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December 14, 2012 |
A&M Records spent much of the 1960s, '70s and '80s as one of the leading independent labels in the music business, buoyed by a remarkably consistent string of hits from superstar acts, beginning with label co-founder Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and continuing through the Carpenters, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, the Police, Sting, the Go-Go's, Janet Jackson, Bryan Adams and many others. The one thing they had in common: Most weren't superstars when they came to A&M. "We don't sign big names," Gil Friesen, the longtime president of the label founded in 1962 by Alpert and business partner Jerry Moss, told Forbes in 1988.
June 30, 1999 |
The founders of A&M Records will seek $200 million in a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Seagram Co.' Universal Music for allegedly dismantling the label after a merger, their lawyer said. An amended lawsuit, expected to be filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court today by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, will revise a suit brought last June against PolyGram, which bought A&M in 1989 but was itself acquired by Seagram last year.
April 4, 1990 |
A management shake-up is expected at troubled A&M Records in the wake of the surprise announcement Monday that Gil Friesen has resigned as president of the Hollywood-based company, sources at A&M say. The rumored housecleaning is seen by some observers as the first evidence yet that the layoffs which hit much of U.S. industry following the merger mania of the 1980s are beginning to affect the once-high-flying record industry.
July 12, 1989 |
The notion of American musical heritage used to conjure images of old codgers in coveralls straight from the Appalachians, monitored by troops of earnest musical preservationists. Not to Steve Ralbovsky. The 31-year-old A&M Records senior vice president of artists & repertoire is intent on sharing his belief that American music is a rich and varied living process, more vital and current today than ever.
October 11, 1989 |
In a bid to boost its share of the increasingly consolidated record business, Polygram Records is expected to announce today that it will buy Hollywood-based A&M Records. Neither company would comment on the long-rumored deal before today's news conference in New York. However, industry sources said Polygram, a unit of the Dutch conglomerate N. V.
March 26, 1998 |
A&M Records shocked the music industry five years ago when it decided to shut down its urban music division, once home to Janet Jackson and other black stars. But the Hollywood label bounced back this week with one of the hottest hip-hop records in the nation: the soundtrack to "The Players Club," a new film by Los Angeles rap star Ice Cube. The album burst onto Billboard magazine's pop chart at No. 10 during its first week out.