US record label; imprint of ABC Records, Inc. / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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ABC Records was an American record label founded in New York City in 1955. It originated as the main popular music label operated by the Am-Par Record Corporation. Am-Par also created the Impulse! jazz label in 1960. It acquired many labels before ABC was sold to MCA Records in 1979. ABC produced music in a variety of genres: pop, rock, jazz, country, rhythm and blues, soundtrack, gospel, and polka. In addition to producing records, ABC licensed masters from independent record producers, and purchased regionally released records for national distribution.
|Parent company||American Broadcasting Company|
|Founded||1955; 68 years ago (1955)|
|Defunct||1979; 44 years ago (1979)|
|Status||Sold to MCA Records: Defunct|
|Distributor(s)||Self-distributed (US), EMI (international), Anchor Records (UK), Sparton Records (Canada), Polydor Records (Canada), GRT (Canada)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New York City|
The label was initially called Am-Par Records (1955), but quickly changed to ABC-Paramount Records (1955–1966), and then renamed ABC Records in 1966.