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Cinecord was a product of British Homophone Ltd and many of the masters used were also available on Sterno. Cinecord was created as a result of a court action in 1934 which decreed that a license fee must be paid for playing records to the public. A few license-free records appeared, Cinecord was amongst them, for use in theatres, cinemas and dance halls. They were only available during 1935.
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 and a rare 8" series 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: January 08, 2016

Cat Matrix Title and 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 S-2021*
S-2022*
Pop Goes Your Heart             ("Happiness Ahead")
Happiness Ahead - selection
Organ of the Odeon, Wealdstone*
Organ of the Odeon, Haverstock Hill*
O3 S-2017*
S-2019*
You, Me And Love               ("My Heart Is Calling")
Gay Divorce - selection
Organ of the Odeon, Kingston-upon-Thames*
Organ of the Odeon, Worthing*
O4 S-2018*
S-2020*
My Heart Is Always Calling  ("My Heart Is Calling")
The Continental                   ("The Gay Divorce")
Organ of the Odeon, Kingston-upon-Thames*
Organ of the Odeon, Haverstock Hill*
O5 S-4123
S-4151
With Every Breath I Take        ("Here Is My Heart")
June In January                      ("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) ("GD of 1935")
I'm Going Shopping With You        ("GD 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       ("Music in the Air")
We Belong Together              ("Music in the Air")
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O12 S-4267
S-4268
Soon                                      ("Mississippi")
Down By The River                ("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       ("Roberta")
Lovely To Look At                  ("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              ("Sweet Adeline")
Why Was I Born?                   ("Sweet Adeline")
Barbara Palmer, vocal with orch accmp
Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band
O17 S-4206
S-4271
Your Head On My Shoulder   ("Kid Millions")
All For A Shilling A Day      ("Me & Marlborough")
Billy Merrin & his Commanders
Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor House Band
O18 S-4280
S-4282
Love's Young Dream (Waltz)       ("Little Colonel")
Jubilo                                          ("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          ("Look Up And Laugh")
Love Is Everywhere          ("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)              ("Dance Band")
Lovey Dovey                         ("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 Artists
  L-2065
L-2064
You, Me And Love                       ("My Heart is Calling")
My Heart Is Always Calling You   ("My Heart is Calling")
Mantovani's Orch, with Cavan O'Connor, vocal