ABC Records

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.

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ABC Records
Parent companyAmerican Broadcasting Company
Founded1955; 68 years ago (1955)
Defunct1979; 44 years ago (1979)
StatusSold to MCA Records: Defunct
Distributor(s)Self-distributed (US), EMI (international), Anchor Records (UK), Sparton Records (Canada), Polydor Records (Canada), GRT (Canada)
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew 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.[1][2]