ABC Records

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ABC Records was an American record label founded in New York City in 1955.wikipedia
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Impulse! Records

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Am-Par also created the Impulse! jazz label in 1960.
Impulse!'s parent company, ABC-Paramount Records, was established in 1955 as the recording division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).

Ray Charles

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Ray Charles formed Tangerine Records in March 1962 and arranged for ABC-Paramount to distribute Tangerine's records. Tangerine was formed by Ray Charles to produce his albums and those he produced.
He contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, notably with his two Modern Sounds albums.

Command Records

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Am-Par Record purchased Grand Award Records including the newly formed Command Records label, in 1959. It acquired Audition, Command, Colortone, and Waldorf Music Hall.
Command Records was a record label founded by Enoch Light in 1959 and later associated with ABC-Paramount Records.

Dunhill Records

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In 1967, Dunhill Records was purchased from Lou Adler.
It became a record label the following year and was distributed by ABC Records.

BluesWay Records

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ABC created Bluesway for blues music.
BluesWay Records was an American subsidiary label of ABC-Paramount Records, begun by Bob Thiele in 1966.

Probe Records

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Imprints Probe and Apt were relaunched, Probe as an label which held the international rights to ABC's albums and Apt as a label which released budget cassettes and 8-track tapes.
Probe Records was a sub-label of ABC Records.

Creed Taylor

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His career also included periods at Bethlehem Records, ABC-Paramount (including their jazz label, Impulse!), Verve, and A&M Records.

American Broadcasting Company

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American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres (AB-PT) was the owner of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).
In 1965, the corporate entity, American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres, was renamed as the American Broadcasting Companies, while its cinema division became ABC Theatres; its recording division was renamed ABC Records in 1966.

Chancellor Records

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Chancellor Records had Am-Par Record handled its distribution starting in 1957 and started a trend.
Chancellor Records was a record label associated with ABC-Paramount Records, which initially distributed the smaller label.

Larry Newton

National sales manager Larry Newton was named ABC-Paramount president.
He then became sales manager at the 1955 startup of ABC-Paramount Records, ascending to president in 1965.

Anchor Records

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In 1974, ABC switched British distribution from EMI to the EMI-distributed Anchor Records, allowing ABC recordings to be issued on the ABC label in the UK, and Anchor records to be distributed by ABC on the Anchor label in the US.
Anchor Records was a UK based record label, co-founded by Ian Ralfini and the American Broadcasting Companies, which owned ABC Records in the United States, in 1974.

Tangerine Records (1962)

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Tangerine was formed by Ray Charles to produce his albums and those he produced.
ABC-Paramount Records promoted and distributed it.

American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres

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American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres (AB-PT) was the owner of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). In 1953 ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, the divested former exhibition/cinema division of Paramount Pictures.
The business was incorporated on June 14, 1955, as Am-Par Record Corporation.

W&G Records

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This is not the same ABC Records that operates in Australia, which is run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, although the Ampar label was distributed in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s, first by W&G Records (1955–60) and then by Festival.
W&G released many significant recordings by Australian popular artists of the 1960s and also issued recordings of popular American artists, notably releases from the ABC-Paramount (Ampar) label, which W&G distributed from 1955 until 1960, when the Australian distribution was taken over by Festival Records.

Paramount Pictures

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In 1953 ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, the divested former exhibition/cinema division of Paramount Pictures.
Paramount Pictures was not connected to either Paramount Records (1910s-1935) or ABC-Paramount Records (1955–66) until it purchased the rights to use the name (but not the latter's catalog) in the late 1960s.

Florence Ballard

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After being removed from the Supremes in 1967, Ballard tried an unsuccessful solo career with ABC Records before she was dropped from the label at the end of the decade.

Dot Records

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This acquisition gave ABC Dot, Blue Thumb, and a distribution deal with Sire, which released the first album from the Ramones.
With the rest of the Famous Music Group, in 1974, Dot was bought by ABC, which had tried to purchase the label years before, and discontinued the label at the start of 1978.

Apt Records

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Imprints Probe and Apt were relaunched, Probe as an label which held the international rights to ABC's albums and Apt as a label which released budget cassettes and 8-track tapes.
Apt Records was a sub-label from ABC-Paramount Records.

Stephen Bishop (singer)

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Via Garfunkel's patronage, Bishop finally secured a recording contract with ABC Records in 1976.

Audition Records

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It acquired Audition, Command, Colortone, and Waldorf Music Hall.
The first Audition Records, with no connection to the Audition Records based in Berlin, was sold in October 1959 by Enoch Light to ABC-Paramount Records.

MCA Records

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It acquired many labels before ABC was sold to MCA Records in 1979.
Shortly afterwards, MCA acquired ABC Records along with its subsidiaries Paramount, Dunhill, Impulse!, Westminster, and Dot.

Enoch Light

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ABC purchased all labels from Enoch Light in October 1959.
In 1965, Light sold the Command record label, which had released the Persuasive Percussion series, to ABC Records, which itself was subsequently sold to MCA Records.

Gulf and Western Industries

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In 1974 ABC bought the Famous Music record labels from Gulf and Western, the parent company of Paramount.
In 1974, Gulf and Western sold the entire record operation to the American Broadcasting Company, which continued the Dot and Blue Thumb imprints as subsidiaries of ABC Records, while discontinuing the Paramount label altogether.

Blue Thumb Records

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This acquisition gave ABC Dot, Blue Thumb, and a distribution deal with Sire, which released the first album from the Ramones.
Late in 1974, the Famous Music record labels were sold to ABC Records.

Paul Anka

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In 1957, with $100 given to him by his uncle, he went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing what was widely believed to be a lovestruck verse he had written to a former babysitter.