A&M Records logo 1963

This is the history of A&M Records from its founding in 1962 through its rise to become the world's largest independent label and ending with its merger into Universal Music Group. The sale of the label and its music publishing houses made A&M worth about $1 billion.

On the perception of A&M as a classy label with a family feel, Gil Friesen told Kip Cohen, "We rarely talk about what we do. All of it is directly related to what the artist does, and you rarely hear about how many records we have on the charts. We just don't chase that kind of publicity, so whatever impression you have is a result from what we don't say about ourselves."

A&M Records Front Gate 1979