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PARLOPHONE
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1953-1973

Labels

Gold on mauve
Large centre
Gold on mauve
Push out centre
Gold on mauve
"Jigsaw" centre 
MSP 6001 - 1953
to
 MSP 6040 - 1953
Most of these were repressed with push out centre
MSP 6041 - 1953
to
MSP 6255 - 1956
R 4198 - 1956
to
 R 4310 - 1957
R 4218 - 1956
Jigsaw centres: 
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Founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company as "Parlophon", Lindstrom initially used the brand name for gramophones before making records. The £trademark is a German L, for Lindström (coincidentally it also resembles the British pound sign, which itself is derived from the letter L for Libra, meaning pound in Latin).
On August 8, 1923, the British branch of "Parlophone" (with the "e" added) was established, led by A&R manager Oscar Preuss. Parlophone established a master leasing arrangement with co-owned United States based Okeh Records, making Parlophone a leading jazz label in the UK. In 1927 the Columbia Graphophone Company acquired a controlling interest in the Carl Lindström Company and thereby in Parlophone. In 1931 Columbia merged with the Gramophone Company to form Electric & Musical Industries Ltd (EMI). In 1950, Preuss hired 24-year-old George Martin as his assistant. When Preuss retired in 1955, Martin succeeded him as label manager.
The label's fortunes began to rise in 1962, when Martin signed rising new Liverpool band The Beatles. Along with fellow NEMS stablemates Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and the Fourmost, and contemporary Mancunian band The Hollies, The Beatles turned Parlophone into one of the world's most famous and prestigious record labels.
After Martin left to form the Associated Independent Recording (AIR) Studios in 1965, the Parlophone Company was absorbed into EMI's Gramophone Company unit (renamed EMI Records in 1973) with the Parlophone label maintaining its identity. 
Silver on mauve
Silver on red
R 4313 - 1957
to
 R 4438 - 1958
 R 4440 - 1958
to
R 4988 - jan 1963
Black No 1
No text in centre
The Parlophone Co.
"45-R"
Black No 2
No text in centre
THE PARLOPHONE CO.
"R"
Black No 3
No text in centre
The Parlophone Co.
"R"
R 4989 - jan 1963
to
R 5010 - apr 1963
R 5011 - apr 1963
to 
R 5100 - jan 1964
R 5011 - apr 1963
to
R 5100 - jan 1964
Black no 2 and no 3 were used concurrently
Black No 4
Text in centre
THE PARLOPHONE CO.
Recording first...
Black No 5
Text in centre
The Parlophone Co.
Recording first...
Black No 6
Text in centre
THE PARLOPHONE CO.
(P) and year
R 5101 - jan 1964
to 
R 5222 - jan 1965
R 5101 - jan 1964
to 
R 5222 - jan 1965
R 5225 - jan 1965
to
R 5389 - dec 1965
Black no 4 and no 5 were used concurrently
From october 1964 most labels had  capitalized perimeter print
Black No 7
Text in centre
THE GRAMOPHONE CO.
Black No 8
No text in centre
THE GRAMOPHONE CO.
R 5357 - oct 1965
to
R 5788 - jul 1969
R 5790 - jul 1969
to
R 5989 - jun 1973
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
MSP 6001 - 1953
to
MSP 6040 - 1953
 
 Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 2
MSP 6041 - 1953
to
.
+ represses of 1953 issues
Push-out centre info
added in red
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 3
MSP 6185 - 1955
to
MSP 6255 - 1956
Push-out centre info
in black
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 4
R 4198 - 1956
to
1957
Same text both sides
...
.  Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 5
 1957
to
.
Short
"Made and printed in..."
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 6
 .
to
.
Short
"Made and printed in..."
.  Curved top  Inside glued  
No 7 a
 .
to
.
Front/back reversed
Long
"Made and printed in..."
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 7 b
 .
to
R 4645 - jul 1960
Long
"Made and printed in..."
   Curved top  Inside glued  
 No 8
  R 4645 - jul 1960
to
.
No logo
...
   Curved top  Inside glued  
 No 9
.
to 
R 4950 - 1962
Logo
...
.  Curved top  Inside glued  
 No 10
R 4951 - 1962
to 
.
...
.  Curved top  Inside glued  
 No 11
.
to 
R 4980 - 1962
...
   Curved top  Inside glued  
 No 12
 R 4981 - 1963
to
.
Text 32 mm wide
Small "Use"
Large "Present"
.  Curved top  Inside glued  6'- to 50'- tokens
 No 13
.
to
.
Text 27 mm wide
Small "Use"
Large "Present"
Printing error
"Instruments"
   Curved top  Inside glued  6'- to 50'- tokens
 No 14
.
to
.
Text 27 mm wide
Small "Use"
Large "Present"
The printing error
overprinted
   Curved top  Inside glued  6'- to 50'- tokens
 No 15
.
to
.
Text 27 mm wide
Small "Use"
Large "Present"
Correct print. "Industries"
in slightly larger font
   Curved top  Inside glued  6'- to 50'- tokens
 No 16
.
to
R 5104 - 1964
Text 27 mm wide
Large "Use"
Small "Present"
.  Wavy top  Glued left/right  6'- to 50'- tokens
          Feb 1964 - EMI logo added
 The Parlophone Co LTD
below the Parlophone logo
 No 17
 R 5110 - 1964
to
.
Use the new EMITEX
Large "Present"
6'- to 50'- tokens
.  Wavy top  Glued left/right  
 No 18
.
to
.
Use the new EMITEX
Small "Present"
6'- to 50'- tokens
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
 No 19
.
to
.
Small logo
The Parlophone Co LTD
below the logo
6'- to 50'- tokens
No "Write for free sample"
 .  Wavy top  Glued left//right  
 No 20
.
to
R 5301 - 1965
Small logo
The Parlophone Co LTD
below the logo
6'- to 50'- tokens
"Write for free sample"
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
    July 1st 1965 - Name change
 The Gramophone Co LTD
below the Parlophone logo
 No 21
 R 5305 - 1965
to
.
6'- to 50'- tokens
"Fran the Fan" no 1
 .  Wavy top  Glued left/right  
 No 22
.
to
.
6'- to 50'- tokens
"Fran the Fan" no 2
   Wavy top  Glued left/right  
 No 23
.
to
aug 1966
6'- to 50'- tokens
"Fran the Fan" no 3
   Wavy top  Glued left/right  
 No 24
aug 1966
to
late 1966
Use the new EMITEX
Large "Present"
6'- to 50'- tokens
   Wavy top  Glued left/right  
 No 25
late 1966
to
.
7'3- to 50'- tokens
"Smoothest cover-up..."
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
 No 26
.
to
1968
7'3- to 50'- tokens
 "Big hit now, lashes with..."
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
No 27
Early 1967
to
.
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
No 28
.
to
Late 1967
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
No 29
1966
to
.
Use the new EMITEX
Large "Present"
7'3 to 50'- tokens
 
 Wavy top  Type 1
 Glued bottom/right  
No 30
.
to
1968
 
Use the new EMITEX
Large "Present"
7'3 to 50'- tokens
 
 Wavy top  Type 2
 Glued bottom/right  
No 31
 1968
 to
.
Albums issued
from 1966 to 1967
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
No 32
 .
 to
R 5972 - 1972
Hollies album issued in 1968 top left
.  Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 33
Reissues
Glossy finish
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right   
EP
EP 1
 1954
 to
1955
   Cut straight  Glued left/right  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to Pete Nash, Essex, England for scans and info in this section
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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 in this section
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Thanks to Henry Marott, England for scans and info in this section
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Thanks to Alan White, Doncaster, England for scans in this section
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Thanks to Bill Williams, England for scans and info in this section
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45 Discography for Parlophone Records from Global Dog Productions
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