Harmony Records

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Harmony Records
Parent company Columbia Records
Founded 1925 (1925)
Status Defunct
Genre Jazz
Country of origin U.S.
1926 disc featuring "Trail of Dreams", written by Einar Aaron Swan. The label kept its basic design until 1932 when the red background was brightened.

Harmony Records was a record label owned by Columbia Records that debuted in 1925.[1]

It was originally used as a label for low-priced 78 rpm records in the 1920s and 1930s. It was revived for budget albums of reissued tracks during the 1950s. The label was most active during the 1960s and Columbia continued to issue new repackages on the label into the mid-1970s.

Harmony's records were acoustically recorded until 1929 although electrical recording dominated the industry.[1] It has been stated that Columbia redesigned its acoustic recording process before electrical recording took over, and so the Harmony sound was better than most acoustic recordings.[2]

In 1931 into 1932, Columbia instituted a couple of short-lived series: a handful of double tracked records and also another series of longer playing records.

Grigsby-Grunow, the company that bought Columbia, discontinued Harmony, Velvet Tone Records, and Clarion Records.


  1. ^ a b Rye, Howard (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 172. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 
  2. ^ Barr, Steven C. "Columbia Records". www.capsnews.org.