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The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. The successor company is Universal Music Group. MCA published music, booked acts, and ran a record label. Image File history File links Music_corporation_of_america. ... A corporation is a legal person that exists quite separately from the natural persons who work with and for it. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment (see Music Corporation of America), is the largest major label in the record industry. ...


MCA was founded as a music booking agency based in Chicago, Illinois in 1924 by Jules Stein. MCA helped pioneer modern practices of touring bands and name acts. Prominent early MCA booked artists included King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton. Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Official website: http://egov. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Joe King Oliver, (December 19, 1885 - April 8, 1938) was a bandleader and jazz musician. ... Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941) was an American virtuoso pianist, a bandleader, and a composer who some call the first true composer of Jazz music. ...


Lew Wasserman rose through the ranks to MCA for more than four decades, with Sonny Werblin as his right-hand man. Other executives within the company were Sidney Sheinberg, President of MCA, and Ned Tanen, head of Universal Pictures. Tanen was behind Universal hits such as Animal House, and John Hughes's Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Lew Wasserman (March 15, 1913 - June 3, 2002) was a Hollywood agent and studio executive credited with first creating and then taking apart the studio system in a career spanning more than six decades. ... David A. Sonny Werblin (1907 - 1998) purchased the Titans of New York from original owner Harry Wismer in 1963. ... Sidney Jay Sheinberg (1935-) is an American movie executive, born in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Currently heads the Bubble Factory Studios. ... The Deltas in front of their house Movie poster of Animal House National Lampoons Animal House (also called Animal House) is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of Delta fraternity boys takes on the system at their college. ... John Hughes (born February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan) is a noted film director, producer and writer, responsible for some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s. ... Promotional poster for Sixteen Candles, from left to right Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling Sixteen Candles is a 1984 coming-of-age film starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and Michael Schoeffling. ... The Breakfast Club (1985) is a motion picture written and directed by John Hughes. ...


Wasserman expanded the company's presence into television (founding EMKA, Ltd., which owns Paramount Pictures's pre-1948 film library and Revue Studios, the top supplier of television for all broadcast networks, spanning three decades). He also purchased Universal Studios in 1962, and made it into the top film studio in town, producing hit after hit. EMKA, Ltd. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used since 2003. ... Revue Studios was founded in 1943 by MCA to produce live shows. ... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal, has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County between Los Angeles and Burbank. ...


MCA entered the record music business in 1962 with the purchase of the US Decca branch, including Coral Records and Brunswick Records. These labels were folded into MCA Records in 1973. In 1975, the company entered the book publishing business with the acquisition of G. P. Putnam's Sons. Wasserman was forced to dissolve MCA's talent agency in 1962 - which represented most of the industry's biggest names - by Robert F. Kennedy's Department of Justice, as it violated anti-trust laws. Ironically, Wasserman was a life-long supporter of and fundraiser for the Democratic Party. 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Coral Records was a Decca Records subsidiary based in the United States of America. ... Brunswick Records is a United States based record label. ... The Music Corporation of America, commonly known as MCA, is a United States based corporation in the music business. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... 1. ... G. P. Putnams Sons was a major United States book publisher based in New York City, New York. ... For the New Zealand cricketer, see Robert Kennedy (cricketer). ... Media:Example. ... Democratic Party may refer to one of many political parties of diverse political orientation: Democratic Parties United States—Democratic Party (United States) Albania—Democratic Alliance Party, Democratic Party (Albania), and Democratic Party of Albania Andorra—Democratic Party (Andorra) Australia—Australian Democrats Benin—Democratic Party (Benin) Bosnia and Herzegovina—Croatian Democratic...


In 1979 it acquired ABC Dunhill Records along with its subsidiaries ABC Records, Paramount Records, Impulse Records, Dot Records and Dunhill Records. Chess Records was acquired in 1985, Motown Records was bought in 1988 (and sold to Polygram in 1993). GRP Records and Geffen Records were acquired in 1990. In the same year, the MCA Corporation holding company was purchased by the Matsushita group. ABC Dunhill Records starts when ABC Records purchases Dunhill Records They purchase Duke Records and Peacock Records on 23 May 1973. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... Paramount Records was a United States based record label, best known for its recordings of African-American jazz and blues. ... 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. ... Dot Records was a 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. ... Chess Records was an American record label, based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Motown, also known as Tamla-Motown outside the U.S., is a record label founded on December 14, 1959 by Berry Gordy, Jr. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... GRP Records was an American jazz record company, which was founded in New York by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1982. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group. ... Logo for the Panasonic brand Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ...


In 1995, Seagram Company Ltd. acquired 80% of MCA and the following year the new owners dropped the MCA name; the company became Universal Studios, Inc. and its music division, MCA Music Entertainment Group, was renamed Universal Music Group. The following year, G. P. Putnam's Sons was sold to the Penguin Group. In 1998 Seagram acquired PolyGram from Philips & merged it with its music holdings. When Seagram's drinks business was brought by France-based Pernod Ricard, its media holdings (including Universal) were sold to Vivendi SA which became Vivendi Universal. The Seagram Company Ltd. ... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal, has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County between Los Angeles and Burbank. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment (see Music Corporation of America), is the largest major label in the record industry. ... Penguin Group is the second largest trade book publisher in the world. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ... Pernod Ricard is a French company producing alcoholic beverages. ... Vivendi SA was created in 1998 when Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE), a major French industrial and media company, was renamed. ... Vivendi Universal (VU) is a French conglomerate active in media and communications with activities in music, television and film, publishing, telecommunications and the Internet. ...


In the spring of 2003, MCA Records was absorbed by Geffen Records. Its country music label, MCA Nashville Records is still in operation. Spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group. ... In popular music, Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music that began to develop rapidly [1] in the... MCA Nashville Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ...


MCA ran "RadioMOI" Music On Internet company.


See also

The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ...

External link

  • Universal Music Group website

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Music Corporation of America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (484 words)
MCA was founded as a music booking agency based in Chicago, Illinois in 1924 by Jules Stein.
Wasserman also expanded MCA by purchasing Universal Studios in 1962 (he owned the backlot toward the end of the 1950's; Universal was in dire straits at that point).
In the same year, the MCA Corporation holding company was purchased by the Matsushita group.
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