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    August 10, 2010

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    Founder and Chairman:  Jac Holzman 1950 – 1973

    On October 10, 1950, Elektra Records was born in 19-year-old Jac Holzman’s college dorm room.  For the next 23 years, Holzman nurtured Elektra into an iconic, eclectic, and much-revered label, guiding it from an early mix of traditional folk, ethnic music, and blues into a golden age of contemporary folk, rock, and pop artistry.  During this fertile period, he also branched into classical and world music with the founding of the Nonesuch label.  Elektra both reflected and shaped a culture in the throes of revolution, and the roster of artists Jac brought to his label is a time capsule of an era of enormous change, challenge, and promise.

    Artists:         

    Josh White

    Theodore Bikel

    Judy Collins

    Tom Paxton

    The Incredible String Band

    Paul Butterfield Blues Band

    Phil Ochs

    Tom Rush

    Tim Buckley

    Love

    The Doors

    MC5

    The Stooges

    Bread

    David Ackles

    Mickey Newbury

    Carly Simon

    Harry Chapin

    Queen


    Chairman:  David Geffen 1973 – 1975

    In 1973, Jac Holzman handed the reins of his company to David Geffen, who merged Elektra with the Asylum label he had founded two years earlier.  Having begun his career as an artist manager, Geffen continued to foster Elektra’s artist-centric culture by signing the cream of the singer-songwriter crop, with a special focus on the blossoming Southern California scene.

    Artists:            

    Jackson Browne

    Linda Ronstadt

    Joni Mitchell

    Eagles

    Bob Dylan

    Tom Waits

    Warren Zevon

    Andrew Gold

    Orleans


    Chairman:  Joe Smith 1975 – 1982

    When Geffen left Elektra in 1975 to move into the movie business, Joe Smith – then President of sister label Warner Bros. Records – shifted over to become the new Chairman of Elektra/Asylum, now based in California.  Reflecting the explosive growth of the music “industry,” Smith oversaw the expansion of Elektra from its indie roots into a much larger enterprise, while adding country, new wave, and jazz.

    Artists:            

    Television

    The Cars

    Pointer Sisters

    Eddie Rabbitt

    Grover Washington, Jr.

    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Don Henley

    Joe Walsh

    Mötley Crüe

    X

    The Dictators

    David Lindley         

     

    Chairman:  Bob Krasnow 1983 - 1994

    With Joe Smith leaving the company to enter sports management, Warner Bros. talent exec (and Blue Thumb label founder) Bob Krasnow was recruited to run Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch.  Under his leadership, Elektra relocated its base back to New York and entered its second golden era, marked by a return to a smaller roster, career development, and a successful eclecticism that saw Elektra’s first major push into R&B and an increased focus on global artists.

    Artists:           

    Teddy Pendergrass

    Howard Jones

    Anita Baker

    Simply Red

    10,000 Maniacs

    Tracy Chapman

    The Sugarcubes

    Gipsy Kings

    Billy Bragg

    Keith Sweat

    They Might Be Giants

    Metallica

    Natalie Cole

    The Cure

    Phish

    Björk

    Nanci Griffith

    Ruben Blades

    Peabo Bryson

    Chairman:  Sylvia Rhone 1994 – 2004

    In the wake of a corporate restructuring, Bob Krasnow left Elektra in 1994.  Sylvia Rhone, who had worked her way up through the ranks at both Elektra and Atlantic and had been running the latter’s Atco/EastWest division, became the first African-American woman to be named chairman of a major label.  Putting her own stamp on the company, she continued Elektra’s folk, rock, and R&B traditions, while putting the label on the hip-hop map.

    Artists:            

    Gerald Levert

    Better Than Ezra

    Bryan White

    The Rembrandts

    Busta Rhymes

    Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

    Natalie Merchant

    Moby

    Staind

    Jason Mraz

    Third Eye Blind

    Jet

     

            

    Label Heads:  John Janick and Mike Caren 2009 –

    In 2004, it was decided that Elektra should take a sabbatical until bright new talents could be found to rebirth the iconic label. 

    Five years later, Elektra re-emerged under Atlantic A&R executive Mike Caren and John Janick, founder of the prominent indie label, Fueled By Ramen.  As Jac Holzman said upon the label’s relaunch, “Each new label head has reverentially built on the accomplishments of his predecessor, zealously guarding Elektra’s magical reputation.  I’m fortunate to have yet another chance to watch Elektra bloom.”

    Artists:      

    Cee Lo Green

    Bruno Mars

    Little Boots

    Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Uffie

    Justice

    Laza Morgan

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Created by Bob Kaus and Mark Leviton

 

Founder and Chairman:  Jac Holzman 1950 – 1973

On October 10, 1950, Elektra Records was born in 19-year-old Jac Holzman’s college dorm room.  For the next 23 years, Holzman nurtured Elektra into an iconic, eclectic, and much-revered label, guiding it from an early mix of traditional folk, ethnic music, and blues into a golden age of contemporary folk, rock, and pop artistry.  During this fertile period, he also branched into classical and world music with the founding of the Nonesuch label.  Elektra both reflected and shaped a culture in the throes of revolution, and the roster of artists Jac brought to his label is a time capsule of an era of enormous change, challenge, and promise.

Artists:         

Josh White

Theodore Bikel

Judy Collins

Tom Paxton

The Incredible String Band

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Phil Ochs

Tom Rush

Tim Buckley

Love

The Doors

MC5

The Stooges

Bread

David Ackles

Mickey Newbury

Carly Simon

Harry Chapin

Queen


Chairman:  David Geffen 1973 – 1975

In 1973, Jac Holzman handed the reins of his company to David Geffen, who merged Elektra with the Asylum label he had founded two years earlier.  Having begun his career as an artist manager, Geffen continued to foster Elektra’s artist-centric culture by signing the cream of the singer-songwriter crop, with a special focus on the blossoming Southern California scene.

Artists:            

Jackson Browne

Linda Ronstadt

Joni Mitchell

Eagles

Bob Dylan

Tom Waits

Warren Zevon

Andrew Gold

Orleans


Chairman:  Joe Smith 1975 – 1982

When Geffen left Elektra in 1975 to move into the movie business, Joe Smith – then President of sister label Warner Bros. Records – shifted over to become the new Chairman of Elektra/Asylum, now based in California.  Reflecting the explosive growth of the music “industry,” Smith oversaw the expansion of Elektra from its indie roots into a much larger enterprise, while adding country, new wave, and jazz.

Artists:            

Television

The Cars

Pointer Sisters

Eddie Rabbitt

Grover Washington, Jr.

Hank Williams, Jr.

Don Henley

Joe Walsh

Mötley Crüe

X

The Dictators

David Lindley         

 

Chairman:  Bob Krasnow 1983 - 1994

With Joe Smith leaving the company to enter sports management, Warner Bros. talent exec (and Blue Thumb label founder) Bob Krasnow was recruited to run Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch.  Under his leadership, Elektra relocated its base back to New York and entered its second golden era, marked by a return to a smaller roster, career development, and a successful eclecticism that saw Elektra’s first major push into R&B and an increased focus on global artists.

Artists:           

Teddy Pendergrass

Howard Jones

Anita Baker

Simply Red

10,000 Maniacs

Tracy Chapman

The Sugarcubes

Gipsy Kings

Billy Bragg

Keith Sweat

They Might Be Giants

Metallica

Natalie Cole

The Cure

Phish

Björk

Nanci Griffith

Ruben Blades

Peabo Bryson

Chairman:  Sylvia Rhone 1994 – 2004

In the wake of a corporate restructuring, Bob Krasnow left Elektra in 1994.  Sylvia Rhone, who had worked her way up through the ranks at both Elektra and Atlantic and had been running the latter’s Atco/EastWest division, became the first African-American woman to be named chairman of a major label.  Putting her own stamp on the company, she continued Elektra’s folk, rock, and R&B traditions, while putting the label on the hip-hop map.

Artists:            

Gerald Levert

Better Than Ezra

Bryan White

The Rembrandts

Busta Rhymes

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

Natalie Merchant

Moby

Staind

Jason Mraz

Third Eye Blind

Jet

 

        

Label Heads:  John Janick and Mike Caren 2009 –

In 2004, it was decided that Elektra should take a sabbatical until bright new talents could be found to rebirth the iconic label. 

Five years later, Elektra re-emerged under Atlantic A&R executive Mike Caren and John Janick, founder of the prominent indie label, Fueled By Ramen.  As Jac Holzman said upon the label’s relaunch, “Each new label head has reverentially built on the accomplishments of his predecessor, zealously guarding Elektra’s magical reputation.  I’m fortunate to have yet another chance to watch Elektra bloom.”

Artists:      

Cee Lo Green

Bruno Mars

Little Boots

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Uffie

Justice

Laza Morgan

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