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 processed. The finding aid will be updated periodically.
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.
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