Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973)

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Worldwide catalog numbers used by Columbia Records:

Releases in all countries (except the US, CA, MX, ES, and JP) between 1931–1990 that bear the word mark "Columbia" should belong to this label*. US and CA releases from 1931–1990, and all pre-1931, and post-1990 releases except those from JP, and post-2004 releases from ES, should belong under Columbia* (see exceptions and other notes at bottom).

Columbia Records (featuring the "magic notes" logo) was a worldwide imprint owned by EMI outside of the US/CA/MX/ES/JP from 1931–1990*.
(* EMI Group replaced it on Jan 1, 1973 with its newly-launched EMI imprint, and Columbia Records became largely dormant from then till Sony Corporation completed its acquisition of the rights to its use from EMI, and launched its own Columbia brand globally on Jan 1, 1991.)

The Columbia Graphophone Company, as it was then known before 1931, was originally the UK subsidiary of the US-based Columbia Phonograph Company, which the latter sold off in 1922. Sometime between 1925–1929, Columbia Graphophone acquired its former parent.

In 1931, the Gramophone Company and the Columbia Graphophone Company merged to form Electric and Musical Industries (EMI). American anti-trust laws forced EMI to sell off its US-based Columbia operations.
Until 1951, EMI-owned Columbia's output was mainly recordings licensed from American Columbia, when the latter switched British distribution to Philips Records.

Until 1968, EMI Columbia continued to distribute American Columbia sister labels OKeh and Epic when American Columbia's then parent CBS Inc. moved distribution of all its labels to its new-formed subsidiary CBS Records Inc. (Since 1961, CBS, Inc. had already begun releasing Columbia recordings under the "CBS" imprint outside of the US and Canada. Then in 1966, it created the separate subsidiary to manage both the "Columbia" and "CBS" labels.)

On Jan 1, 1973, EMI replaced the Columbia label with the recently-formed EMI Records, to avoid confusion with the US-based Columbia label. While it had ceased to be an active label by then, the Columbia name remained in use on some EMI releases between 1973–1990.

By 1988, Sony had already acquired Columbia along with its parent CBS Records Group. As CBS had only granted Sony a temporary license for the use of the CBS Records name outside of the US and CA, Sony eventually acquired the rights to the Columbia trademark (aside from the US, CA, JP and (until 2004, when it acquired the rights there) Spain, which were still owned by EMI, allowing Sony to use the name as a worldwide imprint. In Japan, the name is owned by an unrelated company, Nippon Columbia.

* exceptional cases: 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 may explain the existence of non-US releases with the Columbia label prior to 1991 (after EMI had sold the rights to the name to Sony), when rightfully they shouldn't.

where do pre-1931 releases go?
for US releases, the logical label to use would be the Columbia Phonograph Company (predecessor of the present-day Sony-owned Columbia.
for UK or other non-US releases, the logical label would be its British subsidiary then, the Columbia Graphophone Company (predecessor of this label, EMI-owned Columbia Records)

Annotation last modified on 2015-11-30 20:26 UTC.

Renamed to: EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)


Haunted House Blues / Eavesdropper's BluesBessie Smith10" Shellac2
Toy Town Parade / Sixty Seconds Every TimePiccadilly Revels Band10" Shellac2
  • -1927
Just a Memory / Dancing TambourinePiccadilly Revels Band10" Shellac2
He's a Good Man to Have Around / I'm Doing What I'm Doing for LoveLee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys10" Shellac2
Puttin' on the Ritz/Crazy FeetFred Astaire10" Vinyl2
  • GB1930-05-01
Body and Soul / If I Could Be With YouRuth Etting10" Shellac2
Sweetness / Sing You SinnersLee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys10" Shellac2
DB 161
It’s Hard to Love and Can’t Be Loved / I’ll Roll in My Sweet Baby’s ArmsBuster Carter and Preston Young10" Shellac2
It Won’t Hurt No More / A Lazy Farmer BoyBuster Carter and Preston Young10" Shellac2
Εφουμέρναμ' ένα βράδυ / Ταξίμ σερφΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 326
Der Dr. Lueger hat mir die Hand gereichtHans Moser10" Shellac1
WHA 483[none]
I've Got the World on a String / Down a Carolina LaneDuke Ellington And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
CB 625
Tango de Marilou / Viens aimerTino Rossi10" Shellac2
DF 1338[none]
Τα μαγεμένα μάτια σου / Η κλωστηρούΜάρκος Βαμβακάρης10" Shellac2
DG 2062
Αλανιάρης / Πρέπει να ξέρεις μηχανήΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 6049
Vous, qu’avez-vous fait de mon amour / La virutaOrlando et son orchestre du Bagdad10" Vinyl2
DF 1349
Στα σίδερα με βάλανε / Ο χασάπηςΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 2063
Η κλωστηρού / Στα σίδερα με βάλανεΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 2115
Ο μαστούρας / Μόρτισσα χασικλούΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 473
Για το γινάτι σου μωρή / Μανές ΠειραιώτικοςΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 499
Diga Diga Do / I Can't Give You Anything but LoveThe Mills Brothers, Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra10" Shellac2
Any Time, Any Day, Any Where / Eerie MoanDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra10" Shellac2
Flickan i fönstret mitt emot / Gamla sta'nEdvard Persson10" Shellac2
DS 859[none]
Cette chanson est pour vous / Darling je vous aime beaucoupJean Sablon10" Vinyl2
DF 1487[none]
Η πλημμύρα / Σαν είσαι μάγκας και νταήςΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 6057
Η γυναίκα μου ζηλεύει / Ο ισοβίτηςΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 6148
Je ne sais / La muchachadaRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
  • FR1936-10-03
DF 2025
La mélodie de notre adieu / Quand tu partirasRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 1945
Mais... si tu pars / Rien que nous deuxRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2038
Jubilee Stomp / Awful SadDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra10" Shellac2
Jive-Stomp / AdmirationDuke Ellington & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
Reminiscing in Tempo (Parts 3 & 4)Duke Ellington & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
Solitude / In a Sentimental MoodDuke Ellington And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
DZ 309
Γιατί μικρούλα μου / Με τις μυρωδιές σουΣτράτος Παγιουμτζής & Στελλάκης ΠερπινιάδηςVinyl2
DG 6343
Nice Work If You Can Get It / I Can't Be Bothered NowFred Astaire Con Orchestra Ray Noble10" Shellac2
C.Q. 1424
Y’a toujours un passage à niveau / À mon âgeJacques Pills / Georges Tabet10" Vinyl2
DF 2064[none]
Como te quiero / Que le importa al mundoRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2258
Resentimiento / Yo tambien soñéRafael Canaro7" Shellac2
DF 2259
Je chante / Fleur bleueCharles Trenet accompagné par Wal-Berg et son orchestre10" Shellac2
DF 2270[none]
Aunque no lo crean / Casas viejasRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2325
Cuando el corazón / Hay que aclararRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2452
Paciencia / Pura milongaRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2463
Μια μελαχροινή / Για πες μου αυτή που αγαπάςΡίτα Αμπατζή7" Vinyl2
L’Hirondelle d’amour / Un regard, un sourireRina Ketty10" Shellac2
DZ 252[none]
Viejos tiempos / FalsedadRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2522
La Der des der / Sans lendemainFréhel10" Shellac2
DF 2527[none]
Desengañao / DesencantoRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2557
Salud... salud / DesconfialeRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2583
Félicie aussiFernandelVinyl1
DF 2616[none]
Por vos... yo me rompo / Callecita de mi noviaRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2665
Ilusión / OlvídameRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2680
Μου είπαν να μη σ' αγαπώ / ΛαυριώτισσαΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 6481
Δε θέλω πια να σ' αγαπώ / Μπροστά στη θάλασσαΜάρκος ΒαμβακάρηςVinyl2
DG 6518
Blue Harlem / Best WishesDuke Ellington & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
Diminuendo in Blue / Crescendo in BlueDuke Ellington And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
Flambée MontalbanaiseGus Viseur et son orchestreVinyl2
CL 7331-1
The Sheik / Poor ButterflyBenny Goodman Sextet10" Shellac2
DC 338[none]
Μπαμπέσικα με τράβηξες / Μπρος στον Άγιο ΣπυρίδωναΜάρκος Βαμβακάρης, Στέλιος Κερομύτης, Ιωάννα Γεωργακοπούλου, Νίκος Κουρνάζος10" Shellac2
DG 6527
Γιατί μου το 'κρυψες / ΖαμπέταΜάρκος Βαμβακάρης, Επαμεινώνδας Γιαννάκος, Στράτος Παγιουμτζής, Στέλιος Χρυσίνης, Κώστας Κάνουλας10" Shellac2
DG 6555
Captain Custard / Sweet Potato PiperRay Noble And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
When You Wish Upon a Star / Give a Little WhistleGeraldo and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2397
Toi, que mon cœur appelle / Par une nuit de maiIrène de Trébert10" Shellac2
DF 2844[none]
I'm Waiting for Ships That Never Come In / We ThreeGene Krupa & His Orchestra / Ray Noble & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
Is It Possible? / TonightRay Noble & His Orchestra / Gene Krupa & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
The New Black and Tan Fantasy (Part 1 and 2)Duke Ellington & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
Stormy Weather / Oh, Babe! Maybe SomedayDuke Ellington & His Orch.10" Shellac2
I've Found a New Baby / Black EyesHarry Parrys Radio Rhythm Club Sextet10" Shellac2
DS 1390
That's for Me / Our Love AffairVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2572
We Both Told a Lie / You and IVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2730
We Both Told a Lie / MadelaineVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
L’Alouette / V’là l’bon ventIrène de Trébert acc. par l'Orchestre Raymond Legrand10" Shellac2
DF 2893[none]
Mon amant de Saint‐Jean / J’ai tout gardé pour toiLucienne DelyleShellac2
DF 2898[none]
Friday Night at the Hartys / Saturday Night at the NoblesRay Noble & His Orchestra10" Shellac2
Isola Bella / Is That Good?Ray Noble And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
Do You Care? / That Lovely Week-EndVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2755
Not a Cloud in the Sky / Where the Waters Are BlueVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2872
Constantly / My DevotionVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2883
Silver Wings in the Moonlight / Canadian CapersVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
Fascination Waltz / I Don't Want Anybody at AllVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
If I Had My Way / The Home Coming WaltzVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2978
And Then You Kissed Me / Give Me the StarsVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 3071
You'll Never Know / Close to YouFrank Sinatra10" Shellac2
Drop Me Off at Harlem / Mood IndigoDuke Ellington E La Sua Orchestra10" Shellac2
CQ 1430
Saturday Night / Embraceable YouFrank Sinatra10" Shellac2
DB 2176
La Chanson de nos beaux jours / Dans mon refrain y a de la musiqueIrène De Trébert, Orch. Dir. Marius Coste10" Shellac2
DF 2926[none]
I Don't Want to Walk Without You / TangerineVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
On the Street of Regret / Miss YouVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
One Dozen Roses / Question and AnswerVictor Silvester & His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
When the Roses Bloom Again / How Green Was My ValleyVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
People Will Say We're in Love / Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'Frank Sinatra10" Shellac2
DS 1729
My Heart and I / There Are Angels Outside HeavenVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2900
Whispering Grass / Where's My LoveVictor Silvester And His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2928
My Heart Tells Me / There She WasVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB 2988
Madelaine / JimVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
FB. 40208
I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night / A Lovely Way to Spend an EveningFrank Sinatra10" Shellac2
DB 2141
All or Nothing at All / CiribiribinFrank Sinatra With Harry James And His Orchestra10" Shellac2
DB 2145
You'll Never Know / Sunday, Monday or AlwaysFrank Sinatra10" Shellac2
DB 2149
I Fall in Love Too Easily / I Begged HerFrank Sinatra10" Shellac2
DB 2197
As Time Goes By / There Are Such ThingsVictor Silvester And His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2
Only You / All I Need Is YouVictor Silvester and His Ballroom Orchestra10" Shellac2