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Parlophone Label: LPs

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Parlophone is a record label founded in Germany in 1896 by Carl Lindström, as Parlophon (the ‘e’ was originally added for UK releases). The £ in the logo represents his name. In 1923 an English branch was set up and this was taken over by The Columbia Gramophone Company in 1927, thus becoming a constituent part of EMI when that company merged with The Gramophone Company in 1931. The label largely operated as a Jazz and Novelty label until manager, George Martin, signed The Beatles in 1962. As a result of its subsequent success and profile, it was the only pop label to retain it's identity when EMI merged all its non-US labels in 1973.

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