A report on 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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Flack in 2008

Roberta Flack

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American singer.

American singer.

Flack in 2008
Flack in 1971
Flack in 1995
Flack performing in 2013

Very quickly, he arranged an audition for her with Atlantic Records, during which she played 42 songs in 3 hours for producer Joel Dorn.

Yessongs

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Rainbow Theatre
Roger Dean's artwork for Yessongs was the most elaborate at the time

Yessongs is the first live album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released as a triple album in May 1973 on Atlantic Records.

Poco, in 2007 L-R: Young, Lawrence, Cotton, and Sundrud

Poco

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American country rock band originally formed in 1968 after the demise of Buffalo Springfield.

American country rock band originally formed in 1968 after the demise of Buffalo Springfield.

Poco, in 2007 L-R: Young, Lawrence, Cotton, and Sundrud
Jim Messina, founding member of Poco, performing in 2009

The group was signed to a recording contract with Epic Records, which acquired the rights to Furay from the Springfield's Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco label in return for those to Graham Nash of The Hollies (who was moving to Atlantic as part of forming Crosby, Stills & Nash).

Jimmy Giuffre

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American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger.

American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger.

1956: The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet (Atlantic)

Lotti Golden, Lower East Side c.1968

Lotti Golden

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American singer-songwriter, record producer, poet and artist.

American singer-songwriter, record producer, poet and artist.

Lotti Golden, Lower East Side c.1968
Lotti Golden and Ahmet Ertegun, NYC 1968
Lotti Golden performing, Nashville, TN, 1971
Lotti Golden, Riverside Park, NYC, 1981

Golden is best known for her 1969 debut album Motor-Cycle, on Atlantic Records.

The House of Blue Lights (album)

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Rhythm and blues album by the soul music artist Don Covay & the Jefferson Lemon Blues Band.

Rhythm and blues album by the soul music artist Don Covay & the Jefferson Lemon Blues Band.

It was released in 1969 on Atlantic Records.

Clay in 1997.

Otis Clay

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American R&B and soul singer, who started in gospel music.

American R&B and soul singer, who started in gospel music.

Clay in 1997.

In 1968 the record company folded and his contract was bought by Atlantic Records, who launched their subsidiary Cotillion label with Clay's version of the Sir Douglas Quintet hit, "She's About A Mover", produced at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals.

Classic radial sound sunburst logo, 1953–1973, 1998–2005

Epic Records

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American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony.

American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony.

Classic radial sound sunburst logo, 1953–1973, 1998–2005
Big "E" logo, 1973–1978
Script logo, late 1978–1991, 2005–2011, 2015–present
Stacked-record logo, 1991–1998
Red print logo, 2011–2015

When the newly formed Crosby, Stills & Nash wanted to sign with Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun worked out a deal with Clive Davis whereby Richie Furay's new band Poco (having signed with Atlantic due to Furay's contract from being in Buffalo Springfield) would sign with Epic.

A photo of cabaret performer Mabel Mercer, from the archives of The Mabel Mercer Foundation.

Mabel Mercer

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English-born cabaret singer who performed in the United States, Britain, and Europe with the greats in jazz and cabaret.

English-born cabaret singer who performed in the United States, Britain, and Europe with the greats in jazz and cabaret.

A photo of cabaret performer Mabel Mercer, from the archives of The Mabel Mercer Foundation.
A photograph of Mercer in later life, from the archives of The Mabel Mercer Foundation.

Both were released by Atlantic Records: Mabel Mercer & Bobby Short at Town Hall, in 1968, (Atlantic SD 2-604) and Mabel Mercer & Bobby Short Second Town Hall Concert, in 1969 (Atlantic SD 2-605).

Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary

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On May 14, 1988, the Atlantic Records label held its 40th Anniversary Celebration by staging a non-stop concert lasting almost 13 hours starting at noon and ending just shortly before 1am the following morning at Madison Square Garden, New York.