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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Rhythm and Blues Foundation

Independent American nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music.

Independent American nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music.

The idea for the foundation came in 1987 during discussions about royalties with entertainer Ruth Brown, entertainment attorney Howell Begle, and Ahmet Ertegun, the head of Atlantic Records.

Clockwise from upper left: Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones.

Led Zeppelin

English rock band formed in London in 1968.

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.

Abramson and his wife, Miriam Bienstock, c. 1947

Herb Abramson

Abramson and his wife, Miriam Bienstock, c. 1947

Herbert C. Abramson (November 16, 1916 – November 9, 1999) was an American record executive, record producer, and co-founder of Atlantic Records.

Atco Records

American record label founded in 1955.

American record label founded in 1955.

It is owned by Warner Music Group and operates as an imprint of Atlantic Records.

Turner performing, 1973

Big Joe Turner

American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri.

American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri.

Turner performing, 1973
Turner performing in the 1955 film Rock 'n' Roll Revue

In 1951, while performing with the Count Basie Orchestra at Harlem's Apollo Theater as a replacement for Jimmy Rushing, he was spotted by Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, who contracted him to their new recording company, Atlantic Records.

Charles in the 1960s

Ray Charles

American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer.

American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer.

Charles in the 1960s
Charles in 1968
Charles in 1971
Charles meeting with President Richard Nixon, 1972 (photo by Oliver F. Atkins)
Charles at the 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of his last public performances
Quincy Jones worked with Ray Charles.
Star honoring Charles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard
Statue by Andy Davis in Ray Charles Plaza in Albany, Georgia

Charles pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records.

From left to right: Young, Crosby, Nash, and Stills in a publicity photo in 1970

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.

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.

Franklin in 1968

Aretha Franklin

American singer, songwriter and pianist.

American singer, songwriter and pianist.

Franklin in 1968
Franklin's birthplace, 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Franklin in 1967
Franklin in 1998
Franklin performing in April 2007 at the Nokia Theater in Dallas, Texas
Franklin performs in the East Room of the White House in 2015
Franklin waiting to perform at the White House, in 2015
Franklin and William Wilkerson at the 2011 US Open
Franklin wipes a tear after being given the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005, at the White House. She is seated between fellow recipients Robert Conquest (left) and Alan Greenspan

While her career did not immediately flourish, Franklin found acclaim and commercial success once she signed with Atlantic Records in 1966.

Pickett in 1969

Wilson Pickett

American singer and songwriter.

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.

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Elektra Records

American record label owned by Warner Music Group, founded in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt.

American record label owned by Warner Music Group, founded in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt.

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Gregg Nadel from Atlantic Records A&R became General Manager of the label in 2015.