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Thu 19 Dec 2013 22:00 BBC Radio 2

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 19 December 2013

Welcome to the second in a short series of programmes where we look at the music of four of the most influential soul music labels of the twentieth century. Atlantic Records began its operations in the late forties building up a reputation as one of the market's leading labels in the jazz, R&B and soul music markets. Their early signings included Big Joe Turner, Professor Longhair, The Clovers and Sarah Vaughan. As the fifties progressed, Ray Charles, Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters were added to their roster followed by Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and many others. The seventies saw The Detroit Spinners, Chic and Sister Sledge becoming big money earners for the company. In 2007, Atlantic celebrated its sixtieth anniversary year and is still a very active record label today. Like Stax, Decca used to issue the Atlantic records through their London label but in 1964, although they remained with Decca, insisted on having their own imprint. In 1966 they left Decca for Polydor for pressing and distribution until 1972 when they partnered with Warners where they remain to this day.

Music Played

20 items
  • Image for The Drifters

    The Drifters Dance With Me

    The Definitive Drifters Anthology Thr, Sequel Records

  • Image for Barbara Lewis

    Barbara Lewis Baby I'm Yours

    Mad About The Boy: Ladies Sing The Bl, Crimson

  • Image for Wilson Pickett

    Wilson Pickett In The Midnight Hour

    Soul (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Doris Troy

    Doris Troy Just One Look

    Atlantic Rhythm & Blues - Vol 5: 1962, Atlantic

  • Image for Blue Magic

    Blue Magic Sideshow

    Blue Magic, Rhino

  • Image for Percy Sledge

    Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Sam & Dave

    Sam & Dave Soul Sister, Brown Sugar

    Sam & Dave, Forever Gold

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding My Girl

    Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various), Global Television

  • Image for Eddie Floyd

    Eddie Floyd Knock On Wood

    Rediscover The 60's & 70's (Various), Old Gold

  • Image for Don Covay

    Don Covay See Saw

    Where It's At (Various Artists), Kent

  • Image for Arthur Conley

    Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Joe Tex

    Joe Tex Show Me

    The 60's - Soul (Various Artists), Knight Records, 4

  • Image for Tami Lynn

    Tami Lynn I'm Gonna Run Away From You

    At The Club (Various Artists), Kent, 5

  • Image for Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin I Say A Little Prayer

    Aretha Franklin - Queen Of Soul, Atlantic

  • Image for The Spinners

    The Spinners Ghetto Child

    A One Of A Kind Love Affair, Atlantic, 9

  • Image for The Sweet Inspirations

    The Sweet Inspirations Sweet Inspiration

    Sweet Inspiration - The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, Ace

  • Image for Ben E. King

    Ben E. King Stand By Me

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Clarence Carter

    Clarence Carter Patches

    Atlantic Soul Ballads (Various), Atlantic

  • Image for Mel Torme

    Mel Torme Comin' Home Baby

    Rediscover The 60's - With A Little H, Old Gold

  • Image for Booker T. & The MG’s

    Booker T. & The MG’s Green Onions

    Atlantic Soul (Various Artists), Warner E.S.P.


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