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ORIOLE
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1957-1964

Labels

1352 - 1957
to
1526 - 1959
CB 1528 - 1959
to
CB 1645 - 1961
CB 1700 - 1962
to
CB 1992 - 1964
CB 305 - 1964
to
CB 318 - 1965
Label discontinued
Oriole Records was founded in 1925 by the London-based Levy Company. The original label was discontinued in 1935.  David Morris Levy and his brother Jacques revived the Oriole label in 1950. Until 1955 it was the exclusive UK licensee for the American Mercury Records label. Oriole had two record pressing plants, one in Aston Clinton and the other in Colnbrook. Even the "big boys", like Decca and EMI often used Oriole’s pressing facilities when their own had capacity problems. 
Oriole also produced Embassy Records for Woolworths Limited. Its repertoire consisted of cut-price cover versions of British pop hits. The Oriole Record Company lasted until September 21, 1964, when it was bought, lock, stock and plant, by CBS Inc., who were looking to set up their own manufacturing facility in the UK. 
The result was CBS Records, and with its coming the Oriole label disappeared forever.
ICB 5000 - 1958
and
ICB 5001 - 1958
Oriole International
ICB 7 - 1962
to
ICB 10 - 1964
Oriole International
LTD 2 - 1963
Learn to dance series
CBA 1762 - 1962
to
CBA 1946 - 1964
American series
1762
1763
1764
1795
1803
1817
1846
1769
1770
1792
1823
1946
1775
1796
1799
1808
1809
1814
1847
1853
1863
1829
1831
The Oriole American series began August 1962 and finished July 1964 and contained material from US Tamla, Motown, Gordy and Time Records. The series shared the main Oriole number series. 
Tamla/Mowtown had 19 issues and also appeared on London Records (1959-1961), Fontana Records (1961-1962), and Stateside Records (1963-1965).
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1352 - 1957
to 
1645 - 1961
. Ref 42A  Cut straight   Inside glued   
No 2
CB 1528 - 1959
to
CB 1645 - 1961
104, New Bond Street,
London, W.I.
. Ref 42  Cut straight  Inside glued   
No 3
CB 1700 - 1962
CB 305 - 1964
to
CB 1992 - 1964
CB 318 - 1965
London, W.I.
. Ref 42B  Cut straight  Inside glued   
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to John Villanova, New York for scans in this section
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Thanks to Tony Dowsett, England for scans and info in this section
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  Repro sleeves available from Big Boppa Records
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