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Revised 13/10/11

BRUNSWICK
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1954-1977

Labels

Thick tri-centre 
Gold lettering
Thin tri-centre 
Gold lettering
Thin tri-centre 
Silver lettering
Record no on one line
45 05224 - oct 1954
to
45 05347 - dec 1954
45 05317 - jan 1955
to
45 05543 - mar 1956
45 05553 - mar 1956
to
45 05802 - jun 1959
45 05574 - jun 1956
to
45 05788 - mar 1959
Occasionally
US Brunswick records was started by Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, which had been manufacturing products ranging from pianos to sporting equipment since 1845. In January 1920, a new line of Brunswick Records were introduced in the US and Canada that employed the lateral cut system that was then becoming the default cut for 78 RPM disc records. The parent company marketed them extensively, and within a few years Brunswick became one of the USA's Big Three record companies, along with Victor and Columbia Records. In April 1930, Brunswick-Balke-Collender sold Brunswick Records to Warner Brothers, who leased Brunswick to the American Record Corporation (ARC) in December 1931. 
In 1939, ARC was bought by the Columbia Broadcasting System for $750,000, which discontinued the label in 1940. This violated the Warner lease agreement, resulting in the Brunswick trademark being transferred to American Decca. In 1944, Decca revived the label.
In Britain, Brunswick was as an outlet for American Decca records until 1967, when it was discontinued.
The label enjoyed a comeback over here in 197 as a vehicle for Soul / Disco music, with the Chi-Lites in particular.
Large Top  Logo
"Made in England"
below logo
Small Top Logo
"Made in England, Brunswick LTD London" below logo
Small Top Logo
Company and licence info below logo
New startup
In conjunction
with Decca Records
45 05788 - mar 1959
to
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45 05798 - may 1959
to
05917 - sep 1964
05918 - sep 1964
to
5976 - oct 1967
Temporary decline
BR 1 - dec 1972
to
BR 43 - july 1977
Label discontinued

Sleeves

Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
5224 - 1954
to
aug 1959
. Ref 9  Cut staight  Inside glued  Small centre
No 2
 sep 1959
to
5881 - dec 1962
. Ref 9A  Cut straight  Inside glued  Large centre
No 3
5882 - jan 1963
to
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. Ref 9B  Slightly curved top  Inside glued  
No 4 a
.
to
.
   Slightly curved top  Glued left/right  
No 4 b
.
to
5976 - late 1967
   Slightly curved top  Glued left/right  
No 5
Export sleeve ?
   Curved top  Inside glued  
Temporary decline 1967-1972
No 4 b
BR 1 - dec 1972
to
BR 43 - july 1977
  Slightly curved top  Glued left/right  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to Tony Dowsett, England for scans in this section
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Thanks to Anthony Baylis, Williamsburg, Virginia  for scans in this section
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Thanks to Bob Lyons, England for scans in this section
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  Repro sleeves available from Big Boppa Records
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