CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)

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In 1961, CBS Inc. ended its decade-long distribution deal with Philips Records, and from 1962, began to release recordings internationally beyond the U.S. and Canada under its new CBS Records label. Managed by CBS Records (a newly set up internal division that did not formally become the CBS subsidiary known as CBS Records Inc. until about 1966), the label was first introduced to the UK and Ireland in May 1962, and in July its debut in Japan was announced. It was also introduced to Columbia's wholly-owned subsidiaries in Latin-America: Columbia Argentina S.R.L., Columbia do Brazil, S.A., Discos Columbia de Mexico (later renamed Discos CBS, apparently) in August 1962; in Greece in September 1962; in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, and Italy by December of 1962; and in Australia in 1963.

On Nov 17, 1987, the Sony Corporation of America acquired CBS Records Inc. Between then and the end of 1990, CBS Inc. (later CBS Corporation) which still retained the rights to the CBS name for music recordings, granted Sony a temporary license to use the CBS name. In 1990, Sony's newly-acquired CBS Records renamed the CBS Records Masterworks classical music label as Sony Classical Records.

On Jan 1, 1991, after it had acquired the international rights to the trademark from EMI by 1990, Sony Corporation renamed CBS Records Inc. as Sony Music Entertainment, and reintroduced the Columbia Records label worldwide, except in Spain (where Sony only acquired the rights by 2004 through its brief merger with BMG) and Japan. Japan remains the only country where Sony does not have rights to the Columbia name, as it is controlled by Nippon Columbia, an unrelated company.

CBS Corporation subsequently founded its own new CBS Records in 2006.

Annotation last modified on 2014-01-31 05:58 UTC.


CBS Records International, simply CBS in logo, was the international arm of the Columbia Records unit of Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (CBS) that was formed in 1961 and launched in 1962. Columbia Records had been using other record companies to distribute Columbia recordings outside North America, such as Philips Records and its subsidiary Fontana (now associated with Universal Music Group) in Europe.

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Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Con el Mariachi Perla de Occidente Javier Solís 12" Vinyl 12 DCA 43 [none]
Milestones Miles Davis 12" Vinyl 6 62308 [none]
West Side Story (1961 film cast) Leonard Bernstein 12" Vinyl 15 BPG 62058
Time Further Out The Dave Brubeck Quartet 12" Vinyl 9 CBS 62078 [none]
We Wish You A Merry Christmas The Ray Conniff Singers 12" Vinyl 6 SBPG 62092
Mixed Up Confusion / Corrina, Corrina Bob Dylan 7" Vinyl 2 2476
Hearty and Hellish! A Live Nightclub Performance The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Vinyl 15 BPG 62020
Mack the Knife / The Faithful Husar Louis Armstrong Vinyl 2 CA 281.144
Silent Night: Songs for Christmas Mahalia Jackson 12" Vinyl 10 S 62130 [none]
Mario Telles Mario Telles Vinyl 12
Blues for Night People Charlie Byrd 12" Vinyl 7 52150 [none]
Yogi Jazz Joki Freund 12" Vinyl 6 62273, 62 273
Don't Make My Baby Blue / The Moment of Truth Frankie Laine Vinyl 2 AAG 114
The Boys Won't Leave the Girls Alone The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 12" Vinyl 14 BPG 62164
In Person at Carnegie Hall The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Vinyl 11 BPG 62192
In Person at Carnegie Hall The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Vinyl 11 CS 8750
Plus il est indifférent Jean-Michel Rivat 7" Vinyl 4 EP 5636 [none]
We Shall Overcome Pete Seeger 12" Vinyl 13 SBPG 62209 [none]
Andre Previn in Hollywood André Previn 12" Vinyl 12 SBPG 62219
Elis Regina Elis Regina Vinyl 12
O bem do amor Elis Regina Vinyl 12
Dis quand reviendras-tu ? Barbara Vinyl 12 62 660 [none]
I Walk the Line Johnny Cash Vinyl 12 SBPG 62371
Another Side of Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 12" Vinyl 11 SBPG 62429
The Third Album Barbra Streisand Vinyl 10 32041
Le canzoni di Sanremo 1964 Various Artists 7" Vinyl 4 33.192
Romance Javier Solís 12" Vinyl 12 DCS 322 [none]
Le Temps du lilas Barbara Vinyl 4 MOE 2324 [none]
涙の太陽 エミー・ジャクソンスマッシュメン 7" Vinyl 2 LL-742-JC [none]
Bringing It All Back Home Bob Dylan 12" Vinyl 11 SBPG 62515
Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 7" Vinyl 2 201811
Positively 4th Street Bob Dylan Vinyl 2 1893
Positively 4th Street Bob Dylan 7" Vinyl 2 201824
Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan 12" Vinyl 9 SBPG 62572
Boom Boom / Honey on Your Hips The Yardbirds 7" Vinyl 2 1.433
Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds 7" Vinyl 2 201765
All I Really Want to Do The Byrds 7" Vinyl 2 201796
The Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand 12" Vinyl 11 32010 [none]
The Paul Simon Song Book Paul Simon Cassette 12 40-62579
Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan Vinyl 11 62515
The Paul Simon Song Book Paul Simon 12" Vinyl 12 62579, SBPG 62579 [none]
El Chacho, Vida Y Obra De Un Caudillo Jorge Cafrune Vinyl 10 8599
The Paul Simon Song Book Paul Simon 12" Vinyl 12 BP 473234
Mr. Tambourine Man (mono) The Byrds 12" Vinyl 12 BPG 62571
Violin Concertos Sibelius, Walton; Zino Francescatti, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 12" Vinyl 6 BRG 72351 [none]
Alabama Blues J.B. Lenoir 12" Vinyl 12 CBS 62593
Sombras Javier Solís 12" Vinyl 12 DCS 397 [none]
Sombras Javier Solís 10" Vinyl 4 EPC 423 [none]
Mr. Tambourine Man (stereo) The Byrds Vinyl 12 SBPG 62571
Miles in Berlin Miles Davis 12" Vinyl 5 SBPG 62976

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