Remembering Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary Celebration In New York City

May 14, 2016

 

 

Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary celebration took place at New York's Madison Square Garden on May 14th of 1988…The event was dubbed "It's Only Rock And Roll"...

 

Only artists who had released material on the Atlantic label in the United States performed with the artists spanning the 40 years of the company's existence…

 

Lavern Baker and Ruth Brown were the longest tenured Atlantic acts to perform while Debbie Gibson was the most recent Atlantic signing to make an appearance at the event…

 

Some Atlantic signings who had either officially split up or who had not performed together for a number of years re-formed especially to perform at the concert…

 

These artists included The Rascals…Iron Butterfly…Yes…Genesis…Crosby, Stills & Nash…Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer…representing Emerson, Lake & Palmer…Foreigner…Paul Rodgers…Bob Geldof…Booker T. Jones…Wilson Pickett…The Coasters…The Spinners…Peabo Bryson…The Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd and Sam Moore…Roberta Flack…The Manhattan Transfer…Bee Gees…Ben E. King…and Vanilla Fudge…

 

The event's main attraction…a rare reunion of Led Zeppelin…

with John Bonham's son Jason taking over drums for his late father…!

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