British pound sign "£" is ,in fact, the archaic form of the
“L” letter and that letter on the
Parlophone label logo stands for “Lindstom”
Parlophon(e) was founded in Germany by The Carl Lindstrom Company.
WW1 the Transoceanic Trading Company
was set up in the Netherlands to look
after its overseas assets.
In the 1920’s Parlophone had a master leasing
arrangement with the US based OKeh Records which meant that they
introduced Bix Beiderbecke and lots of the new sounds of Jazz to
Europe. The function of a record
company is to sell records, but it seems
that Parlophone kept on issuing things that got good reviews
newly-arrived magazines like the MELODY MAKER and GRAMOPHONE even
actual sales figures seem to have been quite small.
This shows a dedication to
the promotion of what was then called 'Modern Dance Music' that was as
commendable as it was unique for the time.
1927, Columbia Gramophone of the United Kingdom acquired a controlling
in the Carl Lindstrom Company and thereby in Parlophone.
1931, Columbia Gramophone merged with The Gramophone Company to form
Parlophone signed a ten year
licencing agreement with King
Records and so began issuing both Country music and early R&B They had a few minor chart successes with
Bonnie Lou, Boyd Bennett and Ruby Wright, but most of these discs sold
quantities at the time and now are highly sought-after.
came with home-grown artists such
as Ron Goodwin, Frank Chacksfield, Eve Boswell and by the late 50’s
progressed, through Skiffle, with The Vipers, into the Rock & Roll
Jim Dale and Laurie London and began to
licence other US labels on short term contracts.
the new Cameo label in Philadelphia and leased Charlie
first recordings. Contact was made with other companies for leasing, Herald/Ember, Canadian-American,
Memo and many others.
and Matt Munro sold well but now
it was the time for Beatlemania
Parlophone manager Oscar Preuss
retired in 1955 and 29-year-old
musician and composer George Martin took over nobody could guess that
would soon be made.
released mainly spoken-word and
novelty/comedy material, such as
the recordings of The
Flanders & Swann and “Beyond
the Fringe” but that changed in 1962, when
Martin signed a
rising new Liverpool pop band, The Beatles who soon turned Parlophone
of the world's most famous and sought-after labels
The Beatles changed Parlophone’s profile completely. Their success brought
further signings like The Hollies, The Fourmost, Billy J
Kramer, Cilla Black, Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, Cliff Bennett and
Rebel Rousers . The cream of Britains new Pop groups.