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Atlantic Records

Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American major record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic Records earned a reputation as one of the most important American recording labels, specializing in jazz, R&B and soul recordings by African-American musicians including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding. Its position was greatly improved by its distribution deal with Stax Records. In 1967, Atlantic Records became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music with releases by bands such as Led Zeppelin and Yes.
  • Founding and early history 

  • The hits begin 

  • Tom Dowd 

  • Jerry Wexler 

  • Nesuhi Ertegun 

  • Herb Abramson departs 

  • Expansion 

  • Leiber and Stoller 

  • Stax 

  • Soul years 

  • Acquisition by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts 

  • The rock era 

  • Signing Led Zeppelin and CSN 

  • Long Branch warehouse fire 

  • 40th Anniversary concert 

  • "You're Pitiful" dispute 

  • Recent developments 

  • Notable sublabels