This is a great site! Thanks for keeping the memories alive.... -- Jerimaya Grabher
Thanks so much for keeping in touch and keeping so many of us in the loop! I couldn't agree more that A&M's biggest 'hit' is the legacy of warm comraderie and real friendship that our collective years there engendered. -- Cheryl McEnaney
Great site I just stumbled across, would appreciate my 'all access pass'. -- Jimmy Zisson, General Manager of A&M Records, New York
Your knowledge and research is both amazing, and from what I viewed, about 98% accurate. -- Randy Alpert (Capt. Badazz)
Clyde Kaplan, Engineer, A&M Studios -- Thanks for putting together this great website about A&M Records.
Wow, what an incredible site you've created! I can't believe you have not only the names of the Carpenters, but of even the real carpenters like the La Prell twins, etc. -- Jim McCrary, Photographer
Fantastic Site! Great Work! -- Jean Pierre Guilbert, V.P. Promotion & Artist Development (A&M Canada)
I was just talking to Derek Alpert today...and we had a blast pawing around on this website together. I think it's so cool that you did this! -- Doreen Ringer-Ross
Thank you so much!! I love the A&M site. -- Toni Tennille
I love that you're keeping our history alive. -- Mary Ann Johnson, Artist Relations
I have nothing but positive things to say about you and what you have done to help keep alive the spirit of A&M. -- Al Marks (Promotion, Artist Development)
You sure have a buzz going. I've had 3 emails from A&Mers today alone. Good luck! -- Andy French, Director, Artist Relations & Artist Development
This is totally great. Brings back great memories of my years in Canada. -- Charly Prevost
Thanks for making the site and I'll be checking in to see what's happenin'. -- Richard Cottrell
Your site is being passed around and mentioned to all ex A&M employees. Your site is great and I'd love to be a part. Thanks for your time and good luck. -- Joe James, Technical Manager, A&M Studios
The website is Great! It really took me back down memory lane. Keep up the good work and thank you! -- Janice Hague, International Promotions Manager, A&M Records GB
I love the website! -- Jewell Kumjian, A&M Studios Concierge
Thanks for this ambitious and remarkable site. Just bouncing around inside the site the other day brought back so many really wonderful memories of the time and place and people when magic was possible and all lights were green. -- Corb Donohue, National Director of Public Relations
It's a pretty interesting looking site and I'll check it out further. -- Robin Kirby, Western Regional Sales/Marketing Director
Going through this site reminded me of what I loved about working for A&M. -- Colin Sowa
Your website is absolutely ACE ACE ACE!!! It is great to see real top work and dedication towards a label that meant so much to many. -- Jay Schatz / Chris Skane, A&R / A&M Associated Labels
Thanks so much Les. It's really an amazing site. -- Janette Rogers Sarabia, Director of Artist Relations
Congratulations on your internet site. I would like to be included on your staff list as I worked for A&M in Toronto and London. -- France Tetreault-Thomson, Assistant A&R
Thanks for doing such epic work on the site. Salut! -- Max Hutchinson
...very fun to see this....Many thanks for your efforts....Best -- Juliea 'Jools' Clarke
A&M recordings had foreign license representation by Decca in Scandinavia, Holland, Germany and Belgium; Pye in the United Kingdom; Pathe Marconi in France, and Compagnia Generale del Disco (CGD) in Italy.
One of the early successful singles was Lucille Starr's "The French Song" which sold 150,000 copies in Holland.
Pathe Marconi released a promotional album pressed on yellow vinyl that featured the Tijuana Brass, Baja Marimba Band, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Claudine Longet and the Sandpipers. The company also released extended play recordings by the Baja Marimba Band and Claudine Longet.
In February, A&M renewed its distribution agreement with Hispavox in Spain. In Finland, Finlevy distributed A&M Records. Among the first albums it promoted was A Taste of A&M Records.
A&M Records' first staff presence in Europe came soon after the establishment of A&M Records, Ltd. in London. Larry Yaskiel was named the European director and began work on September 1 in London. Yaskiel and eight staff coordinated record promotions with Pye Records (England), Deutsche Grammophon (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg), CGD (Italy), and Hispavox (Spain). The staff would also assign new songwriters to Almo Music, Irving Music or Rondor Music and provide media promotions and coordinate personal appearances by artists.
Effective August 1, Ariola-Eurodisc GMBH of Munich, Germany, began representing A&M Records in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Ariola-Eurodisc-Benelux N.V. acquired the rights for the Benelux territories. Deutsche Grammophon had been the representative in Benelux and continued to service Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Singapore and Hong Kong. RCA distributed A&M Records in France.
As of September 1, European director Larry Yaskiel and eight staff for A&M Europe were based in A&M's London office. Yaskiel also had responsibility for assigning publishing to Almo, Irving or Rondor Music. The staff coordinated with its distributors, and Hispavox (Spain). Representation in Italy shifted from Compagnia Generale del Disco (CGD) to Dischi Ricordi,
On October 1, Dishi Recordi began distributing A&M in Italy. The first albums under the deal were by Quincy Jones, Carpenters, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Humble Pie and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Karrussell was the distributor in Sweden.
Michel DeMay was named European Coordinator responsible for the coordination of product release and promotion with European affiliates. Before this appointment, DeMay directed international promotion for A&M in Los Angeles.
A&M named its European coordinator, Michel De May who was based in France and whose work emphasized A&M in the French market.
The licensees for tapes and discs were: Iron Curtain countries--Ariola France--RCA Italiana plus some tapes from Precision Tapes Germany--Ariola (duplication) Great Britain-- Precision Tapes (duplication and marketing) Holland--Ariola (imports tapes from Precision Tapes) Italy--Dischi Ricordi (manufacturing) Scandinavia--tapes imported from Precision Tapes in Britain Spain--Hispavox (manufacturing)
A formal A&M Records Europe office was established in 1977 in Paris, France. The Paris office was the European headquarters office as well as the French promotion office. In late April, A&M announced that CBS International would be its distributor throughout continental Europe. The A&M Records Europe office was to increase and supplement the distribution arrangement. Bill Stern was appointed European marketing research and public relations consultant. He told Billboard, "The degree in which A&M is known in Europe is by the promotion of its product....It's a matter of a known label establishing itself as a more international one."
A&M created promotion offices in Hiversum, Holland and Frankfurt, Germany. Both offices were located within the CBS offices.
Among staff changes in Europe: Cathy Oudemans was appointed promotions director; Arlane Sorpes was the radio promotion assistant in France replacing Michel de May; Olivia Demachy became the press promotion assistant in France; Christina Mastrogiovanni was production coordinator.
Effective April 1 A&M licensing for continental Europe moved from CBS to Polydor International as Polydor outbid CBS. Polydor would manufacture, market and distribute A&M product in all European countries except Britain.