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Sanctuary Records was founded in 1976 by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor in London. In 1979, they discovered Iron Maiden, and subsequently renamed the company to “Sanctuary”, after the Iron Maiden song of the same name (Sanctuary).

In 2005, the company went through severe financial difficulties, resulting in rearrangement at the top level, and the sacking of Andy Taylor after inaccuracies in that year’s accounting.

In 2006, Smallwood left the company to pursue management only of Iron Maiden.

Sanctuary is known to favour “heritage” acts over others; bands with long-term appeal, and a large following.

In 2008 the label was entirely purchased by Universal, including the transference of artists (Morrissey, Saint Etienne + others). It was later purchased by bmg in February 2013.

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