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ABKCO = Allen and Betty Klein Co (the label's name is an acronym formed from the first initials of Allen B. Klein and his former wife Betty; Allen Klein himself often jokingly said the acronym meant A New Kind Of Company). Company founded in 1961 as Allen Klein and Company, an artist management company.

Formed in 1968 by music industry accountant/business manager Allen Klein (who had earlier represented Connie Francis, Bobby Darin and most importantly, Sam Cooke) as ABKCO Music and Records, Inc. once he acquired the remnants of Cameo Parkway Records after that label went bankrupt.

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