March 1, 2013
A&M Records: The World’s Largest Independent Record Company
The Universal Music Group (UMG) is parent to a lot of record labels, one of them being the 50-year-old A&M Records. Founded in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, A&M Records has had a long, colorful history of producing music for many great artists, including the likes of Liza Minnelli, Wes Montgomery, The Carpenters, Burt Bacharach, Cat Stevens, Paul Desmond, Paul Williams, Styx, Nazareth, the Sex Pistols, Atlantic Starr, the Go-Go’s, Bryan Adams, Janet Jackson and more.
In the years following A&M’s introduction to the music industry, the studio grew to become the world’s largest independent record company, distributing music throughout the entire world via local record labels. A&M came up with different specialty imprints for the different music genres from the 1960s to the 1990s. A&M Records was acquired by PolyGram in 1989, which was subsequently bought and merged with other record companies to form Universal. Now, A&M Records is called A&M/Octone Records, a partnership between the record label and Octone, led by James Diener.