Knowledge Identifier: &EMI
Founded in 1931.
Countries: United Kingdom (33%), United States (16%), (11%)
Linked to: Mercury Records, Warner Music Group, Columbia Graphophone Company, Gramophone Company
Enrico Caruso - Beginning in 1932, RCA Victor in the US and EMI in the UK, reissued several of the old discs with the existing accompaniment over-dubbed by a larger, more authentic sounding, electronically recorded orchestra
RCA sold its stake in EMI in 1935, but due to its earlier takeover of the Victor label in 1929, RCA retained the North and South American rights to the "Nipper" trademark
Richard Strauss - One of the more interesting of Strauss's recordings is perhaps the first complete performance of his An Alpine Symphony, made in 1941 and later released by EMI, because Strauss used the full complement of percussion instruments required in this spectacular symphony.
George Martin - Following his graduation, he worked for the BBC's classical music department, joined EMI in 1950
George Martin - Following his graduation, he worked for the BBC's classical music department, joined EMI in 1950, as an assistant to Oscar Preuss, the head of EMI's Parlophone Records from 1950 to 1955
Aram Khachaturian - As a conductor, Khachaturian made several commercial recordings, including a 1953 recording of his second symphony with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, a 1963 stereo recording of the symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and EMI recordings of suites from Gayane and Masquerade and his violin concerto in 1954 (with David Oistrakh as soloist) with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Cliff Richard - In 1959, The Shadows landed an EMI recording contract of their own, for independent recordings
From 1960 to 1995 their "EMI House," corporate headquarters was located at 20 Manchester Square London, England, the stairwell from which was featured on the cover of the Beatles' "Please Please Me" album
Ralph Vaughan Williams - David Willcocks recorded much of the choral output for EMI in the 1960s and 1970s
Ernest Lough - In 1962, it became EMI's first million-selling classical record, earning it "gold disc" status
Ernest Lough - This recording continued to sell throughout the twentieth century and by 1962 it was EMI's first million-selling classical record, earning it "gold disc" status
Robert Whitaker (photographer) - It was first published on page 2 of "New Musical Express" on 3 June 1966' in an EMI advertisement promoting the forthcoming single
Paul McCartney - Following the break-up of the Beatles, McCartney's music continued to be released by Apple Records under the Beatles' 1967 recording contract with EMI which ran until 1976
Morphy Richards - In September 1967, GEC announced it wanted to take over AEI, and on 24 May 1968 GEC agreed to merge its domestic appliance division with BDA. EMI would own a third, and GEC two thirds
Chris Thomas (record producer) - Thomas allowed to attend sessions at EMI with the Hollies and, in 1968, The Beatles during their sessions for the "White Album"
Paul McCartney - In January 1968, EMI filmed the Beatles for a promotional trailer intended to advertise the animated film "Yellow Submarine", loosely based on the imaginary world evoked by McCartney's 1966 composition
Neil Aspinall - George Martin was against the idea, as he thought that Aspinall did not have the necessary social qualifications to be able to speak to the upper-class executives at EMI. Aspinall accompanied McCartney and Lennon to New York on 11 May 1968, to announce the formation of Apple to the American Media
In 1969, Angus McBean took a matching group photograph featuring the boys in long hair and beards to contrast with the earlier cleancut image in order to show that the boys could have appeal across a wide range of audiences
Sydney Newman - ABPC was taken over by EMI, becoming EMI Films, and at the end of June 1969, Newman was dismissed from the company, later describing his eighteen months there as "a futile waste"
Robin Scott - In 1972 he entered the 'Search For A Star' national talent contest, which he won, and was offered a recording contract by EMI, but because they would not support his backing band, he turned down the deal
Syd Barrett - Free from his EMI contract on 9 May 1972, Barrett signed a document that ended his association with the Floyd, and any financial interest in future recordings
In 1973 EMI was awarded a prestigious Queen's Award for Technological Innovation for what was called the "EMI scanner", and in 1979 Hounsfield won the Nobel Prize for his accomplishment
Lobby Loyde - Coloured Balls released their debut studio album, "Ball Power", in December on EMI, which peaked at No. 13 on the "Go-Set" National Top 20 albums chart in February 1974
Paul McCartney - An English court legally dissolved the Beatles on 9 January 1975, though sporadic lawsuits against their record company EMI, Klein and each other persisted until 1989
Andrei Gavrilov - From 1977 to 1989 he worked exclusively for EMI
Paul McCartney - In 1978, McCartney signed with Columbia Records for his US releases, leaving EMI's Capitol after fifteen years with the record company
Kate Bush - In late 1978, EMI persuaded Bush to quickly record a follow-up album, "Lionheart", to take advantage of the success of "The Kick Inside"
John Ford (musician) - In 1979, Ford hit the charts again with The Monks, a punk project of sorts picked up by EMI, with the surprise novelty double platinum hit, "Nice Legs Shame About the Face" from "Bad Habits" and "Suspended Animation"
Carmen Dragon - Some of these recordings have been reissued by EMI on CD. Dragon appeared as himself briefly at the end of the 1979 film "The In-Laws", conducting the fictitious Paramus Philharmonic
Andre Hazes - In 1980 he signed a contract with EMI, and soon after that his career started to take off
Burning Spear - In 1980, Rodney left Island Records, and set up the Burning Spear label, which he signed to EMI, debuting on the label with Hail H.I.M., recorded at Marley's Tuff Gong studio and co-produced by Aston Barrett.
Paul Haig - After demos recorded for EMI came to nothing, Haig spent most of 1986 writing new material, surviving on PRS royalties from his back catalogue
Kate Bush - EMI has released collections of her videos, including "The Single File", "Hair of the Hound", "The Whole Story", a career video overview released in conjunction with the 1986 compilation album of the same title, and "The Sensual World"
Steve Strange - The group signed with EMI Records and released two singles and an album in 1986, though failed to gain any chart success
Selena - She won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1987 Tejano Music *awards and landed a recording contract with EMI a few years later
Andre Hazes - In 1989 his career was stalled after several years without record releases and to revive it record company EMI approached Hazes for a new album, asking him what he wanted to do next
Lambert Wilson - Wilson released the album "Musicals" on the EMI label in 1989, with John McGlinn conducting Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
In 1990, following a series of major takeovers that saw CBS Records acquired by the Sony Corporation of Japan, EMI sold its remaining rights to the Columbia name to Sony and the label is now operated exclusively throughout the world by Sony Music Entertainment; except in Japan where the trade mark is owned by Columbia Music Entertainment,
Richard Branson - In 1992, to keep his airline company afloat, Branson sold the Virgin label to EMI for £500 million
Syd Barrett - In 1993 EMI issued another release, "Crazy Diamond", a box set of all three albums, each with further out-takes from his solo sessions that illustrated Barrett's inability or refusal to play a song the same way twice
Erik Truffaz - He signed with the French EMI label in 1996
Russ Spencer - Originally formed in 1998, Spencer first gained prominence as a member of manufactured pop group "Scooch" who signed to EMI and gained four top twenty hits including their top five single "More Than I Needed to Know", as well as the album "Four Sure"
Cliff Richard - In 1999, controversy again arose regarding radio stations refusing to play his releases when EMI, Richard's label since 1958, refused to release his latest song, "The Millennium Prayer", having judged that the song did not have commercial potential
Paul Kelly (musician) - "Smoke" was issued on Kelly's new label, Gawdaggie, through EMI Records in October 1999, and peaked at No. 36
Minnie Driver - She began a low-profile return to music in 2000; the following year, she signed with EMI and Rounder Records and performed at SXSW
Gemma Hayes - Hayes signed to the French independent record label, &Source_Records in 2001, and issued the "4,35am" EP and the "Work to a Calm" EP before releasing her debut album, "Night on my Side", in 2002
Gillian Knight - Her other opera recordings include "La damnation de Faust" , and "Dido and Aeneas" , conducted by Davis ; "La forza del destino" , conducted by James_Levine; "Moses und Aron" , conducted by Pierre_Boulez; "Parsifal" and "La traviata" , conducted by Georg Solti; "Rigoletto" , conducted by Richard Bonynge; and ENO's Ring cycle, conducted by Reginald Goodall, recorded live by EMI between 1973 and 1977 and released on CD by Chandos Records in 2001
David McAlmont - In 2001 Butler wrote some songs and reunited with McAlmont, and they were signed by EMI and created the album "Bring It Back" which spawned two single releases, "Falling" and "Bring it Back"
John O'Donnell (music journalist) - Ultimately O'Donnell was the CEO of EMI in the Oceania region from 2002 until September 2008
Lukas Rossi - In 2004, Rossi entered into a publishing deal with EMI Music Canada
Marit Larsen - In fall 2005, Larsen recorded her debut album, "Under the Surface", with her new record label, EMI
Brian Protheroe - After remastering his original tapes at Abbey Road Studios, EMI studios released a greatest hits collection called "Pinball and Other Stories" in 2006
Trina - In 2007, Trina left Atlantic Records and signed to EMI in conjunction with her original label, Slip-n-Slide Records.
Norah Jones - EMI announced that Not Too Late reached gold, platinum or multi-platinum in 21 countries as of February 2007.
Helena Josefsson - On February 28, 2007, Helena Josefsson's first solo album, "Dynamo", was released by EMI and Per Gessle's own company, Elevator Entertainment
Harry James Angus - Jackson Jackson are signed to EMI and their debut album "The Fire Is On The Bird" was released in March 2007
Apple Inc. - On April 2, 2007, Apple and EMI jointly announced the removal of DRM technology from EMI's catalog in the iTunes Store, effective in May. Other record labels followed later that year
Tom Baxter - His second album "Skybound" was recorded independently and released on the revived Charisma Records label through EMI after he split with Sony in 2007
Joss Stone - Stone launched a legal battle in a bid to leave her record label, EMI, and free her of her current three-album deal with the record label in April 2008
Jackie Lee - A second CD, 'The Town I Live In', issued in 2009, collects all of her 1966/1967 recordings for EMI. Two further CD anthologies are planned
Danny Aiello - Aiello and EMI songwriter Hasan Johnson are releasing an album in 2009 of standards fused with rap entitled "Bridges
Morrissey - In July 2010, it was announced that EMI will reissue the 1990 album "Bona Drag" on its Major Minor imprint, resurrected specifically for the release
Joss Stone - In late August 2010, it was reported that Stone had left EMI and formed her own independent record label, Stone'd Records
In January 2011 Pink Floyd signed a new global agreement with EMI.
Morrissey - In February 2011, EMI announced that a brand new compilation, "Very Best of Morrissey", would be released in April that year
Glenn Lewis - As of November 9, 2011, Lewis signed with EMI records through IAMP group which is expecting to release an album tentatively scheduled for a late 2012 release
On 2013 November 14, EMI's Middle Eastern branch was folded into Universal Music, causing the distribution of Warner Music's releases in the said region be moved to Universal Music
In May 2016 the history of record label was examined in the hour-long BBC documentary "EMI: The Inside Story"