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Portrait Records is a sister label of Epic Records. Cyndi Lauper signed to Portrait, but was released via Epic. Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // 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. ... Cyndi Lauper Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), better known as Cyndi Lauper, is an American pop singer and actress whose melodic voice and wild costumes have come to epitomize the 1980s, the decade in which she first came to fame. ...


Portrait began in 1976 as a sister label to Epic, with initial signings Joan Baez, Burton Cummings and the McCrarys. Cummings' "Stand Tall" was the lead off single. Baez's "Blown Away" album and the McCrarys' self titled debut bowed in early 1977. The label design was similar to that of Columbia's single design on it was in greytones while the logo was handwritten orange with a red outline. This was also the launch of Epic/Portrait/Associated (EPA) under the CBS moniker. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... Joan Baezs 1975 bestseller Diamonds & Rust. ... Burton Cummings O.M., D.Mus(hon), (born December 31, 1947) is a Canadian musician and songwriter. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


One of the most interesting signings the label had was the band Heart. The band was signed to Mushroom Records, but left after a dispute in advertising their "Dreamboat Annie" album. The print ads made the sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson sound like they were lesbians. Portrait snatched them up quickly releasing, the "Barracuda" single before "Little Queen" was to hit the shelves. The McCrarys also scored big with "You". Heart Logo. ... Mushroom Records is an Australian record company. ... Generally speaking, advertising is the promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas, usually by an identified sponsor. ... Ann (left) and Nancy Wilson, 1993 Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950 in San Diego, California) is the lead singer of Heart. ... Ann (left) and Nancy Wilson, 1993 Nancy Wilson (born March 16, 1954) is an American singer and guitarist who, with her older sister Ann, became a part of the Seattle band Heart. ... A lesbian is a homosexual woman who is aesthetically, sexually and romantically attracted to other women. ...


By 1979, however, Epic was looking to consolidate some of its low-end producing labels and, for a short time, Portrait and Epic had both names on the same label. In 1980, only Heart was picked up from Portrait, which then took a three-year hiatus. This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1982, the label was relaunched again tapping into the new wave scene and other music not gaining any airplay. They signed on artists like Altered Images, Aldo Nova, and Peter Baumann (formerly of Tangerine Dream). The label was completely black but the red logo stayed intact. Portrait struck gold again with the signings of Cyndi Lauper and Sade, both in 1983. Americans wouldn't get Sade until a year later. Aldo Nova did make some headway with the song "Monkey On Your Back" from his "Subject: Aldo Nova" album. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Altered Images in their early days Altered Images were a popular band who formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1980. ... Aldo Nova is a Canadian guitarist, vocalists and producer. ... Peter Baumann (born January 29, 1953 in Berlin) formed the core line-up of the German electronic group Tangerine Dream with Edgar Froese and Christopher Franke in 1971. ... Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music group founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. ... Cyndi Lauper Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), better known as Cyndi Lauper, is an American pop singer and actress whose melodic voice and wild costumes have come to epitomize the 1980s, the decade in which she first came to fame. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


By the end of 1986, the only act making money on this label was Lauper. Her album "True Colors" went platinum, but it wasn't enough to sustain keeping the label alfoat. At the end of 1986, Portrait was shelved again. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1988, the label re-emerged once more but as a contempoarary jazz outfit, with signings as diverse as Stanley Clarke, Ornette Coleman and Prime Time and Japanese import T-Square. The logo changed dramatically. This time they had two: the primary one was a painted 'P' with the word 'Portrait' in a red block, while the secondary one was an outline drawing of a woman. This one was gone by 1990. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the early 1920s in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... Stanley Clarke (born 30 June 1951) is an American musician known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar. ... Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman (born March 19, 1930) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. ... A T-square is a technical drawing instrument primarily a guide for drawing horizontal lines on a drafting table. ... This article is about the year. ...


Epic did try to make the label work two more times: in 1992, they were trying to do jazz collections and in 1999, they were remarketed as a hard-rock/metal label signing on Great White and The Union Underground. In 2000, Iron Maiden signed to Portrait in conjunction with Columbia Records in the US. Finally, after trying so hard to keep it afloat, Portrait disappeared in 2002 after the US release of Iron Maiden's Rock In Rio album. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band from East London. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... Rock in Rio is a live album recorded during the heavy metal legends Iron Maidens 2001 headlining performance at the Rock in Rio festival. ...


Most of the Portrait releases have been remastered and re-released on Epic. Remaster (and its derivations, frequently found in the phrases digitally remastered or digital remastering) is a word and concept ushered into the mass consciousness via the digital age, although it had existed before then. ...


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