Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records logo from its inception in 1947 to 1966 (it was still used on 7" single releases), used again from 1979 to 1981 and 2004 to 2015.
Atlantic logo used from 1966 to 2005. It was revived in 2015.
"Weird Al" Yankovic edits Atlantic Records' Wikipedia page to read "YOU SUCK!" in the music video for the song "White & Nerdy"

American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson.

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Stax Records

American record company, originally based in Memphis, Tennessee.

The "Stax-o-Wax" logo used during the Atlantic distribution years
Hip Hug-Her, by Booker T. & the MG's (1967), showing the two different Atlantic-era Stax logos
The Stax Museum on McLemore Avenue in Memphis, founded in 2003, is a replica of the Stax studio, built on the same site where many of the historic Stax recording sessions took place. The original Stax studio was demolished in 1989.
Tennessee Historical Commission marker at the original site of Stax Records, now the site of the Stax campus.

Following the death of Stax's biggest star, Otis Redding, in 1967, and the severance of the label's distribution deal with Atlantic Records in 1968, Stax continued primarily under the supervision of a new co-owner, Al Bell.

Ahmet Ertegun

Turkish-American businessman, songwriter, record executive and philanthropist.

Ertegun circa 1960
The Ertegun family in 1942
Atlantic Records logo from its inception in 1947 to 1966 (it was still used on 7" single releases), used again from 1979 to 1981 and 2004 to 2015.
Ahmet (left) with his brother Nesuhi, around 1960

Ertegun was the co-founder and president of Atlantic Records.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) were a folk rock supergroup made up of American singer-songwriters David Crosby and Stephen Stills, and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash.

From left to right: Young, Crosby, Nash, and Stills in a publicity photo in 1970
Stills (left), Crosby and Nash in 1974
Crosby, Stills & Young outdoor stadium tour at Foreman Field, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA. (August 17, 1974)
One of the backdrops during the 2006 "Freedom of Speech" tour, as shown here, was the photos of American soldiers who had died in the war in Iraq.
CSN in 2010
CSNY during their 2006 tour; L to R: Graham Nash, Tom Bray, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, and David Crosby

Crosby had been asked to leave the Byrds in late 1967, and Stills' band Buffalo Springfield had broken up in early 1968; Nash left his band the Hollies in December, and by early 1969 the trio had signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

Wilson Pickett

American singer and songwriter.

Pickett in 1969
Wilson Pickett with Pino Presti during the European tour in 1970
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

Pickett sent the demo to Jerry Wexler, a producer at Atlantic Records.

Led Zeppelin

English rock band formed in London in 1968.

Clockwise from upper left: Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones.
The band's logotype, used since 1973
A 1937 photograph of the burning LZ 129 Hindenburg taken by news photographer Sam Shere, used on the cover of the band's debut album and extensively on later merchandise
Bron-Yr-Aur, near Machynlleth, the Welsh cottage to which Page and Plant retired in 1970 to write many of the tracks that appeared on the band's third and fourth albums
Plant and Page perform acoustically in Hamburg in March 1973, just before the release of the band's fifth album, Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin perform at Chicago Stadium in January 1975, a few weeks before the release of Physical Graffiti
Plant and Page performing in Chicago Stadium in Chicago on 10 April 1977, during Led Zeppelin's last North American tour.
The Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan, where the band set a record for the largest solo indoor attraction in 1977 with an attendance of 76,229
After the death of Bonham (pictured in July 1973) on 25 September 1980, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin decided to disband the group.
Page performs at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California in 1983.
Page, Plant, and Jones performing at Live Aid in Philadelphia
Jason Bonham, who filled his late father's position for reunions in 1988, 1995 and 2007
Led Zeppelin performing at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London in December 2007
Led Zeppelin answering questions at the film premiere of Celebration Day at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, October 2012
John Bonham's aggressive drumming style was critical to the hard rock sound associated with the band
Page with the double-neck Gibson EDS-1275 used for playing "Stairway to Heaven" among other songs live
Plant's vocal style has been highly influential in rock music, while his mane of long blond hair and powerful, bare-chested appearance, helped to create the "rock god" archetype. A 2011 Rolling Stone readers' pick named him the Best Lead Singer of All Time.
Jones performing with the band in Mannheim, West Germany in 1980 on their last tour
Led Zeppelin were honoured by US President Barack Obama at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors.

Originally named the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that gave them considerable artistic freedom.

Warner Music Group

American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City.

Logo of WEA International
Edgar Bronfman Jr., scion of the Canadian-based Bronfman family, took control of WMG in 2004.
Leonard Blavatnik, founder of Access Industries, purchased WMG in 2011.

The company owns and operates some of the largest and most successful labels in the world, including Elektra Records, Reprise Records, Warner Records, Parlophone Records (formerly owned by EMI), and Atlantic Records.

Tom Dowd

Dowd demonstrates how he mixed "Layla"

Thomas John Dowd (October 20, 1925 – October 27, 2002) was an American recording engineer and producer for Atlantic Records.

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts

American entertainment company active from 1967 until 1969.

Later that same year, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts purchased Atlantic Records.

Nesuhi Ertegun

Nesuhi Ertegun (Turkish spelling: Nesuhi Ertegün; November 26, 1917 – July 15, 1989) was a Turkish-American record producer and executive of Atlantic Records and WEA International.

Sam & Dave

American soul and R&B duo who performed together from 1961 until 1981.

Sam & Dave in 1967
Sam & Dave in 1966

In summer 1964, Stone introduced the duo to Atlantic Records' Jerry Wexler, who signed them to Atlantic.