A&M Records Celebrates 50th Birthday With Release Of 3-CD Set
July 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM (PT)
It's an archetypal story of the modern record business -- two guys with a dream running their new label out of a WEST HOLLYWOOD garage in the SUMMER of 1962. The label quickly gains momentum and eventually becomes one of the most important record companies the world has ever seen. The two guys were HERB ALPERT and JERRY MOSS, the "A" and the "M" in A&M Records. And this year the two record men and UMe are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their label.
As part of the celebration, on AUGUST 28th, UMe is releasing A&M 50: THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. A 60-track, 3-CD set curated by ALPERT & MOSS, THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION perfectly illustrates the effect the legendary label is still having on contemporary popular music.
"We wanted to make good records," said HERB ALPERT, reflecting on the label's genesis. "That was our goal. We felt if we made good records there would be an audience."
A&M's dedication to development resulted in some of the biggest superstars in music ever: JOE COCKER, PROCOL HARUM, QUINCY JONES, BILLY PRESTON, CAT STEVENS, CARPENTERS, PETER FRAMPTON, SUPERTRAMP, JEFFREY OSBORNE, STYX, BRYAN ADAMS, JOE JACKSON, THE POLICE, STING, JANET JACKSON, SUZANNE VEGA, SHERYL CROW, SOUNDGARDEN and many more.