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.


Toy Town Parade / Sixty Seconds Every TimePiccadilly Revels Band10" Shellac2
  • -1927
Just a Memory / Dancing TambourinePiccadilly Revels Band10" Shellac2
Body and Soul / If I Could Be With YouRuth Etting10" Shellac2
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]
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
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
Γιατί μικρούλα μου / Με τις μυρωδιές σουΣτράτος Παγιουμτζής & Στελλάκης ΠερπινιάδηςVinyl2
DG 6343
Como te quiero / Que le importa al mundoRafael Canaro10" Shellac2
DF 2258
Resentimiento / Yo tambien soñéRafael Canaro7" Shellac2
DF 2259
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 lendemainFréhelVinyl2
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
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
Mon amant de Saint-Jean / J'ai tout gardé pour toiLucienne DelyleShellac2
DF 2898[none]
Marie / Quand allons-nous nous marier ?Georges Ulmer10" Shellac2
DF 3006[none]
La Mer / Seul … depuis toujoursCharles Trenet10" Shellac2
Bing ! / Ma voiture contre une jeepGeorges Ulmer10" Shellac2
DF 3007[none]
J’ai bu / Goût de mielGeorges Ulmer10" Shellac2
DF 3042[none]
Pigalle / Un petit bout de femmeGeorges Ulmer10" Shellac2
DF 3063[none]
Adieu mon cœur / Le Chant du pirateÉdith PiafVinyl2
DF 3069[none]
Les Trois Cloches / Perrine était servanteÉdith Piaf & Les Compagnons de la Chanson12" Shellac2
DFX 242[none]
Il jouait de la contrebasse / Parle-moi en françaisGeorges Ulmer10" Shellac2
DF 3159[none]
Hymne à l’amour / La P’tite MarieÉdith Piaf10" Vinyl2
BF 306[none]
Sous les ponts de Paris / Le plus joli rêveLucienne Delyle10" Vinyl2
BF 316[none]
Άσε με, άσε με / Πού με βρήκες πού σε βρήκαΣωτηρία Μπέλλου10" Shellac2
D.G 6850[none]
Zal je ook nog aan me denkenEddy Christiani10" Vinyl2
DH 527
Bewitched / Hoop-Dee-DooDoris Day10" Shellac2
DW 5004
He Bought My Soul at Calvary / It Is No SecretJo Stafford10" Shellac2
D.B. 2929[none]
Teasin’The Beverley Sisters10" Vinyl2
D. B. 2810[none]
Warsaw ConcertoRichard Addinsell12" Shellac2
DX 1062[none]
Don Juan / Till EulenspiegelRichard Strauss; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan12" Vinyl2
33CX 1001[none]
Symphony in C MajorBalakirev; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan12" Vinyl0
33CX 1002[none]
Overtures: "Le Corsair" / "Benvenuto Cellini" / "Beatrice et Benedict" / "Les Francs Juges"Hector Berlioz; Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki12" Vinyl4
33CX 1003[none]
Symphony no. 5 in C minorLudwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan12" Vinyl2
33CX 1004[none]
Die Walkure, Act 3Richard Wagner; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan2×12" Vinyl3 + 3
33CX 1005, 33CX 1006[none]
Le Nozze di FigaroWolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Elisabeth Höngen, Sena Jurinac, Erich Kunz, George London, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Herbert von Karajan3×12" Vinyl9 + 13 + 5
33CX 1007, 33CX 1008, 33CX 1009[none]
Piano Concert no. 5 “Emperor”Ludwig van Beethoven;Walter Gieseking, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan12" Vinyl0
33CX 1010[none]
Die ZauberflöteWolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wiener Singverein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan3×12" Vinyl6 + 7 + 11
33CX 1013, 33CX 1014, 33CX 1015[none]
CarmenGeorges Bizet; Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra‐Comique, André Cluytens3×12" Vinyl0 + 0 + 0
33CX 1016, 33CX 1017, 33CX 1018[none]
Guitar MusicAndrés Segovia12" Vinyl0
33CX 1020[none]
Die Meistersinger von NürnbergRichard Wagner; Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Herbert von Karajan, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele5×12" Vinyl0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0
33CX 1021, 33CX 1022, 33CX 1023, 33CX 1024, 33CX 1025[none]
Symphony no. 6 “Pathétique”Пётр Ильич Чайковский; Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan12" Vinyl0
33CX 1026[none]
Boogie Blues / Opus OneGene Krupa and His Orchestra10" Shellac2
DW 5169
La Vie en roseÉdith Piaf10" Vinyl8
FS 1008[none]
Symphony no. 7Ludwig van Beethoven; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan12" Vinyl0
33CX 1035[none]
Uma casa portuguesaAmália Rodrigues10" Shellac2
WaltzesChopin; Dinu LipattiVinyl14
33CX 1032
Orchestral Works by Handel and TchaikovskyGeorge Frideric Handel, Пётр Ильич Чайковский; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan12" Vinyl7
33CX 1033[none]
12 LiederFranz Schubert; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Edwin Fischer12" Vinyl12
33CX 1040[none]
Tango bleuTino Rossi7" Vinyl4
ESRF 1002[none]
Dá-me o Braço anda daíAmália Rodrigues10" Shellac2
I puritaniVincenzo Bellini; Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai3×12" Vinyl2 + 2 + 3
33CX 1058–1060[none]
Chansons de toujoursTino Rossi, Lina Dachary, Lucienne Delyle10" Vinyl8
33 FS 1019[none]
Lucia di LammermoorDonizetti; Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi2×12" Vinyl0 + 0
33 WCX 1131/32[none]
Johnny, tu n’es pas un ange / N’y va pas ManuelÉdith Piaf10" Shellac2
BF 596[none]
's ZaterdagsmiddagsEddy Christiani10" Vinyl2
DH 525
PrimaveraAmália Rodrigues10" Shellac2
DL 145[none]
Blue TangoRay Martin and His Orchestra7" Vinyl2
Cavalleria rusticanaPietro Mascagni; Maria Meneghini Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Ebe Ticozzi, Rolando Panerai, Anna Maria Canali, Tullio Serafin, Vittore Veneziani2×12" Vinyl2 + 2
33CX 1182/1183[none]
Horn Concertos 1-4Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Dennis Brain, Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra12" Vinyl11
33CX 1140[none]
The Man With the Golden TrumpetEddie Calvert10" Vinyl10
His Famous Adventures with Old Sam and The RamsbottomsStanley HollowayVinyl8
33 S 1093
The Man With the Golden TrumpetEddie Calvert10" Vinyl10
33 WS1020, 33 WS 1020
RI-RA-roetsji-KA / Daar bij de waterkantEddy Christiani10" Vinyl2
D.H. 543
The Year We Fell in Love / I Don’t Want to Mambo PolkaEileen Barton and Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music / Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music and Eileen Barton10" Shellac2
Oh ! Mon papaTino Rossi7" Vinyl4
ESVF 1004[none]
The Sheik of ArabyDuke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra7" Vinyl4
SEG 7538[none]
Il turco in ItaliaRossini; Callas, Rossi-Lemeni, Gedda, Stabile, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Gavazzeni[missing media]-
33CXS 1289/91[none]
Music for TorchingBillie HolidayVinyl8
33CX 10019
Swing GuitarsOscar Moore, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow12" Vinyl12
33CX 10051