1955 - 1970s

The ERA label was founded in Los Angeles in 1955 by Herb Newman, a lyricist of the pre-rock school, and his cousin, Lew Bedell.
Newman studied at UCLA, later working for Mercury and Decca as a salesman, before starting Era Records.

The partnership also formed Dore Records in Hollywood in 1958 as a companion to their Era label.
In 1959 they split. (Newman to Era and Bedell to Doré).

In the 1970's, K-Tel bought the label.


  • Billboard 1961 04 10 – ERA Records Consent
  • Billboard 1969 04 19 – ERA Records Album Switch