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Encyclopedia > Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Parent company Warner Music Group
Founded 1958
Distributing label Warner Bros. Records (US)
WEA International (outside US)
Genre(s) Various
Country of origin US
Location Burbank, California
Official Website Official website of Warner Bros. Records

Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. It is internationally known as WEA International Inc. It is also affectionately known as the Bunny, based on the Bugs Bunny cartoon put out by Warner Bros. in the 1940s. Bugs Bunny is also the label's mascot. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 458 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (533 × 698 pixel, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) © 2005 Time Warner Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In business, a subsidiary is a company controlled by another company or corporation. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning fictional animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ...

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History

Warner Bros. Records opened for business on March 19, 1958, above the film studio's machine shop at 3701 Warner Blvd. in Burbank. Prompting the labels creation was when Warner Bros. Pictures contract actor Tab Hunter scored a #1 hit in 1957 with "Young Love" for Dot Records. To Warners' chagrin, reporters were primarily asking about the hit record, instead of Hunter's latest Warner movie. The company quickly signed Hunter to the newly formed record division, and while his subsequent recordings for the label failed to duplicate the success he had had with Dot, the fledgling Warner Bros. Records thrived. is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1957 in music, other events of 1958, 1959 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - Little Richard begins attending classes at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama February 14 - The Iranian government bans rock & roll because they claim that the form... Warner Bros. ... Hunter (left) with actor John Bromfield Arthur Andrew Kelm (born July 11, 1931, in New York City, New York) is an American actor and singer, and goes by the pseudonym Tab Hunter. ... See also: 1956 in music, other events of 1957, 1958 in music and the list of years in music // January 5 - Renato Carosone and his band start their American tour in Cuba. ... Dot Records was an American record label which was active between 1950 and 1977. ...


In 1960, the company signed the Everly Brothers (who were previously on Cadence Records) with the first ever million dollar contract in history. The same year they also released two albums by Bob Newhart, which both won Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year. In 1963, Warner Bros. Records purchased Frank Sinatra's label, Reprise Records—the acquisition proved very lucrative, as Reprise remains in the WBR fold to this day, and has become its strongest imprint. See also: 1959 in music, other events of 1960, 1961 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 14 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army February 6 - Songwriter Jesse Belvin dies in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. ... Phil (left) and Don in 1962 The Everly Brothers, (Don Everly, born Isaac Donald Everly February 1, 1937, Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Phil Everly, born Phillip Everly, January 19, 1939, Chicago, Illinois) are male siblings who were top-selling country-influenced rock and roll performers, best known for their steel... Cadence Records was an American record company founded by Archie Bleyer (formerly musical director/orchestra leader for Arthur Godfrey) in 1952. ... George Robert Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... The 3rd Grammy Awards were held in 1961. ... The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American jazz-oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ...


In 1964, the label negotiated with Vogue Records for the right to distribute Petula Clark's recordings in the US, beginning with "Downtown." Eight years later, in 1972, Dionne Warwick was brought to the label after leaving Scepter Records in a deal that was the biggest contract at the time for a female artist. Warwick's five years at Warners would greatly pale in comparison to her tenure at Scepter, both personally and professionally. See also: 1963 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television. ... This article is about the 1940s-era Vogue Records in the U.S. and Disques Vogue, a longer-lived label in France; there is also a Vogue Records International based in Ottawa. ... Petula Clark, CBE (born November 15, 1932), is an English singer, actress and composer best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. ... Downtown is a pop song composed by Tony Hatch following a first-time visit to New York City. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an African-American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Scepter Records was started in 1959 by Florence Greenberg. ... A sceptre or scepter is an ornamental staff held by a ruling monarch, a prominent item of kingly regalia. ...


In 1967, Warner Bros. (including WBR) was sold for $85 million to Seven Arts Productions and renamed Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. Two years later, the company was sold to Kinney National Company (later renamed Warner Communications) and the label become Warner Bros. Records again, reviving the WB shield as its logo. In the late 1970s, Warner Communications established WEA; the pooling together of Warner Bros. Records, Elektra, and Atlantic, to form a larger umbrella for its music entities to operate under. In 1990, Warner Communication merged with Time Inc. to form Time Warner. In 1991, WEA became Warner Music Group. In 2000, Time Warner merged with AOL creating AOL Time Warner. Finally, in March 2004, a group of private investors led by Edgar Bronfman, Jr. bought the Warner Music Group from Time Warner. Today Warner Bros. Records remains one of Warner Music Group's most dominant labels, having exactly 121 artists on the label. See also: 1960s in music. ... Seven Arts Productions was founded in 1957 by Ray Stark and Eliot Hyman. ... Warner Bros. ... Kinney National Company was formed in 1966 when the Kinney Parking Company and the National Cleaning Company merged. ... Warner Communications, formerly Kinney National Company, was the parent company for Warner Bros. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The Wea Plains, a historical marker near the extinct town of Granville in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... See also: 1990 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1990 Record labels established in 1990 list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. ... Time Inc. ... Time Warner Inc. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 2000s in music. ... It has been suggested that AOL search data scandal be merged into this article or section. ... Time Warner Inc. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ... Edgar Miles Bronfman, Jr. ...


Affiliated labels

Former

American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin. ... Bearsville Records was started in 1970 by Bob Dylans manager, Albert Grossman. ... Prism Records was an American record label formed in 1978. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Giant Records was launched as a joint-venture in 1990 between Warner Bros. ... Paisley Park Records was Princes record label, associated with and funded by Warner Bros. ... Prism Records was an American record label formed in 1978. ... Qwest Records is the record label started by Quincy Jones in 1982. ... Slash Records is a record label. ... Tommy Boy Records is a record label started in 1981 by Tom Silverman after borrowing $5000 from his parents. ... Valiant Records was an independent record label which was acquired in 1965 by Warner Bros. ... Warner Alliance is a now-defunct Christian Contemporary imprint of Warner Music Group. ...

Current

Blacksmith Records is a record label headed by Harlem born Corey Smyth and Talib Kweli of Black Star. ... Brute/Beaute Records The name of the label Rilo Kileys third cd was released by. ... Extasy Records is a record label in Japan created in the late 1980s by Yoshiki Hayashi (Yoshiki), founder of the Visual Kei rock group X Japan, financed by the money earned from his mother selling the family business. ... Mushroom Records is an Australian record company. ... Heiress Records is a record label. ... Machine Shop Recordings is the record label started by members of the band Linkin Park. ... Maverick Recording Company, is an American record label owned and operated by Warner Music Group, and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Nonesuch Records is currently allied with Warner Bros. ... Playmaker Music is an American record label, founded by producer Chadron (“Nitti”) Moore in 2007. ... Record Collection is an American record label owned by Warner Bros. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... RuffNation Records is a joint venture record label between Chris Schwartz and Warner Brothers Records. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Teleprompt Records LLC is an independent record label that was formed in 2003 by producer Tedd T, keyboardist and Earthsuit ex-frontman Paul Meany, and lawyer/manager Kevin Kookogey. ... Word Records is a giant in Christian Music. ...

Artists

Main article: List of current Warner Bros. Records artists
Main article: List of former Warner Bros. Records artists

This is a list of artists who record for Warner Bros. ... This is a list of artists who used to record for Warner Bros. ...

Trivia

  • Throughout the 1970s, Frank Zappa made a running gag out of his poor relationship with the label, often comparing being signed with WBR to various forms of torture.
  • Warner Bros. Records donated the Second O of the Hollywood sign on the side of Mount Lee, Los Angeles
  • Prince's infamous struggle with Warner Bros. prompted him to change his recording name to .
  • From late 1992 to early 1998, WBR distributed UK label 4AD's releases in the USA.

Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... Image File history File links Prince_symbol. ... The British indie rock record label 4AD was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records. ...

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See also

This is a list of record labels. ...

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