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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Carla Thomas c. 1960s

Carla Thomas

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American singer, who is often referred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul.

American singer, who is often referred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul.

Carla Thomas c. 1960s
Carla Thomas in 1966

Thomas is best known for her 1960s recordings for Atlantic and Stax including the hits "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)" (1960), "B-A-B-Y" (1966) and "Tramp" (1967), a duet with Otis Redding.

The Cardinals

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American R&B group of the 1950s.

American R&B group of the 1950s.

When Herb Abramson, co-founder of Atlantic Records, passed through Baltimore in 1951 on a talent search, Azrael gave the act an audition, and it’s reported the group left the shop that very night as the newest artists on Atlantic.

Red Bird label of the Dixie Cups' album

Red Bird Records

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Record label founded by American pop music songwriters Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and George Goldner in 1964.

Record label founded by American pop music songwriters Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and George Goldner in 1964.

Red Bird label of the Dixie Cups' album

After closing Spark Records (in 1955) and working for Atlantic (1955–1961) then United Artists (1961–1963) and starting Red Bird, Leiber and Stoller brought in George Goldner, a veteran record promoter and former owner of Gee Records, Gone Records and Rama Records.

National Records

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Record label that was started in New York City by Albert Green in 1945 and lasted until early 1951.

Record label that was started in New York City by Albert Green in 1945 and lasted until early 1951.

Abramson went to Jubilee and then co-founded Atlantic with Ahmet Ertegun.

Swan Song Records

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Record label launched by the English rock band Led Zeppelin on 10 May 1974.

Record label launched by the English rock band Led Zeppelin on 10 May 1974.

The decision to launch the label came after Led Zeppelin's five-year contract with Atlantic Records expired at the end of 1973, although Atlantic ultimately distributed the label's product.

Chains of Love (Ahmet Ertegun song)

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Written by Doc Pomus .

Written by Doc Pomus .

Turner's version was his first success on the Atlantic label established by Ertegun.

Don Covay

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American R&B, rock and roll, and soul singer-songwriter most active from the 1950s to the 1970s.

American R&B, rock and roll, and soul singer-songwriter most active from the 1950s to the 1970s.

A single, "Bip Bop Bip", on which Covay was billed as "Pretty Boy", was released on Atlantic, produced by Little Richard and featuring his backing band, the Upsetters.

(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean

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Song written by Johnny Wallace and Herbert J. Lance and recorded by Ruth Brown in 1952.

Song written by Johnny Wallace and Herbert J. Lance and recorded by Ruth Brown in 1952.

According to Atlantic Records producer Herb Abramson, Lance wrote the song with his friend Wallace (the brother of the boxer Coley Wallace) after the pair had heard a blues singer on the street in Atlanta, Georgia, singing a mournful song that included the title in its lyrics.

Side A of the US single

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

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Side A of the US single
Carole King performing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in 2010

"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" is a 1967 single released by American soul singer Aretha Franklin on the Atlantic label.

Foreigner (band)

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British-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran British guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

British-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran British guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

Foreigner live at Wacken Open Air 2016
Promotional photo, 1996. L-R: Jeff Jacobs, Bruce Turgon, Lou Gramm, Ron Wikso, Mick Jones
Foreigner in 2009

John Kalodner, a former journalist and radio programmer who was working in A&R at Atlantic Records, happened to spot a tape on Atlantic president Jerry L. Greenberg's desk with the Trigger identification on it.