Capitol Records

Coordinates: 34°06′11.4″N 118°19′34.9″W / 34.103167°N 118.326361°W / 34.103167; -118.326361

Capitol Records, LLC
Capitol Records' logo.svg
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
FoundedMarch 27, 1942 (1942-03-27) (as Liberty Records)
April 8, 1942 (1942-04-08) (as Capitol Records)
FounderJohnny Mercer
Buddy DeSylva
Glenn Wallichs
Country of originUnited States
LocationHollywood, California

Capitol Records, LLC (known legally as Capitol Records, Inc. until 2007) is an American record label distributed by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint. It was founded as the first West Coast-based record label of note in the United States[1] in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn E. Wallichs. Capitol was acquired by British music conglomerate EMI as its North American subsidiary in 1955.[2] EMI was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012, and was merged with the company a year later, making Capitol and the Capitol Music Group both distributed by UMG. The label's circular headquarters building is a recognized landmark of Hollywood, California. Capitol is well known as the U.S. record label of the Beatles, especially during the years of Beatlemania in America from 1964 to 1967.

  1. ^ "Capitol Records". Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Hawthorne, Christopher (May 29, 2011). "Critic's Notebook: Hollywood landmark at a crossroads". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 18, 2013.

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