvia divinorum, and especially LSD. There are also other forms of psychedelic music that started from the same roots and diverged from the... Love was an American rock group of the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... The Doors were an American rock band that formed in 1965 in Los Angeles. ...


Also in 1967 Elektra launched its influential Nonesuch Explorer Series, one of the first collections of what is now referred to as world music. Excerpts from several Nonesuch Explorer recordings were later included on the two Voyager Golden Discs which were sent into deep space in 1977 aboard the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Nonesuch Records is currently allied with Warner Bros. ... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ... The Voyager Golden Record. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Trajectory The Voyager 1 spacecraft is an 815-kilogram unmanned probe of the outer solar system and beyond, launched September 5, 1977, and is currently operational, making it NASAs longest-lasting mission. ... Trajectory Voyager 2 is an unmanned interplanetary spacecraft. ...


The Asylum Records merger

Elektra was acquired by Kinney National Company in 1970, along with the Nonesuch Records subsidiary, . Soon afterwards Kinney consolidated their label holdings under the Warner Communications umbrella. Holzman remained in charge until 1972, when it merged with Asylum Records to become Elektra/Asylum Records, with Asylum's founder, David Geffen, now in charge. Holzman was appointed senior vice president and chief technologist for Warner and ushered the company into home video and the first interactive cable system. Holzman also went on to start Discovery Records. In 1975 Geffen stepped down due to health problems. Kinney National Company was formed in 1966 when the Kinney Parking Company and the National Cleaning Company merged. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Nonesuch Records is currently allied with Warner Bros. ... Warner Communications, formerly Kinney National Company, was the parent company for Warner Bros. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... original logo current logo Asylum Records is a record label which was started in 1971 by David Geffen. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is a record executive, film and theatrical producer, and philanthropist. ... a Discovery Record by Red Norvo Discovery Records is a United States based record label known for its recordings of jazz music. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


Although the company was technically listed as “Elektra/Asylum Records” on the label credits, as the years went on the company began to unofficially call itself Elektra Records again, with Asylum operating as a subsidiary label. Bob Krasnow became president and CEO of Elektra in 1983, and under his leadership the label continued to thrive. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Elektra Entertainment Group

In 1989, the company officially changed its name to Elektra Entertainment. Krasnow was replaced by Sylvia Rhone, who took over as CEO in 1994 and the company became Elektra Entertainment Group (EEG, for short). As the 1990s drew to a close, in spite of having a large stable of noted acts, the company began to noticeably underperform on the charts. It developed a bit of a sullen reputation in the industry for not properly promoting many of its releases and was easily lagging behind its sister labels: Warner Bros. Records and Atlantic Records. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sylvia Rhone began her music career in 1974 with Buddha Records. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... Warner Bros. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...


Atlantic absorption

Rhino's Elektra box set "Forever Changing: the Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973"
Rhino's Elektra box set "Forever Changing: the Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973"

In February 2004, Warner Music Group was sold by Time Warner to a group of private investors made up of Thomas Lee Partners, Bain & Company, and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (who assumed CEO duties). Image File history File links Elektrabox. ... Image File history File links Elektrabox. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Warner Music Group is one of the four major record labels. ... Time Warner Inc. ... Bain & Company is a management consulting firm, headquartered in Boston, MA, recognized as one of the leading firms in the consulting industry, along with McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group. ... Edgar Miles Bronfman, Jr. ...


Looking for ways to save money, the new owners of WMG decided to merge Elektra and Atlantic Records. Because it was the lesser performing label of the two, 40% of Elektra's operations were put into the new venture—while a commanding 60% of Atlantic's went in. Subsequently, the new company was called "Atlantic Records Group" with Elektra breaking off into a subsidiary underneath it. The Atlantic Records Group Atlantic Records, founded in 1947 as an R&B label Bad Boy Records, a hip-hop label founded in 1993 by Sean Diddy Combs Elektra Records, founded in 1950 as a folk music label Custard Records Roadrunner Records Category: ...


The current status of Elektra, and whether or not it continues to operate is somewhat ambiguous. WMG has not made any official announcements of it having been dismantled, and keeps its name highlighted as a seemingly active subsidiary on their press statements — however, the label's name has not been on a noted release since the merger with Atlantic Records in 2004. Most of its artists today, meanwhile, seem to have their material released through Atlantic instead. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Elektra's catalog continues to be released/reissued by Rhino Records which released a 4-CD box set various artists compilation titled Forever Changing: the Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973 on November, 2006. Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Trivia

  • In 1990 Elektra released the 'Rubaiyat' album to celebrate their 40th anniversary as a record label. The album featured the label's current artists performing cover versions from the Elektra artist back catalogue.

See also

Acts that have recorded for the Elektra Records label. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... This is a list of record labels. ...

External links

Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...

References

  • A full history of Elektra's Holzman years can be found in Jac Holzman's book Follow the Music: The Life and High Times of Elektra Records in the Great Years of American Pop Culture.

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