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Cinecord was made by British Homophone Ltd for The Cinecord Co. Ltd which was formed in August 1935, and based at 49, Whitfield Street, London W1. The company seems to have dissapeared by November 1935.
The majority of the masters had already been issued on the Sterno label.  The records were not intended for sale to the general public, but it is believed they were sold for 2/6 (based on a 3/4d copyright stamp seen on one issue). It is almost certain these records were produed fot the Odeon Cinema chain.

With the exceptions of the first issues, the bands are anonymous on Cinecords. The catalogue started at O2 and only lasted a few issues probably up to about O21. The first one was labelled OD1 (i.e. Odeon) and was a special recording by Billy Merrin & his Commanders called
Round The Corner (at the Odeon). This was only available on Cinecord. Other bands heard on this label are directed by Syd Lipton, Charlie Kunz and Oscar Rabin. There are also some organ solos recorded by land line from some Odeon Cinemas, and a solitary 8" issue has also been reported.

 Below is a listing of all Cinecords I have traced so far.  Any information about missing titles will be received gratefully!
 All dance band titles are Foxtrots unless noted otherwise.

Matrix numbers marked * were not issued in the domestic Sterno series (No O16 was issued on French Sterno).
My thanks to Steve Walker for this information. Thanks also to Bill Dean-Myatt for some of the information on this page.

Despite the labels of Cinecord O2, O3 & O4, all were made at the Odeon, Haverstock Hill by land-line and the organist was Terence Casey. My thanks to Wayne Ivany of the Cinema Organ Society of Great Britain for this information. The society has a website which can be found if you click here

Page last updated on: April 11, 2018

Cat No. Matrix Title Film (where shown) Artist     (* = as shown on label)
OD1 S-4252*
S-3086
Round The Corner 
Ranno De La Noche (Tango)
  Billy Merrin & his Commanders*
Mantovani and his Tipica Orchestra*
O2 SR-2021*
SR-2022*
Pop Goes Your Heart            
Happiness Ahead - selection
 Happiness Ahead
 Happiness Ahead
Organ of the Odeon, Wealdstone*
Organ of the Odeon, Haverstock Hill*
O3 SR-2017*
SR-2019*
You, Me And Love             
Gay Divorce - selection
 My Heart Is Calling
 The Day Givorce
Organ of the Odeon, Kingston-upon-Thames*
Organ of the Odeon, Worthing*
O4 SR-2018*
SR-2020*
My Heart Is Always Calling 
The Continental                
 My Heart Is Calling
 The Day Givorce
Organ of the Odeon, Kingston-upon-Thames*
Organ of the Odeon, Haverstock Hill*
O5 S-4123
S-4151
With Every Breath I Take       
June In January                    
 Here Is My Heart
 Here Is My Heart
 
Billy Merrin and his Commanders*
Billy Merrin and his Commanders*
O6 S-2248*
S-2249*
At The Bal Musette
The Valse Of The Gigolo
  Zigano's Accordeon Band*
Zigano's Accordeon Band*
O7 S-3843
S-4258
Speak Easy (cuban)
Rhythm Of The Rumba (Rumba)
  Walford Hyden and his Melodians*
Billy Merrin and his Commanders*
O8 S-4248
S-4251
Let Me Sing You To Sleep With A Love Song (wz)
Lookie Lookie Lookie Here Comes Cookie
  Billy Merrin and his Commanders*
Billy Merrin and his Commanders*
O9 S-4246
S-4249
The Words Are In My Heart (waltz)
I'm Going Shopping With You     
 Gold Diggers of 1935
 Gold Diggers of 1935
Billy Merrin and his Commanders
Billy Merrin and his Commanders
O10 S-4247
S-4250
Mr and Mrs Is The Name       
Flirtation Walk                      
 Flirtation Walk
 Flirtation Walk
 
Billy Merrin and his Commanders
Billy Merrin and his Commanders
O11 S-4266
S-4270
I've Told Every Little Star     
We Belong Together          
 Music in the Air
 Music in the Air
 
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O12 S-4267
S-4268
Soon                                   
Down By The River               
 Mississippi
 Mississippi
 
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O13        
O14 S-4063
S-4269
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes      
Lovely To Look At                  
 Roberta
 Roberta
 
Charlie Kunz's Casani Club Band
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O15 S-2528
S-2568
Black Eyes
March Of The Russian Hussars
  Jean Goulescu (violin solo)
Jean Goulescu (violin solo)
O16 S-4264*
S-4272
Don't Ever Leave Me            
Why Was I Born?                  
 Sweet Adeline
 Sweet Adeline
 
Barbara Palmer, vocal with orch accmp
Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band
O17 S-4206
S-4271
Your Head On My Shoulder  
All For A Shilling A Day    
 Kid Millions 
 Me And Marlborough
Billy Merrin & his Commanders
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O18 S-4280
S-4282
Love's Young Dream (Waltz)      
Jubilo                                        
 Little Colonel
 Little Colonel
 
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O19 S-4275
S-4277
Look Up And Laugh         
Love Is Everywhere         
 Look Up And Laugh
 Look Up And Laugh
 
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O20 S-4276
S-4279
Valparaiso (Rumba)             
Lovey Dovey                        
 Dance Band
 Dance Band
 
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O21 S-4255
S-4256
Fare Thee Well, Annabelle 
Sweet Music                        
 Sweet Music
 Sweet Music
 
Billy Merrin & his Commanders
Billy Merrin & his Commanders

There was also at least one 8" Cinecord which I have; it appears to have no catalogue number, but has normal Plaza matrix numbers.

Cat Matrix Title Film Artists
  L-2065
L-2064
You, Me And Love                   
My Heart Is Always Calling You 
 My Heart is Calling
 My Heart is Calling
Mantovani's Orch, with Cavan O'Connor, vocal