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Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss

1962

Musician Herb Alpert and businessman Jerry Moss cofound Carnival Records. They release two singles and then change the company name to A&M Records upon learning of another Carnival label.

1962

“The Lonely Bull,” by the Tijuana Brass with Herb Alpert, enters the Top Forty, where it will peak at #6. It is the title track of an album that stays on the charts for 157 weeks.

1965

Two albums by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Going Places and Whipped Cream...And Other Delights - are released on the A&M label. Both albums reach Number One, remain on the charts for over three years, and are certified gold (500,000 copies sold).

1965

A&M Records has its first hit by someone other than Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass when We Five’s “You Were On My Mind” enters Billboard’s Top Forty. It will peak at #3.

1966

A&M Records moves its offices to the old Charlie Chaplin Studios on LaBrea Avenue in Hollywood.

1967

A&M enters the realm of rock and roll by signing such artists as Procol Harum, the Move, Lee Michaels and Joe Cocker.

1968

“This Guy’s in Love With You,” by Herb Alpert, hits Number One for the first of four weeks. It is the first tune by the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David to top the charts.

1969

Almo/Irving Music, a music publisher co-owned by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, buys the Beach Boys’ Sea of Tunes song catalog from Murry Wilson (father of three Beach Boys) for $700,000.

1970

A&M Records releases hit records including Cat Stevens’ Tea for the Tillerman and Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen. A&M also strikes a deal to distribute Lou Adler’s Ode Records label, whose artist roster includes Carole King and Spirit.

1970

A&M recording artists the Carpenters place the first of three Number One hits on Billboard’s singles chart with “Close to You” (followed by “Top of the World” and “Please Mr. Postman”).

1973

A&M recording artist Billy Preston hits Number One on Billboard’s singles chart with “Will It Go Round in Circles.” He will repeat the feat in October 1974 with “Nothing from Nothing.”

1975

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass release Coney Island, their 19th album. It will be their last until 1984’s Bullish.

1977

The Sex Pistols are signed to A&M Records and dropped a week later for offensive behavior. A&M’s success in the punk/New Wave era will come with less contentious acts like the Police, Joe Jackson and the Go-Go’s.

1979

“Rise,” by Herb Alpert, tops Billboard’s singles chart for the first of two weeks.

1979

A&M recording artists Styx top the charts for the first of two weeks with “Babe.”

1983

A&M recording artists the Police top Billboard’s singles chart for the first of eight weeks with “Every Breath You Take.” Thirty-one A&M singles reach the Top Forty in 1983 - the label’s best showing.

1986

A&M recording artist Janet Jackson tops Billboard’s album chart with Control. The album goes on to sell 5 million copies, launching Jackson as a major R&B artist.

1989

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss sell A&M Records to PolyGram for roughly half a billion dollars.

1993

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss leave A&M Records, now owned by PolyGram, midway through their five-year contract, feeling they did not have the autonomy they’d been promised.

1998

PolyGram, which includes A&M and other labels, is sold to the Seagram corporation, which merges PolyGram with its Universal Music Group subsidiary.

1999

After 37 years, A&M Records - the label founded by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss - virtually ceases operations. A&M and four other Universal Music Group-owned labels - Island, Mercury, Geffen and Motown - undergo a massive downsizing and restructuring.

1999

A&M Studios is closed by Universal Music Group, finalizing A&M Records’ dissolution. This same year, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss sue Universal for violation of an “integrity clause” that had been written into A&M’s sale to PolyGram in 1989. The lawsuit is settled in 2000.

2006

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss donate archives relating to A&M Records, the label they cofounded in 1962, to the University of California at Los Angeles.

2006

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 21st annual induction dinner. Sting is their presenter.