The Atlantic Records Story


19930713Johnnie Walker presents a celebration of the label's

45 year history.

1: Money Honey. The meteoric rise of Joe Turner , Ruth Brown , Ray Charles and the Drifters soon establishes Atlantic as the premier rhythm and blues label in America.

Producer Kevin Howlett IRpt)


19930720Johnnie Walker presents a celebration of the label's

45-year history.

2: Yakety Yak. Leiber and Stoller's studio genius yields a string of million-sellers for the Coasters, the Drifters and Ben E King. Bobby Darin takes an early bath, Tom Dowd gets an eight-track, and Jerry Wexler loses his tuna sandwich!

Producer Kevin Hewlett

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Records' 45-year history.

3: Giant Steps. While rhythm 'n' blues and pop kept the cash registers ringing, Nesuhi Ertegun was recording the greatest jazz musicians in the world.

Revolutionary artists like John Coltrane ,

Ornette Coleman , Charles Mingus and the Modern Jazz

Quartet were able to make their definitive statements on Atlantic.

Producer Kevin Howlett (Revised rpt)

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45-year history.

4: Knock On Wood.

Atlantic's adoption of the Stax label established the classic soul sound of Otis

Redding and Sam and Dave. Rufus and Carla Thomas ,

Eddie Floyd , Booker T and the MGs and other soul pioneers recall the days when home was a derelict cinema in East Memphis. Producer Kevin Howlett

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19930810Johnnie Walker presents a celebration of the label's

45-year history.

5: Land of a Thousand Dances. Southern soul from Joe Tex and Solomon Burke and the classic records made in Muscle Shoals by Wilson Pickett , Clarence Carter and Percy Sledge. Plus: Dusty goes to Memphis.

Producer Kevin Howlett (Revised Rpt)

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6: Respect -

Aretha Franklin 's Atlantic Years.

Aretha was transformed from unknown to superstar when Jerry Wexler teamed her with the finest southern session men and arrangers Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin.

Producer Kevin Howlett (Revised Rpt)

19930824Presented by Johnnie Walker. 7: Grooviri. Atlantic invades the white pop market with The Rascals, Sonny and Cher, the McCoys, Buffalo Springfield and the Bee Gees.

Producer Kevin Howlett (Rev Rpt)

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45-year history.

10: Pick Up the Pieces. The early 70s resound to the melodic funk of the Average White Band and the returning Ben E King, while Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway offer a mellower sophistication. The

Spinners, Hall and Oates, Brook Benton and Betty Wright help put Philadelphia and Miami on the soul map. Producer Kevin Howlett (Revised Rpt)

19930928Johnnie Walker presents a celebration of the label's 45-year history.

12: Teach Your Children.

In 1969, as the label moves into album rock, Crosby, Stills and Nash release their debut record.

In the 90s, Atlantic nurtures the careers of songwriters with similar aspirations - Marc Cohn and Tori Amos.

Producer Kevin Howlett

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13: For Those About to Rock.

Sixties pioneers Vanilla Fudge and Iron Butterfly lay heavy metal foundations for successive generations of high energy rockers including AC/DC, Twisted Sister and the Stone Temple Pilots.

19931012Johnnie Walker concludes his celebration of the label's 45-year history.

We Are Family.

At the end of the 70s through the talents of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards , Atlantic shared in the disco boom with Chic and Sister Sledge. Since then the hits have continued with Bette Midler , Manhattan Transfer, Mr Big and the Lemonheads. Producer Kevin Howlett