A&M RECORDS HISTORY

1962

By mid-year Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss each invested $100 to form a partnership they called Carnival Records. Carnival released two singles, "Tell It to the Birds" by Dore Alpert (a Herb Alpert vocal released in July) and "Love Is Back in Style" by Charlie Robinson. Carnival was only able to create local distribution but "Tell It to the Birds" became a local hit. To get national distribution of the Dore Alpert single, Herb and Jerry sold it to Dot Records for $700. "Tell It to the Birds" sold between 12-15,000 copies that earned the partners about $3,500. "Love Is Back in Style" did not sell well.

In August, Carnival became A&M Records when Alpert and Moss learned another record company used the Carnival name first. Moss also brought to the deal his music publishing company Irving Music. Both Carnival and A&M Records began as divisions of Irving Music. The business address was 419 Westbourne Dr., West Hollywood, California--Herb Alpert's garage. Said Jerry Moss, "We had a desk, piano, piano stool, a couch, coffee table and two phone lines. And that for the two of us worked out very well, because we could go over the songs on the piano and make phone calls to the distributors. We also had an answering service at the time. I'd do all my own billing."

Also in August, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss released their third single "The Lonely Bull" by The Tijuana Brass with Herb Alpert. Festival Records in Australia licensed the single and on December 22, 1962, "The Lonely Bull" reached #1 on the Australia singles chart. Alpert and Moss retained Festival Records as its distributor in Australia and New Zealand until they sold the label in 1989. This was the longest of all of A&M's international licensing and distribution agreements.

September 1962 is the date attributed to the first commercial use of the A&M Records logo with the orange A&M typeface and black trumpet.

On October 27, "The Lonely Bull" entered the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. It peaked on December 8, 1962 at the #6 position. The single sold about 700,000 copies and netted about $180,000. The Lonely Bull album was released in December and on December 29, it entered the Billboard charts. In December, EMI acquired "The Lonely Bull" for its Stateside label in England.

In November, the label released "Little White Lies/Story of an Evergreen Tree" by the Kenjolairs. It showed regional sales potential in Los Angeles, San Franscico and Hartford, Connecticut according to Billboard.

The original record manufacturer of A&M products was Monarch Records. Monarch would remain one of A&M's manufacturers until 1979. A&M's interest in quality pressings started with "The Lonely Bull." At the time, monoaural albums were pressed on styrene and stereo on vinyl. Alpert insisted on vinyl for his mono album.

As 1962 ended, Alpert and Moss had scored three successes: they had their first Top 10 single; their first album was on the Billboard Album Charts, and they had hired their first employee, Jolene Burton, as operations manager ensuring that records were pressed, jackets were printed, and to manage accounts received and bill payment.

1962 BILLBOARD POP SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)

1963

On January 12, The Lonely Bull peaked at #10 on the Billboard Album chart. On March 16, the single peaked at #6 on the Israel chart.

In January, the George McCurn single "I'm Just a Country Boy" was released. Billboard reported that the single looked like it would be a smash hit in Buffalo, New York and Seattle.

On February 1, A&M Records opened its first office at 8255 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA.

The second album from A&M Records, I'm Just a Country Boy by George McCurn was released.

Wechter's recordings were released as The Baja Marimba Band. Like the first Tijuana Brass recordings, the early Baja Marimba Band was studio musicians. The Baja Marimba Band's singles first appeared on the Almo International label, a division of A&M Records. Their first single. "Comin' in the Back Door" sold about 150,000 copies. The Baja Marimba Band album sold about 60,000 copies.

A&M licensed several singles from Jerry Dennon. The Dave Lewis single, "David's Mood" became a breakout single in Seattle.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

By July, Alpert and Moss had signed Julius Wechter and Waylon Jennings. They also signed and recorded Bob Regan and Lucille Starr as The Canadian Sweethearts.

1963 BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1)
George McCurn (1)
1963 CASHBOX CHART
SINGLES
George McCurn (1 Top 90)
Kenjolairs (1 Top 100)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1 Top 100)

1964

Most of our hits have come from left field. We search for the strange sound and we seem to have an ear for this kind of tune. You can drop dead with it or sell four million copies."
--Jerry Moss, Billboard, June 20, 1964

In April, A&M signed Waylon Jennings to a new contract.

In November, Alpert and Moss hired their second employee, Gil Friesen as their General Manager followed by engineer Larry Levine who was often called "the eighth member of the Tijuana Brass." Friesen's first big contribution to A&M was to talk Herb Alpert into performing. He and Alpert hired the musicians and played two performances as the opening act for Dave Brubeck in Santa Monica.

In 1964, A&M released five albums. Two of the Tijuana Brass singles and one Baja Marimba Band album appeared on the Billboard charts. The third Tijuana Brass album South of the Border was released in October. Moss estimated that the first three TJB albums sold 60,000 copies.

A&M struck its first international licensing agreement with Festival Records in Australia. In December, A&M finalized a distribution deal with Pye Records for Great Britain and South Africa. Until then, A&M licensed its music to the British market on a per record basis. The Lonely Bull album was licensed to EMI and The Baja Marimba Band was licensed to Decca internationally. A&M also had licensing arrangements with Nippon Victor in Japan and Quality Records in Canada.

San Francisco radio station KSFO ran an early contest promoting A&M. It was called, "Why I Would Like Herb Alpert to Write a Song for Me." The winning contestant was Wincle Lamoyan Coan who was chosen for his unusual name. The song was titled "Wincle Lamoyan Coan" and was recorded by the Baja Marimba Band.

A&M signed Young Billy Beau who, at ten years old, was the youngest artist A&M would ever sign. Billy recorded one single for A&M titled "Kids." He went on to be known as Billy Burnette. "Kids" was written by Dr. Seuss.

In 1964, A&M released five albums and grossed abour $500,000.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY

Monaural albums retailed for $3.98 and stereo albums sold for $4.98.

1964 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Baja Marimba Band (1)Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)

1965

Billboard reported that in March A&M made $175,000 and did $200,000 of business in April.

In May, A&M signed with Capitol Record Club anticipating that it would bill $2 million during the year.

Tommy LiPuma was hired in July as the label's first artists and repertoire (a&r) manager and a staff producer. His duties also included working with the Irving/Almo catalog of songs and acquiring singles. Marshall Lieve was hired as a producer and Chester Pipkin as a staff writer for Irving Music.

In August, A&M Records established a second music publishing company, Almo Music.

The Alpert and Brass single "Whipped Cream" sold about 150,000 copies. In September, the Brass played its last concert as an opening act, this time for Johnny Mathis. In October, George Carlin and Astrud Gilberto opened for the TJB at Basin Street East in New York City. They played three shows a night for three weeks to sell-out crowds.

Frank Werber's Trident Productions entered an exclusive distribution deal with A&M Records. The deal brought We Five to A&M and gave the label its second top five record on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in October. The success of the single created a rush-release for the album of the same name.

Festival Records, the A&M distributor in Australia rush-released the Tijuana Brass single "Third Man Theme" because it was expected to be the biggest selling TJB single since "The Lonely Bull."

On October 8, the Baja Marimba Band held its first concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. They appeared with comedian Bill Cosby.

For the first time the label had two hit singles--"A Taste of Honey" and We Five's "You Were on My Mind," numbers 1 and 2 respectively in Cash Box. Their albums, Whipped Cream and Other Delights and You Were on My Mind sold one million copies in one month. The TJB records were selling at a rate of 50,000 copies per day in late 1965. The company grossed about $6 million in 1965.

A&M entered the 4- and 8-track tape formats with manufacturing and distribution by ITCC.

On December 15, A&M Records received its first RIAA gold album certifications for Whipped Cream and Other Delights and Going Places!, both by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. A&M won its first four Grammy Awards for the single "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

By year's end, A&M had placed five singles and one album on the Billboard Pop charts. Herb Alpert put two albums and three singles on the charts.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

In December, Labert Ellis, The Grads (later renamed The Sandpipers), the New Comers.

Other signings this year were Bill Dana, The Sequins, and Sergio Mendes & Brasil '65. (Mendes changed the group's name to Brasil '66 with the release of his first album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66.) With the signing of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Alpert and Moss met Mendes' attorney, Abe Somer. Somer would go on to become A&M's general counsel and a member of its board of directors.

1965 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (3)
We Five (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (4)
Chris Montez (1)
We Five (1)
1965 GRAMMY® AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTISTWON
Best Engineered RecordingTaste of Honey (a)Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
(Larry Levine, Eng.)
Won
Best Instrumental ArrangementTaste of Honey (a)Herb AlpertWon
Best Instrumental Performance Non-JazzTaste of Honey (a)Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Won
Record of the YearTaste of Honey (a)Herb AlpertWon
Best Vocal Group PerformanceYou Were on My MindWe Five

1966

Bob Fead was hired as the National Sales Director. He established A&M's independent distributor network. Don Graham was named A&M's first National Promotion Director. Dave Hubert joined A&M Records in International Publishing. Chuck Kaye joined A&M Records as the head of Almo/Irving Music. Allen Stanton was hired into the a&r department and Larry Marks was hired to work the Top 40 field.

In 1966, Almo Music/Irving Music held about 200 copyrights. It began searching for writers and songs to add to its catalog. The first hit song that was not on A&M was Ruthann Friedman's "Windy" by The Association.

The Checkmates, Ltd. were signed to A&M in 1966 and the label launched Sergio Mendes & Brasil'66, the Sandpipers, and Chris Montez.

In September, Ampex Tapes began manufacturing 4 and 8-track tapes for A&M Records.

November 6, 1966 was the day A&M Records opened its offices in the Charlie Chaplin Studios at 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, Hollywood with 32 employees. On buying the Charlie Chaplin Studios, Jolene Burton remembers, ""With absolutely no idea that we would possibly, conceivably buy it, Jerry and I went over with the real estate people and the attorney. Herb was out of town. When we drove through the gates, I took one look at Jerry and said, 'We just bought ourselves a piece of property!' Immediate enthrallment. When Herb came back he took one look at the place and had exactly the same feeling that Jerry did. There was something about going through those gates that felt like home." And, A&M opened an office in the Iroquois Building in Philadelphia to handle its East Coast work.

Bob Fead said that on his first day of work, A&M sold 278,000 records. By the end of the year, Herb Alpert sold 13.7 million albums and sales exceeded $25 million. The label started the year with about ten employees and added 20 employees through the year.

On November 18, for the first time, an album and its tape version were released on the same day. The album was S.R.O by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. The tapes were open reel, 4-track and 8-track formats.

1966 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (3)
Baja Marimba Band (2)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (4)
Chris Montez (4)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (2)
Sandpipers (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (4)
Chris Montez (3)
Baja Marimba Band (2)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (2)
Sandpipers (2)
1966 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Album of the YearWhat Now My LoveHerb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Best Instrumental ArrangementWhat Now My Love Herb Alpert & the Tijuana BrassWon
Best Instrumental Performance
Other Than Jazz
What Now My LoveHerb Alpert & the Tijuana BrassWon
Record of the YearWhat Now My LoveHerb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
PhotographyGuantanmeraSandpipers
(Peter Whorf photographer)
Rock & Roll Group PerformanceGuantanmeraSandpipers
Vocal Group PerformanceGuantanmeraSandpipers
Photography Whipped Cream &
Other Delights
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
(Peter Whorf photographer)

1967

A&M artists opened the NARM convention. The Tijuana Brass, Baja Marimba Band, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 and Chris Montez all performed while Bill Dana served as the emcee.

In March, A&M sighed up for Playtape's two-track CARtridge system. Playtape cartridges had several formats, its single had two songs and retailed for $1.00; extended plays contained four songs and sold for $1.49 and playtape albums had eight tunes and cost $2.49.

On March 15, A&M's licensing deal with Pye Records in Great Britain launched A&M under its own logo. On March 31, the first single "Casino Royale" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was released.

Harold Childs was named the Vice President of Promotion and Derek Taylor hired as the Artist/Public Relations writer. In October, Paul Cooper joined the press information department. In December, Ed Rosenblatt was named the director of merchandising and advertising in addition to his work as administrative assistant in the tape cartridge department.

For the first time, A&M began making stereo singles available for radio airplay. These included "Here, There and Everywhere" by Claudine Longet, "Live" by Merry-Go-Round, "Wade in the Water" by the TJB, "Amy's Theme" by Nick DeCaro, "Because of You" by Chris Montez and "For Me" by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66.

A&M entered into its first distribution deal with Creed Taylor to distribute his CTI Records. The first album, Wes Montgomery's A Day in the Life was a hit.

In April, A&M had a deal with Greengrass Productions for the groups Stark Naked and the Car Thieves. No recordings were released by these groups.

It was a year for construction and new offices. In April, A&M began building its studios at 1416 N. La Brea. Larry Levine and Herb Alpert hired Howard Holzer who engineered the original recording equipment in the studio.

In June, the first New York office opened in the Steinway Building on 57th Street and the Philadelphia office closed. In October, construction on the financial center for Jolene Burton's Accounting Department began. When they moved into the first new building completed at 1416 N. LaBrea, it was state-of-the-art computers. A&M also added an IBM computer system with eight employeees in its data processing department. The system gave A&M an automated inventory system with daily reports; recoupable artists costs, and royalties. Jerry Moss promoted Ms. Burton to Controller. She was A&M's first woman executive.

In August, Rondor Music was established. Also in August, the label had it largest album release schedule in its history with six albums from Burt Bacharach, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Wes Montgomery, Claudine Longet, Merry-Go-Round and Jimmie Rodgers.

On November 14, 1967, the Patent and Trademark Office registered the A&M Records logo. Ampex Stereo Tapes began manufacturing cassettes for A&M.

On December 12, the Hollywood Palace television variety showed aired its all A&M Records artists evening hosted by Herb Alpert. The Tijuana Brass, Baja Marimba Band, Burt Bacharach, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Liza Minnelli and Wes Montgomery all performed.

The label contracted for short films that it sent to television stations of "Test Patterns" by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart and "You're a Very Lovely Woman" by Merry-Go-Round. Other films were created for the Tijuana Brass, Brasil '66 and Chris Montez. The films were used as substitutes when the artist could not appear.

Internationally, King Record Company was distributing A&M in Japan. Festival Records of Australia and A&M developed a distribution contract for Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. In Britain, Pye Records began to release A&M products with the A&M label. The first single in England to carry the A&M logo was "Casino Royale" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. In France, Pathe-Marconi began distributing A&M Records. It created a $2 promotional album with two tracks each by Herb Alpert, the Baja Marimba Band, Chris Montez, the Sandpipers, and Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66.

1967 ARTIST SIGNINGS

In April, Burt Bacharach, with a provision that he would produce his own records. At the signing announcement, the Bond Street/Alfie single was to be the first release.

In May, Phil Ochs and Wes Montgomery.

In the July/August time frame, Ruthann Friedman, composer of the hit song "Windy" made famous by The Association. Julius Wechter was re-signed to a long-term contract.

In October, Procol Harum became the first British group signed to A&M Records followed by The Move. Liza Minnelli was signed in the U.S.

Other artists singed to A&M included Burt Bacharach, Pete Jolly, Lee Michaels, and Joe Cocker.

1967 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)
Claudine Longet (2)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (4)
Claudine Longet (3)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (4)
Baja Marimba Band (4)
Claudine Longet (4)
Sandpipers (3)
Jimmie Rodgers (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Wes Montgomery (1 Top 10)
1967 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Instrumental ArrangementAlfieBurt BacharachWon
Best Instrumental ArrangementCasino RoyaleHerb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Best Instrumental PerformanceCasino RoyaleHerb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Best Instrumental ThemeCasino RoyaleBurt Bacharach & Hal David
Contemporary Vocal GroupWhiter Shade of Pale (a)Procol Harum
Male Contemporary Vocal SoloChild of ClayJimmie Rodgers
Graphic Arts Guantanamera by The Sandpipers (Peter Whorf, art director)
Photography What Now My Love Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
(Peter Whorf, George Jerman photographers)

1968

In just two years, A&M's employee roster doubled to 68. Chuck Wardman was named A&M's first full-time Production Director.

In April, the New York office moved to 1655 Broadway. In Los Angeles, $400,000 in equipment was ordered for the new Financial Center.

On May 11, Billboard reported that A&M was the first label to duplicate, distribute and market its own 4-track and 8-track tapes. All of the record companies had licensing agreements for tapes and A&M had agreements with Ampex and ITCC. Under the agreement, A&M received royalties from tape sales while Ampex and ITCC incurred manufacturing, promotion and distribution costs.

June 22, 1968 was the day A&M Records had its first #1 single, "This Guy's in Love with You" by Herb Alpert.

A&M Studios opened in August.

Bob Fead was promoted to General Manager in October.

In December, Sears refused to carry The Fool on the Hill album by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 stating that it was "in poor taste graphically." The gatefold album cover showed the profile of a woman's naked torso. A sticker was placed over the breast on the back cover.

On the Billboard charts, 15 singles and 18 albums. Of the five RIAA gold records given to A&M, three were awarded to the Tijuana Brass.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

February: Artie Butler
April: The Checkmates, Ltd.
May: The Strawbs
Tamiko Jones
October: Evie Sands
November: John Braden
Other artists signed: Sea Train, Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Churls, Melvin Van Peebles, and Dillard and Clark.

1968 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)
Baja Marimba Band (2)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (2)
Wes Montgomery (2)
Sandpipers (2)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (5)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (4)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (5)
Claudine Longet (4)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (4)
Baja Marimba Band (3)
Sandpipers (3)
Chris Montez (2)
Wes Montgomery (2)
Jimmie Rodgers (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Sergio Mendes &Brasil '66 (#10)
Wes Montgomery (#4; #39)
1968 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Arrangement Accompanying
Vocalist(s)
Fool on the Hill (the)Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
(Dave Grusin, Arranger)
Contemporary Pop Vocal GroupFool on the Hill (the)Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

1969

A&M's a&r department was Herb Alpert, Jack Daugherty, Larry Marks, Chad Stuart and George Tobin.

Phil Spector produced The Ronettes single "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered," the Checkmates album Love Is All We Have to Give and Ike and Tina Turner's River Deep, Mountain High released in August. He was with A&M about six months. The Checkmates "Black Pearl" was A&M's biggest single of the year.

Bob Fead was named Vice President of Sales and Distribution. Fead established a Regional Sales network with Marv Dorfman as the National Sales Manager. Bob Elliott became manager of the tape division making A&M the first record company with an executive over tapes. Dave Hubert established theInternational Department.

A&M Records, Ltd. opend in Great Britain.

In November, Almo/Irving Music bought the Beach Boys' Sea of Tunes song catalog for $700,000.

A&M Studios added mixing/cutting rooms and reverberation chambers.

Herb Alpert released the last album by the original Tijuana Brass, "The Brass Are Comin'," starred in the fourth TJB TV special and did a world tour. In March, he disbanded the Brass.

Alpert: "Could you sign these kids [Karen and Richard Carpenter]? I really think they're great."
Moss: "Who's going to produce them?"
Alpert: "Jack Daugherty."
Moss: "What's he produced before?"
Alpert: "Nothing."
Moss: "Chuck (Kaye) knows him, he does his lead sheets, you want him to produce?"
Alpert: "Yeah, he's the right guy."

The year ended with a record 18 singles and 39 albums entering the Billboard charts. This was A&M's best year for the number of albums to make the charts.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

On April 22, Carpenters signed. Fairport Convention also signed. The announcement of the signing said the initial album would be What We Did on Our Holidays, however it was self-titled.

August: Humble Pie

Quincy Jones, Joe Cocker and Abaco Dream signed with A&M. Through Island Records, A&M signed Fairport Convention (including Sandy Denny), Free, Spooky Tooth, Jimmy Cliff and Cat Stevens. All these signings gave A&M nearly 40 artists on its roster.

1969 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)
Burt Bacharach (2)
Baja Marimba Band (2)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (2)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)
Checkmates, Ltd. (2)
Joe Cocker (3)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (3)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (3)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (3)
Baja Marimba Band (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Quincy Jones (1 Top 10)
Ike & Tina Turner (1 Top 30)
George Benson (1 Top 40)
Melvin Van Peebles (1 Top 50)
Walter Wanderley (1 Top 50)
Sonny Charles (1 Top 10)
Abaco Dream (1 Top 30)
1969 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance
Small Group or Soloist with Small Group
Willow Weep for Me Wes Montgomery Won
Best Original Score written for a
Motion Picture or Television Special
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Burt BacharachWon
Contemporary Song Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My HeadBurt Bacharach & Hal David
Song of the YearI'll Never Fall in Love AgainBurt Bacharach & Hal David
Song of the YearRaindrops Keep Fallin' on My HeadBurt Bacharach & Hal David
Package Road Song Wes Montgomery
(Sam Antupit, Pete Turner)

1970

A&M Records Canada was established in February.

A&M presented the National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM) the funding for the Wes Montgomery Memorial Scholarship. Both A&M and NARM contributed $2,000 and agreed to operate the scholarship every four years.

Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen album was the first one offered as a twin cassett and 8-track tappe for $9.98. By October 1970, it sold 94,000 8-tracks and 27,000 cassettes. Tape sales in 1970 were a 100 percent increase over 1969. Of all tape formats, cassettes were 22 percent, reel to reel 3 percent and 8-tracks 75 percent of sales.

Tape sales were 35 to 40 percent of total sales. Illegal tape duplication and sales were a large problem in 1970. A&M took steps to stop it: (1) telling its distributors that if they or their accounts were caught selling bogus tapes, A&M would cut off its music; (2) it paid increased dues to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to help offset its legal costs against illegal duplication, and (3) worked with National Association of Record Merchandisers on other solutions.

Around June, Bones Howe signed a production deal with A&M Records. It brought Bob Alciar to A&M to produce for the Sandpipers and Robin Wilson.

Total sales in August topped $4 million with $2.8 million in album sales and $291,000 in singles sales. Vinly was 75 percent of the sales; four and 8-track tapes were 19.6 percent, cassettes were 4.7 percent and open reel tapes were two percent of products sold. From July through September, A&M sold over $9.9 million in products.

In November, Joan Marker became the director of advertising and merchandising and Risa Potters was appointed assistant publicity director.

A&M agreed to distribute Ode Records.

Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen became A&M's first twin pack 8-track as well as cassette tape with a retail price of $9.98. It sold over 180,000 copies in the 8-track format and 40,000 cassettes. A&M tried to release tapes on the same day as the vinyl album or within one week album's release.

A&M product was expected to account for four percent of total sales in Japan during 1970.

The label released nine albums in July. Four of them were on Billboard's national charts. Sales for the month were $1.95 million. August sales were $4.16 million and September sales were $3.81 million.

A&M placed 13 singles and 18 albums on the Billboard charts. A total of 11 RIAA gold records were given to A&M. The Carpenters, Joe Cocker and Burt Bacharach received three each.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

May: Ron Davies, Lambert and Nuttycombe
June: Supertramp
August: Barbara Keith and Roger Kellaway
November: Michel Colombier

Other artists who signed with A&M were Brother John, Marc Benno and Luziana Band.

1970 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Sandpipers (2)
Spooky Tooth (2)
Carpenters (4)
Joe Cocker (2)
Free (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (3)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)
Carpenters (2)
Sandpipers (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Quincy Jones (1 Top 20)
Joe Cocker (1 Top 40)
Wes Montgomery (1 Top 50)
1970 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Album of the YearClose to YouCarpenters
Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)Close to YouCarpenters
Best Engineered RecordingClose to YouCarpenters
Contemporary Vocal GroupClose to YouCarpentersWon
New ArtistCarpentersWon
Record of the YearClose to YouCarpenters
Best Jazz Performance Large Group
or Soloist with Large Group
Bridge Over Troubled WaterPaul Desmond
Contemporary Male VocalistMad Dogs and Englishmen Joe Cocker
Contemporary Song We've Only Just Begun Roger Nichols, Paul Williams
Song of the YearWe've Only Just Begun Roger Nichols, Paul Williams

1971

In May, recording act Free disbanded.

Lance Freed was named executive assistant at A&M. He moved into this position after directing A&M's college promotion department. The new job directed the college department, A&M's vido projects and A&M's Compendium. Andy Meyer was promoted to the college promotion director.

In September, Kip Cohen joined A&M Records.

King Records, A&M's distributor in Japan, estimated that A&M would be 12% of its sales for the year.

In music industry awards, Jerry Moss was named Record Executive of the Year at the Gavin Awards, and the National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM) Record Company of the Year award went to A&M.

A&M was the first label to venture into video tape. Until this time, video was created on the soundstage. The label decided to create a videotaping facility within the studio complex. The engineering staff was handled video recording. The idea was to pursue both business applications to introduce distributors and affiliates to new artists and new recordings and also to create a library of video that it could package when home video would become available in the coming years. And, Chuck Braverman created a promotional film featuring over 40 A&M artists.

A&M released its second twin pack tape, Humble Pie's Performance Rockin' the Fillmore. The price was $6.98, a $3 decrease from the first twin pack.

A&M used 29 independent distributors to get its recordings into retail stores.

RPM became the licensee for southern and central Africa.

By the fall of the year, only 65 albums had been released, fewer than 1970. The company decided that if it released fewer albums, it could more effectively market and merchandise them. The label also decided to put more time into marketing and merchandising its singles, too.

It was A&M's second best year in its history at the Grammys. Carole King, an A&M artist by Ode Records distribution agreement, won all four of the major Grammys. She was the first woman to do so. It was also A&M's fourth best year in history winning 11 RIAA gold records--four for the Carpenters, three for Carole King and two for Cat Stevens.

Quincy Jones won the Billboard 1972 Trendsetter Award Based on Achievement in 1971 "for producing a fresh, contemporary sound for big band jazz albums."

ARTIST SIGNINGS

February: Paul Williams
May: Bill Medley, Earth Quake, Tim Weisberg
July: Rita Coolidge, Billy Preston
Other artists who signed: Sandy Denny.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS
SP 4100$4.98-5.98
SP 3500$4.98-5.98
SP 3000$4.98-5.98
1971 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (2)
Rita Coolidge (2)
Free (2)
Humble Pie (2)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 and '77 (2)
Cat Stevens (2)
Carpenters (3)
Cat Stevens (3)
Lee Michaels (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Carpenters (3)
Cat Stevens (3)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Quincy Jones (1 Top 20)Sisters Love (1 Top 20)

1971 BILLBOARD TALENT IN ACTION

CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Singles Artists 2. Carpenters (4)
19. Cat Stevens (3)
67. Lee Michaels (2)
Top Album Artists 7. Carpenters (3)
20. Cat Stevens (4)
50. Burt Bacharach (3)
61. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 (2)
70. Lee Michaels (1)
92. Joe Cocker (1)
Top Singles Male Vocalists 6. Cat Stevens (3)
Top Singles Duos & Groups 2. Carpenters (4)
Top New Singles Artists 8. Cat Stevens (3)
Top Singles Easy Listening Artists 1. Carpenters (4)
12. Cat Stevens (3)
Top Album Male Vocalists 7. Cat Stevens (4)
Top Album Duos & Groups 5. Carpenters (3)
Top Album Instrumentalist 1. Burt Bacharach (3)
Top New Album Artist 7. Cat Stevens (3)
Top Album Jazz Artist 14. Paul Desmond (1)
15. Quincy Jones (2)
Top Producer 7. Jack Daugherty (4)
51. Lee Michaels (2)
Top Publishers Hot 100 5. Irving (9)
18. Almo (5)
Top Pop 100 Singles 19. Lee Michaels
30. Carpenters
35. Carpenters
38. Carpenters
73. Cat Stevens
Do You Know What I Mean
Superstar
For All We Know
Rainy Days and Mondays
Wild World
Top Easy Listening Singles 4. Carpenters
7. Carpenters
8. Carpenters
13. Cat Stevens
Rainy Days and Mondays
Superstar
For All We Know
Peace Train
Top Popular Albums 3. Carpenters
8. Cat Stevens
39. Carpenters
64. Lee Michaels
85. Burt Bacharach
95. Joe Cocker
Close to You
Tea for the Tillerman
Carpenters
5th
Burt Bacharach
Mad Dogs & Englishmen
Top Jazz Album 14. Paul Desmond
17. Quincy Jones
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Gula Matari
Top Easy Listening Publisher 3. Almo (6)
7. Irving (7)
1971 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Album of the YearCarpentersCarpenters
Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)SuperstarCarpenters
Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)Freedom & FearBill Medley
Best Engineered RecordingCarpentersCarpenters
Best Engineered RecordingWingsMichel Colombier
Pop Vocal GroupCarpentersCarpentersWon
Best Instrumental ArrangementEarthMichel Colombier
Best Original Score written for a
Motion Picture or Television Special
Bless the Beasts and ChildrenBarry DeVorzon &
Perry Botkin, Jr.
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceBurt BacharachBurt Bacharach
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceSmackwater JackQuincy JonesWon

1972

A&M was the largest record and tape producer selling through independent distributors according to Billboard.

In January, Free reorganized.

In July, A&M Records ran its first television ads to support the album Remembering You by Carroll O'Connor. At the time, O'Connor starred as Archie Bunker in the television series "All in the Family" on CBS. The spots aired on CBS stations in New York, Seattle and Portland as during "All in the Family." Later in the year, 30-second spots for I Wrote a Simple Song by Billy Preston ran in southern California.

The label's first quadrophonic album was Come from the Shadows by Joan Baez.

A&M began price coding. The spines of vinyl albums were printed with 0598 to represent the new $5.98 price.

RIAA gold records continued at an historic pace, 11 more. Leading the RIAA certs were Humble Pie and Cheech & Chong who each received two plaques.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

July: Robin & Jo
September: Humble Pie renewed its contract with A&M.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS8-TRACKCASSETTE
SP 4100$5.98
SP 3500$5.98$6.98$6.98
SP 3000$5.98
1972 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Humble Pie (2)
Carpenters (3)
Billy Preston (2)
Cat Stevens (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Carpenters (3)
Cat Stevens (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Billy Preston (2 Top 10)Billy Preston (1 #1; 1 Top 20)
1972 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTISTWON
Best Pop Instrumental PeformanceOuta-SpaceBilly PrestonWon
Best Instrumental CompositionOuta-SpaceBilly Preston
(Billy Preston, Joe Greene, Writers)
Best Instrumental ArrangementFlat BaroqueCarpenters
(Richard Carpenter, Arranger)
Best Jazz Performance by a Big BandAge of Steam (the)Gerry Mulligan
Best Score from an Original Cast Show AlbumAin't Supposed to Die a Natural DeathMelvin Van Peebles
Best Jazz Performance by a SoloistGreat ScottTom Scott

1973

On October 15, A&M Canada opened its A&R and publishing house.

The label relased at least 20 Q (quadrophonic) 8-track tapes.

Barry Gross and Marty Kups formed an independent production company. A&M distributed the Gross-Kups recordings. Jambalaya was the first Gross-Kups artist signed to A&M.

Miguel Rios adapted Dvorak's New World Symphony as "Cancion Para Un Nueva Mundo." It was a hit in Spain. A&M called it, "one of the most expensive and elaborate in rock history."

Japan was the top international market for A&M. King Records, A&M's distributor sponsored a weekly hour-long show of A&M's recording.

Of the ten RIAA gold records, half went to the Carpenters, and two to Billy Preston.

A total of 19 singles and 20 albums were on the Billboard charts. With eight singles in the Top 10, this was one of A&M's best years on that chart.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

May: Blackberries
August: Gino Vannelli
September: Jambalaya, Franklyn Ajaye
Esperanto Rock Orchestra, Daniel Valdez

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS8-TRACKCASSETTEOPEN REEL
SP 4100$5.98$6.98$6.98$7.98
SP 3000$5.98
SP 3500$5.98$6.98$6.98$7.98
SP 3600$7.98$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3700$7.98NANANA
SP 6000$9.98$9.98$9.98$10.98
Quadrophonic$6.98$7.98$7.98NA
1973 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (2)Carpenters (4)
Keith Hampshire (2)
Shawn Phillips (2)
Stealers Wheel (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Carpenters (3)
Stealers Wheel (2)
Paul Williams (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Billy Preston (1 Top 10)
Quincy Jones (1 Top 20)
Booker T. & Priscilla (1 Top 50)
Billy Preston (1 #1; 1 Top 10)
1973 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Instrumental CompositionSpace RaceBilly Preston
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceSpace RaceBilly Preston
Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)SingCarpenters
Pop Vocal GroupSingCarpenters
Best Country & Western Vocal Performance
by a Duo or Group
From the Bottle to the BottomKris & Rita Won
Best Instrumental ArrangementSummer in the CityQuincy JonesWon
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceYou've Got It Bad GirlQuincy Jones

1974

In January, Kip Cohen was named A&M's Vice President of a&r.

Rick Wakeman's live double album was the first CD-4 discrete album released by the label. The quad albums were in the SQ format from Columbia and QS format from Sansui. Producers determined which format they wanted to use. Wakeman's album was SQ. Other early releases were in QS including the Ode albums Tommy by the London Symphony Orchestra, and Carole King's Music. Joan Baez's Come from the Shadows was also on SQ.

In June, A&M Records agreed to distribute George Harrison's Dark Horse Records worldwide for five years.

In October, the Boston sales office opened.

A&M restarted its campus representative program with employees based in Baltimore/Washington, Boston, New York/New Jersey, Upstate New York, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, western states, Illinois, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, southern states, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

In the first of only three times, A&M did not win a Grammy. RIAA gold records were awarded to seven different A&M artists.

The year came to an end with 20 singles and 24 albums having entered the Billboard charts. Cat Steven had four singles on the chart. Burt Bacharach, Nazareth, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Paul Williams each had two albums on the chart.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

In August/September, Gail Davies signed.

Other artists signed this year included Peter Allen and Styx.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS8-TRACKCASSETTE
SP 4100$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3600$5.98-6.98$6.98-7.98$6.98-7.98
SP 3700$8.98$8.98$8.98

All $5.98 albums were raised to $6.98 with distributors paying $2.97. Quad albums were $3.02 for distributors and all tapes cost distributors $3.78.

1974 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Burt Bacharach (2)
Nazareth (2)
Ozark Mountain Daredevils (2)
Paul Williams (2)
Cat Stevens (4)
Carpenters (2)
Billy Preston (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)
Carpenters (2)
Cat Stevens (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Quincy Jones (#1)
Billy Preston (1 Top 10)
Persuasions (1 Top 30)
L.T.D. (1 Top 100)
Billy Preston (1 Top 10; 1 Top 20)
Carl Graves (1 Top 20)
1974 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTISTWON
Best Rhythm & Blues Instrumental PerformanceStruttin'Billy Preston
Pop Male VocalistNothing from NothingBilly Preston
Best Engineered RecordingPowerful PeopleGino Vannelli
(Tommy Vicari, Larry Forkner, Engineers)
Song of the YearI Honestly Love YouJeff Barry, Peter Allen (Writers)
Best Country & Western Vocal
Performance by a Duo or Group
Loving ArmsKris & Rita
Song of the YearYou and Me Against the WorldPaul Williams, Kenny Ascher
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceAlong Came BettyQuincy Jones
Pop Vocal GroupBody HeatQuincy Jones
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceJourney to the Center
of the Earth
Rick Wakeman
Best Inspirational PerformanceLord's Prayer (the)Sister Janet Mead
Best Engineered RecordingCrime of the CenturySupertramp
(Ken Scott, John Jansen, Engineers)

1975

In A&M corporate dealings, Horizon Records was announced as a jazz record series, not a label in May. June 11 was the official first commercial use of Horizon logo (script style). In July, Almo Publications, a division of Almo Music, was established to develop music books for 18 A&M acts. October 29 was the first commercial use of Almo Publications logo (jack-in-the-box style). And, in December, Jolene Burton named Vice President of Financial Affairs. She had more than lived up to her nickname, The First Lady of A&M, originally a tribute to being the first employee on the label.

In November, the Atlanta sales office opened.

The bulk of the nine RIAA gold records--three for the Captain & Tennille and two for the Carpenters.

Some 22 singles and 34 albums entered the Billboard Pop charts. 1975 was one of three of A&M's best years with eight singles in the Top 10.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

February: Tubes
November: Styx, Shades of Blue
Vance or Towers

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS8-TRACKCASSETTE
SP 4100$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3400$6.98NANA
SP 3600$6.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3700$8.98$8.98$8.98
1975 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Chuck Mangione (2)
Cat Stevens (2)
Strawbs (2)
Rick Wakeman (2)
Paul Williams (2)
Captain & Tennille (4)
Carpenters (2)
Joan Baez (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2)
Joan Baez (2)
Captain & Tennille (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Billy Preston (1 Top 20)
Quincy Jones (1 Top 10)
L.T.D. (1 Top 40
Gino Vannelli (1 Top 40)
Billy Preston (2 Top 30)
Quincy Jones (1 Top 20)
Bazuka (1 Top 30)
1975 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Record of the YearLove Will Keep Us TogetherCaptain & TennilleWon
Pop Vocal GroupLove Will Keep Us TogetherCaptain & Tennille
Best Instrumental CompositionChase the Clouds AwayChuck Mangione
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceChase the Clouds AwayChuck Mangione
Best Engineered Recording
(Other than Classical)
Storm at SunupGino Vannelli
Best Country Vocal Performance
by a Duo or Group
Lover PleaseKris & RitaWon

1976

On the business side, A&M Records now had over 300 employees. In February, A&M named John Anthony as its East Coast Director of A&R. Staffing in the New York office was increased by 40%. It had full promotion, sales, merchandising, a&r, advertising and publicity departments. A&M recognized that some of its artists had stronger airplay, audience and sales in the eastern U.S. By working from the artist's base, it helped the artists establish their national identities.

September 24 was the first commercial use of Almo Rapid Play logo for its line of music books and sheet music.

A&M created a holiday giveaway game. It printed 18 million game cards with a potential 4.5 million winners. The game cards gave winners 50 cents off the cost of an album or a free album from a group of 16 recent albums. The game was promoted with in-store displays consisting of three mobiles, two posters and two counter cards. The promotion cost $300,000. The game increased sales by 200-300,000 albums and $750,000.

Also in December, A&M Records brought suit against Dark Horse Records to dissolve distribution agreement; sought $10M in damages, and ultimately won $4 million.

Chuck Mangione won the only Grammy for the year. 1976 was A&M's second best in history for RIAA gold records. They received 13, including four for the Captain & Tennille, two for Cat Stevens, and two for Nazareth. This was also the first year that RIAA began its platinum certifications. Earlier recordings deserving of platinum status were not dated. In 1976, A&M artists received three platinum records. A&M Records led all independent record companies with the most RIAA gold and platinum record awards for the year.

Another solid year on the Billboard charts with 22 singles and 30 albums. Joan Baez and Nazareth were tops with two albums and Peter Frampton with four singles.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

September: Target

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY

In the SP 4100 series albums retailed for $6.98 and 8-track and cassette tapes sold for $7.98.

1976 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Joan Baez (2)
Nazareth (2)
Peter Frampton (4)
Captain & Tennille (3)
Carpenters (3)
Gallagher & Lyle (2)
Brothers Johnson (2)
Styx (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Captain & Tennille (3)
Carpenters (3)
Gallagher & Lyle (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Brothers Johnson (1 #1)
L.T.D. (1 Top 10)
Brothers Johnson (#1; #4; 1 Top 30)

1976 BILLBOARD TALENT IN ACTION

CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Single 23. Nazareth
39. Captain & Tennille
50. Peter Frampton
61. Brothers Johnson
63. Captain & Tennille
Love Hurts
Lonely Night (Angel Face)
Show Me the Way
I'll Be Good to You
Shop Around
Top Pop Label 3. A&M (28)
Top Pop Single Artist 3. Captain & Tennille (4)
14. Peter Frampton (3)
40. Brothers Johnson (2)
65. Carpenters (3)
70. Nazareth (1)
Top Pop New Single Artist 5. Brothers Johnson I'll Be Good to You
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Top Pop Album 1. Peter Frampton
23. Brothers Johnson
25. Captain & Tennille
40. Captain & Tennille
73. Nazareth
Frampton Comes Alive
Look Out for #1
Love Will Keep Us Together
Song of Joy
Hair of the Dog
Top Pop Label #4. A&M (46)
Top Pop Album Artist 4. Peter Frampton (2)
13. Captain & Tennille (2)
25. George Benson (1)
49. Brothers Johnson (1)
52. Nazareth (2)
69. Joan Baez (2)
74. Cat Stevens (2)
Top Pop Male Singles Artist 3. Peter Frampton (3)
Top Pop Male Albums Artist 2. Peter Frampton (2)
Top Pop Female Albums Artist 9. Joan Baez (2)
Top Pop Instrumentalist Duo-Group 4. Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr. (1)
Top Pop Singles Duo-Group 2. Captain & Tennille (4)
Top Pop Albums Duo-Group 9. Captain & Tennille (2)
Top Pop Instrumentalist 1. George Benson (1)
Top Pop Singles Instrumentalist 5. Quincy Jones (1)
Top Pop Producer 14. Peter Frampton (3)
23. Quincy Jones (3)
47. Richard Carpenter (3)

53. Manny Charlton
55. Toni Tennille (3)
Top Pop Publisher 3. Almo (21)
60. Irving (7)
Top Pop Singles New Duo, Group 2. Brothers Johnson (2)
Top Pop Albumss New Duo, Group 2. Brothers Johnson (1)
1976 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
New ArtistBrothers Johnson
Best Instrumental CompositionBellaviaChuck MangioneWon
Best Album PackageBellaviaChuck Mangione
(Roland Young, art director)
Best Album PackageMirrorsPeggy Lee
(Roland Young, art director)
Album of the YearFrampton Comes Alive!Peter Frampton
Best Instrumental CompositionMidnight Soul PatrolQuincy Jones, Louis Johnson, Dave Grusin
Best Album PackageEnd of the Beginning (the)Richie Havens
(Roland Young, art director)

1977

By January, A&M had 23 regional and local college promotion staff who worked with campus radio stations and local retailers. The program included posters and displays as well as print ads in school and local newspapers. Artists on tour also helped by conducting workshops and seminars. Bob Frymire told Billboard, "Campus reps are the eyes and ears of the street. They are in tune with new music and what students are into. It's also a training ground for those hoping to break into the music business."

Most notorious signing and release from A&M Records--the Sex Pistols. They were signed privately to the label on March 9. The public signing was staged on March 10, and A&M was going to rush the Pistols' single God Save the Queen to promote their newest artist. The Sex Pistols, however, had another record: their reputation for offensive behavior. Their conduct at the public signing, and the reaction it caused among other A&M artists who questioned whether the Pistols could fit into the A&M "family", caused Alpert and Moss to buy out the Pistols contract. They were dropped from the artist roster on March 16. By then, some copies of the single had been printed and found their way to the public. Billboard reported that the Sex Pistols contract was for two years and 20 tracks. The group's manager, Malcolm McLaren, estimated the deal was worth about $240,000. Upon signing, Derek Green told Billboard, "Singing the Dex pistols gives us a unique business opportunity to be involved with a new force in rock music, spearheaded by this group....I believe the group will effect some major changes in recorded music." Billboard also reportd that A&M would not "exercise any control over the group's public behavior....But one thing is certain: we're not on a crash course for signing punk rock bands." Billboard subsequently reported, "Dumped by A&M for 'bad behavior after finalization of the deal.'" A&M's John Deacon said, "The decision was taken by Derek Green the managing director alone. There was no pressure from A&M in the U.S.....He also has the full support of all the staff here.....Unfortunately, the group's behavior since signing with the company compelled reconsideration of the situation."

In March and April, Aamp;M ran a print, radio and in-store promotional campaign for its jazz catalog of more than 70 albums from its affilation with CTI, Horizon and those released on the A&M label. The effort spotlighted the range of artists on the labels and was supported with a jazz sampler album.

Squeeze signed with A&M in July.

There were many promotions at A&M headquarters in April...President Jerry Moss's new title was Chairman, Executive Vice President Herb Alpert became Vice Chairman, Senior Vice President Gil Friesen was now President, Vice Presendent of Sales and Distribution Bob Fead was named the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Distribution, Chuck Kaye became President of Irving/Almo Music and Rondor Music, and Gerry Lacoursierie became President of A&M Records Canada. Thanks to this first major restructuring in the company, Moss was to spend more time with artists, producers and managers and Alpert was to focus more on producing records.

On June 22, the Financial Center (nicknamed Jolene's building) opened at 1336 N. La Brea Avenue; Financial Affairs had over 40 employees under Jolene Burton.

Horizon Records also received top attention this year. In November, Tommy LiPuma was chosen to head the division and in December he became Vice President of A&M and Creative Developer of Horizon Records, now as a contemporary music series rather than a one-record deal for jazz artists.

A&M began running spots on the spectacolor board in New York's Times Square to promot concerts and new albums by its artists.

Between 1976 and 1977, A&M hired over 100 employees in the U.S.

A&M started A&M Pacific, hiring its own direct sales staff to work directly with its major retailers, one-stops and rack jobbers. Headed by Les Silver, National Sales Manager, A&M Pacific had a staff of four. A&M Pacific was A&M's first step toward developing a full national sales staff.

A&M created the first promotional picture disc with 4,000 copies of Peter Frampton's I'm in You which it sent to distributors when the album went double platinum.

A&M Records Europe was established in Paris.

In December, the concert by the Brothers Johnson and L.T.D. at the Los Angeles Forum was the first national satellite broadcast of R&B artists. The concert was aired in Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans and Washington, DC. Ads, flyers, posters were placed in the cities that aired the concert.

1977 was A&M's best year ever for RIAA gold records. Nineteen certifications were given to artists. Top artists each had two certs, the Captain & Tennille, Brothers Johnson, L.T.D., Styx and Supertramp. There were also four RIAA platinum certifications, each to different artists.

It was also one of A&M's two best years on the Billboard Pop album chart with a record five albums in the Top 10, and a total of 31 A&M albums entered the Billboard chart.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS8-TRACKCASSETTE
SP 4100$6.98-7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3700$8.98$8.98$8.98
1977 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Captain & Tennille (2)
Nils Lofgren (2)
Nazareth (2)
Rick Wakeman (2)
Peter Frampton (3)
Captain & Tennille (3)
Carpenters (3)
Cat Stevens (3)
Rita Coolidge (2)
L.T.D. (2)
Pablo Cruise (2)
Cat Stevens (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Captain & Tennille (3)
Carpenters (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
L.T.D. (1 #1)
Quincy Jones (1 Top 10)
Gato Barbieri (1 Top 50)
Billy Preston (1 Top 50)
L.T.D. (1 #1; 1 Top 30)
Brothers Johnson (#1; #2; 1 Top 20)
Quincy Jones (1 Top 40)
Billy Preston (1 Top 40)
1977 BILLBOARD TALENT IN ACTION
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Male Artist 3. Peter Frampton (6)
Top Pop Female Artist 4. Rita Coolidge (4)
11. Joan Baez (1)
20. Joan Armatrading (2)
Top Pop Group 14. Captain & Tennille (6)
20. Supertramp (4)
23. Pablo Cruise (4)
Top Soul Artist 20. Brothers Johnson (6)
Top Pop Single 8. Rita Coolidge
16. Pablo Cruise
42. Peter Frampton
54. Brothers Johnson
78. Supertramp
89. Captain & Tennille
Higher & Higher
Whatcha Gonna Do?
I'm in You
Strawberry Letter 23
Give a Little Bit
Muskrat Love
Top Pop Album 14. Peter Frampton
33. Pablo Cruise
41. Supertramp
43. Rita Coolidge
47. Brothers Johnson
72. Peter Frampton
81. Cat Stevens
Captain & Tennille
Frampton Comes Alive
A Place in the Sun
Even in the Quietest Moments
Anytime...Anywhere
Right on Time
I'm in You
Izitso
Song of Joy
Top Pop Single Artist 17. Peter Frampton (3)
29. Rita Coolidge (2)
36. Captain & Tennille (3)
48. Pablo Cruise (2)
66. Brothers Johnson (2)
87. Supertramp (1)
98. Barry DeVorzon &
Perry Botkin, Jr. (2)
Top Pop Album Artist 11. Peter Frampton (3)
23. Captain & Tennille (3)
33. Supertramp (3)
45. Pablo Cruise (2)
48. Brothers Johnson (2)
51. Rita Coolidge (2)
70. Cat Stevens (4)
81. Styx (2)
87. L.T.D. (2)
Top Pop Producer 13. Peter Frampton (3)
38. Quincy Jones (3)
75. Supertramp (1)
New Pop Album Artist 15. Barry DeVorzon &
Perry Botkin, Jr.
Nadia's Theme
New Pop Single Artist 10. Pablo Cruise A Place in the Sun
Whatcha Gonna Do
Top Pop Single Female Artist 3. Rita Coolidge (2)
Top Pop Single Female Artist 5. Rita Coolidge (2)
Top Pop Single Male Artist 6. Peter Frampton (3)
Top Pop Album Male Artist 4. Peter Frampton (3)
Top Pop Single Instrumentalist Duo/Group 2. Barry DeVorzon &
Perry Botkin, Jr. (2)
Top Pop Single Instrumentalist 4. Quincy Jones (2)
Top Pop Album Instrumentalist Duo/Group 5. Barry DeVorzon &
Perry Botkin, Jr. (1)
Top Pop Album Instrumentalist 2. Quincy Jones (2)
Top Pop Single Label 4. A&M (26)
Top Pop Album Label 4. A&M (48)
Top Easy Listening Single 16. Rita Coolidge
Captain & Tennille
29. Carpenters
Higher and Higher
Muskrat Love
All You Get From Love Is a Love Song
Top Easy Listening Single Artist 6. Captain & Tennille (4)
22. Rita Coolidge
Top Easy Listening Single Label 2. A&M (17)
Top Pop Single Publisher 3. Almo (27)
8. Irving (8)
Top Easy Listening Single Publisher 2. Irving (6)
37. Almo (6)
Top Soul Single Publisher 45. Irving (12)
46. Almo (4)
Top Soul Single 9. Brothers Johnson Strawberry Letter 23
Top Soul Single Artist 24. Brothers Johnson (4)
33. L.T.D. (3)
Top Soul Album 14. Brothers Johnson
38. L.T.D.
Right on Time
Something to Love
Top Soul Album Artist 20. Brothers Johnson (2)
22. L.T.D. (2)
45. Quincy Jones
Top Jazz Album 7. Gato Barbieri
9. Chuck Mangione
24. Brothers Johnson
40. Quincy Jones
Caliente
Main Squeeze
Right on Time
Roots
Top Jazz Album Label 3. A&M (7)
Top Jazz Album Artist 6. Chuck Mangione (2)
8. Quincy Jones (2)
12. Gato Barbieri (2)
26. Brothers Johnson (2)
1977 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceNadis's ThemeBarry DeVorzon
Best Instrumental ArrangementNadia's ThemeBarry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. (Harry Betts, Perry Botkin, Jr., Barry DeVorzon, Arrangers)
Best Rhythm & Blues Instrumental PerformanceQBrothers JohnsonWon
Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)Calling Occupants of Interplanetary CraftCarpenters
Song of the YearEvergreen Paul Williams, Barbara Streisand
Best Arrangement for Voices O Lord Come By HereQuincy Jones
Best Instrumental CompositionRoots MedleyQuincy Jones
(Quincy Jones, Gerald Fried, Writers)
Package Bellavia by Chuck Mangione
(Roland Young, art director)
Package The End of the Beginning Richie Havens
(Roland Young, art director)
Package Mirrors Peggy Lee
(Roland Young, art director)

1978

In January, A&M launched its Management Information Services department under Bob Housman. With six employees, it collected and reported management information, demographics, and sales by format, market, account, distributor airplay history, accounts reporting to music magazines, ad levels in each market by account and media.

A&M Pacific launched in February with branches in San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Phoenix plus employees in the Boston and Atlanta offices. This was the first in-house distribution effort moving away from independent distributors.

Major artist developments included signing Joe Jackson in February. On March 22, 1978, Miles Copeland optioned the Police single Roxanne to A&M Records.

A&M opened promotional offices in CBS Records facilities in the Netherlands and Germany.

Billboard reported that A&M president Gil Friesen reaffirmed the label's artist oriented philosophy with the A&M staff saying he "urged artists and managers to 'sit down with any major executive and openly discuss the marketing strategy behind any one of the albums in the A&M catalog." Friesen also told the staff his objective was a "more directed marketing approach for all our music."

In September, A&M Records entered the cutout market hoping to get products exposed that radio would not play. A&M was the last major label to enter the cutout market. It sold more than one million units were to Pickwick International.

Meanwhile at Almo Music, the Almo Publications logo (jack-in-the-box style) was approved as a registered trademark on June 13 and the Almo Rapid Play logo approved as a registered trademark on July 18.

September 1 was the first commercial use of Horizon Records logo (3 sunrise style), and on September 12, the Horizon Records logo (script style) approved as registered trademark.

The label released three limited edition picture discs. They were Blam by the Brothers Johnson (50,000 copies); Pieces of Eight by Styx (100,000 copies), and An Evening with Groucho Marx (100,000 copies).

A&M artists won two Grammys, 12 RIAA gold records and 6 RIAA platinum records during 1978. Rita Coolidge, Chuck Mangione and Styx were the leaders as each were awarded two gold records.

A&M artists placed 22 singles and 22 albums on the Billboard Pop charts. The albums were all from different artists.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS8-TRACKCASSETTE
SP 4100$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3000$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3300$4.98$4.98$4.98
SP 3400$5.98$6.98$6.98
SP 3500$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3600$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3700$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 6000$9.98$9.98$9.98
SP 6500$11.98$11.98$11.98
Quadrophonic$6.98NANA
1978 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
21 artists with one album each Captain & Tennille (3)
Rita Coolidge (3)
Pablo Cruise (3)
Carpenters (2)
Styx (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Captain & Tennille (3)
Rita Coolidge (3)
Chuck Mangione (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Brothers Johnson (1 #1)
L.T.D. (1 Top 10
Quincy Jones (1 Top 10)
L.T.D. (1 #1; #8; 1 Top 20)
Quincy Jones (1 #1)
Atlantic Starr (1 Top 20)
1978 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Rhythm & Blues Instrumental PerformanceStreetwaveBrothers Johnson
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceChildren of SanchezChuck MangioneWon
Best Album PackageChildren of Sanchez Chuck Mangione
Best Instrumental CompositionConsuelo's Love ThemeChuck Mangione
Record of the YearFeels So GoodChuck Mangione
Pop Male VocalistI Just Wanna StopGino Vannelli
Best Arrangement for VoicesSounds...and Stuff Like ThatQuincy Jones
Best Engineered RecordingSounds...and Stuff Like ThatQuincy Jones
Producer of the YearQuincy Jones
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceAn Evening of MagicChuck Mangione

1979

In January, A&M released four albums with bar code pricing. The albums were No Mean City by Nazareth, Head East Live, The Best of Rick Roberts and Milton Nascimento's Journey Till Dawn. Kris and Rita's Natural Act which was released on January 12 was not bar coded.

On February 15, RCA began manufacturing and distributing A&M Records. Until then, Columbia Records manufactured 80 percent of A&M's albums and 100 percent of its tapes. Monarch Records manufactured the other 20 percent of albums. A&M had started its own in-house distribution in February 1978 but learned that the costs incurred in distribution reduced the amount of money it had available to develop and market its artists. The label finished closing A&M Packfic in March. A&M was the largest and last label to stop using independent distributors, effective with the RCA deal.

In artist news, on March 12, the Carpenters signed a new recording contract with A&M.

1979 was a difficult year for the recording industry and for A&M Records. During the year, A&M let nearly 90 employees go because of its consolidation of operations and industry economics.

A&M agreed to distribute I.R.S. Records. The pact allowed each label to maintain its identity, artist roster and artistic control.

On May 18, a Police concert was broadcast to two college radio stations in the Los Angeles area via telephone lines. Art director Roland Young designed a collector edition poster (1,000 copies) that were placed around the city. Flyers were sent to retail and radio stations ran promotions. Total cost of the campany was under $1000.

There was a reorganization of field merchandising staff to specific cities rather than regions. A&M had offices in ten cities plus five regional promotion directors and regional sales managers.

In November, the label released five 10-inch albums. The Reds was 10,000 copies. The Police's Reggatta de Blanc, a double album with poster in a gatefold cover was between 35,000 and 50,000 copies. Joe Jackson's Look Shart double album sold over 50,000 copies. The Joe Jackson box set of I'm the Man was an initial run of 10,000 copies but A&M planned for up to 50,000 copies. Squeeze's 6 Squeeze Songs on a 10" Record was between 35,000 and 50,000 copies.

Six RIAA gold and two platinum records went to different artists.

Still strong on the charts with 21 singles and 34 albums for the year. Six artists had two albums on the charts.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS8-TRACKCASSETTE
SP 4100$7.98-8.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3000$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3300$4.98$4.98$4.98
SP 3400$4.98-5.98$6.98$6.98
SP 3500$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3600$7.98-8.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3700$8.98$8.98$8.98
SP 6000$9.98$9.98$9.98
SP 6500$11.98$11.98$11.98
SP 6700$8.98$9.98$9.98
SP 12000$4.98NANA
1979 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Bell & James (2)
Head East (2)
Joe Jackson (2)
Pablo Cruise (2)
Police (2)
Sad Café (2)
Styx (3)
Supertramp (3)
Herb Alpert (2)
Rita Coolidge (2)
Pablo Cruise (2)
Police (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert (2)
Rita Coolidge (2)
Supertramp (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert (1 Top 10)
Bell & James (1 Top 20)
L.T.D. (1 Top 10)
Herb Alpert (#6; 1 Top 20)
Bell & James (#7,1 Top 20; 1 Top 30)
L.T.D. (2 Top 20)
1979 BILLBOARD TALENT IN ACTION
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Overall Male Artists 9. Supertramp (5)
18. Chuck Mangione (3)
40. Gino Vannelli (3)
48. Joe Jackson (2)
Top Overall New Artists 6. Joe Jackson (2)
10. Police (2)
17. Bell & James (2)
Top Overall Pop Groups 4. Styx (7)
9. Supertramp (5)
Top Overall Pop Duos6. Bell & James (2)
Captain & Tennille (3)
13. Brothers Johnson (1)
18. Kris & Rita (1)
Top Overall Soul Artists22. L.T.D. (7)
Top Pop Singles27. Supertramp
67. Styx
75. Gino Vannelli
80. Herb Alpert
The Logical Song
Renegade
I Just Wanna Stop
Rise
Top Pop Single Label 7. A&M Records (29)
Top Pop Albums5. Supertramp
7. Styx
47. Gino Vannelli
50. Joe Jackson
63. Chuck Mangione 71. Police
Breakfast in America
Pieces of Eight
Brother to Brother
Look Sharp
Children of Sanchez
Outlandos D'Amour
Top Pop Album Label3. A&M Records (43)
Top Pop Single Artist19. Supertramp (3)
24. Styx (4)
82. Gino Vannelli (2)
88. Captain & Tennille (2)
89. Herb Alpert (1)
Top Pop Album Artist 6. Styx (3)
10. Supertramp (2)
13. Chuck Mangione (4)
71. Gino Vannelli (1)
75. Joe Jackson (1)
92. Police (1)
Top New Single Artist 13. Bell & James
19. Joe Jackson
24. Police
Livin' It Up
Is She Really Going Out with Him
Roxanne
Top Pop New Album Artist4. Joe Jackson
18. Bell & James
Look Sharp
Bell & James
Top Pop New Male Single Artist 7. Joe Jackson (1)
Top Pop New Male Album Artist 1. Joe Jackson (1)
Top Pop New Duo/Group Single Artist8. Bell & James (1)
Top Pop New Duo/Group Album Artist3. Police (1)
9. Bell & James (1)
Top Pop Male Single Artist23. Gino Vannelli
Top Pop Male Album Artist18. Gino Vannelli (1)
Top Pop Single Producer 55. Supertramp
67. Quincy Jones
Top Pop Single Duo 6. Captain & Tennille (2)
Top Pop Single Instrumentalist 1. Herb Alpert (1)
Top Pop Album Instrumentalist 1. Chuck Mangione (3)
Tom Album Group 3. Styx (3)
8. Supertramp (2)
Top Pop Publisher 3. Almo (19)
4. Irving (17)
Top Soul Publisher6. Irving (20)
18. Almo (12)
Top Adult Contemporary Publisher 2. Almo (6)
3. Irving (8)
Top County Album Label A&M (1)
Top Soul Album Artist 18. L.T.D. (2)
Top Soul Single Artist 31. L.T.D. (2)
46. Bell & James (2)
Top Soul Single 28. Bell & James (2) Livin' It Up (Friday Night)
Top Soul Label 22. A&M (5)
Top Adult Contemporary Single 17. Herb Alpert
43. Gino Vannelli
Rise
I Just Wanna Stop
Top Adult Contemporary Artist 31. Herb Alpert (1)
37. Gino Vannelli (2)
Top Adult Contemporary Label 8. A&M (15)
Top Jazz AlbumChuck Mangione
 
 
David Grisman
Seawind
Children of Sanchez (#17)
Feels So Good (#16)
Live at the Hollywood Bowl (#33)
Hot Dawg (#42)
Light the Light
Top Jazz Artist4. Chuck Mangione (3)
1979 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceRiseHerb AlpertWon
Best Instrumental CompositionRiseHerb Alpert
(Andy Armer, Randy Badazz, Writers)
Best Album PackageLook SharpJoe Jackson
Rock Male VocalistIs She Really Going Out with Him?Joe Jackson
Producer of the YearQuincy Jones
Best Engineered RecordingCornerstoneStyx
Rock Vocal Group CornerstoneStyx
Best Album PackageBreakfast in AmericaSupertrampWon
Best Engineered RecordingBreakfast in AmericaSupertrampWon
Album of the YearBreakfast in AmericaSupertramp
Pop Vocal GroupBreakfast in AmericaSupertramp
Package Junie Osaki Children of Sanchez Chuck Mangione

1980

As the record industry continued to slump, A&M trimmed its artist roster of nearly 100 artists to about 45 artists.

As part of its distribution deal with Alfa Records in Japan, A&M began distribution of Alfa's artists in the U.S. The Alfa artists were Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sheena and the Rokkets, and Yutaka Yokokura.

On May 5, A&M Records elected not to release Karen Carpenter's solo album. She had recorded 21 tracks for it.

On June 16, Charlie Minor became the vice president, director of promotion.

In August A&M released its first commercial laser-etched vinyl record, True Colours by Split Enz. Up to 500,000 copies of the album could have been produced using this process. Laser-etching was a holographic process. A&M had wanted to create a laser-etched logo as economical protection from unauthorized copying of its products. A&M had created 1,000 copies of a laser-etched promotional disc of Light Up the Night by the Brothers Johnson.

In October the first two A&M albums were released in dbx-encoded vinyl audiophile format. They had a retail price of $18. They were Rise by Herb Alpert and Close to You by Carpenters. These were the first major albums and the first hit records in this format. The dbx processes was supposed to increase dynamic range and reduce noise. It required a $100 encoder be added to the stereo system.

There were one Grammy, seven RIAA gold records (two for Styx), and four platinum records to different artists.

A slower year on the charts with 16 singles and 22 albums. The 22 albums were all by different artists.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

January: Split Enz

The Brothers Johnson resigned with A&M Records.

Athletico Spizz 80 signed.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMS8-TRACKCASSETTE
SP 4100$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3000$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3100 (1)$5.98$5.98$5.98
SP 3300$4.98$4.98$4.98
SP 3400$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3500$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3600$7.98$7.98$7.98
SP 3700$8.98$8.98$8.98
SP 6000$9.98$9.98$9.98
SP 6500$11.98$11.98$11.98
SP 6700$12.98-13.98$12.98-13.98$12.98-13.98
SP 12000$4.98NANA
SP 12700$4.98NANA
SP 18000$9.98NANA
1980 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
22 artists with one album each Brothers Johnson (2)
Supertramp (2)
Ali Thomson (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert (2)
Chuck Mangione (2)
Ali Thomson (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Brothers Johnson (1 #1)
L.T.D. (1 Top 10)
Rockie Robbins (1 Top 10)
Chuck Mangione (1 Top 20)
Seawind (1 Top 20)
Brothers Johnson (1 #1, Top 20, Top 30)
L.T.D. (1 Top 10; 1 Top 20)
Rockie Robbins (1 Top 20)
Seawind (1 Top 20)
1980 BILLBOARD NUMBER ONE AWARDS
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Female Artist12. Joan Armatrading (2)
40. Rita Coolidge (4)
Top Pop New Artist 21. 38 Special (2)
25. Squeeze (1)
Top Pop Male Artist 7. Herb Alpert (5)
18. Chuck Mangione (4)
30. Joe Jackson (2)
Top Pop Duo/Group 6. Styx (7)
14. Supertramp (6)
33. Brothers Johnson (3)
Top Soul Artist 14. Brothers Johnson (4)
23. Herb Alpert (7)
Top Pop Single 20. Styx
46. Brothers Johnson
54. Herb Alpert
Babe
Stomp
Rise
Top Pop Single Label 13. A&M (16)
Top Pop Album 13. Styx
21. Supertramp
23. Herb Alpert
38. Brothers Johnson
79. Police
88. Joe Jackson
Cornerstone
Breakfast in America
Rise
Light Up the Night
Reggatta de Blanc
I'm the Man
Top Pop Album Label 4. A&M (34)
Top Pop Single Artist 24. Styx


38. Herb Alpert


62. Brothers Johnson

83. Supertramp


89. Ali Thomson

100. Chuck Mangione
Babe
Borrowed Time
Why Me
Rise
Beyond
Rotation
Stomp
Treasure
Goodbye Stranger
Dreamer
Take the Long Way Home
Live Every Minute
Take a Little Rhythm
Give It All You Got
Top Pop Album Artist 13. Styx



20. Supertramp


21. Herb Alpert

54. Brothers Johnson
63. Chuck Mangione


73. Joe Jackson

93. Police
98. Joan Armatrading
Cornerstone
Pieces of Eight
Equinox
The Grand Illusion
Breakfast in America
Crime of the Century
Even in the Quietest Moments
Rise
Beyond
Light Up the Night
Fun and Games
An Evening of Magic
Feels So Good
I'm the Man
Look Sharp
Reggatta de Blanc
Me, Myself, I
How Cruel
Top Pop New Single Artist 16. Ali Thomson (2)
Top Pop New Album Artist 17. Squeeze (1)
22. 38 Special (1)
Top Pop New Male Single Artist 6. Ali Thomson (2)
Top Pop New Male Album Artist 8. Rockie Robbins (1)
Top Pop Male Album Artist 20. Joe Jackson (2)
Top Pop Female Album Artist 10. Joan Armatrading (2)
Top Pop Producer 1. Quincy Jones (9)
22. Styx (3)
65. Herb Alpert (3)
85. Chuck Mangione (1)
87. Randy Badazz (2)
Top Pop Album Label (Combined) 4. A&M (41 albums)
Top Pop Album Duo/Group 8. Styx (4)
13. Supertramp (3)
Top Pop Single Duo/Group 14. Styx (3)
Top Pop Publisher 1. Almo (18)
6. Irving (15)
Top Soul Publisher 5. Almo (16)
6. Irving (20)
Top Soul Album 8. Brothers Johnson
21. Herb Alpert
Light Up the Night
Rise
Top Soul Album Artist 17. Brothers Johnson
19. Herb Alpert

47. L.T.D.
Light Up the Night
Rise
Beyond
Devotion
Shine On
Top Soul Label 10. A&M (10)
Top Soul Single Artist 15. Brothers Johnson


26. Herb Alpert
Treasure
Stomp
Light Up the Night
Rise
Kamali
Beyond
Rotation
Street Life
Top Soul Single 13. Brothers Johnson
25. Rockie Robbins
Stomp
You and Me
Top New Soul Single Artist 6. Rockie Robbins (2)
15. Jerry Knight (2)
Top Soul Single Label 6. A&M (18)
Top Disco Artist 12. Brothers Johnson (1)
40. Herb Alpert (3)
Top Disco Singles/Albums 5. Brothers Johnson Stomp
Top Soul Label 15. A&M (10)
Top Jazz Artist 8. Chuck Mangione (3)
10. Herb Alpert (2)
27. Gato Barbieri (1)
Top Jazz Album 6. Herb Alpert
17. Chuck Mangione
24. Chuck Mangione
28. Gato Barbieri
Rise
Fun and Games
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Euphoria
Top Jazz Label 6. A&M (7)
Top Adult Contemporary Single 9. Herb Alpert
12. Chuck Mangione
44. Rita Coolidge
Rise
Give It All You Got
I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love
Top Adult Contemporary Label 5. A&M (13)
Top Adult Contemporary Artit 14. Herb Alpert (4)
25. Rita Coolidge (2)
Chuck Mangione (2)
1980 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Instrumental CompositionGive It All You GotChuck Mangione
Best Jazz Fusion Performance
Vocal or Instrumental
Fun and GamesChuck Mangione
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceBeyondHerb Alpert
Rock Female VocalistHow CruelJoan Armatrading
Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceReggatta de BlancPoliceWon
Producer of the YearQuincy Jones
Package Look Sharp! Joe Jackson
(Michael Ross, art director)

1981

A&M Films was founded. (See A&M Films History.)

Several more dbx-encoded discs were added including Made in America by Carpenters, Even in the Quietest Moments by Supertramp, Frampton Comes Alive!, Feels So Good by Chuck Mangione, Joan Armatrading, A Song of Joy by Captain and Tennille, Broken Barricades by Procol Harum, Teaser and the Firecat and Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens. dbx was also making some Nautilus half-speed masters titles available. The Nautilus releases were Gino Vannelli's Brother to Brother, Joan Baez's Diamonds and Rust, Pieces of Eight by Styx, Anytime...Anywhere by Rita Coolidge, Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police, and Worlds Away by Pablo Cruise.

This was A&M's best year at the Grammys, winning seven awards. There were seven RIAA gold records (two for the Police) and 3 RIAA platinum records.

The year ended with 22 singles and 29 albums entering the Billboard Charts.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMSCASSETTE
SP 4100$8.98$8.98
SP 3700$8.98$8.98
SP 6700$13.98$13.98
1981 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Rita Coolidge (2)
Nazareth (2)
Carpenters (3)
Quincy Jones (3)
Police (3)
Styx (3)
Pablo Cruise (2)
38 Special (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Carpenters (3)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Atlantic Starr (1 Top 10)
Brothers Johnson (1 Top 10)
Quincy Jones (1 Top 10)
Quincy Jones (1 Top 10; 2 Top 20)
Atlantic Starr (1 Top 10; 1 Top 20)
L.T.D. (1 Top 10; 1 Top 20)
1981 BILLBOARD NUMBER ONE AWARDS
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Artist 6. Police (6)
7. Styx (7)
Top Soul Artist 20. Atlantic Starr (3)
22. Quincy Jones (3)
Top Pop Female Artist 42. Rita Coolidge (3)
49. Brenda Russell (1)
Top Pop Duo/Group 4. Police (6)
5. Styx (7)
21. 38 Special (3)
Top Pop Male Artist 19. Gino Vannelle (1)
20. Quincy Jones (2)
Top Pop Album 6. Styx
9. Police
23. 38 Special
31. Quincy Jones
Paradise Theater
Zenyatta Mondatta
Wild Eyed Southern Boys
The Dude
Top Pop Album Duo/Group 5. Police (3)
6. Styx (4)
18. 38 Special (1)
Top Pop Single 30. Styx
54. Styx
57. Police
71. Police
80. Pablo Cruise
The Best of Times
Too Much Time On My Hands
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Don't Stand So Close to Me
Cool Love
Top Pop Single Duo/Group 5. Styx (3)
8. Police (3)
Top Pop Album Artist 7. Police


9. Styx



34. 38 Special
46. Quincy Jones
76. Split Enz

93. Supertramp
Zenyatta Mondatta
Reggatta de Blanc
Ghost in the Machine
Paradise Theater
Cornerstone
The Grand Illusion
Pieces of Eight
Wild Eyed Southern Boys
The Dude
Waiata
True Colours
Paris
Breakfast in America
Top Pop Single Artist 15. Styx


19. Police


78. 38 Special

82. Pablo Cruise

93. Carpenters
The Best of Times
Too Much Time On My Hands
Nothing Ever Goes As Planned
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Don't Stand So Close to Me
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Hold On Loosely
Fantasy Girl
Cool Love
Slip Away
Touch Me When We're Dancing
Back in My Life Again
Top Pop Female Single Artist 24. Rita Coolidge (1)
Top Pop Male Album Artist 14. Quincy Jones (1)
Gino Vannelli (1)
Top Pop Producer 10. Styx (3)
35. Police (2)
48. Quincy Jones (4)
78. Richard Carpenter (2)
Top Pop Single Label 9. A&M (25)
Top Pop Album Label 4. A&M (45)
Top Jazz Label 9. A&M (4)
Top Adult Contemporary Label 10. A&M (9)
Top Soul Single Label 9. A&M (18)
Top Soul Single Label 6. A&M (10)
Top Adult Contemporary Single 15. Carpenters Touch Me When We're Dancing
Top Adult Contemporary Artist 15. Carpenters (2)
Top Pop Publisher 9. Irving (24)
11. Almo (15)
Top Soul Publisher 3. Almo (19)
7. Irving (17)
Top Jazz Album 15. Quincy Jones
41. Seawind
The Dude
Seawind
Top Jazz Artist 19. Quincy Jones (1)
40. Seawind (1)
47. Chuck Mangione (1)
Top Soul Album 11. Quincy Jones
14. Atlantic Starr
38. L.T.D.
The Dude
Radiant
Shine On
Top Soul Album Artist 18. Quincy Jones
21. Atlantic Starr
44. L.T.D.
The Dude
Radiant
Shine On
Top Soul Single Artist 24. Atlantic Starr

30. Quincy Jones
47. L.T.D.
When Love Calls
Send for Me
Ai No Corrida
Razzamatazz
Shine On
Where Did We Go Wrong
Top Soul Single 34. Atlantic Starr
42. Quincy Jones
When Love Calls
Ai No Corrida
Top Disco Single 16. Quincy Jones
44. Police
Ai No Corrida/Razzamatazz
Voices Inside My Head/
When the World Is Running Down
Top Disco Artist 20. Quincy Jones (1)
43. Police (2)
1981 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Rhythm & Blues SongAi No CorridaChas Jankel
(Chas Jankel, Kenny Young, Writers)
New ArtistJames Ingram
Pop Male VocalistJust OnceQuincy Jones
(James Ingram, Vocals)
Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceBehind My CamelPoliceWon
Rock Vocal Group Don't Stand So Close to MePoliceWon
Best Engineered RecordingZenyatta MondattaPolice
Best Arrangement of an Instrumental
Recording
VelasQuincy JonesWon
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Accompanying Vocal(s)
Ai No CorridaQuincy JonesWon
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal
Performance by a Duo or Group
Dude (the)Quincy JonesWon
Producer of the YearQuincy JonesWon
Album of the YearDude (the)Quincy Jones
Best Engineered RecordingDude (the)Quincy Jones
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceVelasQuincy Jones
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - MaleOne Hundred WaysQuincy Jones
(James Ingram, Vocals)
Won

1982

In June, A&M Records established its Latin Division, AyM Discos.

By its 20th anniversary, A&M had 11 No. 1 singles and 14 No. 1 albums, including those from Ode Records and I.R.S. Records.

The Human League's single of "Don't You Want Me" was A&M's first British artist and recording to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Singles chart.

Promotional video clips cost between $65 and $80 per tape to duplicate. The tapes were played in clubs, on cable television, pay systems, etc.

A&M began distribution of Oz Records in the U.S. and Canada. Oz was part of Mushroom Records and specialized in music from Australia and New Zealand. The first release was "If You Leave Me Can I Come Too" by Mental As Anything. The second release was the Starstruck soundtrack.

For only the second time since 1975, A&M Records was shut out at the Grammy Awards. The label had seven RIAA gold records with two each for the Go-Go's and Human League (one on an affiliate label and one by distribution with Virgin Records), and three RIAA platinum records.

The Billboard charts showed 14 singles and 20 albums from A&M.

ARTIST SIGNINGS

Robert Williams, Willie Phoenix

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
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Wholesalers paid $3.21 for A&M's SP 3100 series. On July 1, active album prices rose to $8.98.

1982 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
20 artists with one album eachJeffrey Osborne (2)
Police (2)
38 Special (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Herb Alpert (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Atlantic Starr (#1)
Janet Jackson (2 Top 10)
Howard Johnson (1 Top 10)
Jeffrey Osborne (1 Top 10)
Atlantic Starr (1 Top 10, Top 20, Top 30)
Jeffrey Osborne (1 Top 10; 1 Top 20)
Janet Jackson (1 Top 10)
Howard Johnson (1 Top 10)
1982 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
New ArtistHuman League
Pop Male VocalistSteppin' OutJoe Jackson
Record of the YearSteppin' OutJoe Jackson
Best Album PackageNothing to FearOingo Boingo
Producer of the YearQuincy Jones
1982 BILLBOARD TALENT IN ACTION
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Artists13. The Police (5)
37. Human League (2)
48. Quincy Jones (2)
New Pop Artists4. Human League
Top Pop Labels7. A&M
Top Pop Album Labels7. A&M (28)
Top Pop Albums25. Quincy Jones
29. Human League
58. The Police
66. 38 Special
The Dude
Dare
Zenyatta Mondatta
Special Forces
Top Pop Album Artists--Duos/Groups7. The Police (2)
24. Human League (1)
Top Pop Album Artists8. The Police (2)
36. Quincy Jones (2)
43. Human League (1)
48. 38 Special (2)
Top Pop Album Artists--Male12. Quincy Jones
Top Pop Album Artists--Female18. Joan Armatrading
Top Pop Singles Artists21. Human League (2)
31. The Police (3)
50. Quincy Jones (2)
56. 38 Special
Top Pop Singles Labels9. A&M (18)
Top Pop Singles6. Human League
53. 38 Special
61. Quincy Jones
79. The Police
Don't You Want Me
Caught Up in You
One Hundred Ways
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Top Pop Singles Artists--Duos/Groups15. Human League (1)
19. The Police (3)
Top Pop Singles Producers22. Quincy Jones (7)
Top Black Artists16. Atlantic Starr (5)
29. Jeffrey Osborne (3)
42. L.T.D. (3)
New Black Artists2. Jeffrey Osborne (3)
Top Black Labels4. A&M(35 albums and singles)
Top Black Singles10. Jeffrey Osborne
19. Quincy Jones
21. Atlantic Starr
40. Howard Johnson
I Really Don't Need No Light
One Hundred Ways
Circles
So Fine
Top Black Singles Artistss19. Jeffrey Osborne
29. Atlantic Starr
34. Quincy Jones
39. L.T.D.
Top Black Singles Labels4. A&M (21)
Top Black Albums7. Atlantic Starr
9. Quincy Jones
38. Jeffrey Osborne
Brilliance
The Dude
Jeffrey Osborne
Top Black Album Artists10. Atlantic Starr
14. Quincy Jones
39. Jeffrey Osborne
Top Black Album Labelss3. A&M (14)
Top Jazz Albums6. Quincy JonesThe Dude
Top Jazz Album Artistss6. Quincy Jones (2)
Top Jazz Labels10. A&M (4)
Top Country Singles Labels15. A&M (10)
Top Adult Cont. Singles24. Quincy Jones One Hundred Ways
Top Adult Cont. Artistss20. Quincy Jones
Top Adult Cont. Labelss9. A&M (7)
Top Disco/Dance Singles/Albums1. Chas Jankel
5. Human League
43. Howard Johnson
Glad to Know You
Don't You Want Me
43. So Fine
Top Disco/Dance Artists1. Chas Jankel
7. Human League
Top Disco/Dance Labels1. A&M (15)

1983

A&M's New York office was the label's headquarters for the national publicity department and national singles promotion. There were 22 staff in New York and about 150 in Los Angeles. In January, Kathy Schenker became the vice president of publicity.

A&M Records agreed to distribute Windham Hill Records and its affiliates.

All four Grammy awards went to the Police and Sting. The Police and Styx each picked up two RIAA gold records out of the seven given to the label, and A&M was awarded four platinum records.

1983 was A&M's best year for the number of singles to reach the Billboard chart, 31, and its best showing in the Top 10 with eight singles. Of the 24 albums to chart, they were all by different artists.

Sales for the year were about $80 million.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMSCASSETTE
SP 4100$8.98$8.98
SP 3100$5.98$5.98
SP 3200$6.98$6.98
SP 3400$8.98$8.98
SP 3500$8.98$8.98
SP 3600$8.98$8.98
SP 3700$8.98$8.98
SP 6000$9.98$9.98
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SP 6700$13.98$13.98
SP 12000DeletedNA
SP 12400$4.98NA
SP 12500$5.98NA
SP 18000$9.98NA
1983 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
24 artists with one album each Bryan Adams (4)
Jeffrey Osborne (4)
Police (3)
Styx (3)
Herb Alpert (2)
Chris DeBurgh (2)
Human League (2)
Joe Jackson (2)
Sergio Mendes (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Rita Coolidge (2)
Sergio Mendes (2)
Jeffrey Osborne (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Atlantic Starr (1 Top 10)
Jeffrey Osborne (1 Top 10)
Jeffrey Osborne (2 Top 10)
Atlantic Starr (1 Top 10)
Janet Jackson (2 Top 20)
Sergio Mendes (3 Top 30)
1983 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTISTWON
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceBlow Your Own HornHerb Alpert
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal
Performance - Male
Stay with Me TonightJeffrey Osborne
Best Album PackageKey (the)Joan Armatrading
Rock Female VocalistKey (the)Joan Armatrading
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceBreakdownJoe Jackson
Pop Male VocalistManiacMichael Sembello
Song of the YearManiac Michael Sembello
Michael Sembello, Dennis Matkosky, writers
Pop Vocal Group Every Breath You TakePoliceWon
Best Rock Performance
By a Duo or Group
SynchronicityPoliceWon
Album of the Year SynchronicityPolice
Record of the YearEvery Breath You TakePolice
Best Rock Instrumental
Performance
Brimstone & TreacleStingWon
Song of the YearEvery Breath You TakeStingWon
Best Engineered Recording Kilroy Was HereStyx

1984

A&M agreed to distribute Shoreline Records, a line of recordings for children.

In December, Suzanne Vega signed with A&M Records.

On December 25, the Almo Publications Logo (jack-in-the-box style) trademark was cancelled.

A&M Records agreed to distribute Shoreline Records, a children's records label featuring Raffi.

A&M Films released its first movie, Birdy.

Three RIAA gold records were awarded to different artists. It was A&M's best year for RIAA platinum records with 14 certifications including four to Styx and two for the Police.

Another strong showing on the Billboard charts with 22 singles and 25 albums.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
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1984 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Chris DeBurgh (2) Dennis DeYoung (2)
Sergio Mendes (2)
Jeffrey Osborne (2)
Police (2)
Tommy Shaw (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Sergio Mendes (3)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Jeffrey Osborne (1 Top 10)
Brothers Johnson (1 Top 20)
Jeffrey Osborne (2 Top 10, 1 Top 20)
Janet Jackson (1 Top 10)
1984 BILLBOARD TALENT ALMANAC
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Artist 9. Police (8)
30. Jeffrey Osborne (5)
46. 38 Special (3)
Top Black Artist 3. Jeffrey Osborne (8)
24. Atlantic Starr (4)
Top Pop Label 5. A&M (67)
Top New Black Artist 10. Joyce Kennedy & Jeffrey Osborne (1)
Top Black Label 8. A&M (26)
Top Pop Album 8. Police
26. Jeffrey Osborne
48. 38 Special
66. Joe Jackson
93. UB40
Synchronicity
Stay With Me Tonight
Tour de Force
Body and Soul
Labour of Love
Top Pop Duo/Group 4. Police (5)
Top Pop Album Artist 8. Police (5)
31. Jeffrey Osborne (2)
55. 38 Special (1)
73. Joe Jackson (1)
84. UB40 (2)
Top Pop Singles Artist 39. Police (3)
43. 38 Special
61. Jeffrey Osborne (3)
88. Joe Jackson (3)
91. Sergio Mendes (2)
Top Pop Singles Label 9. A&M (27)
Top Pop Singles 85. Police Wrapped Around Your Finger
Top Pop Singles Duo/Group 17. Police (3)
21. 38 Special (2)
Top Pop Album Artist Male 10. Jeffrey Osborne (2)
22. Joe Jackson (1)
Top Pop Single Artist Male 21. Jeffrey Osborne (3)
Top Black Singles Artist 7. Jeffrey Osborne (5)
23. Atlantic Starr (3)
Top Black Singles Label 8. A&M (16)
Top Black Singles 29. Joyce Kennedy & Jeffrey Osborne
37. Jeffrey Osborne
41. Atlantic Starr
The Last Time I Made Love
Stay With Me Tonight
Touch a Four Leaf Clover
Top Black Album 5. Jeffrey Osborne
25. Atlantic Starr
Stay With Me Tonight
Yours Forever
Top Black Album Label 8. A&M (10)
Top Black Album Artist 5. Jeffrey Osborne (3)
30. Atlantic Starr (1)
Top Adult Contemporary Artist 11. Sergio Mendes (4)
Top Adult Contemporary Single 25. Sergio Mendes Alibis
Top Adult Contemporary Label 6. A&M (17)
Top Dance Label 13. A&M (15)
Top Pop Singles Publisher 15. Almo (19)
28. Irving (11)
Top Black Singles Publisher 6. Almo (19)
35. Irving (4)
Top Jazz Label 14. A&M (4)
1984 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Gospel Performance FemaleAngelsAmy GrantWon
Best Album PackageBewitched Andy Summers & Robert Fripp
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal
Performance - Male
Don't StopJeffrey Osborne
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal
Performance - Male
In the Name of LoveJeffrey Osborne
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal
Performance by a Duo or Group
Last Time I Made Love (the)Joyce Kennedy & Jeffrey Osborne
Best Arrangement of an InstrumentalBrothers on Wheels
(Rumblefish soundtrack)
Stewart Copeland
Package Michael Ross The Key Joan Armatrading

1985

John Carter was hired as the director of a&r.

On March 31, A&M ended its six-year distribution deal with I.R.S. Records because it felt that I.R.S. was now a full record company that no longer needed A&M's support.

1985 was a year of highs and lows for A&M. Among the heights, on January 28, "We Are the World" by USA for Africa recorded at A&M Studios with Quincy Jones producing, and A&M agreed to distribute Word Records.

Among the lows, on March 5, the Almo Rapid Play logo trademark was cancelled; on May 7, the Horizon Records logo (script style) trademark was cancelled.

Of the seven RIAA gold records, two were awarded to George Winston of Windham Hill Records. There were no platinum records this year.

As usual, A&M was well-represented on the Billboard charts with 27 singles and 24 albums.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
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SP 3500$8.98$8.98NA
SP 3600$8.98$8.98No set price
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45s 2000$1.69NANA
45s 2500/2600$1.98NANA
45s Memories$1.69NANA
45s BR 3600No set priceNANA
1985 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Carpenters (2)
Amy Grant (2)
Y&T (2)
Bryan Adams (5)
Sting (3)
Atlantic Starr (2)
Amy Grant (2)
Jesse Johnson (2)
OMD (2)
Simple Minds (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Amy Grant (3)
Sting (3)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Atlantic Starr (1 Top 10)
Jesse Johnson's Revue (1 Top 10)
Ta Mara & the Seen (1 Top 10)
Tramaine (1 Top 10)
Atlantic Starr (1 Top 10, Top 20, Top 30)
Jesse Johnson (2 Top 10)
Ta Mara & the Seen (1 Top 10)
Sting (1 Top 20)
1985 BILLBOARD NUMBER ONE AWARDS
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Artist 5. Bryan Adams (7)
17. Sting (4)
Top Black Artist 13. Jesse Johnson's Revue (5)
36. Atlantic Starr (5)
37. Jeffrey Osborne (5)
Top New Pop Artist 6. Jesse Johnson's Revue (3)
Top New Black Artist 4. Jesse Johnson's Revue (5)
Top Pop Label 6. A&M (67)
Top Black Label 9. A&M (30)
Top Pop Album Label 6. A&M (36)
Top Pop Album 2. Bryan Adams
40. Jesse Johnson's Revue
50. Sting
78. Jeffrey Osborne
100. Ssoundtrack
Reckless
Jesse Johnson's Revue
The Dream of the Blue Turtles
Don't Stop
The Breakfast Club
Top Pop Singles Artist 3. Bryan Adams (5)
24. Sting (3)
38. Simple Minds (2)
Top Pop Album Artist 5. Bryan Adams (2)
47. Jesse Johnson's Revue (1)
56. Jeffrey Osborne (2)
58. Sting (1)
84. UB40 (1)
88. Amy Grant (2)
Top Pop Singles 16. Simple Minds
24. Bryan Adams
55. Sting (3)
66. Bryan Adams
74. Bryan Adams
95. Sting
Don't You Forget About Me
Heaven
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
Run to You
Summer of '69
Fortress Around Your Heart
Top Pop Single Duo/Group 17. Simple Minds (2)
Top Pop Singles Label 6. A&M (30)
Top Pop Album Artist Male 3. Bryan Adams (2)
15. Jeffrey Osborne (2)
16. Sting (1)
Top Pop Singles Artist Male 1. Bryan Adams (5)
9. Sting (3)
Top Pop Soundtrack/Original Cast 7. Soundtrack The Breakfast Club
Top Pop Album Artist Female 12. Amy Grant (2)
18. Joan Armatrading (10
19. Suzanne Vega (1)
Top Pop Singles Artist Female 14. Amy Grant (2)
Top Dance Singles Singles/Albums 32. Tramaine
33. Simple Minds
Fall Down Spirit of Love
Don't You Forget About Me
Top Dance Club Play Singles Singles/Albums 34. Tramaine
37. Jeffrey Osborne
Fall Down Spirit of Love
The Borderlines
Top Black Singles Artists 9. Jesse Johnson's Revue (4)
32. Atlantic Starr (4)
$1. Jeffrey Osborne (3)
Top Black Singles 36. Jesse Johnson's Revue
43. Jesse Johnson's Revue
Be Your Man
Can You Help Me
Top Black Singles Label 8. A&M (21)
Top Black Album Label 9. A&M (9)
Top Black Album 13. Jesse Johnson's Revue
36. Jeffrey Osborne
42. Atlantic Starr
Jesse Johnson's Revue
Don't Stop
As the Band Turns
Top Black Album Artist 18. Jesse Johnson's Revue (1)
33. Jeffrey Osborne (2)
42. Atlantic Starr (1)
Top Adult Contemporary Label 14. A&M (10)
Top Pop Singles Publisher 4. Irving (19)
25. Almo (15)
Top Black Singles Publisher 7. Almo (21)
23. Irving (13)
Top Country Singles Publisher 3. Irving (16)
1985 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Gospel Performance by a FemaleUnguardedAmy GrantWon
Best Comedy RecordingYou Look MahvelousBilly Crystal
Rock Male VocalistRecklessBryan Adams
Rock Vocal GroupIt's Only LoveBryan Adams & Tina Turner
Best Gospel Performance
by a Duo or Group
Beat the SystemPetra
Album of the YearDream of the Blue TurtlesSting
Best Engineered RecordingDream of the Blue TurtlesSting
Best Jazz Instrumental
Performance by a Group
Dream of the Blue TurtlesSting
Pop Male VocalistDream of the Blue TurtlesSting
Package Michael Ross Bewitched Andy Summers & Robert Fripp

1986

A&M Records last #1 album before its 1989 sale to PolyGram was Control by Janet Jackson. Its last #1 single was "Human" by the Human League. "Human" was also A&M's 100th Top 10 single on the Billboard chart.

A&M began issuing promo-only CDs for the Police, 38 Special and OMD. It also offered its first full-length CD sampler, A Year Ago We Hadn't Heard of Them Either.

The label went to the 4x12-inch audio cassette box package. It also began using the CD digi-pak format with a plastic tray and cardboard cover. The first digipaks were the new 38 Special and reprintings of Reckless by Bryan Adans.

In July 5, distribution in Japan was taken over by Canyon Records.

Charlie Minor renewed his contract with the label for three more years.

The only Grammy for an A&M artist was won by Al Green. The eight RIAA gold records went to different artists. Of the five platinum records, three went to Control by Janet Jackson for three million sales.

A total of 26 singles and 22 albums appeared on the Billboard Pop charts. 1986 was one of A&M's two best years for albums, landing five in the Top 10.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMSCASSETTECOMPACT DISC
SP 3900$9.98$9.98No set price
SP 5100$8.98$8.98No set price
1986 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Joe Jackson (2)
Soundtracks (2)
Janet Jackson (4)
Dennis DeYoung (2)
Falco (2)
Human League (2)
OMD (2)
Simple Minds (2)
38 Special (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
OMD (3)
Atlantic Starr (2)
Dennis DeYoung (2)
Janet Jackson (2)
Jeffrey Osborne (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Janet Jackson (#1)
Jeffrey Osborne (1 Top 10)
Janet Jackson (3 #1; 1 Top 10)
Jeffrey Osborne (2)
1986 BILLBOARD NUMBER ONE AWARDS
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Artist 8. Janet Jackson (5)
25. Simple Minds (4)
46. Falco (3)
Top Black Artist 1. Janet Jackson (5)
9. Atlantic Starr (4)
29. Jeffrey Osborney (4)
48. Ta Mara & the Seen (4)
Top Pop Label 6. A&M (71)
Top Black Label 3. A&M (33)
Top Pop Album 6. Janet Jackson
24. Simple Minds
33. Sting
50. Soundtrack
51. Atlantic Starr
54. Falco
62. 38 Special
66. Bryan Adams
79. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Control
Once Upon a Time
The Dream of the Blue Turtles
Pretty In Pink
As the Band Turns
Falco 3
Strength in Numbers
Reckless
Crush
Top Pop Album Duo/Group 17. Simple Minds (1)
Top Pop Album Label 3. A&M (35)
Top Pop Album Artist 12. Janet Jackson (1)
28. Simple Minds (1)
57. Atlantic Starr (1)
59. Falco (1)
65. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (2)
69. 38 Special (1)
72. Bryan Adams (2)
Top Pop Singles Artist 1. Janet Jackson (4)
17. Simple Minds (3)
26. Falco (2)
38. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1)
40. Atlantic Starr (2)
76. Sting (3)
78. Human League (2)
80. 38 Special (2)
98. Jeffrey Osborne (1)
Top Pop Singles 12. Atlantic Starr
17. Simple Minds
25. Human League
28. Falco
32. Janet Jackson
43. Janet Jackson
53. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
58. Janet Jackson
Secret Lovers
Alive and Kicking
Human
Rock Me Amadeus
When I Think of You
What Have You Done for Me Lately
If You Leave
Nasty
Top Pop Singles Label 2. A&M (27)
Top Pop Singles Duo/Group 10. Simple Minds (3)
21. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1)
22. Atlantic Starr (2)
Top Pop Album Artist Male 13. Bryan Adams (2)
Top Pop Album Artist Female 4. Janet Jackson (1)
17. Amy Grant (2)
Top Pop Singles Artist Male 5. Falco (2)
Top Pop Singles Artist Female 1. Janet Jackson (4)
Top Pop Soundtrack/Original Cast 3. Soundtrack Pretty In Pink
Top Black Single 3. Atlantic Starr
5. Janet Jackson
13. Janet Jackson
26. Jeffrey Osborne
37. Atlantic Starr
47. Janet Jackson
Secret Lovers
Nasty
What Have You Done for Me Lately
You Should Be Mine (Woo Woo Song)
If Your Heart Isn't In It
When I Think of You
Top Black Singles Artist 1. Janet Jackson (4)
8. Atlantic Starr (3)
21. Jeffrey Osborne (3)
47. Ta Mara & The Seen (3)
Top Black Singles Label 3. A&M (23)
Top Black Album 2. Janet Jackson
8. Atlantic Starr
33. Jeffrey Osborne
Ta Mara & the Seen
Control
As the Band Turns
Emotional
Ta Mara & the Seen
Top Black Album Artist 3. Janet Jackson (1)
10. Atlantic Starr (1)
37. Jeffrey Osborne (1)
Top Black Album Label 4. A&M (10)
Top Dance Singles/Albums 18. Falco
21. Janet Jackson
23. Janet Jackson
24. Janet Jackson
40. Human League
E. G. Daily
Rock Me Amadeus/Vienna Calling
What HAve You Done for Me Lately
Nasty
When I think Of You
Human
Say IT, Say It
Top Dance Club Play Artist 1. Janet Jackson (4)
9. E. G. Daily (2)
23. Falco (1)
Top Dance Club Play Label 1. A&M (24)
Top Adult Contemporary Singles 20. Atlantic Starr
30. Jeffrey Osborne
33. Double
Secret Lovers
You Should Be Mine (Woo Woo Song)
The Captain of Her Heart
Top Adult Contemporary Artist 13. Atlantic Starr (2)
Top Adult Contemporary Label 5. A&M (18)
Top Pop Compact Disck 16. Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles
Top Pop Singles Publisher 5. Almo (20)
15. Irving (17)
Top Black Singles Publisher 6. Almo (21)
13. Irving (8)
Top Country Singles Publisher 6. Irving (16)
Top Distributed Pop Label 5. A&M (81)
Top Distributed Dance Label 5. A&M (45)
Top Latin Pop Label 7. A&M (4)
Top Spiritual Album 10. Tramaine The Search Is Over
1986 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Soul Performance, MaleGoing AwayAl GreenWon
Album of the YearControl Janet Jackson
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal
Performance - Female
ControlJanet Jackson
Producer of the YearControlJanet Jackson
(Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Producers)
Best Soul Gospel
Performance - Female
Search Is Over (the)Tramaine

1987

Notable signings included the Wagoneers and, in November, Extreme. Raffi was the only artist in children's music signed to a major record label. In 1987, he was expected to sell one million records. He was also the first children's music artist to issue a CD. The CD sold well enough to require a second pressing within the first year of release.

In March, A&M introduced cassette singles to address declining sales of 7" vinyl singles. The first A&M cassette single was Bryan Adams "The Heat of the Night."

In June, A&M celebrated its 25th anniversary with its international meeting, museum on the Chaplin Soundstage, and the industry-only book, A&M Records: the First 25 Years. A&M's staff numbered about 240.

In Australia, Festival Records, celebrated its 25th year of association with A&M Records. It marketed Herb Alpert's single of "Keep Your Eye on Me" on 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl singles, cassette single, CD single and video single.

A&M created the industry's first promotional CD with a 12-inch promotional maxi--"Keep Your Eye on Me" by Herb Alpert. The second full-length promotional CD was released. It was titled If You Know All the Music on This Disc, You Probably Wrote It.

In October, A&M became the first major record label to release a promotional 3-inch CD. It was "Hourglass" by Squeeze. At the time, A&M was the only major interested in testing the format. The other majors felt that with 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl singles, cassette singles and 5-inch CD singles, that there were too many formats competing for retailers dollars and shelf space.

During the Summer, A&M entered a licensing agreement with Twin/Tone Records of Minneapolis. Twin/Tone distributed Coyote Records based in New Jersey. A&M handled all distribution, marketing, publicity and promotion for records it chose to license.

A&M agreed to distribute Nimbus Records.

On November 14, the trademark for the A&M Records logo was renewed.

It was A&M's third best showing at the Grammys winning five awards, all by different artists. Of the seven RIAA gold records, Amy Grant led the way with two. Various artist compilations were also given two gold records. There were eight platinum records, with two each going to George Winston and various artist compilations.

1987 was also one of A&M's two best years on the Billboard Pop Album chart with five products in the Top 10. The artists with the most singles on the chart were Bryan Adams and Herb Alpert, each with three. No one artist led the albums.

1987...A Very Special Christmas

Engineer and producer Jimmy Iovine wanted to create a benefit Christmas album as a tribute to his father. His wife Vicki suggested Special Olympics as the charity. They founded A Very Special Christmas. The Iovines lined up 15 of music's biggest names to contribute one track each to the album and A&M Records donated the studio time and all proceeds, less marketing and production costs. In March 1988, the A Very Christmas album had generated $5 million in royalties for Special Olympics. The album grew into a series and the monies from their sales fund Special Opympics programs that are most in need around the world.

A Very Special Christmas

1987 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Various Artists (2) (compilation albums) Herb Alpert (3)
Bryan Adams (3)
Janet Jackson (2)
Squeeze (2)
Suzanne Vega (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
10 artists with one single each
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Herb Alpert (1 Top 5)
Vesta Williams (1 Top 20)
Al Green (1 Top 30)
Barry White (1 Top 30)
Janet Jackson (2 #1)
Herb Alpert (1 #1; 2 Top 10)
Shanice Wilson (1 Top 10)
Barry White (1 Top 30)
1987 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Soul Gospel Performance, MaleEverything's Gonna Be AlrightAl GreenWon
Best Gospel Performance, FemaleLead Me OnAmy GrantWon
Best Album of Original Instrumental
Background for a Motion Picture
UntouchablesSoundtrack (Ennio Morricone)Won
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceKeep Your Eye on MeHerb Alpert
Best Rhythm & Blues Instrumental PerformanceDiamondsHerb Alpert
Pop Male VocalistBring on the NightStingWon
Pop Female VocalistLukaSuzanne Vega
Record of the YearLukaSuzanne Vega
Song of the YearLukaSuzanne Vega
Best Reggae RecordingCCCPUB40

1988

In March, A&M introduced CD3 (3" CD) at NARM. In April, A&M Records released first commercial CD3 (3" CD), and on May 3, A&M released six 3" CD discs priced around $5 each in 4" x 12" package as collectors items. Also in March, A&M held the price of cassette singles to $1.99, the same as vinyl singles, while major distributors increased the price to $2.49. Cassette singles were more costly to produce than vinyl and singles historically had a high rate of product that went unsold.

A&M Records established Vendetta Records with five employees from its New York offices. The first Vendetta Records release, Saying Sorry by Denise Lopez, was released in April. April 15 was the first commercial use of the Vendetta Records logo. On December 6, Vendetta Records logo was approved as a registered trademark.

The Good Morning Vietnam soundtrack was A&M's only Grammy. There were only two RIAA gold records and two platinum records awarded to different artists.

The year closed with 15 singles and 23 albums on the Billboard Pop charts. Soundtracks were the label-leader with two titles and Breathe and Sting each had two singles chart.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMSCASSETTECOMPACT DISC
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SP 3100$6.49$6.49No set price
SP 3400$7.98$7.98NA
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SP 3600$8.98$8.98No set price
SP 3700$8.98$8.98No set price
SP 3900$9.98$9.98No set price
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45s 2000$1.69NANA
45s 2500/2600$1.98NANA
45s Memories$1.69NANA
45s BR 3600No set priceNANA
CD 2500NANANo set price
1988 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Soundtracks (2)Breathe (2)
Sting (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Breathe (2)
Chris DeBurgh (2)
Sting (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Jeffrey Osborne (1 Top 20)
Brenda Russell (1 Top 30)
Vesta Williams (1 Top 30)
Jeffrey Osborne (1 #1)
Brenda Russell (2 Top 10)
Jesse Johnson (1 Top 10; 1 Top 20)
1988 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Gospel Performance by a FemaleLead Me OnAmy GrantWon
Pop Female VocalistGet HereBrenda Russell
Pop Vocal GroupPiano in the DarkBrenda Russell
Song of the YearPiano in the DarkBrenda Russell
(Brenda Russell, Jeff Hall, Scott Cutler, Writers)
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Vocal or Instrumental
Cold MetalIggy Pop
Best Album of Original Instrumental
Background Score Written
for a Motion Picture
Tucker: the Man and His Dream Joe Jackson
Trustees AwardQuincy JonesWon
Best Comedy RecordingGood Morning VietnamSoundtrack (Robin Williams)Won
Album of the Year...Nothing Like the SunSting
Pop Male VocalistBe Still My Beating HeartSting
Song of the YearBe Still My Beating HeartSting
New ArtistToni Childs
Rock Female VocalistDon't Walk AwayToni Childs
Best Reggae RecordingUB40UB40
Best Reggae RecordingBreakfast in BedUB40 with Chrissie Hynde

1989

In January, Ode Records reactivated its distribution agreement with A&M Records.

Extreme's debut album released. Sold 300,000 copies.

July 3 was the first commercial use of A&MERICANA logo.

In October, Alpert and Moss sold A&M Records to PolyGram. NV. Annual profits were estimated at $14 million.

Janet Jackson and Amy Grant won two Grammys for A&M. The RIAA gave gold records to five A&M recordings. Janet Jackson received two of them and all four of the platinum certifications for A&M for the year.

All 14 albums to make the Billboard Pop chart came from different artists. Michael Damian had the most singles, three, of the 16 A&M singles to chart.

PRICE AND FORMAT HISTORY
SERIESALBUMSCASSETTECOMPACT DISC
SP 4100 (3)$8.98$8.98No set price
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SP 3100 (4)$6.49$6.49No set price
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SP 3500NA$8.98No set price
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SP 3700$8.98$8.98No set price
SP 3900$9.98$9.98No set price
SP 6000$9.98$9.98NA
SP 6400$10.98$10.98No set price
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SP 6600$12.98$12.98No set price
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SP 12400DeletedNANA
SP 12500$5.98NANA
SP 18000DeletedNANA
45s 2000$1.69NANA
45s 2500/2600$1.98NANA
45s Memories$1.69NANA
45s BR 3600No set priceNANA
CD 2500NANANo set price
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CD3 31000NANANo set price
1989 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
14 artists with one album eachMichael Damian (3)
Janet Jackson (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Breathe (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Janet Jackson (2 #1)
Barry White (1 Top 30)
Janet Jackson (1 #1)
Vesta Williams (2 Top 10)
1989 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTISTWON
Best Soul Gospel Vocal
Performance, Male
As Long As We're TogetherAl GreenWon
Best Gospel PerformanceLead Me OnAmy GrantWon
Best Music Video Long FormRhythm NationJanet JacksonWon
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Accompanying Vocal(s)
Rhythm NationJanet Jackson
Best Rhythm & Blues SongMiss You MuchJanet Jackson
(Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Writers)
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal
Performance - Female
Miss You MuchJanet Jackson
Producer of the YearJanet Jackson, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis
Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceHealing ChantNeville BrothersWon
Trustees AwardQuincy JonesWon
Best Metal Performance Vocal or InstrumentalUltramega OKSoundgarden

1990

The sale of A&M to PolyGram became effective in January and PolyGram Canada finalized its buyout of A&M Records Canada. On April 2, Gil Friesen resigned as President of A&M Records and Jerry Moss took over day-to-day operations. On April 6, Jeff Gold, VP Marketing and Creative Services, A&M Records resigned. A&M closed its Vendetta Records label after only two years.

In May, Al Cafaro, a long-time A&M executive, was promoted to Senior Vice President/General Manager of A&M and in November he was appointed President of the company. Cafaro was only the third president of the company, succeeding Jerry Moss and Gil Friesen.

A&M was reported to have lost $8 million in the first year of the PolyGram takeover. On October 29, 1990, A&M laid off 25 employees in LA, New York and Chicago. Nearly 50 employees left the label that year as the label transitioned into the PolyGram conglomerate. Al Cafaro called the move a consolidation and said it was warranted to align the staff size to the label's volume of business. He told Billboard that A&M would not share functions with PolyGram but would remain autonomous.

1990 brought A&M's first songwriting award at the Grammys in Julie Gold's "From a Distance." Suzanne Vega's Days of Open Hand won for Best Album Package. Seven artists had one album each on the Billboard Pop chart and Janet Jackson had four singles on that Billboard chart. There were 12 RIAA gold certifications. Eight of them went to Janet Jackson and seven of them were for her singles. Seduction earned two gold records. Of the four platinum records, Janet Jackson won three including the 5M sales of Rhythm Nation 1814.

1990 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
7 artists with one album eachJanet Jackson (4)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Janet Jackson (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Seduction (1 Top 30)
Intelligent Hoodlum (1 Top 100)
Janet Jackson (1 #1; 4 Top 10)
Suzanne Vega (1 Top 10)
1990 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Engineered RecordingBedtime StoriesDavid Baerwald
Best Rhythm & Blues SongAlrightJanet Jackson
(Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Writers)
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - FemaleAlrightJanet Jackson
Legends AwardLiza Minnelli
Best Jazz Fusion PerformanceApasionadoStan Getz
Best Album PackageDays of Open HandSuzanne VegaWon
Best Contemporary Folk
Recording
Days of Open HandSuzanne Vega

1991

By February, PolyGram announced that it would sell bonds to help finance its purchase of A&M Records and Island Records. Later that year, PolyGram claimed that it overpaid for A&M. However, PolyGram also had its most profitable year. A&M contributed to the profits with hits from Bryan Adams, Extreme, Amy Grant and Sting.

From their inception, CD packages had been 6 x 12" (called a CD longbox) so they fit into the vinyl album rack at retail. In January, Sting's The Soul Cages introduced a cardboard package to replace the jewel box. Called DigiTrak, it was a cardboard case with two plastic tracks inside to hold the CD until the outer package was folded to fit the CD. Only the first 200,000 copies of The Soul Cages were in the longbox format. At the time, the industry did not see the U.S. going to the jewel-box only package that was the standard around the world.

A&M Records began a distribution agreement with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's Perspective Records. The contract also allowed Perspective use of the creative services department at A&M.

Signficant departures: On March 11, Janet Jackson accepted a $60M contract with Virgin Records. In August, Delos left its distribution agreement with A&M Records.

Al Cafaro was named VP of PolyGram Holding, Inc. and assigned to oversee the development of Mercury Records while also running A&M Records. Cafaro had been key to PolyGram's reorganization of A&M and was asked to bring those talents to Mercury's operation.

A&M won three Grammys by individual artists. It was A&M's third highest year for RIAA gold records, receiving 11 of them. Bryan Adams got three golds and Extreme won two gold records. It was also A&M's third best year for platinum records, again winning 11 awards. Four platinums went to Bryan Adams while the Carpenters, Amy Grant and Sting each received two awards.

1991 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
8 artists with one album eachBryan Adams (2)
Amy Grant (3)
Extreme (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Amy Grant (3)
Extreme (2)
Aaron Neville (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Barry White (1 Top 20)
Vesta Williams (1 Top 20)
Vesta Williams (1 Top 10)
Wooten Brothers (1 Top 10)
1991 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Engineered Album Warm Your HeartAaron Neville
Pop Male VocalistWarm Your HeartAaron Neville
Album of the YearHeart in MotionAmy Grant
Pop Female VocalistBaby BabyAmy Grant
Record of the YearBaby BabyAmy Grant
Song of the YearBaby BabyAmy Grant
(Amy Grant, Keith Thomas, Writers)
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or TelevisionI Do It for You (Everything I Do)Bryan Adams
(Bryan Adams, Robert John Mutt Lang, Michael Kamen, Writers)
Won
Pop Male VocalistI Do It for You (Everything I Do)Bryan Adams
Record of the YearI Do It for You (Everything I Do)Bryan Adams
Rock Solo Vocal PerformanceCan't Stop This Thing We StartedBryan Adams
Rock SongCan't Stop This Thing We StartedBryan Adams
Song of the YearI Do It for You (Everything I Do)Bryan Adams
(Bryan Adams, Robert John Mutt Lang, Michael Kamen, Writers)
Pop Vocal GroupMore Than WordsExtreme
Best Instrumental CompositionNorth on South St.Herb Alpert (Herb Alpert, Greg Smith)
Legends AwardQuincy Jones
Best Metal Vocal PerformanceBadmotorfingerSoundgarden
Rock SongSoul Cages (the)StingWon
Package Len Peltier, Jeffrey Gold & Suzanne Vega Days of Open Hand Suzanne Vega Won

1992

The A&R Department ceased reporting to Jerry Moss and began reporting to Al Cafaro.

A&M created limited edition packages for Soundgarden and Blues Traveler albums that included a free EP hoping to generate a larger audience and first time sales and additional sales among fans who would want the EP in their collections.

A&M, for only the third time, did not win any Grammy awards. Of its eight RIAA gold records, two each were given to Cece Peniston and Aaron Neville. 1992 was A&M's top year for platinum records. The label received 16 awards, with three for Cat Stevens including 3M in sales for his Greatest Hits and two each for Bryan Adams and Amy Grant.

1992 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
10 artists with one album each Cece Peniston (4)
Bryan Adams (3)
Amy Grant (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Bryan Adams (2)
Amy Grant (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Cece Peniston (2 Top 10; 1 Top 20 & 40)
Barry White (1 Top 30)
1992 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Rock Male VocalistThere Will Never Be Another TonightBryan Adams
Best Metal Vocal PerformanceInto the VoidSoundgarden
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or TelevisionIt's Probably MeSting
(Sting, Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton, Writers)
Best Album Package99.9FSuzanne Vega

1993

On June 18, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss left A&M Records which now operated as a division of PolyGram. They were midway through their five-year agreement with PolyGram to remain at A&M. PolyGram had installed its choice of executives and integrated the records into its lines and its stock numbers. A&M ceased to have its own company identity. It appeared that PolyGram was pulling out of its agreement to allow Alpert and Moss to continue to run A&M autonomously.

A&M and Perspective signed a long-term deal. Perspective would market A&M's R&B product and A&M would market crossover product. Employees from A&M's Urban Division transferred to Perspective and Perspective added its own choices for executive talent. The deal allowed Perspective to double its number of releases per year.

A&M's one Grammy, Best Video, Long, was for Ten Summoner's Tales by Sting. This was the only Grammy A&M won for its video work. Three gold records and four platinum records were given to A&M. Sting received two platinums to commemorate the million and two million marks for Ten Summoner's Tales.

1993 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Aaron Neville (2) Sting (3)
Gin Blossoms (2)
Aaron Neville (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Sting (3)
Bryan Adams (2)
Aaron Neville (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Vertical Hold (1 Top 40)
Intelligent Hoodlum (1 Top 100)
Vesta Williams (1 Top 100)
Cece Peniston (1 Top 40)
1993 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Country & Western Vocal
Performance - Male
Grand Tour (the)Aaron Neville
Pop Male VocalistDon't Take Away My HeavenAaron Neville
Best Engineered AlbumTen Summoner's TalesStingWon
Pop Male VocalistIf I Ever Lose My Faith in YouStingWon
Best Video, LongTen Summoner's TalesStingWon
Album of the YearTen Summoner's TalesSting
Record of the YearIf I Ever Lose My Faith in YouSting
Rock Solo Vocal PerformanceDemolition ManSting
Song of the YearIf I Ever Lose My Faith in YouSting
Package 99.9Fº Suzanne Vega
(Len Peltier)

1994

A&M reorganized its sales staff and its sales strategies to focus on local and regional market needs. A&M began to "coordinate its sales, marketing, tour, radio, press, video and publicity efforts on a specific, market-by-market basis." (Billboard, April 30, 1994, p18) hoping that marketing efforts customized for each region would create national success.

Sheryl Crow won three of the four Grammys presented to A&M artists. She won the coveted Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal and Best New Artist awards. Of the 11 gold records, Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow and Barry White each won two. Among the sixteen platinum certs were four for Bryan Adams whose So Far So Good reached 3 million; Soundgarden's Superunkown also hit 3 million, and the Gin Blossoms went platinum and hit 2 million with New Miserable Experience.

1994 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
6 artists with one album eachSheryl Crow (3)
Cece Peniston (3)
Amy Grant (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Gin Blossoms (3)
Amy Grant (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Cece Peniston (1 Top 20)Barry White (2 #1)
Cece Peniston (2 Top 10)
1994 BILLBOARD YEAR IN MUSIC
CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Pop Artist 18. Bryan Adams (3)
34. Soundgarden (1)
38. Sheryl Crow (3)
44. Gin Blossoms (3)
Top New Pop Artist 10. Sheryl Crow (3)
Top Pop Label 5. A&M (33)
Top Billboard 200 Album Artist 22. Bryan Adams (1)
24. Soundgarden (1)
50. Gin Blossoms (1)
58. Sheryl Crow (1)
83. Aaron Neville (2)
97. Sting (2)
Top Billboard 200 Album 17. Bryan Adams
19. Soundgarden
54. Gin Blossoms
60. Sheryl Crow
So Far So Good
Superunknown
New Miserable Experience
Tuesday Night Music Club
Top Billboard 200 Album Duo/Group 11. Soundgarden (1)
Top Billboard 200 Album Artist Male 8. Bryan Adams (1)
Top Hot 100 Artists 17. Bryan Adams (2)
30. Sheryl Crow (2)
46. Gin Blossoms (2)
68. Sting (3)
73. CeCe Peniston (3)
92. Amy Grant (2)
Top Hot 100 Singles 8. Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting
27. Bryan Adams
34. Sheryl Crow
51. Gin Blossoms
All for Love
Please Forgive Me
All I Wanna Do
Found Out About You
Top Hot 100 Singles Duo/Group 20. Gin Blossoms (2)
Top Hot 100 Singles Artist Female 8. Sheryl Crow (2)
CeCe Peniston (3)
18. Amy Grant (2)
Top Hot 100 Singles Artist Male 6. Bryan Adams (2)
Top Hot 100 Singles Label 3. A&M (15)
Top Hot 100 Singles Sales 5. Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting
67. Sheryl Crow
All for Love
All I Wanna Do
Top Hot 100 Singles Airplay 12. Bryan Adams
24. Sheryl Crow
28. Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting
32. Gin Blossoms
46. Gin Blossoms
Please Forgive Me
All I Wanna Do
All For Love
Found Out About You
Until I Fall Away
Top R&B Artist 23. CeCe Peniston (4)
Top R&B Artists Female 7. CeCe Peniston (4)
Top R&B Album Artist 32. Barry White (1)
Top R&B Album 39. Barry White
71. CeCe Peniston
The Icon Is Love
Thought Ya Knew
Top R&B Singles Artist 15. CeCe Peniston (3)
Top R&B Singles 32. CeCe Peniston
42. CeCe Peniston
48. Barry White
I'm Not Over You
I'm in the Mood
Practice What You Preach
Top R&B Singles Sales 37. Barry White
68. CeCe Peniston
Practice What You Preach
I'm Not Over You
Top R&B Singles Airplay 31. CeCe Peniston
32. CeCe Peniston
I'm in the Mood
I'm Not Over You
Top Pop Catalog Album 20. Various Artists
27. Amy Grant
A Very Special Christmas 2
Home for Christmas
Top Hot 100 Singles Publishers 15. Almo (8)
30. Irving (11)
Top Hot 100 Singles Publishing
Corporation
5. Almo (23)
Top Hot Country Singles &
Tracks Publishers
5. Almo (20)
22. Irving (9)
Top Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1. Soundgarden
14. Sheryl Crow
Black Hole Sun
All I Wanna Do
Top Hot Album Rock Tracks Artist 2. Soundgarden (4)
Top Hot Modern Rock Tracks Artist 3. Soundgarden (10)
Top Hot Modern Rock Tracks Distributing Label 5. A&M (10)
Top Hot Adult Contemporary Artists 9. Bryan Adams (2)
18. Sting (4)
Top Hot Adult Contemporary Singles 5. Bryan Adams
32. Amy Grant
41. Sheryl Crow
46. Sting
Please Forgive Me
Lucky One
All I Wanna Do
Fields of Gold
Top Hot Adult Contemporary Label 2. A&M (11)
Top Hot Adult Contemporary Distributing Label 3. A&M (13)
Top Hot Dance Club Play Artists 1. CeCe Peniston (3)
25. Uncanny Alliance (2)
Top Hot Dance Club Play Singles 9. CeCe Peniston
24. CeCe Peniston
244. CeCe Peniston
I'm not Over You
Hit By Love
I'm in the Mood
Top Hot Dance Club Play Label 6. A&M (6)
Top Hot Dance Club Music Label 8. A&M (10)
Top Hot Dance Club Maxi-Singles
Sales Artist
15. CeCe Peniston (3)
Top Hot Dance Club Maxi-Singles Sales 42. CeCe Peniston I'm in the Mood

1994 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS

CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - MalePractice What You PreachBarry White
Pop Vocal CollaborationAll for LoveBryan Adams, Sting, Rod Stewart
New ArtistSheryl CrowWon
Pop Female VocalistAll I Wanna DoSheryl CrowWon
Record of the YearAll I Wanna DoSheryl CrowWon
Rock Female VocalistI'm Gonna Be a Wheel SomedaySheryl Crow
Song of the YearAll I Wanna DoSheryl Crow
(Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Wynn Cooper, Kevin Gilbert, Writers)
Best Metal PerformanceSpoonmanSoundgardenWon
Rock SongBlack Hole SunSoundgarden (Chris Cornell, Writer)Won
Best Hard Rock PerformanceBlack Hole SunSoundgarden
Best Rock AlbumSuperunknownSoundgarden

1995

A&M signed a three-year deal with producer Ric Wake to form DV8 Records. A&M would provide distribution, marketing and promotion in the US and Europe.

Soundgarden's Alive in the Superunknown and Monster Magnet's I Talk to Planets were A&M's first multimedia releases in CD Plus. The discs were designed to play on CD and CD-ROM and contained music, videos and games. CD Plus packages included a diagnostic and driver disc since many computers would need software to play CD Plus.

Blues Traveler brought home the only Grammy this year for Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group. Blues Traveler and Janet Jackson each received two gold records accounting for half the certs. Out of 14 platinum records, Sheryl Crow and Blues Traveler each received three while Amy Grant and Janet Jackson each received two certifications. Crow's Tuesday Night Music Club attained an all-time record for sales with 5 million.

1995 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
6 artists with one album eachBlues Traveler (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Sheryl Crow (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Janet Jackson (1 Top 10)Janet Jackson (1 Top 10; 1 Top 40)
Barry White (1 Top 20)
1995 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTISTWON
Rock Vocal GroupRun AroundBlues TravelerWon
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or TelevisionHave You Ever Really Loved a WomanBryan Adams (Bryan Adams, Robert John Mutt Lange, Michael Kamen, Writers)
Pop Male VocalistHave You Ever Really Loved a WomanBryan Adams
Lifetime Achievement AwardPeggy LeeWon
Pop Male VocalistWhen We DanceSting

1996

In March, Al Cafaro was named Chairman/CEO of A&M Records. Only Jerry Moss had held this position.

In one of the largest artist controversies in A&M's history, Wal-Mart banned Sheryl Crow's self-titled album because the retailer disagreed with Ms. Crow's anti-gun lyrics.

A&M sent artists Billy Martin and Patty Griffin on Jann Arden's 25-date tour, and had the three make daytime appearances in Borders Books & Music stores. This was the first time A&M sent three artists into Borders.

On September 4, A&M Records Nashville closed. The operation was begun in 1994 as Polydor Nashville but was renamed A&M Nashville in March 1996. Shortly after the renaming, the two top executives left and A&M was unable to find a strong executive to replace them. Artists were transferred to Mercury in Nashville. Nineteen staff people lost their jobs.

In September, Perspective laid off 27 of its 28 employees. In December, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, founders of Perspective, decided to continue on only with their existing acts, otherwise inactivating the label.

Sheryl Crow won Best Female Rock Vocal and Best Rock Album, the only Grammys for A&M artists. Blues Traveler's three gold records made them top artist for gold records. There were 13 platinum albums. Two awards were given to Bryan Adams, Blues Traveler, Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden and Sting. Crow's Tuesday Night Music Club attained 6 million in sales.

1996 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
7 artists with one album eachSting (3)
Bryan Adams (2)
Gin Blossoms (2)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Five artists with one single each
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Cece Peniston (1 Top 100)Cece Peniston (1 Top 30)
1996 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - MaleChange Is Gonna Come (a)Al Green
Pop Male VocalistLet's Make a Night to RememberBryan Adams
Rock Male VocalistOnly Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You (the)Bryan Adams
Lifetime Achievement AwardDave BrubeckWon
Pop Vocal GroupAs Long As It Matters Gin Blossoms
Pop Vocal GroupFire on the MountainNeville Brothers
Best Music Video Long FormFarewell Live from the Universal AmphiteatreOingo Boingo
Rock AlbumSheryl CrowSheryl CrowWon
Rock Female VocalistIf It Makes You HappySheryl CrowWon
Best Hard Rock PerformancePretty NoiseSoundgarden
Best Instrumental ArrangementMr. Holland's OpusSoundtrackWon
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or TelevisionSabrina (Moonlight)Soundtrack (Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman, John Williams, Writers)
Pop AlbumMercury FallingSting
Pop Male VocalistLet Your Soul Be Your PilotSting

1997

In corporate changes, A&M reorganized its black music division, bringing back John McClain as the Senior VP A&R of Urban and hiring Dave Rosas as Senior VP of Urban Promotion. The black music division would have eleven employees. And, A&M entered into a distribution arrangement with Flip Records.

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss received the Grammy Trustees Award for "Inspiring music executives to artist-oriented philosophy." Burt Bacharach and Hal David also won the Trustees Award for "Eloquence and style on songs transcending their time." Sounds of Blackness received two of the eight gold records. Twelve platinum awards were also given. Blues Traveler, Sheryl Crow, and Amy Grant each won two of them. Crow continued to set all-time sales records. Tuesday Night Music Club had now sold 7 million copies.

1997 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
3 artists with one single each
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Bryan Adams (2)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Aaron Neville (1 Top 100)Sting (1 Top 20)
1997 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Pop CollaborationI Finally Found SomeoneBryan Adams & Barbra Streisand
Trustees AwardBurt Bacharach & Hal DavidWon
Hall of FameWe've Only Just BegunCarpentersWon
Trustees AwardHerb Alpert & Jerry MossWon
Hall of FameLonely Bull (the)Herb Alpert & the Tijuana BrassWon
Hall of FameWhiter Shade of Pale (a)Procol Harum
Record of the YearEvery Day Is a Winding RoadSheryl Crow
Country CollaborationI'm So Happy I Can't Stop CryingSting & Toby Keith

1998

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss sued PolyGram claiming they were shorted $3.63 million in earnings in 1994 and $2 million in a Canadian tax refund.

In May, A&M had its last Top 5 single under PolyGram with Public Announcement's "Body Bumpin Yippie-Yi-Yo." The label would not be in the Top 5 again until May 2001.

Seagrams, then owner of Universal Music Group, acquired PolyGram for $10.4 billion. Universal took control on December 10. On December 28, The New York Times reported that Universal would sell property, lay off 3,000 employees, release artists, and take other actions to save $300 million a year. A&M Records was to be "collapsed" into Interscope. A&M entered into a distribution arrangement with Shaquille O'Neal's record label T.W.Is.M.

Of the ten gold records, the Carpenters and Styx each won two. It was a record year for platinum records. A&M received 20 certs. Thirteen of the platinum awards were for ten different Carpenters albums. Their The Singles: 1969-1973 tied Sheryl Crow with 7 million in sales.

1998 BILLBOARD CHARTS
BILLBOARD POP ALBUMS AND SINGLES CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Sheryl Crow (1)
BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Amy Grant (1)
BILLBOARD RHYTHM & BLUES AND HIP-HOP CHART
ALBUMSSINGLES
Soundtrack (1 Top 10)
Kurupt (1 Top 10)
Public Announcement (1 Top 20)
Public Announcement (1 Top 10; Top 30)
1998 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Traditional R&B Vocal PerformanceTo Make Me Who I AmAaron Neville
Hall of FameRiver Deep, Mountain HighIke and Tina TurnerWon
Rock Male VocalistHave a Little Faith in MeJohn Hiatt
Rock SongHave a Little Faith in MeJohn Hiatt
Non-Classical Engineered AlbumGlobe Sessions (the)Sheryl CrowWon
Rock AlbumGlobe Sessions (the)Sheryl CrowWon
Album of the YearGlobe Sessions (the)Sheryl Crow
Non-Classical Producer of the YearSheryl Crow
Pop Female VocalistMy Favorite MistakeSheryl Crow
Rock Female VocalistThere Goes the NeighborhoodSheryl Crow
Song Written for a Motion Picture or TelevisionTomorrow Never DiesSheryl Crow (Sheryl Crow, Mitchell Froom, Writers)
Pop Male VocalistYou Were Meant for MeSting

1999

On January 22, 1999, 170 A&M employees were fired as part of the merger of PolyGram and Universal. It was also reported that A&M's artist roster would be cut from 65 acts to 20. Universal then created a music division composed of Interscope, Geffen and A&M. The Los Angeles Times Business Section quoted Herb Alpert: "It's certainly sad to see what is happening today, but to tell you the truth, you could see it coming once A&M became part of the [conglomerate structure] at Polygram," Alpert said Thursday [January 22, 1999]. "I saw that train coming...the sharp contrast between the independent world and the corporate. I don't think their bottom line has much to do with music or artists. It's very black and white."

"I'm not speaking for all corporations, just my experience at PolyGram. It seemed like they were so bottom-line conscious that it was hard to make a decision like we used to...just from the gut, based on feeling, not whether an artist might be able to sell oodles of records."

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss asked to enjoin Universal Music in their pending law suit against PolyGram and sought damages of $200 million. Alpert and Moss claimed that Universal breached their sales agreement with PolyGram that contained an "integrity clause" through the year 2009. The clause allowed Alpert and Moss to maintain control of A&M Records image for 20 years after the sale. The two argued that Universal's actions had a negative impact upon them personally and affected how they could operate their current businesses. The judge agreed with Alpert and Moss and included Universal and the requested additional damages in the lawsuit.

In October, Universal closed A&M Studios. Universal completed its dissolution of A&M Records when it sold the lot and facilities to The Henson Company.

1999 BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
No artist charted
1999 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Hall of FameClose to YouCarpentersWon
Rock Male VocalistCan't Change MeChris Cornell
Contemporary Blues AlbumWander This WorldJonny Lang
Rock Female VocalistSweet Child O' MineSheryl CrowWon
Pop Album Brand New DayStingWon
Pop Male VocalistBrand New DayStingWon

2000

To understand A&M in the 2000s, one must look at the changes in the music industry. During the 1960s and 70s, the main ingredients in the industry were to record an album, tour in support of it, and promote it through radio and television. As Jerry Moss noted, the relationship between the artist and the audience had a large component of live performance.

In the mid-1980s, music videos came to be a part of the marketing mix. Herb Alpert said, "People started listening with their eyes as well as their ears. It's almost a different genre." A&M was as active in developing videos as any label--starting as early as 1969 with Mad Dogs and Englishmen and filming artist performances. Next, A&M increased its presence in film music. Not only did A&M Films create feature films, A&M it was the first to create soundtracks with music written and performed by its artists. A&M recognized that films were another way people found new music. A&M was also one of the first labels to have its music included in video games and to make songs by its artists available for use in television shows and advertising. These were natural response to radio programming that was based on narrow listener demographics.

The 1990s brought the rise of the internet and even more flexible ways to distribute music. The advent of digital file sharing of both audio and video files plus the ease of music sampling gave rise to questions of intellectual property rights, new copyright laws, and court decisions because of the proliferation of sharing. Technology put the ability to distribute new music and films and music to an audience of millions in the time it took to upload files to a web site. Technology also gave everyone the chance to promote music they liked which altered the nature of retail music forever. File sharing and CD burning eroded sales in record stores as people discovered it was more convenient to shop for music online. Major music retail chains like Tower Records, Sam Goody and others went out of business.

The music industry itself experienced a turnover in many of its executive offices as a result of trying to keep innovators at the helm. A&M's owner, Universal Music Group, had executives that wanted the industry to support legal distribution of music while ensuring that both artists and the record companies' large investments in making CDs and videos and funding tours were paid for those investments. Much of the news coming from Universal were announcements of new partnerships that advanced the technology and created new avenues to make music available.

All these changes coupled with A&M's new status an imprint label within Universal Music, put A&M in a very different position and a different music market than it had been at any point in its history. As an imprint, it shared staff with other Universal labels, and the A&M back catalog was reissued by different divisions and labels within the Universal group.

Universal bought Rondor Music and Almo Sounds for nearly $500 million and took over operations in December 2000. This sale was also to be the settlement of outstanding lawsuits filed by Alpert and Moss against Universal.

The Jim Henson Co., which bought the A&M Records lot, reopened two of the A&M Studios in February, still under the direction of A&Mer Ron Rutledge and a core of A&M staff.

The major lawsuit A&M Records et al v Napster Inc. entered the courtroom phase in October in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The case alleged that Napster infringed on the record labels' copyrights through its peer-to-peer file sharing system. The Court of Appeals found in favor of the record labels and its decision stopped Napster "from engaging in, or facilitating others in copying, downloading, uploading, transmitting, or distributing plaintiffs' (record labels) copyrighted musical compositions and sound recordings, protected by either federal or state law, without express permission of the rights owners." The court determined that repeated copying of a work, even if there is no direct profit from the copy, is a commercial use because it saved the cost of buying an authorized recording. The court also found Napster copies were not covered by the "fair use" provision of the copyright law because the copies reduced CD sales and also made it difficult for the labels to commercially sell downloaded music. The court recognized that the private individual who made his/her legal copy of a CD available through Napster was simultaneously making it available to the millions of Napster users and this was more than putting the CD on one's computer for personal use.

In 2000, A&M had 52 releases. Gold and platinum certifications continued to decline thanks to digital downloads. The only new album to score was Sting's Brand New Day that went gold and double platinum. The Carpenters and Amy Grant each received gold albums for albums from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Styx's Greatest Hits went platinum. Two releases from 1998 went gold and platinum, MxPx's Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo and Jonny Lang's Wander This World respectively.

2000 BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY CHART
SINGLES
Two artists with one single each
GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTISTWON
Best Female Rock Vocal PerformanceThere Goes the NeighborhoodSheryl CrowWon

2001

Two years after Universal let Al Cafaro go in its downsizing of A&M it named Ron Fair president of the label. He became the fourth president of the company since its founding 39 years earlier. Fair had a highly successful 25-year track record in the music business as a producer, arranger, musician, and recording engineer.

In May, the S Club 7 single "Never Had a Dream Come True" reached the Billboard Top 10. It was the first Top 10 single for the label since May 1998.

There were five gold and 15 platinum certifications given to A&M artists for recordings made while A&M was an independent label. There were no certifications for 38 new releases in 2001. Cat Stevens got four gold albums and nine platinum.

2002

Universal Vivendi paid Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss $250 million because its accounting practices had not properly compensated them. A&M released 47 recordings. Sting, Sheryl Crow and newly signed Vanessa Carlton each had a gold album for new releases. Crow and Carlton enjoyed platinum status. The Police were awarded platinum for two of their albums.

Almo/Irving/Rondor Music in Nashville underwent a major change in its Vice President. David Conrad stepped down and Bobby Rymer, who had been with Almo for 12 years, was promoted. Conrad established the Nashville office in the 1970s and signed its songwriting staff. In A&M/Almo's inclusive culture, Conrad said, "Writers at the company have expressed enthusiastic support...Bobby is ready for the next step and I have complete trust and faith that all of our writers and the future of Almo Irving Nashville is in excellent hands."

SOURCE:
Bobby Rymer Appointed Vice President Almo Irving/Rondor Music Nashville. Universal Music Group Press Release, October 4, 2002.

2002® GRAMMY NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTISTWON
Best Female Rock Vocal PerformanceSteve McQueenSheryl CrowWon

2003

The Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow and Sting had new albums that went gold among the 50 that came out. Ten years after its release, Denis Leary's No Cure for Cancer picked up a gold record. The Police were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Universal celebrated The Police by releasing Every Breath You Take: the Classics on hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD), SACD surround sound and CD audio versions.

2003 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsWhenever I Say Your NameSting, Mary J. BligeWon

2004

For the first time since it gained control of A&M, all the gold and platinum certs for the year went to material released under Universal with five awards going to the Black Eyed Peas, four to Sheryl Crow. and one each for Bryan Adams and Sting. There were 26 CDs released.

2005

A&M founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss donated the A&M Records archives to UCLA's special collections library. The collection included correspondence, legal documents, musical arrangements and memorabilia. A&M had 29 releases. Of the gold and platinum certifications, six went to the Black Eyed Peas, two for Sheryl Crow and one apiece to Sting, Styx, Keyshia Cole and the Pussycat Dolls.

Universal was pleased to announce that "A&M Still Stands for Artists and Music; Storied Label Has Biggest Chart Week in Nineteen Years Under the Direction of President Ron Fair. A&M accomplishes a double-double; two albums and two singles among Billboard's Top 10 sellers (The Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business album and single "Don't Phunk with My Heart", Keyshia Cole's album The Way It Is and the Pussycat Dolls' single "Don't Cha)."

2006

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ron Fair was tapped to head Geffen Records but remained involved in A&M's operations. At Rondor Music, Ron Moss (son of Jerry Moss and the Ron in Rondor) was named Executive Vice President/Creative. Moss had been an engineer, worked in promotion and A&R, and music publishing. Among the songwriters Ron Moss brought to Rondor were Avril Lavigne and Twista.

In March, Ron Fair was named Chairman of Geffen Records and in May A&M executive Step Johnson was promoted to President of Urban Music for Interscope, Geffen and A&M Records.

There were 17 releases in 2006. The Pussycat Dolls were awarded one gold and three platinum records and Keyshia Cole got a platinum disc. Three of the four certs were for singles.

2007

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciencess (NARAS/Grammy) honored Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss with the President's Merit Award for their contribution to popular music on February 11. In a private reception following the Grammys, three generations of A&M artists came to salute their former bosses. Sting said, "You felt like you could sit on their desks and sing your dreams to them" and that the Police felt that in signing with the label, "We always felt we'd be looked after."

On February 20 Universal announced that it bought Octone Records and would merge it with A&M Records. The resulting label was named A&M/Octone. Octone was a seven-year-old label based in New York. As a result of the merger, A&M would for the first time be headquartered in New York. Octone's president, James Diener, was promoted to CEO and president of A&M/Octone. Diener brought Octone's general manager David Boxenbaum and its VP for promotion Ben Berkman to the new label. Current A&M artists would contine to be marketed under the A&M label and new signings under the A&M/Octone name. The first release from A&M/Octone came in May 2007.

2007 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
President's Merit AwardHerb Alpert & Jerry MossWon

2008

2008 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
CATEGORYTITLEARTIST WON
Lifetime Achievement Award Burt BacharachWon

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1962

  • Billboard articles and reviews

1963

  • Billboard articles and reviews

1964

  • Repertoire Digs the Unusual. Billboard, 39.
  • A&M Inks Pye as Outliet in UK, S.A., Wait on Italy. Billboard, December 12, 1964, 6.
  • Repertoire Digs the Unusual. Billboard, June 20, 1964, 39.

1965

  • A&M Joins the Capitol Record Club. Billboard, 10.
  • A&M Spreading Wings. Billboard, October 9, 1965, 3.
  • Tribute to an Industry Leader (by Jerry Moss). Billboard. October 28, 1967.
  • Music Captials of the World (Sydney). George Hilder. Billboard, September 11, 1965, 32.
  • Music Captials of the World (Hollywood). Eliot Tiegel. Billboard, September 25, 1965, 32.

1966

  • Alpert-Moss Combine Prepping Major Expansion Moves in 1967. Billboard, 79:3. January 7, 1966.
  • A Revamping Due for Col.'s A&R on Coast. Billboard, November 6, 1966, 3.
  • Ampex, A&M 'Simulrelease.' Billboard, December 10, 1966, 16.
  • Ampex Builds Catalog Powerhouse. Ray Brack. Billboard, November 26, 1966, 14.

1967

  • Alpert-Moss Combine Prepping Major Expansion Moves in 1967. Billboard, 79:3. January 7, 1967.
  • Motown and A&M Joining the Playtape Trackwagon. Billboard, 1. March 18, 1967.
  • U.K. Steps Up Raids on U.S. Graeme Andrews. Billboard, March 25, 1967, 1.
  • Urie Pop Ad TV Image Maker. Eliot Tiegel. Billboard, November 18, 1967, 4.
  • Signings. Billboard, October 21, 1967, 42.
  • Signings. Billboard, April 8, 1967, 24.
  • Signings. Billboard, April 29, 1967, 22.
  • Music Capitals of the World (Paris). Mike Hennessey. Billboard, June 17, 1967, 53.
  • Signings. Billboard, July 8, 1967, 24.
  • Executive Turntable. Billboard, October 7, 1967, 6.
  • Executive Turntable. Billboard, December 16, 1967, 4.

1968

  • A&M on Own in Duping, Selling. Hank Fox. Billboard, 1. May 11, 1968.
  • Promotion Spurs Festival to 'Label Months' Series. Jock Veitch. Billboard, 51. May 18, 1968.

1969

  • New Artists Spark A&M Sales. Eliot Tiegel. Billboard, 8. August 15, 1970.
  • Signings. Billboard. April 12, 1969, 12.
  • A&M Records 10th Anniversary book.

1970

  • Signings. Billboard. May 30, 1970, 22.
  • Howe Co. Signs A&M, Lib, Cap Production Deals. Billboard, June 13, 1970, 4.
  • New Artists Spark A&M Sales. Eliot Tiegel. Billboard, 8. August 15, 1970.
  • Japan Disk Sales 20 Percent Increase. Billboard, 67. September 26, 1970.
  • Campus News. Bob Glassenberg. Billboard, 50. October 10, 1970.
  • A&M Bright Co. in Drab Economy. Billboard, 14. December 12, 1970.
  • Mfrs.' Headahces Mounting Up As Tape Piracy Goes Rolling On. Eliot Tiegel. Billboard, August 15, 1970, 16.
  • A&M, NARM Set Up Fund. Billboard, August 8, 1970, 4.
  • A&M Twin-Pacl Plan Is Being Stepped Up. Billboard, October 3, 1970, 20.
  • Executive Turntable. Billboard, November 21, 1970, 8.
  • Signings. Billboard. November 7, 1970, 25.
  • A&M Lists Banner August Sales Month. Billboard, November 7, 1970, 3.

1971

  • A&M's Brazil Deal Settled. Billboard, 48. April 17, 1971.
  • A&M Studio Spots CTV. Eliot Tiegel. Billboard, 1. August 21, 1971.
  • A&M Fall Meeting: 14 LP's, 6 New Acts. Billboard, 54. September 25, 1971
  • Japan Disk Sales 20 Percent Increase. Billboard, 67. September 26, 1970.
  • Billboard 1972 Trendsetter Awards. Billboard, December 25, 1971, TA-20.

1972

  • A&M Records the First Ten Years (a Fairy Tale). Chuck Cassell. A&M Records, Inc. 1972.
  • A&M S. Calif. TV Spots for Billy Preston's 'Wrote.' Billboard, 4. August 26, 1972.
  • 10-Year-Old Label Builds Pop Image. Nat Freedland. Billboard, 84:3. September 30, 1972.

1973

  • Gross-Kups' Co. to A&M. Billboard, 3. June 30, 1973.
  • A&M Issues 15 'Q' Tapes. Billboard, 3. July 14, 1973.
  • Japan Tops Foreign Markets for A&M. Nat Freedland. Billboard, 3.
  • A&M Releasing 5 'Greatest Hits' Sets. Billboard, 36. November 13, 1973.

1974

  • A&M and EMI Renew Pacts at U.K. Huddle. Billboard, 86:14. October 19, 1974.
  • A&M Releases Its First CD-4 Album. Billboard. November 9, 1974.
  • Six SQ Matrix Packages Released By A&M Diskery. Billboard, 86:4. November 30, 1974.
  • A&M Hikes LP By Full Dollar. Billboard. August 27, 1974.

1975

1976

  • A&M Developing New Muscle On East Coast. Ed Harrison. Billboard, 89:1:63. January 8, 1977.

1977

  • A&M Expanding with Building of New Offices. Billboard, 12. October 16, 1976.
  • Phonogram, A&M 5-Nation African Tie. Ed Harrison. Billboard, 3. January 22, 1977.
  • A&M Beefing Up College Rep Staff. Ed Harrison. Billboard, 89:45. January 29, 1977.
  • Punk Comes of Age (Interview Upon Signing with A&M Records). B. Harrison. Melody Maker, 52:34. March 19, 1977.
  • A&M Draws Sex Pistols; Sees Act As 'New Force.' Chris White. Billboard, 89:70. March 26, 1977.
  • Sex Pistols Dropped by A&M in the U.K. Peter Jones. Billboard, 6. April 2, 1977.
  • A&M Seeks 'All the Marbles,' Moss Says. Ed Harrison. Billboard, 89:1. April 16, 1977.
  • A&M Will Change Its Florida Distrib. Billboard. June 25, 1977.
  • A&M Using New Ad Forms In N.Y. Billboard. May 14, 1977.
  • Satellite Hookup by A&M Plugs Label's R&Bers. Ed Harrison. Billboard, 3. January 21, 1978.

1978

  • Newest A&M Wing Centralizes Data. Ed Harrison. Billboard. January 14, 1978.
  • A&M Has 5 New Branches Coming. Ed Harrison and John Sippel. Billboard, 1. February 18, 1978.
  • Field Personnel Urged to Supply Label Feedback. Billboard. July 22, 1978.
  • A&M's Cutouts Go to Pickwick. Billboard, 1. September 2, 1978.
  • Moss Slaps WB, CBS At A&M Meet. Ed Harrison. Billboard. July 29, 1978.

1979

  • A&M Declares Overseas Alignment with Phonogram. Billboard. January 27, 1979.
  • New York Times. Changing Face of Record Distribution. Marc Kirkeby. February 18, 1979.
  • 5 Lose A&M Denver Jobs. Billboard. March 27, 1979.
  • A&M Hits Jackpot with British Import Acts. Paul Grein. Billboard. June 2, 1979.
  • A&M Pacts with U.K. New Wave Syndicate. Billboard, 4. August 4, 1979.
  • A&M's Axe Slashes 50. Billboard. December 12, 1979.

1980

  • CBS-A&M Latin License. Adam White. Billboard, 92:1. August 2, 1980.
  • Laser-Etched LP Marketed By A&M. Ed Harrison. Billboard, 92:4, 8. Autust 9, 1980.
  • Inside Track. Billboard, 78. September 13, 1980.

1981

  • dbx-Encoded Discs to Hit 200 In '81. Jim McCullaugh. Billboard, 31. August 8, 1981.

1982

  • A&M Revives $6.98 LP List for New Acts. Billboard, 5. January 16, 1982.
  • RCA, A&M Up Midline Price. Billboard. May 1, 1982.
  • RCA, A&M Hike Prices. Billboard. June 19, 1982.
  • Stones Pace Group Pack; A&M's British Connection. Paul Grein. Billboard, 6. July 3, 1982.
  • A&M Charging for Duplication of Promo Clips. Billboard, 94:4. September 4, 1982.
  • A&M Marks 20 Years of Chart Success. Paul Grein. Billboard, 6.
  • Billboard, December 25, 1982

1983

  • A&M Keeps Big Apple Polished. Roman Kozak. Billboard. March 19, 1983.
  • A&M Records Ends Pact with CBS Subsidiary: Polydor Will Handle European Distribution. William Knoedelseder, Jr. Los Angeles Times January 30, 1985.

1984

1985

  • A&M, IRS to End Marketing Ties. Sam Sutherland. Billboard, 3. December 15, 1984.

1986

  • A&M, Capitol Testing New CD Box. Sam Sutherland. Billboard, 1. February 22, 1986.
  • A&M Links With Canyon. Billboard, 98:86. July 5, 1986.
  • Great Promotion (Friesen, Minor photo). Billboard, 70. July 12, 1986.
  • Chart Beat. Paul Grein. Billboard, 6. October 25, 1986.

1987

  • 3-Inch Compact Disk. Billboard. November 21, 1987.

1988

1989

1990

1991

  • Changing Times at A&M. Michael Goldberg. Rolling Stone. May 16, 1991.

1992

  • Changing Times at A&M. Michael Goldberg. Rolling Stone. May 16, 1991.

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

  • Chart Beat. Fred Bronson. Billboard, 148. May 12, 2001.

2002

2003

2004

2005

  • A&M Records Still Stands for Artists and Music. Universal Music Group Press Release, July 1, 2005.

2006

  • Acclaimed Producer, Musician and Label Executive Ron Fair Promoted to Chairman of Geffen Records. Universal Music Group Press Release, August 14, 2006.
  • Ron Moss Promoted to Executive Vice President/Creative for Rondor Music Publishing. Universal Music Group Press Release, October 2, 2006.

2007

  • 6 Questions with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. Brian Garrity. Billboard. February 24, 2007.
  • Beatles Ready for Legal Downloading Soon. Roger Friedman. Fox News. February 12, 2007.
  • Alpert & Moss Honored by Grammy Group. Associated Press.
  • Interscope Geffen A&M Acquires Octone. Todd Martens. Billboard.
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