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ATCO Records is an Americanmarker record label owned by Warner Music Group, currently operating through WMG's Rhino Entertainment.

Company History


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ATCO Records was founded by Herb Abramson in 1955 as a sub label of Atlantic Records; operating as an outlet for acts that did not fit the format of Atlantic, which until 1968 was strictly blues, jazz, and R&B/soul. It also housed almost all of the company's non-African American artists (the main exception being The Young Rascals, who were considered a blue-eyed soul group.) The ATCO name is simply an abbreviation of ATlantic COrporation.

ATCO began as more of a pop label division than Atlantic. Biggest artists during the early years were Bobby Darin and The Coasters.

In 1964 ATCO released a single in the United States by The Beatles, "Ain't She Sweet"; (flip side "Nobody's Child," with lead singer Tony Sheridan), which had been recorded in Hamburgmarker in 1961. With lead vocals by John Lennon, "Ain't She Sweet" reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1964. ATCO also released an album entitled Ain't She Sweet which featured the other two tracks by Sheridan and the Beatles from the Hamburg session and filled out by eight other songs (Beatles and other British Invasion numbers) covered by The Swallows.

In 1966 ATCO released a single in the USA by The Who. "Substitute" b/w "Waltz For A Pig" was issued through an arrangement with UK Polydor Records, due to the dispute The Who was raging with their producer Shel Talmy and their contract with US Decca Records and UK Brunswick Records. This was the only single ATCO issued by them (strangely it was issued as 45-6409 in 1966 and was reissued as 45-6509 in 1967).

ATCO has also provided distribution for other labels, including, but are not limited to, the following: Robert Stigwood's RSO Records, Stax Records, Volt Records, Island Records, Modern Records, Rolling Stones Records, and Ruthless Records.

The twilight years

The last number one hit during the label's previous president Derek Shulman's tenure at ATCO was "If Wishes Came True" by Sweet Sensation in 1990. In 1991, Atlantic merged ATCO with its fledgling Eastwest Records label, and briefly operated the combination as "ATCO/Eastwest Records." By 1993, the ATCO name was dropped and the label continued operating as Eastwest Records. Since then, the ATCO name and logo has appeared only on reissues of old material. As of mid-2005, its most recent release (in a joint venture with Rhino Records) was the soundtrack to the Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea, starring Kevin Spacey and featuring Spacey's renditions of Darin classics.


In 2006, Warner Music Group reactivated ATCO Records in conjunction with Rhino Entertainment. Scarlett Johansson and Art Garfunkel were among the first artists signed to the label. Garfunkel issued Some Enchanted Evening on January 30, 2007. Johansson issued Anywhere I Lay My Head on May 20, 2008. Queensryche released its American Soldier album through ATCO on March 31, 2009. The New York Dolls released their album, Cause I Sez So through ATCO on May 5, 2009.

ATCO Records artists

The following is a list of artists who have recorded for ATCO Records.

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