Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: A&M Records Collection of business papers, sound recordings, music manuscripts, and memorabilia
Date (inclusive): 1959-1992
Collection number: 269
A&M Records (Firm)
Abstract: The collection consists of sound recordings,
manuscript musical arrangements, photographs, correspondence, promotional
materials, posters, gold albums, awards, books and ephemera from just prior to
the company's founding in 1962 through its sale to Polygram in 1989 and a few
years thereafter, while Moss and Alpert were still affiliated with the label.
The collection is in the midst of being procesed. The finding aid will be
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
for paging information.
Restrictions on Access
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library
Special Collections for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Jerry Moss; Herb Alpert; March 2005.
[Identification of item], A&M Records Collection of business papers, sound recordings, music manuscripts, and memorabilia
(Collection Number 269). UCLA Library Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Founded in 1962 in Los Angeles by Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert, A&M Records became America's largest independent record company.
Both men were born in 1935, Alpert in Los Angeles and Moss in New York. The two met in the early 1960s, when Alpert was writing
and recording songs and Moss was an independent record promoter. Their social acquaintance quickly became a partnership when
in 1962 the two formed Carnival Records, based in Alpert's garage. With contributions of $100 from each man, the company released
the single "Tell It to the Birds." After discovering later that year that the Carnival name was already in use, Alpert and
Moss created the company's new name from the initials of their last names.
A&M Records' first release, the single "The Lonely Bull" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, came out in August 1962. It
reached number six on the Billboard charts and sold some 700,000 copies, setting the tone for the band's and the company's
success. Other best-selling Tijuana Brass albums followed, including "Whipped Cream and Other Delights" and "What Now My Love."
Led by the success of the Tijuana Brass, A&M revenue topped $50 million by 1968; by the end of the decade the group had sold
some 45 million albums.
From its founding A&M worked with recording artists other than the Tijuana Brass, and its roster featured many of the top
pop and rock acts from the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, including Bryan Adams, Burt Bacharach, Joan Baez, the Baja Marimba Band,
the Captain and Tennille, the Carpenters, Cheech and Chong, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, Lani Hall, Janet Jackson, Joe Jackson,
Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, the Neville Brothers, Jeffrey Osborne, the Police, Squeeze, Cat Stevens, Sting, Styx, Supertramp,
and the Tubes, among many others. Also issued by the label were a number of jazz composers and performers, including Gato
Barbieri, Quincy Jones and Paul Winter as well as some late recordings by Chet Baker and Stan Getz.
In 1989 Alpert and Moss sold A&M records to PolyGram Records.
Scope and Content
The collection includes sound recordings, manuscript musical arrangements, photographs, correspondence, promotional materials,
posters, gold albums, awards, books and ephemera from just prior to the company's founding in 1962 through its sale to Polygram
in 1989 and a few years thereafter, while Moss and Alpert were still affiliated with the label.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Series 1. Awards. 72 items
- Series 2. Business Papers
- Series 3. Correspondence
- Series 4. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
- Series 5. Music
- Series 6. Miscellaneous
- Series 7. Photographs
- Series 8. Production Information
- Series 10. Sound Recordings
- Series 11. Video Recordings, 1983-1991
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
A&M Records (Firm) --Archives.
Sound recording industry --United States --Archival resources.