A&M Records

A&M Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group which operates through the Interscope-Geffen-A&M division. It was set up in 1962.

A&M Records
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1962
Founder Herb Alpert
Jerry Moss
Distributing label Interscope-Geffen-A&M (US)
Polydor Records (UK)
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Location Santa Monica, California
Official website A&M Octone Records


A&M Records was started by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. They made 2 records under the name “Carnival Records.” Finding the name Carnival was already being used, they changed the name to A&M, after their names, Alpert and Moss. From 1966 to 1999, the company's office was on the grounds of the historic Charlie Chaplin Studio at 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

Pop music

In 1960s and 1970s, A&M was among the leading labels for ‘light’ pop music. Acts they recorded included:

In 1971 piano player Billy Preston who joined the label and brought success in R&B and funk music. The Carpenters are label's most successful act of the 1970s having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

British acts

At the end of the 1960s, A&M added British musicians to the label. These included:


In the 1970s, A&M made an agreement with Ode Records. They released albums for:

Other famous acts with A&M reords in the 1970s included:

A&M in England, Europe and Canada

A&M records were first sold in the United Kingdom by EMI's Stateside Records label. It then sold records under the A&M name with Pye Records until 1967. A&M Records, Ltd.[1] was started in 1970. A&M Records of Canada, Ltd.[2] was also formed in 1970, and A&M Records of Europe in 1977.

In the 1970s, A&M saw potential in English punk music and on March 10, 1977 signed the Sex Pistols after the band had been dropped by EMI. However, A&M themselves sacked the band within a week.[3]


Within 10 years of starting, A&M became the world's largest independent record company. In 1979, A&M made an agreement with RCA Records (which later became BMG) to distribute its records in the US, and with CBS Records in many other countries.

A&M's success continued in the 1980s with acts that included:

Other labels

Over the years, A&M has a made its own special labels:


  1. "A&M Records Ltd". On A&M Records.com. 2007.
  2. "A&M Records Canada". On A&M Records.com. 2003.
  3. Southall, Brian (2007). 90 Days At EMI. Bobcat Books Ltd., London. pp. 138-9. ISBN 978-1846097799.
  4. "A&M Records History 1980-1989". On A&M Records.com. 2003.
  5. "Almo International". On A&M Records.com. 2003.
  6. "Omen Records". On A&M Records.com. 2007.
  7. "Horizon Records History". On A&M Records.com. 2003.
  8. "AyM Discos History". On A&M Records.com. 2003.
  9. "Vendetta Records". On A&M Records.com. 2007. (1988–1990) as a dance imprint.
  10. "Tuff Break". On A&M Records.com. 2007.for hip hop music (1994-1995)