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Encyclopedia > Epic Records
Epic Records

Epic script logo used from the early 1980s to 1991, revived in 2006.
Parent company Sony BMG
Founded 1953
Distributing label Epic Records (In the US)
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Official website Official website of Epic Records

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History

Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. This has included such notables as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Juilliard String Quartet, Antal Doráti conducting the Hague Philharmonic and George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the worlds leading orchestras. ... The Juilliard String Quartet is a classical music string quartet founded in 1946 at the Juilliard School in New York. ... Antal Doráti (April 9, 1906 – November 13, 1988) was a conductor and composer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the major symphony orchestras in the United States. ...


Ten years later, Epic earned its first gold records and developed into a formidable hit-making force in rock and roll, R&B and country music. Among its many acts, it included Bobby Vinton, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Tammy Wynette, Donovan, The Yardbirds, Lulu, and Jeff Beck. Several of the British artists on the Epic roster in the 1960s were the result of Epic's distribution deal with EMI in which Epic recordings were issued by EMI on the Columbia label before the contract with EMI expired at which point CBS Records formed a British Epic Records branch to market Epic label material. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Bobby Vinton (born April 16, 1935) is an American pop music singer. ... The Dave Clark Five (abbreviated as DC5) were an English Beat group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present something of a commercial threat to The Beatles, the dominant group of the period. ... “Hollies” redirects here. ... Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... Donovan (Donovan Philips Leitch, born May 10, 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow) is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Not to be confused with Yard Birds. ... Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, OBE, (born 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, actor, model, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through the 2000s. ... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... 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. ...


During the 1970s, its success extended to include ABBA (in the UK only), Sailor, The Clash, Sly & the Family Stone, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Johnny Nash, Heart (on sister label Portrait Records), The Isley Brothers, Edgar Winter and Charlie Rich. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... “Abba” redirects here. ... Sailor is a British pop group mostly famous in the 1970s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sly & the Family Stone was an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... John Lester Nash Jr. ... Heart is an American rock band which came out of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington State, USA. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. ... Portrait Records is a sister label of Epic Records. ... The Isley Brothers (IPA: ) are an African-American music group from Cincinnati, Ohio, who hold the record for being the longest-running charted group in music history. ... Edgar Winter (born December 28, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas) is an American musician who had significant success in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Charlie Rich (December 14, 1932 - July 25, 1995) was an American musician, songwriter, and pianist. ...


The people who were dedicated to the label's success in the 70's and early 80's were, Ron Alexenburg, Jim Tyrrell, Bruce Harris, Jim Charne, Ira Sherman and others to numerous to mention, although the label failed to adequately support other acts such as Stranger. Stranger was a band based in Tampa, FL, formed in the early `80s. ...


The likes of The Stranglers, Meat Loaf, The Jacksons, Michael Jackson, Electric Light Orchestra, Ozzy Osbourne, Sade, Luther Vandross, Gloria Estefan, George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, and Duran Duran paved the way for Epic's multiplatinum 1980s and 1990s successes. Jessica Simpson, Shakira, Fiona Apple, Jennifer Lopez (from the WORK label) and Mandy Moore emerged in the 1990s. The Stranglers are an English rock music group, formed on September 11, 1974 in Guildford, Surrey. ... This article is about the singer. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... “ELO” redirects here. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Helen Folasade Adu (born 16 January 1959), MBE, known professionally as Sade (IPA pronunciation: ), is a Nigerian-born Grammy Award-winning English soul, jazz, R&B, and adult contemporary singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer, noted for her soulful, smoky contralto. ... Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ... Gloria Estefan (born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban American singer and songwriter. ... This article is about the musician. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... Duran Duran are an English pop group notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American pop singer and actress who rose to fame in the late 1990s. ... This article is about the musician. ... For the meteorologist of The Weather Channel, see The Weather Channel (United States). ... Work Records (also known as WORK or The WORK Group) was a record label run by Sony Music that was the replacement for Sonys Chaos Recordings. ... Amanda Mandy Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. ...


Other artists signed to Epic include The Fray, Incubus, Modest Mouse, Good Charlotte, Live, AC/DC, KISS, Duran Duran, Rage Against the Machine, Chevelle, Editors, Prong, Pearl Jam, Suicidal Tendencies, Macy Gray, B*Witched (via Glowworm Records), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (via Ruthless Records), Tori Amos, Nicole Bennett, FireHouse, Céline Dion (on the 550 imprint) and Melanie Thornton. The Fray is a four-piece piano rock band from Denver, Colorado. ... Incubus can refer to: Incubus (demon), a demon said to rape women while they slept Incubus (band), an American alternative rock band. ... Template:Lyricwiki Modest Mouse is an American indie rock band. ... Good Charlotte is a Pop Punk band from Waldorf, Maryland that formed in 1996. ... Live (IPA pronunciation: , rhymes with five)[2] (also typeset as LIVE) is an American alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, comprised of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals and guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass guitar) and Chad Gracey (drums). ... This article is about about the band. ... For other uses, see Kiss (disambiguation). ... Duran Duran are an English pop group notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... Rage Against the Machine (also Rage and RATM) is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band, noted for their blend of hip hop, heavy metal, punk and funk as well as their revolutionary politics and lyrics. ... For information about the car of this name, see Chevrolet Chevelle. ... For other uses, see editor. ... Prong was a heavy metal/thrash metal band, formed in 1985. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Suicidal Tendencies are a hardcore punk band formed in 1982 in Venice, California. ... Macy Gray (born Natalie Renee McIntyre on September 6, 1967[1]) is an American Grammy Award winning R&B, soul, and neo soul singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, famed for her raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis. ... B*Witched were an Irish girl group who enjoyed success in both the European and, to a lesser degree, the North American music scene throughout the late 1990s. ... Glowworm Records is a subsidiary of Epic Records. ... Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American rap group from Cleveland, Ohio, best known for their high pace rapping style and harmonizing vocals. ... Ruthless Records was the name of two different record labels, a Chicago punk label, and a Los Angeles hip hop label. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... For the Dixieland jazz band, see Firehouse Five Plus Two FireHouse is an American hard rock band formed in Charlotte, NC in 1989 and named after the Kiss song of the same name. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... 550 Music is a defunct imprint of Epic Records, a subsidiary of Sony BMG. 550 is named after the address of the Sony building located at 550 Madison Avenue in New York. ... Melanie Thornton live in Leipzig on 24. ...


It is currently part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Sony Corporation bought all of CBS's labels in 1988, and created a joint venture between its music division and BMG in 2004. The Sony BMG Music Entertainment logo. ... Sony Corporation (Japanese katakana: ソニー) (TYO: 6758), (NYSE: SNE) is a global consumer electronics corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ...


Legacy Recordings continues to reissue the label's classic and historical albums. Legacy Recordings is Sony BMG Music Entertainments catalog division. ...

Imprint labels

Past and present imprint labels of Epic Records include: This article is about imprints in publishing. ...

550 Music is a defunct imprint of Epic Records, a subsidiary of Sony BMG. 550 is named after the address of the Sony building located at 550 Madison Avenue in New York. ... MJJ Music was a recording company founded by American pop singer Michael Jackson. ... Epic Records is a record label launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow and black logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Daylight Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History Daylight was founded by David Massey in late 2000 as an Epic Records Group label, and has subsequently signed and helped to develop a broad array of artists, in the process achieving global sales in excess of... DC Flag Records is a record label owned and run by Joel and Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte. ... Glowworm Records is a subsidiary of Epic Records. ... Hidden Beach Recording is an American soul record label. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Okeh Records began as an independent record label based in the United States of America in 1918; from the late 1920s on was a subsidiary of Columbia Records. ... Portrait Records is a sister label of Epic Records. ... Ruthless Records was formed by Eazy-E and Jerry Heller in 1987. ... Hip-Hop music is a style of popular music. ... Eazy-E (Eric Wright) (September 7, 1963 - March 26, 1995) was an African-American rapper, record producer, and record executive who initially rose to fame as a member of the group N.W.A.. Born in Compton, California, Eazy-E dropped out of Compton High School while in tenth grade... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Work Records (also known as WORK or The WORK Group) was a record label run by Sony Music that was the replacement for Sonys Chaos Recordings. ...

Epic Records artists

This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Epic Records Executives

  • Charlie Walk - Epic Record's President
  • Nick Raphael - Epic UK Managing Director
  • Jo Charrington - Epic UK Head of A&R

Charlie Walk is the President of Epic Records at SonyBMG Music Entertainment. ...

See also

This is a list of record labels. ...

External links

  • Epic Records – Official website
  • Sony Music, Parent Company of Epic
  • Music Content
  • Epic Records on Myspace

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