Harmony (4)

Harmony (4)

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Harmony was launched in 1925 as Columbia's budget label, issuing 78s until 1931 at a price of $0.50 apiece.
Some reissues of this early material were made in 1949 using the same label design.
The Harmony name was then revived as a budget LP label in 1957 with updated labels.

During the initial period, some of the releases were made by well-known popular and jazz artists recording under pseudonyms. Earlier output is notorious for rather boxy acoustic recordings. It is believed that Columbia had invested heavily in some new acoustic equipment just before the rights to use the Western Electric system became available. Rather than lose the investment, they used it for their new budget label. Some solo vocal recordings were electrically recorded, as were all later records beginning in 1930.

The albums began in 1957, around the time that budget independents such as Tops, Somerset (Miller International), Crown Records (2) (Bihari Brothers), and Design Records (2) (Pickwick) were starting to issue albums. The artists on Harmony during this time tended to be Columbia's artists, often reissues of previously released albums, often abridged and with a different main title, or compilations of shellac and single releases by the artist. The vinyl was of the same quality as Columbia's, and their covers were of a higher quality than other budget labels. Tops, Crown and Design sold for $1.49 each, while Harmony's records were marked at $1.98.

Since late in 1967, when CBS Records Inc. and Pickwick International, Inc. started a contract, the Harmony releases were reissued in the UK on the Hallmark Records label. Also some US pressings are known.

Second period label design chronology (more information, including images, can be found in the links below):
- Red with silver print (HL-7100 to HL-7124, plus some additional later versions)
- Black with silver print (beginning with HL-7125). Mono versions had "Harmony" at top, while stereo versions displayed "Stereo" on top and "Harmony" at bottom.
- Brown with white brand on top (beginning approximately early 1967)
- Tan with red framed brand on top (1970s)

Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Bridgeport pressed records for Harmony using styrene from 1957 until 1960. They had previously pressed some styrene LPs for Columbia from 1952 to 1958.
The label hole on these is 0.34375" diameter, versus 0.28125" diameter for vinyl pressings.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
4-H Manhattan Dance Makers / The Southern Serenaders Manhattan Dance Makers / The Southern Serenaders - Steppin' In Society / I Miss My Swiss(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 4-H US 1925 Sell This Version
7-H Harmony Dance Orchestra / The Manhattan Dance Makers* Harmony Dance Orchestra / The Manhattan Dance Makers* - I'm Tired Of Everything But You / Brown Eyes - Why Are You Blue?(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 7-H US 1925 Sell This Version
8-H Clarinet Joe And His Hot-Footers Rabbit Foot Blues / What Kinda Man Is You(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 8-H US 1925 Sell This Version
9-H Billy Jones (4) & Ernest Hare Billy Jones (4) & Ernest Hare - Oh Say! Can I See You To-Night / I Miss My Swiss(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 9-H US 1925 Sell This Version
10-H Harmony Dance Orchestra Yes Sir, That's My Baby / Cecilia(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 10-H US 1925 Sell This Version
23-H Three Monkey Chasers Corn Bread Wiggle / Cocoanut Strut(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 23-H US 1925 Sell This Version
24-H The Manhattan Dance Makers The Kinky Kids Parade / There Ain't No Flies On Auntie(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 24-H US 1925 Sell This Version
25-H Raderman's Roysterers / The Manhattan Dance Makers* Raderman's Roysterers / The Manhattan Dance Makers* - Want A Little Lovin' / Brown Eyes - Why Are You Blue?(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 25-H US 1925 Sell This Version
32-H The Harmony Brothers Normandy / Garland Of Old Fashioned Roses(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 32-H US 1925 Sell This Version
46-H Bob Thomas (11) / Billy West (4) Bob Thomas (11) / Billy West (4) - I Married The Bootlegger's Daughter / Show Me The Way To Go Home(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 46-H US 1925 Sell This Version
52-H Franklyn Baur Let Me Call You Sweetheart / Don't Wait Too Long(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 52-H US 1925 Sell This Version
55-H The Jim-Dandies Shake That Thing / Charleston Geechie Dance(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 55-H US Unknown Sell This Version
63-H The Manhattan Dance Makers* Just Around The Corner / Sleepy Time Gal(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 63-H US Unknown Sell This Version
66 Banjo Barons* Dueling Banjos(LP, Album) Harmony (4) 66 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
67-H Fred Rich And His Hotel Astor Orchestra* / Harmony Dance Orchestra Fred Rich And His Hotel Astor Orchestra* / Harmony Dance Orchestra - When I Dream Of The Last Waltz With You / Let Us Waltz As We Say Goodbye (Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 67-H US 1925 Sell This Version
69-H Billy West (4) & Bob Thomas (11) Billy West (4) & Bob Thomas (11) - Then I'll Be Happy / Sleepy Time Gal(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 69-H US 1926 Sell This Version
70-H The Dixie Stompers Spanish Shawl / Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 70-H US Unknown Sell This Version
71-H University Six Smile A Little Bit / Then I'll Be Happy(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 71-H US Unknown Sell This Version
72 Johnny Cash The Walls Of A Prison(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 72 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
74 The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem Green In The Green(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 74 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
74-H Tommy Christian And His Orchestra That Certain Party / Show Me The Way To Go Home(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 74-H US 1926 Sell This Version
77-H Irving Kaufman Cross My Heart, Mother / The Lonesomest Girl In Town(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 77-H Unknown Sell This Version
79 Doris Day Doris Day's Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 79 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
82 Various Country's Greatest(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 82 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
84 Johnnie Ray The Best Of Johnnie Ray(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 84 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
85 Ray Conniff The Impossible Dream(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 85 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
85-H Billy West & Bob Thomas Roll 'Em Girls / I Wish't I Was In Peoria(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 85-H US Unknown Sell This Version
87-H The Manhattan Dance Makers* / Ernie Golden And His Hotel McAlpin Orchestra The Manhattan Dance Makers* / Ernie Golden And His Hotel McAlpin Orchestra - Teach Me To Smile / You Forgot To Remember (Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 87-H US 1926 Sell This Version
88 Johnny Cash Understand Your Man(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 88 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
89-H The Gospel Singers Almost Persuaded / The King's Business(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 89-H US Unknown Sell This Version
90 The New Christy Minstrels The New Christy Minstrels' Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 90 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
91 Frankie Laine High Noon(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 91 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
91-H The Harmonians My Castle In Spain / I Want Somebody To Cheer Me Up(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 91-H US Unknown Sell This Version
92 Andy Williams Andy Williams(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 92 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
93-H Irving Kaufman I Never Knew / Who?(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 93-H US 1926 Sell This Version
96-H The Record Boys Prancin' Dancin' Yodelin' Man / Yodelin' Bill(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 96-H US Unknown Sell This Version
104 Johnny Cash Ballads Of The American Indian / Their Thoughts And Feelings / The Battle Of Wounded Knee(LP, Album) Harmony (4) 104 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
105-H Melody Waltz Orchestra / The Harmonians Melody Waltz Orchestra / The Harmonians - Melody Of Love / The Prisoner's Song(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 105-H US Unknown Sell This Version
107-H Sally Freeman I Love My Baby / Poor Papa(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 107-H US 1926 Sell This Version
110-H Irving Kaufman / Ernie Golden & His Hotel Mc Alpin Orchestra* Irving Kaufman / Ernie Golden & His Hotel Mc Alpin Orchestra* - Always / Always(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 110-H US 1926 Sell This Version
118-H The Harmonians Thanks For The Buggy Ride / So Does Your Old Mandarin(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 118-H US Unknown Sell This Version
124-H Lou Gold And His Orchestra What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry? / Moonlight In Mandalay(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 124-H Unknown Sell This Version
137-H Irving Kaufman I'd Climb The Highest Mountain / I Wish I Had My Old Gal Back Again(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 137-H US 1926 Sell This Version
139-H The Harmonizers (2) Behind The Clouds / In My Gondola(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 139-H US 1926 Sell This Version
142 Ray Conniff Smoke Gets In Your Eyes(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 142 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
145-H Honey Duke And His Uke* I'm Gonna Let The Bumble Bee Be / Hooray For The Irish!(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 145-H US 1926 Sell This Version
148-H Manhattan Dance Makers When The Golden Rod Is Blooming / Nothing Else To Do(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 148-H US Unknown Sell This Version
149-H Frank Ferera Sweet Hawaiian Shores / Pu-Lu Manu(Shellac, 10", Mono) Harmony (4) 149-H US 1926 Sell This Version
151-H The Gospel Singers I Will Not Forget Thee / Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 151-H US Unknown Sell This Version
153 Andre Kostelanetz And His Orchestra* Richard Rodgers(LP, Album) Harmony (4) 153 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
155 Marty Robbins By The Time I Get To Phoenix(LP, Album) Harmony (4) 155 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
158-H Billy West (4) / Irving Kaufman Billy West (4) / Irving Kaufman - I Found A Round-A-Bout Way To Heaven / I Don't Want The World (All I Want Is You)(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 158-H US Unknown Sell This Version
165-H Harvey Marburger And His Orchestra Somebody's Lonely / Don't Let Me Stand In Your Way(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 165-H US 1926 Sell This Version
167-H The Harmonizers (2) Bye Bye Blackbird / Honey Bunch(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 167-H US 1926 Sell This Version
169-H Honey Duke And His Uke* Hello Aloha, How Are You? / So Is Your Old Lady(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 169-H US Unknown Sell This Version
173-H Lou Gold And His Orchestra Spring Is Here / Bye Bye Blackbird(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 173-H US Unknown Sell This Version
176-H Broadway Bell-Hops Hi-Ho The Merrio (As Long As She Loves Me) / To-Night's My Night With Baby(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 176-H US 1926 Sell This Version
180-H W. M. C. A. Broadcasters Katinka / Valencia(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 180-H 1926 Sell This Version
186-H Fred Rich And His Hotel Astor Orchestra, Broadway Bell-Hops Fred Rich And His Hotel Astor Orchestra, Broadway Bell-Hops - I've Got Some Lovin' To Do / You Need Someone To Love(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 186-H Unknown Sell This Version
189-H Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Savoy Orchestra* My Mamma's In Town / Make Me Know It(Shellac, 10", Mono) Harmony (4) 189-H US Unknown Sell This Version
197-H The Dixie Stompers Hard-To-Get Gertie / Static Strut(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 197-H US Unknown Sell This Version
198-H The Harmonians That's Why I Love You / Where'd You Get Those Eyes?(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 198-H US Unknown Sell This Version
202-H Broadway Bell-Hops Sevilla / My Barcelona(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 202-H US 1926 Sell This Version
206-H Blue Grass Foot Warmers How Could I Be Blue? / Senorita Mine(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 206-H US Unknown Sell This Version
210-H Broadway Bell-Hops / Manhattan Dance Makers Broadway Bell-Hops / Manhattan Dance Makers - I'm Walking Around In Circles / Hello Baby(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 210-H US Unknown Sell This Version
214-H Lou Gold And His Orchestra Baby Face / Looking At The World Through Rose Colored Glasses(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 214-H US 1926 Sell This Version
217-H Original Indiana Five Spanish Mamma / Deep Henderson(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 217-H US Unknown Sell This Version
222-H Confidential Charley While The Years Go Drifting By / Oh! If I Only Had You(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 222-H US Unknown Sell This Version
223-H Broadway Bell-Hops Someone Is Losin' Susan / Barcelona(Shellac, 10", Single, Mono) Harmony (4) 223-H US Unknown Sell This Version
226 Marty Robbins Streets Of Laredo And Other Ballads Of The Old West(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 226 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
239-H Harmony Brothers* Lay Me Down To Sleep In Carolina / Where'd You Get Those Eyes?(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 239-H US 1926 Sell This Version
240-H Angelina Marco There's A New Star In Heaven Tonight - Rudolph Valentino / I'm Leaving You(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 240-H US Unknown Sell This Version
241-H Broadway Bell-Hops / Manhattan Dance Makers Broadway Bell-Hops / Manhattan Dance Makers - She Knows Her Onions / She's Still My Baby(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 241-H US Unknown Sell This Version
248-H Blue Grass Foot Warmers Charleston Hound / Old Folks Shuffle(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 248-H US Unknown Sell This Version
257-H W. M. C. A. Broadcasters* Because I Love You / Blame It On The Waltz(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 257-H US Unknown Sell This Version
263-H Cliff Nazarro Susies "Feller” / Gone Again Gal(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 263-H US Unknown Sell This Version
264-H Tommy Christian And His Orchestra How Could Red Riding Hood / Elsie Shultz-En-Heim(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 264-H US Unknown Sell This Version
272 Judy Garland A Star Is Born(LP, Album) Harmony (4), Harmony (4) 272 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
272-H Broadway Bell-Hops Hello Bluebird / Lonely Acres(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 272-H US Unknown Sell This Version
295-H Jack Kaufman (2) And Al Campbell* Jack Kaufman (2) And Al Campbell* - Where Do You Work-A John? / Bring Back Those Minstrel Days(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 295-H Unknown Sell This Version
300-H Jane Gray I'd Love To Call You My Sweetheart / How I Love You(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 300-H Unknown Sell This Version
303-H The Astorites It Made You Happy When You Made Me Cry / (I've Grown So Lonesome) Thinking Of You(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 303-H US Unknown Sell This Version
305-H The Astorites / The Harmonians The Astorites / The Harmonians - I'd Love To Call You My Sweetheart / A Little Music In The Moonlight(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 305-H US Unknown Sell This Version
314-H Lou Gold And His Orchestra Clap Yo' Hands / Do-Do-Do(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 314-H US 1927 Sell This Version
328 Johnny Mathis This Guy's In Love With You(LP, Album) Harmony (4) 328 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
330-H Tommy Christian And His Orchestra Sam, The Accordian Man / If I Didn't Know Your Husband And You Didn't Know My Wife(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 330-H US 1927 Sell This Version
335-H The Harmonizers (2) The Dixie Vagabond / Sunday(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 335-H US 1927 Sell This Version
349-H Lou Gold And His Orchestra, The Night Club Orchestra Lou Gold And His Orchestra, The Night Club Orchestra - Forgive Me / Pretty Lips(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 349-H Unknown Sell This Version
352-H The Harmonians / WMCA Broadcasters The Harmonians / WMCA Broadcasters - Put Your Arms Where They Belong / What Does It Matter?(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 352-H US Unknown Sell This Version
354-H WMCA Broadcasters At Sundown (When Love Is Calling Me Home) / Swanee River Trail(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 354-H US Unknown Sell This Version
367-H University Six Oh Lizzie / The Cat(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 367-H US Unknown Sell This Version
368-H Honey Duke And His Uke* If You See Sally / At Sundown (When Love Is Calling Me Home)(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 368-H US Unknown Sell This Version
391-H W. M. C. A. Broadcasters C'est Vous (Say Voo) (It's You) / Russian Lullaby(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 391-H US 1927 Sell This Version
392-H Lou Gold & His Orchestra* Red Lips - Kiss My Blues Away / (When The Pussywillow Whispers To The Catnip) The Whisper Song(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 392-H US Unknown Sell This Version
406-H Joe Candullo And His Orchestra* / The Astorites Joe Candullo And His Orchestra* / The Astorites - Honolulu Moon / I'll Take Care Of Your Cares(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 406-H US 1927 Sell This Version
408-H Gus Mulcay St. Louis Blues / Farewell Blues(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 408-H US 1926 Sell This Version
412-H The Astorites Me And My Shadow / Hallelujah!(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 412-H US 1927 Sell This Version
414-H University Six I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Beale Street Blues(Shellac, 10") Harmony (4) 414-H US Unknown Sell This Version
415 Dotty Evans*, Johnny Anderson (2) And The Merrymakers (2) Dotty Evans*, Johnny Anderson (2) And The Merrymakers (2) - All Time Favorite Walt Disney Songs(LP, Album) Harmony (4) 415 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
418 Various The Golden Songs Of The 50's - Vol 1(LP, Comp) Harmony (4) 418 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version

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vagli

June 27, 2013
my one is HS 11390, Sinatra, Comp., made in USA.