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Epic was launched originally as a and music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. This has included such notables as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Juilliard String Quartet, Antal Doráti conducting the Hague Philharmonic and George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.

Ten years later, Epic earned its first gold records and developed into a formidable hit-making force in rock and roll, R&B and country music. Among its many acts, it included Bobby Vinton, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Tammy Wynette, Donovan, The Yardbirds, Lulu, and Jeff Beck. Several of the British artists on the Epic roster in the 1960s were the result of Epic’s distribution deal with EMI in which Epic recordings were issued by EMI on the Columbia label before the contract with EMI expired at which point CBS Records formed a British Epic Records branch to market Epic label material.

Epic has a long history of many successful acts. During the late 1960s and 1970s, its success extended to include Sly & The Family Stone (1966), Charlie Rich (1967), Edgar Winter (1970), Steve Vai (1970-present), REO Speedwagon (1971), Johnny Nash (1972), ABBA (in the UK) (1972), The Isley Brothers (1973), Ted Nugent (1975), Boston (1976), Heart (on sister label Portrait Records) (1976), The Clash (1976), and Charlie Daniels.

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