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RCA Records is one of the oldest, and most successful, record companies in existence.

Its origins go back to 1901, when its precursor, the Victor Talking Machine Company, went into business. Victor became a leading manufacturer of both phonographs and the records that played on them; the record label's roster included such prominent names as Enrico Caruso and Paul Whiteman. In 1929, Victor was acquired by the Radio Corporation of America, and the main pop label housed names such as Rudy Vallee and the first records of Bing Crosby as a solo singer, while Bluebird was launched as a budget label in 1932. In 1946, the Victor label was renamed RCA Victor.

In 1949, RCA introduced the 7-inch record as both a successor to older 78 rpm discs and a competitor to Columbia Records' Long Play (LP) format. RCA's attempts at pushing 7-inch albums (which collected multiple discs like 78 rpm albums) fell flat, with customers overwhelmingly preferring the LP for that niche, but the 7-inch would remain standard for single releases until the advent of 12-inch, cassette, and CD singles starting in The '80s. On the flipside, RCA would be quick to jump on the Compact Disc bandwagon that decade, releasing albums on the format as soon as it became available outside of Japan.

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In The '50s, RCA helped usher in the Rock & Roll era by signing Elvis Presley. RCA's other major artists over the years include Jefferson Airplane, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Kelly Clarkson, and Foo Fighters, among many others. The RCA label is currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment, along with its longtime competitor Columbia.


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RCA Records performers licensed from Dunhill Records

Between 1965 and 1970, RCA was the Canadian and European licensee for American label Dunhill Records. Artists released on RCA under that arrangement include:
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