Epic Records is a record label that was launched in 1953 by CBS. It quickly became known for its bright-yellow and black logo, which became a trademark for many jazz and classical music releases. Over the years, Epic has worked with notable artists such as *Berlin Philharmonic*, *Juilliard String Quartet*, *Antal Dorati*, and *George Szell*. In the 1960s, Epic earned its first gold records and established itself as a force in rock, R&B, and country music. The label worked with popular acts like *Bobby Vinton*, *Sly and the Family Stone*, *The Dave Clark Five*, and *Donovan*. Throughout the 1970s, Epic's success continued to grow with artists like *The Hollies*, *Edgar Winter ABBA*, and *Tammy Wynette*. The label had tremendous success in the 1980s and 1990s with multi-platinum albums from artists including *Meat Loaf*,*The Jacksons*,*Sade,*Michael Jackson,*Cyndi Lauper*.
In Japan, an independent branch of Epic Records called "Epic/Sony Records" was established in 1978. It later became incorporated as Epic Records Japan Inc. In 1988, Sony Music Entertainment acquired the music division of CBS, including the Epic label. Although Sony