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Guide to the Time Inc. Atlantic Recording Company and Elektra Entertainment Records
1964-1993 (bulk, 1974-1993)
 MS 3009-RG 51

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Historical Note

Atlantic Recording Corporation (usually known as Atlantic Records) was a record label founded by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson in 1947 which became known for specializing in the jazz, R&B, and soul genres. In 1967, Atlantic Records was purchased by Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers went through a series of mergers or sales to become Kinney National Services.

Elektra Entertainment was a record label founded by by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt in 1950 which became known for releases in the rock and contemporary folk genres. Elektra was purchased in 1970 by Kinney National Services in 1970 which changed its name to Warner Communications in 1972.

In 1990 Warner Communications merged with Time Inc. to form Time Warner. In 1993 Time Warner Entertainment was formed as a division of the company which included music labels such as Atlantic Records and Elektra Entertainment.


Edwards, David, and Mike Callahan. "The Atlantic Records Story." Both Sides Now Stereo Newsletter, Both Sides Now Publications, February 20, 2000,

Sutel, Seth. "Warner Music Slashes Jobs, Ousts Bigwigs". The Washington Post (AP), March 2, 2004,