ABC Records was an American record label, founded in New York City in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records. It originated as the main popular music label operated by the Am-Par Record Corporation, the music subsidiary of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).
In 1961 ABC launched its new Impulse! label to record and distribute jazz. Several years later, Bluesway Records was created to distribute ABC's blues releases. The corporate name of Am-Par Record Corporation was changed to ABC-Paramount Records, Inc. in 1962, and then to ABC Records, Inc. in 1967.
ABC Records purchased Dunhill Records in the summer of 1967, forming ABC Dunhill Records. Because the company was suffering financial problems, ABC Records was sold in 1979 to MCA Records, which discontinued the ABC label on March 5, 1979. The better selling albums in the ABC Records catalog were reissued on the MCA label.