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  • Oct 10, 1950
    Elektra Records is formed by Jac Holzman as a jazz/folk label. After establishing a country division in the 1970s, the company represents such acts as Eddie Rabbitt, Eddy Raven, Crystal Gayle and Hank Williams Jr.
    Jul 22, 1967
    The Kinney Corporation buys Elektra Records for $7 million, making it a sister to Kinney's Warner Bros. subsidiary. The Elektra roster eventually includes Hank Williams Jr., Eddie Rabbitt, Conway Twitty and Crystal Gayle
    Oct 1, 1967
    Warner-7 Arts buys Atlantic Records for $17.5 million from Mo Ostin, Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler. The new Warner-Elektra-Atlantic entity eventually yields such country acts as Tracy Lawrence, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris and Hank Williams Jr.
    Jul 1, 1969
    Elektra releases The Doors' rock album "The Soft Parade." The album includes work by mandolin player Jesse McReynolds, of bluegrass music's Jim & Jesse
    Jan 27, 1972
    The New Seekers' "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing," written by future country songwriter Roger Cook, earns a gold single from the RIAA
    Mar 9, 1972
    The pop group Bread rises to gold status as the RIAA certifies the album "Baby I'm-A Want You." It contains the original version of Joe Stampley's future country hit "Everything I Own"
    Mar 24, 1973
    Songwriter Dennis Linde records his version of "Had A Dream (For The Heart)" for Elektra Records at Young 'Un Sound Studio in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The song will become The Judds' first single a decade later
    Jan 15, 1974
    Melba Montgomery records the Mothers Day special "No Charge," written by Harlan Howard, at Pete's Place in Nashville
    May 25, 1974
    Melba Montgomery's "No Charge" hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    Jul 17, 1974
    Elektra releases Eddie Rabbitt's first charted single, "You Get To Me"

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