Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)

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Annotation

Worldwide catalog numbers used by Columbia: https://rateyourmusic.com/wiki/Music:Columbia+Records

Releases that should be added here:
1. all Columbia releases prior to 1931;
2. only US and CA releases between 1931–1990; releases in other countries should generally be added to EMI's Columbia Records (1931-1990: worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP). (but note exceptions below)
3. all Columbia releases wef Jan 1, 1991 except for Spain (where Sony only acquired the rights in 2004 through its merger with BMG) and Japan. In Japan, Sony reissues this Columbia's releases under the Sony Records Int'l imprint. This is because Nippon Columbia has owned the "Columbia" name for use since 1931.

From the late 1890s until the late 1920s, the label was named Columbia Phonograph Company. In 1922, it sold its UK subsidiary, the Columbia Graphophone Company. The latter eventually acquired its former US parent sometime between 1925–1929. In 1931, the Columbia Graphophone Company merged with the UK's Gramophone Company to form EMI, and in compliance with US anti-trust laws, had to let go of its US operations. Ownership of the US-based Columbia then changed hands twice, before Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS, Inc.) eventually bought the label in 1938. Columbia remained with CBS until 1988, when it changed hands once again after Sony Corporation of America acquired CBS Records, and renamed it Sony Music Entertainment Inc. in 1991. Upon securing the international rights to the "Columbia" name from EMI, the flagship label Columbia was also then reintroduced worldwide (except in Japan).

* exceptions to the use of the Columbia name outside US & CA between 1931-1990: EMI had engaged in litigation with CBS regarding the import of US releases bearing the Columbia word mark into countries where EMI had still owned the rights to the name at the time. this might explain the existence of non-US releases with the CBS-owned Columbia label prior to 1991, when rightfully it shouldn't be the case.

For more details on Columbia's history, see:
The Columbia Records Story — An Interactive Timeline
Columbia Records
Columbia Graphophone Company

miscellany:
the Columbia "magic notes" mark came into existence in 1908, see: https://78records.wordpress.com/tag/columbia-magic-notes-label/ and http://majesticrecord.com/labelscolumbia.htm
between 2009 and July 2011, Columbia and Epic together with their affiliated labels operated under the umbrella Columbia/Epic Label Group, which also comprised Aware Records, and Daylight Records, while also handling the distribution of E1 Music via Epic Records.

Annotation last modified on 2015-11-30 20:27 UTC.

Previously known as: CBS (CBS Records’ international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)

Releases

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateCatalog#Barcode
Semper fidelisU.S. Marine BandWax Cylinder1
[none]
Washington PostU.S. Marine Band(unknown)1
[none]
Turkey in the StrawBilly Golden(unknown)1
none[none]
The Laughing SongGeorge Johnson(unknown)1
[none]
The Mocking BirdJohn Yorke Atlee(unknown)1
[none]
The Whistling CoonGeorge Johnson(unknown)1
[none]
Uncle JeffersonBilly Golden(unknown)1
[none]
The Band Played OnDan W. QuinnWax Cylinder1
2045[none]
El Capitan MarchSousa’s Band(unknown)1
[none]
Turkey in the StrawBilly GoldenWax Cylinder1
7703[none]
Moonlight on the LakeManhansett QuartetWax Cylinder1
9008[none]
It Don't Seem Like The Same Old SmileManhansett QuartetWax Cylinder1
9027[none]
The ThundererU.S. Marine BandWax Cylinder1
[none]
Yankee DoodleVess L. OssmanWax Cylinder1
3814[none]
Darkies PatrolVess L. OssmanWax Cylinder1
3817[none]
Rag Time MedleyVess L. OssmanWax Cylinder1
3830[none]
On the Banks of the Wabash, Far AwayGeorge J. GaskinWax Cylinder1
4130[none]
Dancing in the DarkSousa’s Grand Concert BandWax Cylinder1
529[none]
Stars and Stripes Forever MarchSousa’s Grand Concert BandWax Cylinder1
532[none]
My Gal Is a Highborn LadyLen SpencerWax Cylinder1
7252[none]
You’re Not the Only Pebble on the BeachLen SpencerWax Cylinder1
7263[none]
A Hot Time in the Old TownLen Spencer with Vess OssmanWax Cylinder1
7266[none]
Crappy DanSpencer and OssmanWax Cylinder1
7281[none]
Break the News to MotherGeorge J. GaskinWax Cylinder1
4156[none]
Good-Bye, Dolly GrayJ.W. Myers(unknown)1
7502[none]
Columbia Phonograph Co. MarchColumbia Band7" Shellac1
322
The Bugler's DreamColumbia Band7" Shellac1
592
Whoa, Bill!Vess L. OssmanWax Cylinder1
31780[none]
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?Arthur Collins(unknown)1
A-872[none]
In the Good Old Summer TimeJ.W. Myers10" Shellac1
940[none]
Teasing (I Was Only Teasing You)Billy Murray(unknown)1
1857
Come Take a Trip in My AirshipJ.W. MyersWax Cylinder1
32589[none]
A Bunch of RagsVess L. OssmanWax Cylinder1
3861[none]
Give My Regards to BroadwayBilly Murray10" Shellac1
  • US1905-06-17
3165[none]
Pretty DesdamoneBert WilliamsWax Cylinder1
[none]
NobodyBert WilliamsWax Cylinder1
33011[none]
I Just Can't Make My Eyes BehaveAda Jones(unknown)1
3588[none]
Auld Lang SyneFrank C. Stanley10" Shellac1
  • US1907-12-14
3731[none]
The Glow Worm / Women - Merry WidowLucy Marsh / Columbia QuartetShellac2
A-0435
Virginia Song / Red WingJ. W. Myers / Henry Burr & James Hall10" Shellac2
A-0468
Take Me Out to the Ball Game / Come to the Land of Bohemia (The Land Where Nobody Goes Home)Harvey Hindermyer10" Shellac2
A586
No One Knows / Arab Love SongHarvey Hindermeyer / Billy Murray10" Shellac2
A628
It Is Hard to Kiss Your Sweetheart When the Last Kiss Means Good-Bye / If I Had a Thousand Lives to LiveMr. Stanley And Miss Stevenson / Harvey Hindermeyer10" Shellac2
A734
Can't You See / The Garden of RosesStanley And Stevenson / Harvey Hindermeyer10" Shellac2
A743
A Farewell / If Tears Were PearlsHarvey Hindermeyer / Frank C. Stanley10" Shellac2
A670
Oh How That German Could Love! / My Little Dutch ColleenIrving Berlin / Billy Murray10" Shellac2
A-0804
Where the River Shannon Flows / Red CloverHenry Burr / Frank C. Stanley & Henry BurrWax Cylinder2
A815[none]
Medley of Jigs and ReelsGeorge StehlWax Cylinder2
A 948[none]
Tarry With Me / I Surrender AllHarrison and Anthony / Miss Daisy Tapley and Carroll Clark10" Shellac2
A961[none]
Let Me Call You Sweetheart / Boy and GirlColumbia Quartet / Henry Burr & M Mayhew10" Shellac2
A-1057[none]
Knock WoodAda Jones & Walter Van Brunt(unknown)1
1058
All Aboard for Blanket BayAda Jones(unknown)1
989
Cancel That Wedding March / King of the BungaloosGene Greene10" Shellac2
A994[none]
Valakinek Muzsikálnak / Gyere Velem Az ErdöreKirály Ernő10" Shellac2
E859
Be My Little Baby Bumble BeeAda Jones & Walter Van Brunt(unknown)1
1210
In Ragtime Land / One O’Clock in the MorningAlbert Campbell & Arthur Collins / Walter Van Brunt10" Shellac2
A1098[none]
Buddy Boy / Ragtime Soldier ManArthur Collins & Byron Harlan10" Shellac2
A1201
Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand / Italian National HymnChimes of Trinity Church, NYC10" Shellac2
A1216
When I Lost You / When Sally In Our Alley Sings Me Those Old-Time Songs To MeManuel RomainWax Cylinder2
A 1288[none]
Some Day / My Ain CountreeWilliam MacEwan10" Shellac2
A1363
Everybody’s Doing It Now / Whipped CreamGuido Deiro & Fred Van Eps10" Shellac2
A1294[none]
You Made Me Love You / Pullman Porters’ ParadeAl Jolson10" Shellac2
A1374[none]
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling / I Love the Name of MaryChauncey Olcott10" Shellac2
A1310[none]
Fon Der Choope / Ich Bank Nach OdessaA. Elenkrig's Yidishe Orchestra10" Shellac2
E1393[none]
Follow the Crowd (La Rose) / I Love the LadiesPeerless Quartet / Arthur F. Collins & Byron G. HarlanVinyl2
A-1513
Hesitating Blues / St Louis BluesPrince's BandVinyl2
A-5772
My Little GirlAda Jones & Will Robbins(unknown)1
1724
There Is a Light Shining for Me / O Mary Don't You WeepFisk Jubilee Singers10" Shellac2
A-1895
Lobe den Herren / Auf, auf mein, Herz mit FreudenMänner Quartett / Louis Bauer10" Shellac2
E2120[none]
Nigger Love a Watermelon, Ha! Ha! Ha! / Old Dan TuckerHarry C. Browne10" Shellac2
A1999
Purpostus / Never Mo’Bert Williams10" Shellac2
A 1853[none]
Kalaluhi’s Hawaiian Medley of Hulas / Waiu LuliluiGeorge Kalaluhi’s Hawaiians / Helen Louise, Frank Ferera & Sam Kainoa10" Shellac2
A2077[none]
Kalaluhi’s Hawaiian Medley of Hulas / Waiu LuliluiGeorge Kalaluhi’s Hawaiians / Helen Louise, Frank Ferera & Sam Kainoa10" Shellac2
A2077[none]
IndianaKnickerbocker Quartet(unknown)1
A2221
Indiana / Darktown Strutters’ BallOriginal Dixieland Jass Band10" Shellac2
  • US1917-05-31
A 2297[none]
Levinsky at the Wedding: Parts I and IIJulian Rose10" Shellac2
A2310
Levinsky at the Wedding: Parts III and IVJulian Rose10" Shellac2
A2368
FrühlingsliedFelix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms; Columbia Symphony Orchestra10" Shellac2
E2205[none]
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name / Lead, Kindly LightChimes Trinity Church, New York City10" Shellac2
A1606
Estudiantina Waltz / Over the WavesMarconi Brothers10" Shellac2
A2439[none]
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody / Alice I’m in Wonderland (Since the Day That I First Met You)Al Jolson / Sterling Trio10" Shellac2
A2560[none]
Josephine Al Mare / GraziellaI Quattro Siciliani10" Shellac2
E3735
Marsala Bella / Sicilia MiaI Quattro Siciliani10" Shellac2
E4276
Medley of Hawaiian Melodies / Kaui Kahio MedleyBiltmore Kalaluhi Hawaiian Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2200[none]
Tell Me Why / PeggyArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
  • -1919-10
A2812
My Baby's Arms / On the Streets of CairoArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
  • -1919-12
A2811
Yelping Hound Blues / Just Another Good Man Gone WrongLouisiana Five10" Shellac2
A 2742[none]
Evening Time at Pumpkin Center / Christmas Time at Pumpkin CenterCal Stewart, Ada Jones & Peerless Quartette10" Shellac2
A2789[none]
Rainbow of My Dreams / Burmese BellsArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2841
The Hesitating Blues / Those Draftin' BluesArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2813
Patches / Sweet and LowArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2814
Cairo / Rose RoomArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2858
Kalaluhi’s Hawaiian Medley of Hulas / Waiu LuliluiGeorge Kalaluhi’s Hawaiians / Helen Louise, Frank Ferera & Sam Kainoa10" Shellac2
A2077[none]
Hold Me / Dance It Again With MeArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2899
Tell Me Little Gypsy / La VeedaArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2972
Whispering / If a Wish Could Make It SoArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A3301
Avalon / The Japanese SandmanArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A3322
Medley of Hawaiian Melodies / Kaui Kahio MedleyBiltmore Kalaluhi Hawaiian Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2200[none]
Chinese Lullaby / OnlyWaldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra / Prince's Dance Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2817[none]
Fee fi Fo Fum / Dancing HoneymoonArt Hickman's Orchestra10" Shellac2
A2880